Monday, July 16, 2018

Kathi Daley
has a new book!
Book 9 in the Tj Jensen Mysteries

Tj Jensen's life is thrown into turmoil when a good friend turns up missing after a serious auto accident. Not only is the driver of the vehicle, Gina Roberts, nowhere to be found, but she's the prime suspect in the murder of her passenger, Striker Bristow.
He didn't die from injuries relating to the accident. He was shot in the back.
With Roy out of town and Kate running the show, Tj finds herself again excluded from the official investigation. She knows it would be wise not to anger the new deputy, who seems to be looking for a reason to have her arrested, but Tj knows that time is of the essence and the stakes are high.
She enlists the help of her friends to accomplish the impossible and find the woman who seems to have simply disappeared.



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Sunday, July 15, 2018


I'm thrilled to be a stop on the blog tour for author
Book 2 in the French Bistro Mysteries
by Daryl Wood Gerber

The buoyant mood at Bistro Rousseau deflates when Chef Camille’s sister, Renee, turns up dead in the chef’s kitchen, and Mimi Rousseau must tease the real killer out of a mΓ©lange of menacing characters.Crush Week in Nouvelle Vie is a madhouse―in a good way. Tourists pour into town for the pressing of the Napa Valley’s world-renowned grapes and all the town’s businesses get a nice lift, including Bistro and Maison Rousseau. Mimi is raising the ante this year with a Sweet Treats Festival, a wonderland of croissants, cakes, tarts, and soufflΓ©s crafted with expert care by the area’s top talents. Chef Camille’s sister Renee is managing the festival with a cast-iron fist, upsetting everyone, including her sister. Which is bad for Camille when Renee turns up dead in the chef’s kitchen. Mimi is still building her business, so her first course of action is to whip up answers and catch the unsavory perpetrator before Camille takes a dusting and gets burned.

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The sauce for these kebabs is so flavorful. I’m not sure if it’s because of the lime juice or the grapefruit juice or the Greek yogurt, but it really tenderizes the meat and offers a lovely Mediterranean flavor to the dish. I might use this sauce on chicken or fish, as well. Salmon in particular. Enjoy.

This would work equally well with chicken, for those of you who don’t like lamb.

 (serves 2)


1 pound lamb meat, cut into 1 ½” cubes
1 yellow pepper, cut into squares
1 zucchini, cut into 8 thick slices
1 red onion, quartered

Sauce ingredients:

2 tablespoons freshly squeeze orange juice
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed limejuice
2 tablespoons grapefruit juice
2 tablespoons honey
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
1 teaspoon fresh rosemary, crushed (stems removed)
Pam or olive oil for grill

For the sauce, in a small bowl, mix the orange juice, limejuice, grapefruit juice, honey, Greek yogurt, olive oil, salt, pepper, and rosemary. Stir well.

Cut the lamb into cubes, about 1 1/2” in size. If they’re too big, they won’t cook evenly on the grill. Tenderize the lamb meat by pounding with a meat tenderizer mallet. Set the lamb in a 13 x 9 pan. Pour the marinade over the lamb, coating on all sides. Wrap and chill for 2 hours.

When ready to barbecue:

Skewer the kebab using lamb, pepper, zucchini, and onion. Repeat. (You might want to break the onion into smaller parts.) Brush the kebab on all sides with remaining marinade.

Heat a barbecue grill to medium high (about 400 degrees). Spray the grill with olive oil Pam or baste with olive oil.

Set the kebabs on the grill and cook for 3 minutes. Turn. Cook another 3 minutes. Turn.  Cook another 3 minutes. 

For medium rare, cook a total of 9-10 minutes.  For medium, cook a total of 11-12 minutes. For medium well, cook a total of 13-14 minutes.

Remove from heat. 

Present the dish either on the skewer or slide it off the skewer and plate accordingly.


When I finished book one in this series, A DEADLY Γ‰CLAIR, I wasn’t sure how I was going to wait for the second installment. Now having read, A SOUFFLΓ‰ OF SUSPICION, it was well worth the wait! But how do I last until the next one!

It was fun to be back in wine country with Mimi Rousseau and the great cast of characters in the French Bistro Mysteries. Author Daryl Wood Gerber has written them all in a way that makes me feel I personally know each one them. She has done the same for the setting. While reading, I can vividly see my surroundings. I can hear the sounds and smell the food.

As for the mystery in, A SOUFFLÉ OF SUSPICION, it was top notch, with a fair amount if suspects, as well as red herrings. Just when I thought for sure I knew who the killer was, another twist was thrown in to foil me.

