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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Wednesday Takeover and Announcement

Karen here!  Today Lisa is "Hitting the Books" and I am taking over to announce that we are so thrilled with how our  Three Amigos Summer Reading Program has gone that we do not want next Monday to really be the last day so we are building on the momentum and adding a few more of our Amigos!
We are going to be starting a two part series called Five Amigos Fall-O-ween Fun!  Starting Monday September 4th we will be sharing our favorite Fall Cozy Mystery Picks and then in October we kick things up a notch!
In October we will share our most favorite Halloween themed, ghost stories, witchy cozy mysteries and so much more!

The Five Amigos will be made up of four blogs.....

This one, right here with Lisa!
Mary of mjbreviewers.wordpress.com
Sheryl from Booth Talks Books

and the Two Canadian Karens!  Karen from A Cup of Tea and A Cozy Mystery.com  on the West Coast of Canada and the other Karen who hails from the Province of Ontario, (a bout 3,000 miles to the East of  The West Coast), together we will offer you two different selections on one blog www.acupofteaandacozymystery.com 

We are all look forward to sharing our Fall and Halloween Cozy Mystery picks with all of you, and let's face it we are all looking forward to sweater and jean weather again as much as we are looking forward to the changing fall colors, pumpkin spice everything craze and getting to share our favorite books and authors with all of you.
Thank you for joining us here today and Thank you Lisa for letting me take over the blog today to make our Big Announcement!

Thank you for joining us here today and we all  look forward to spending our Mondays this fall with all of you!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017


It's that time again!
Author
Kathi Daley
has a new book out and she
wants to give one to you!

*****!!!GIVEAWAY!!!*****

Kathi is celebrating the release of 
FRANKENCAT
Book 13 in the Whales and Tails Cozy Mysteries


Cait and Tara are holding a book club meeting at Coffee Cat Books the week before Halloween. There are twelve participants reading Frankenstein as a storm rolls in. The storm intensifies and the lights go out thrusting the store into darkness. By the time the electricity is restored one of the book club members will be found dead.

*****!!!GIVEAWAY!!!*****

For your chance to win a copy of
FRANKENCAT
use the Rafflecopter form below

USA - Choice of Print or Kindle copy
Canada - Kindle copy only


You will find a full list of Kathi's books at . . .

GOOD LUCK!
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Monday, August 21, 2017


Welcome to week 10 of the
THREE AMIGOS SUMMER READING CLUB
with Bloggers Mary Brown, Karen M. Owen, and yours truly!

Every Monday from now through August 28,
Mary, Karen, and I
will recommend some of our favorite cozy mystery titles in eleven (11) different categories!

Today our theme is 
Bookstores/Café Cozies! 
We're recommending 3 books with this theme that really stand out to each of us.
My pick for favorite cozy with a
Bookstores/Café Cozies! 
WELL READ, THEN DEAD
#1 in the Read Em and Eat Mysteries
by Terrie Farley Moran


Nestled in the barrier islands of Florida’s Gulf Coast, Fort Myers Beach is home to Mary “Sassy” Cabot and Bridget Mayfield—owners of the bookstore café, Read ’Em and Eat. But when they’re not dishing about books or serving up scones, Sassy and Bridgy are keeping tabs on hard-boiled murder.
 
Read ’Em and Eat is known for its delicious breakfast and lunch treats, along with quite a colorful clientele. If it’s not Rowena Gustavson loudly debating the merits of the current book club selection, it’s Miss Augusta Maddox lecturing tourists on rumors of sunken treasure among the islands. It’s no wonder Sassy’s favorite is Delia Batson, a regular at the Emily Dickinson table. Augusta’s cousin and best friend Delia is painfully shy—which makes the news of her murder all the more shocking.
 
No one is more distraught than Augusta, and Sassy wants to help any way she can. But Augusta doesn’t have time for sympathy. She wants Delia’s killer found—and she’s not taking no for an answer. Now Sassy is on the case, and she’d better act fast before there’s any more trouble in paradise.
 
Includes a buttermilk pie recipe!

MY REVIEW


One of my top three favorite new mystery series of 2014! 

I have never read the first book of a series and the first published book for an author and been this blown away.

Any time a book grabs me on the first page and won’t let go, I know I am in for some of the best reading time I have ever spent. WELL READ, THEN DEAD, did that and more. I so enjoyed the book, I found myself smiling while reading and the real world around me fading away. 

The characters and settings mix wonderfully and draw the reader in. It was a delight to get to know Mary “Sassy” Cabot and Bridget “Bridgy” Mayfield—owners of the bookstore café, Read ’Em and Eat. They are two of the most enjoyable characters I have read this year. And wait until you meet Aunt Ophie! She’ll have you laughing out loud. There are shelves lined with books, delicious menu items, such as Old Man and the Sea Chowder, Miss Marple Scones and honest to goodness, Green Eggs and Ham, tables named after famous authors, and book groups like the Books Before Breakfast club. Beyond a doubt, if I had a real life Read ’Em and Eat near me, I would spend so much of my time there you’d think I was on the payroll! 

