Friday, January 20, 2017

Cozy Food Friday

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

Today I'm featuring 
Book 5 in the Cookbook Nook Mysteries
by Daryl Wood Gerber

Things heat up for bookstore owner Jenna Hart in the latest Cookbook Nook mystery from the Agatha Award-winning author of Fudging the Books.
As the Wild West Extravaganza rides into Crystal Cove, California, Cookbook Nook store owner Jenna Hart is ready to indulge her appetite for grilled and barbecued treats and maybe even try the Texas skip. But when the body of one of her father’s neighbors is found the next morning smoldering in a bonfire, the rodeo revelry is extinguished. 
Sylvia Gump had acquired plenty of enemies with her practice of illegally encroaching on her neighbors’ properties—including Jenna’s dad, who was off fishing by himself and has no alibi for the murder. Now it’s up to Cary Hart’s dutiful daughter to clear his name before the real killer turns up the heat and rakes someone else over the coals...





Be prepared to get your mystery senses fired up over this delicious read!

Ever since read book one, FINAL SENTENCE, the Cookbook Nook Mysteries have been one of my very favorites.

Getting back to Crystal Cover is like going back to visit old friends. The characters in this series are so richly written, it’s hard to believe they’re fictional! The family, and the friend dynamics are something we all should be graced with in our lives.

GRILLING THE SUBJECT is another fabulous installment of this great series. A fun, fast, intriguing read. I read this is one setting, breaking only for food and drink. (These books make me hungry!) Filled with twists, turns, and all around “Whats?”, I didn’t even come close to guessing whodunit.

Author Daryl Wood Gerber certainly knows what it takes to give readers the best time they can have. She sure has a real fan in me!

Don’t forget to check out the back of the book for some great recipes!


About Daryl

Agatha Award-winning and nationally bestselling author DARYL WOOD GERBER ventures into the world of suspense with her gripping debut novel, GIRL ON THE RUN. Daryl also writes the bestselling Cookbook Nook Mysteries. As AVERY AAMES, she pens the bestselling Cheese Shop Mysteries.


On to the recipe!


Photos courtesy of Google Images

Serves 4 to 6


1/4 cup butter, cubed
2 cups uncooked white rice
1 can (14 1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes with their liquid
1 cup beef broth, plus more if needed
1 medium onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/8 teaspoon white pepper


   In a sautΓ© pan over medium heat, melt the butter. 
   Add the rice and stir until lightly browned, 5 to 7 minutes. 

   Add the diced tomatoes with their liquid, beef broth, chopped onion, minced garlic, bay leaf, sugar, salt, black pepper, and white pepper. 
   Bring the mixture to a boil.
   Reduce heat to low.
   Cover and simmer the rice for 25 to 30 minutes, or until liquid is absorbed and the rice is tender. 
   Add more beef broth if needed. 

   Remove the bay leaf before serving.

   Isn't that easy?

This sure would be fantastic for dinner on a cold winter evening. And there are so many things you can do with it, or serve it with! πŸ™‚


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

Both are also from 


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

My Book Beginnings

I didn't mean to. It was an accident.

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 Friday 56 

Unless she's guilty of murder sailed through my mind.


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Thursday, January 19, 2017

I'm always so happy to have author
Dianne Harman
back on the blog!

Dianne is celebrating the release of 
Book 11 in the Cedar Bay Cozy Mystery series 

When Maggie Ryan, a retired schoolteacher is murdered, and over thirty dogs are discovered living in her home, the Cedar Bay Animal Shelter is stretched beyond its meager resources. What to do with the dogs and finding the murderer becomes the challenge. But who would have wanted the elderly spinster dead, and what was the killer’s motive? Was it the local reverend who desperately needed money to pay off his gambling debts? Or the neighbor who was kept awake by Maggie’s barking dogs? Was it the disgruntled father of a boy Maggie had wanted to hold back a year in school? Or even the director of the animal shelter? Join Kelly, the owner of Kelly’s Koffee Shop, and her husband, Mike, the sheriff of Beaver County, Oregon, along with a bulldog puppy named Max, and Sanyu, an Akita guard dog, as they literally have to sniff out the murderer before they become the next victims. As always, you can expect plenty of food, dogs, recipes, and quirky characters.


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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Lisa Ks Book Reviews blog is proud to bring to you

This is a weekly online publication focused on connecting cozy mystery readers to favorite cozy characters by way of their town's newspapers. 

The Cozy Times will be available every Wednesday right here on Lisa Ks blog.

I think it's time to see what some of our authors are up to, don't you? The Cozy Times has sources everywhere, and here's what they found this week!
(All accounts listed below are fictional and just for fun)

Author News

Author Eleanor Cawood Jones has been keeping busy with writing, and attending events, but she sure has been missing going to yard sales with friend Sherry Harris. 