You’ll also find an amazing variety of recipes to enjoy. I honestly think I gained weight just reading them!

Fans of the first book will love this second trip to Napa Valley. Haven’t read the first? No worries. You can read A SOUFFLΓ‰ OF SUSPICION as a standalone (But get them both and read them back to back. More fun that way!)

About the Author

Agatha Award-winning Daryl Wood Gerber is best known for her nationally bestselling Cookbook Nook Mysteries and CHEESE SHOP MYSTERIES, which she pens as Avery Aames. She will soon debut the new French Bistro Mysteries. Daryl also writes stand-alone suspense: DAYS OF SECRETS and GIRL ON THE RUN. Fun tidbit: as an actress, Daryl appeared in “Murder, She Wrote.” She loves to cook, and she has a frisky Goldendoodle named Sparky who keeps her in line!

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July 6 – The Book Diva's Reads - SPOTLIGHT
July 6 – Cozy Up With Kathy – REVIEW
July 6 – Babs Book Bistro – SPOTLIGHT
July 7 – Reading Is My SuperPower – REVIEW
July 7 – Brooke Blogs - SPOTLIGHT
July 8 – The Power of Words – REVIEW
July 8 – A Blue Million Books – GUEST POST
July 9 – The Avid Reader – REVIEW
July 10 – My Reading Journeys - REVIEW
July 10 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – REVIEW
July 11 – cherylbbookblog - REVIEW
July 12 – The Book's the Thing – REVIEW, GUEST POST
July 12 – Mysteries with Character – GUEST POST
July 13 – Laura's Interests – REVIEW
July 13 – Jane Reads – GUEST POST
July 14 – The Montana Bookaholic – REVIEW
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July 15 – Moonlight Rendezvous – REVIEW
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Saturday, July 14, 2018

Happy Saturday from the cat and dog cozy mystery series authors, and thank you, Lisa K, for inviting us to join you today! Today we're answering the question "Why do you think cats (if you write cat mysteries) or dogs (if you write dog mysteries) make such great mystery-solving sidekicks?"

Dogs are wonderful because they don't judge and the character is free to express his thoughts to the dog. They make a great sounding board for ideas involving the case. Dogs provide loyal companionship and a bit of humor. They are always up for an adventure, permanently happy, and naturally instinctual. Dogs make the perfect partner—supportive, silent, and loyal.

Cats are cunning and clever. They don't put up with bologna, and can sense if something is off about someone. When a suspect thinks he's alone to behave as their true selves, a cat can be in the shadows, observing, calculating.

I write cat mysteries and I think cats make great sidekicks because they're intelligent and very stealthy—they can get into all kinds of spaces we can't and are masters at hiding and spying. They're also great hunters! In my books, the cats are always gathering clues and providing their owner, Beatrice, with intelligence. Bee even goes so far as to hook them up with hidden cameras! Cats can also be very loyal and Bee's 4 cats are constantly trying to get her out of scrapes and ward off danger!

Dogs are loyal and smart creatures. They also have a way of naturally surveying the environment around them (mostly by sniffing everything in sight). That lends itself well to uncovering clues.

 Because they are their own characters who don't listen to anyone or anything except their own intuition. As such, they aren't constrained in any way and can alert their humans to clues the human would never have thought of. They can also go places a human can't and can pick up on danger using their highly trained senses.

My dogs always look at me like I've just said the smartest and most amazing thing every time I talk to them. So, it makes sense that they would think everything our characters do to solve a mystery is a good idea! They are a constant source of admiration and support!

Cats have their own mind, and they aren't afraid to share their thoughts. Plus, their senses are far more honed than ours, which helps with picking up scents and other crime scene clues that might otherwise go undetected by us humans. They can also be quite persistent. When their human is being dense or overlooking the obvious, a cat will often hound and complain until they get their point across. This trait is most noticeable when there's an empty food dish nearby, but it can also help to draw attention to evidence that might just solve a murder.

Dogs are so loyal that they just want to help in their own way, which doesn't always look like help but is their intention. Cats have their own personality and independence, mostly centering on the "I don't care at all what you think or do" and that independence is a great quality for a sleuth. They can't be slowed down by pretense—they have to be daring enough to solve the mystery at hand.

Dogs make great sidekicks because they are loyal and protective, accompanying their owners everywhere. Canines can sniff out clues and dig them up, often to hilarious results. And nothing beats a dog for protecting his owner when she confronts the killer. Plus, they work for biscuits.