What about the mystery element of the book? Perfect! Even after reading the back cover blur, I forgot who the victim was until I started reading the book. I cried when I read she was dead, because in just the short time I had been reading, I knew that woman would be someone I would love to spend a lot of time with. With the suspects that kept popping up, it became harder to guess who the murder was. I was in suspense the entire time and more emotionally invested than I have been in a story in ages. And with a twist that I didn’t see coming, it’s no wonder when I closed this book I just sat there and said “Wow”.

This book is a must read for all cozy fans and the perfect book to gift someone if you would like to introduce them to cozies mystery.

WELL READ, THEN DEAD
was one of my top favorite books when it first came out. A ca
fé and a bookstore combine?!? Talk about my dream come true!


The characters in this book, this entire series are wonderfully written. Friends, Sassy and Bridget own the Read "Em and Eat Café. It's a place I would spend all of my time. I'd be the local that would haunt the shop every day.


Author Terrie Farley Moran is an amazing writer. The mystery, humor, and all around great storytelling of this book, and series will captivate you just as much as it dead me. Of that I have no doubt.

Pick up a copy of
WELL READ, THEN DEAD
and you'll find yourself reading one of the best cozy mysteries you ever read.



My Amigos Mary and Karen have also picked their bookstore/café cozies. 
Please head over to their blogs and check them out!

Mary Brown's blog

and

Karen Owen's blog


Make sure to check back next Monday for suggestions on a new cozy mystery theme!


Keep all of our great titles in mind for
Buy A Friend A Book Day 
on 
August 29!


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Sunday, August 20, 2017


It's
Cozy Food Friday Sunday!

That means it's time to share a recipe from 
another great cozy mystery!

Today I'm featuring 
MULCH ADO ABOUT MURDER 
Book 5 in the Local Foods Mysteries
by Edith Maxwell


It’s been a hot, dry spring in Westbury, Massachusetts. As organic farmer Cam Flaherty waits for much-needed rain, storm clouds of mystery begin to gather. Once again, it’s time to put away her sun hat and put on her sleuthing cap . . .

May has been anything but merry for Cam so far. Her parents have arrived unexpectedly and her crops are in danger of withering away. But all of that’s nothing compared to the grim fate that lies in store for one of her neighbors. Nicole Kingsbury is the proud owner of the town’s new hydroponic greenhouse. She claims the process will be 100% organic, but she uses chemicals to feed her crops. To Cam’s surprise, her mother embarrasses her by organizing a series of loud public protests against Nicole’s operation.

When Nicole is found dead in a vat of hydroponic slurry—clutching another set of rosary beads—Detective Pete Pappas has a new murder to solve. Showers may be scarce this spring, but there’s no shortage of suspects, including the dead woman’s embittered ex‑husband, the Other Man whose affair ruined their marriage, and Cam’s own mother. Lucky for Cam, her father turns out to have a knack for sleuthing—not to mention dealing with chickens. Will he and Cam be able to clear Mrs. Flaherty’s name before the killer strikes again?

MY REVIEW


Another fresh, entertaining story in the Local Foods Mystery series.

I get so excited each time I start a new book by author Edith Maxwell. I am always anxious at first thinking there is no way it can be as good as her other works. And then only a few pages in, I know how silly I was being, because each tale she writes is better than the one before!  The proof is in the reading because MULCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING is the cream of the crop.

I’m not an outdoorsy person, and I don’t eat vegetables (though I am a fruit fan), so what am I doing reading the Local Foods Mysteries? Well, as I mentioned above, I am a fan of this author’s writing. But I am also fascinated with the thought of little seeds becoming big, beautiful, eatable food. And Ms. Maxwell does make it sound fun . . . almost. ;-)

I love spending time with series lead, Cam Flaherty. I think she’s a brilliantly written character. She’s independent, and knowledgeable, but not 100% perfect, which adds another layer of interest to her. It was great getting to see her interact with her parents in this story. I quite like her father, but her more I believe is an acquired taste.

The murder mystery in MULCH ADO ABOUT MURDER is exceptional. There are many possible suspects, including Cam’s mom. So many people who would want to see the victim dead. Ms. Maxwell could easily have muddied things for readers with all that was going on, but she blended everything together perfectly, planting doubts, and leaving clues to harvest. And all led up to an action packed reveal, that left me feeling I had lived through the story myself!

MULCH ADO ABOUT MURDER has everything you want in a cozy summer read, including great recipes. You’ve got to pick up a copy of your own!

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On to the recipe!

SWEDISH CHEESECAKE---OSTKAKA

All food photos are borrowed from Google Images and its contributors, with many thanks. 
Your finished dish will very in appearance.

Jake's special dessert, which he offers Cam and her parents at restaurant.