Word got back to The Cozy Times that Ms. Jones caused a bit of a disturbance when she returned to the home of yard sale she had attended in the summer of 2016. Says Mrs. Rufus Scattney, "There was a loud bangin' on my door. Well, we'd just sat down for our supper, so we didn't get up. Thought they'd just go away, ya know? But no! Don't you know they started bangin' louder, and then there was this lady a shoutin'. 'Hey in there! I'm Ellie. I was at your yard sale in August. I just want to come in and see what other stuff you have!' We told her to go away, but she just kept on a shoutin'. So, my husband Rufus, he opened the door and handed her a box with a broken can opener, a stuffed bear that our dog had chewed on, and some of them plastic buildin' block toys. She quieted down, took the box and ran to her car happy as could be. I ain't never seen nothin' like it". 

It sounds like Spring can't get here soon enough for this yard sale loving author. 
Bar Harbor, Maine resident, Holly Copp Simason, the sister half of the writing team that is Lee Hollis, was spotted out Friday night at the local bar, Drinks Like A Fish. Seems like Ms. Simason was in a tight huddle with three regulars later identified as, Hayley Powell from the Island Times, Liddy Crawford real estate agent extraordinaire, and local lobster woman, and mother of so many children we have lost count, Mona Barnes. 

The Cozy Times tried to find out what the four were in such a secret huddle about, but no one could hear anything more than clinking glasses, hushed whispers, giggling, and an occasional snort of loud laughter that appeared to be coming from Mrs. Barnes. We here at the Times are so curious, we tried bribing the owner of the bar for information. Sadly, we forgot to take into consideration that the owner of the bar is Ms. Powell's brother. As a result, we are no longer allowed in Drinks Like A Fish.

No worries readers, we'll get to the bottom of things, and share with you as soon as we do. 


Remember to keep your eyes peeled dear readers. You never know when one of your favorite authors may be visiting your hometown.


I hope you enjoyed this special author spotlight issue of 
The Cozy Times.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Book 6 in the Aloha Lagoon Mysteries
by Catherine Bruns


Catherine is so excited about today's release of 
she's giving away a copy!

US - Choice of signed print copy or eBook
Canada - eBook

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From USA Today bestselling author Catherine Bruns, comes an Aloha Lagoon Mystery that proves sometimes paradise isn't all it's served up to be. 

New to both Hawaii and the Aloha Lagoon Resort, Carrie Jorgenson has big dreams of stardom. But while she awaits fame and fortune, she's forced to accept a job waitressing at the resort's The Loco Moco CafΓ©. It isn't long before she discovers the dish on her new boss—also known to many as "The Big Kahuna." Hale Akamu is rich, handsome, repulsive...and dead. When Carrie discovers Hale's lifeless body, she's suddenly forced into yet another role—amateur sleuth. With everyone from Carrie to the saucy chef to the cafΓ©'s hot assistant manager under suspicion, Carrie needs to track a killer before she becomes his next main entrΓ©e! 
**Recipes included!**



The dish of the day is murder, Hawaiian style, and author Catherine Bruns serves it up with a plate full of mystery!

My town just had about six inches of snow (a lot for us) on the ground for two days. How fun is it that as I read DEATH OF THE BIG KAHUNA, the weather warmed and the snow started melting. Now as I write this review, the sun is shining and it is 68 degrees. That’s some talent you have Ms. Bruns. Talk about a story coming to life! ;-)

DEATH OF THE BIG KAHUNA is the first book I’ve read in the Aloha Lagoon Mysteries (each book is written by a different author, and follows different characters), but is not my first book by Catherine Bruns. I’ve enjoyed her writing in her own two series, and am happy to say, I loved it with this book as well.

Protagonist, Carrie Jorgenson, was an interesting character to get to know. Before we meet her in the book, it’s clear she didn’t have the best home life. That’s how she comes to be in Hawaii. She’s wants to change her life, and even dreams of being a star one day. Taking a waitress job and waiting for that dream to come true is what she has to do. I really liked that it became more than just a job to her, and she actually liked it. Though it was off to a shaky start pretty early on when she discovers the dead body of her boss.

Author Bruns delivers a clever story of murder, mystery, and mayhem, all set against the backdrop of paradise. Carrie turns sleuth to discover who killed her boss. With the story being in first person, we readers see and hear everything from Carries point of view. This story was so real, it was like I could really her Carrie talking in my ear. I felt happiness when see did, and shared her fears with her. This all made for a story I simply couldn’t put down. Not through the investigation, not during the action filled reveal. Only when I had read the last, satisfying page of DEATH OF THE BIG KAHUNA, was I able to sit back and a breath. Very well done!

There are also recipes in the back of the book, so don’t miss out on them!


About Catherine

Catherine is the USA Today best selling author of the Cookies & Chance mysteries. She lives in New York with her very patient husband, three sons, and assorted cats and dogs. Catherine has a B.A. in English and is a former newspaper reporter and press release writer. She also writes the Cindy York mysteries and coming next January, the Aloha Lagoon (Carrie Jorgenson) mysteries. To find out more about future releases and giveaways, you can sign up for Catherine's newsletter at 

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