Dogs, and cats for that matter, are very intuitive. They see and sense things that their humans often miss. The animals I use as sidekicks in my series are very good at helping their human see what has been there right in front of them all along.

Readers, now it's your turn to tell us why you think cats and dogs make great mystery-solving sidekicks!


Each author is giving away one ebook during the blog tour, and every blog you comment on earns you another chance to win (only one comment per person per blog will be counted for giveaway purposes). Ten eBooks = ten different winners! Please include your email address with your comment so we can reach you if you win.

Learn more about us, our books, and our characters by visiting all of our blog tour stops. And remember, each tour post you comment on by July 27, 2018 earns you another chance to win one of our ebooks.

July 5, 2018: Bibliophile Reviews
July 6, 2018: Chicks on the Case
July 9, 2018: Melissa's Mochas, Mysteries, and Meows
July 12, 2018: Dru's Book Musings
July 14, 2018: Lisa Ks Book Reviews
July 16, 2018: Brooke Blogs
July 18, 2018: A Cup of Tea and a Cozy Mystery
July 20, 2018: MJB Reviewers
July 23, 2018: Thoughts in Progress
July 25, 2018: Escape With Dollycas

About the Authors

is the award-winning author of the Cooper Harrington Detective Novels and the Hometown Harbor Series. Join Tammy's exclusive reader group, and she'll send you a fun interview with the dogs from her books as a FREE thank-you gift.

is a connoisseur of classic fashion statements, craves a good rootbeer float, and always chews with her mouth closed. Of course, she also has a weak spot for murder mysteries.

writes the Beatrice Young Cozy Cat Mysteries. The heroine of her stories is Beatrice Young, a 64-year-old amateur sleuth and Cozy Cat Cafe owner who lives in the small town of Ashbrook, New Hampshire with her 4 cats: Hamish, Lucky, Petunia, and Simon. The first book in her series is only 99 cents, and fans can stay connected through her Readers Group.

writes the Daley Buzz Cozy Mystery series. She loves corgis, cozies, and cupcakes. Sign up for her mailing list and be the first to know about her new books.

is a writer, blogger and mother of two. To get a free copy of Death at the CafΓ©, the prequel to the Reverend Annabelle Dixon cozy mystery series featuring Biscuit, the church cat, plus two more books, updates about new releases, exclusive promotions, and other insider information, please sign up for the Cozy Mysteries Insider mailing list.

writes the New Orleans Go Cup Chronicles humorous mysteries and loves to travel. An avid animal lover, she also directs and manages a New Orleans Schnauzer rescue.

writes the Cozy Cat Caper Mystery series. She plots murder during the day and fights for mattress space with her two rescue cats at night. When not attending to her cats' demands, she writes.

spent a lifetime reading cozy mysteries before finding the courage to write them. She writes about the women she wants to be and the pets she wants to meet! To get the first book in both of her series free, join the readers' group Sandi's Sleuths.

loves writing mysteries with furry detective crime-solvers. Her first Dog Detective short story, The Mystery of the Blue Dolphins, featuring Paw and Clarissa, is always free to download.

is the USA Today bestselling author of eight mystery series, including the Tj Jensen Paradise Lake Mystery series and the Tess and Tilly Cozy Mystery series. She writes cozy mysteries that warm your heart and feed your soul.


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Friday, July 13, 2018

Cozy Food Friday!

That means it's time to share a recipe from 
another great cozy mystery!
This week I have picked
Book 4 in the Glass Bead Mysteries
by Janice Peacock

When a wealthy theater owner is killed by a falling art glass chandelier, glass beadmaker Jax O’Connell’s boyfriend, Detective Zachary Grant, quickly determines it was no accident. Jax and her friend Tessa try to carry on with a charity fashion gala at the theater, but with only a few days before the big event, they have to scramble to keep things from falling apart. The emcee quits, and to make matters worse, Tessa’s daughters are suspects in the murder. As the chaos unfolds, Jax discovers new suspects at every turn, including an edgy glass blower, an agoraphobic socialite, and a hunky former-cop-turned-actor. Can Jax piece together the clues to find the killer and uncover the dark secrets behind the victim’s family or will it be curtains for her?
Here’s a breakfast conversations between Jax, the main character in the Glass Bead Mystery Series, and her neighbor Val. She isn’t always the best cook, but provides much a lot of comic relief in my cozy mysteries.  This time around Val’s French toast is to die for.  I’m sharing Val’s recipe with you today.