Ingredients

4 large eggs
½ cup sugar
¼ cup unbleached white flour
24 ounces strained cottage cgeese
½ cup almond meal
3 to 4 ground almonds
1 tablespoon Frangelico liqueur


Directions

Preheat oven to 425°F

   Whip eggs until fluffy. Stir in sugar, flour, and cottage cheese. Fold in the almond meal, almonds, and liqueur. 

   Butter a 9" x 13" casserole. Pour mixture into the pan. Bake 30 minutes. If cheesecake starts to get too brown, cover with foil. 

   Best served warm with strawberries and sour cream or crème fraîche.


We don't make our potato salad with eggs and pickles in my family, but this sure does sound good.

What ingredients do you use in your potato salad?

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Please keep reading and check out my 
installments of 
Book Beginnings on Fridays
and
The Friday 56

Both the BB and 56 are also from
MULCH ADO ABOUT MURDER

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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

Cam Flaherty sank her head onto the steering wheel in the parking lot outside the Seacoast Fresh Greenhouse.  The repeated refrain of the protesters on the sidewalk behind her swirled like angry wasps. She straightened and whacked the wheel with her fist. "I do NOT have time for this."

My 56

William raised his eyebrows and looked at her over the top of his glasses.


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Saturday, August 19, 2017


Hello all.
Sorry I've missed the past couple of days.
I got whallopped with a whole lot of not feeling well.
Since I missed Cozy Food Friday, one of my favorite blog days, tomorrow I will share that post.

Have a beautiful weekend.
Lisa

Thursday, August 17, 2017


WHAT'S COOKING?
Make that
What's Baking?!

I know I did a baking book last week, but A) I LOVE BAKING, and B) this book comes out on Sept 5, and I wanted you all to know about it ASAP!

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HOLIDAY COOKIES
Showstopping Recipes To Sweeten The Season
by Elisabet der Nederlanden


From Icebox Pinwheel Cookies to Red-and-White Meringue Kisses to Apple Cider Caramels, find new inspiration for the best of seasonal baking with Holiday Cookies.
 
This instant holiday classic is packed with 50 recipes, each gorgeously photographed and meticulously tested, along with dozens of decorating and packaging ideas. Filled with reimagined favorites like Giant Molasses Spice Cookies and Hazelnut Sandwich Cookies; confections like Peppermint Bark, Smoked Almond and Cacao Nib Brittle, and Dark Chocolate–Hazelnut Fudge; and detailed instructions for gorgeous gingerbread houses, cookie place cards, and edible ornaments, this is a cookie book like no other. Because the recipes are easy to scale up or down, Holiday Cookies is perfect for cookie exchanges, gift-giving, and just enjoying throughout the season. 

From a veteran baker and recipe developer, each cookie in this collection is guaranteed to be a stand-out, and destined to become your new Christmas classic.

MY REVIEW


I am crazy for sweets. I have been my entire life. Needless to say, when I first saw HOLIDAY COOKIES, I knew I had to read this sweet recipe book for myself. I’m so very happy I did.

HOLIDAY COOKIES starts off with a lovely introduction from author Elisabet der Nederlanden. She tells of growing up in Sweden and her love of the holidays, and the delicious treats that came along with them. In under two pages, she made me feel the warmth of her life, and her joy for baking. I’m smiling again just mentioning it here.

The author’s happiness continues through in the “About This Book” section. Speaking of why she choose the recipes she did. She also leads readers through, Tips, Tricks, and Decorating, Royal Icing, Packaging, and Storage. Even ideas for a cookie exchange.

Following the introduction and the About This Book, are six tasty chapters filled with fifty mouthwatering cookie recipes that made me yearn for holidays past, and anxiously dream for holidays to come. 

Among the amazing cookie recipes presented in HOLIDAY COOKIES, you will find . . . Chocolate-Dipped Macaroons, Red Velvet Crackle Cookies, Hazelnut Sandwich Cookies, Espresso Thins, Glazed Eggnog Madeleines, Cinnamon-Sugar Palmiers, Swedish Pepparkakor, Danish Butter Wreaths, Gingerbread Place-Card Cookies, Stained – Glassed Snowflakes, Apple Cider Caramels, and oh so many, many more!

Honestly, I could smell the sweet, spicy scent of baking cookies filling my house the entire time I was immersed in this delightful book. Between the recipes, photos, and my nose playing tricks one me, I was deliriously overcome (in a good way of course) with sensory overload. 

HOLIDAY COOKIES is now a forever treasure of mine, and I know you’ll want to make it one of yours too. And I sincerely hope there is a HOLIDAY COOKIES TWO in the works.

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I was blessed to be able to load this book early to my Kindle to read it for review. However, I love it so much, it's going on my birthday wish list so I'll have it in plenty of time for Christmas!

About author Elisabet der Nederlanden


ELISABET DER NEDERLANDEN is a passionate professional baker and a graduate of the California Culinary Academy. She has worked as a food stylist and professional recipe developer/tester for commercial, advertising, and packaging projects. In addition, she has managed recipe testing and food styling for more than 30 cookbooks.


HOLIDAY COOKIES
releases
September 5!


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