Excerpt from To Bead or Not to Bead, Book Four in the Glass Bead Mystery Series

   As we passed around plates of food, I noticed Val helped herself to several pieces of French toast.
   “I thought you were on Sleeping Beauty’s Diet. Does she allow you to eat French toast?” I asked.
   “Oh, that was a dumb diet! You know how they get you to lose weight?”
   “By eating fewer calories than your body burns?” I suggested. It seemed like a logical guess to me.
   “Perhaps, but what they wanted me to do was sleep. Like all the time, I mean, literally stay in bed and sleep.”
   “Sounds fantastic to me,” I replied. I never wanted to get out of bed in the morning.
“Not me! I’ve got to get moving every day. If I don’t, I get all down in the dumps. I had to move on to the next diet.”
   “And what’s that?”
   “The Weekday Diet.”
   “And that is…” I prompted.
   “I can only eat things that begin with the letter of the day of the week. So, it’s Friday, and I can eat French toast,” Val said.
   “Oh, lucky you. Looks like French fries, fajitas, and figs are also on your menu,” I said, counting items on my fingers.
   “I’m not sure what I’m going to eat when I get to Saturday and Sunday.”
   “Steak and sausages?”
“I suppose…”
“Sangria and soup!” I suggested.
“Good job, Jax. Way to help me with my diet,” Val said, digging into her breakfast.
“No syrup?” I asked.
“Not until tomorrow.”

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Another crafty mystery from Janice Peacock!

I’ve heard it said that writers write what they know. It’s so very clear that author Janice Peacock must know what she’s talking about when it comes to glass bead making. But how does she get her knowledge for mysteries. Who cares. As long as she keeps more coming like, TO BEAD OT NOT TO BEAD!

I’ve enjoyed the Glass Bead Mysteries from the very first book in the series. In this installment all the great characters are back. Jax and Tessa are in the thick of things again, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.  They’re just so much fun to read.

As for the whodunit, I was so happy to see the victim get what he deserved (I’m really not so vengeful in my own life), and in a very creative way. A gun or poison weren’t good enough. No, author Peacock had other ideas for this victim, and I’m so happy she did!

Mystery fans, you will be blown away with, TO BEAD OR NOT TO BEAD.


On To The Recipe!


All food photos are owned by Janice Peacock


1 pound loaf of cinnamon bread (I like Cinnabon, but any cinnamon bread will work)
The stuffing:
   4 ounces of softened cream cheese
   2 tablespoons granulated sugar
   ½ teaspoon vanilla

  The dip:
   3 eggs (the eggs pictured are from my backyard chickens)
   2 tablespoons of milk
   ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

Syrup (optional)
Powdered sugar (optional)

   1. Mix cream cheese, sugar and vanilla is a small bowl.  I like to use a fork ensure the ingredients are well-mixed.

   2. Spread the cream cheese mixture on one slice of cinnamon bread, then put another piece on top of the cream cheese mixture to make a sandwich.

   3.  This a good time to pre-heat your pan to medium heat.  I like a cast iron frying pan with a little non-stick spray, but any large frying pan will work. 

   4. Whisk eggs, milk and cinnamon in a wide, medium bowl.

   5. Working quickly, dip your bread and cream cheese sandwich into the egg mixture, making sure to coat all sides and edges.  Put it in the pan. Depending on the size of the pan, you may be able to squeeze a couple of these in at time.

   6. Cook for 1 minute on each side or until golden brown. Monitor for doneness at 30 seconds—you don’t want them to burn. If your bread is thick, you can place another frying pan on top of the sandwich to press it down.

   7. Serve onto plates, cut in half, and add syrup or powdered sugar, if desired.

Done!  Enjoy your breakfast, and I’ll thank Val next time I see her.

Hands up if you're going to make this ASAP!


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Book Beginnings on Fridays is a meme hosted by Rose City Reader
Share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading.

The Friday 56 is a meme hosted by Freda's Voice
Rules: *Grab a book, any book. *Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader (If you have to improvise, that's okay.) *Find any sentence, (or few, just don't spoil it) that grab you. *Post it.

My Book Beginnings

Frankie Lawton stood in the middle of the stage screaming at his volunteers. Dressed in a scarlet suit, with a shock of white hair on his head, he reminded me of Santa---except for his attitude, which was somewhere between bossy and shrill---definitely not jolly.

My 56% (Appox)

"Maybe, we don't have a map to go along with it, so, it's going to be hard to know where to start digging."


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