Friday, June 9, 2017

Cozy Food Friday

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

Today I'm featuring 
Book 3 in the Hamptons Home & Garden Mysteries
by Kathleen Bridge

In the latest mystery from the author of Better Homes and Corpses and Hearse and Gardens, Hamptons interior designer and antiques picker Meg Barrett uncovers a veil of spooky goings-on... 

The first Sag Harbor Antiquarian Book and Ephemera Fair is right around the corner, and interior designer Meg Barrett has her hands full decorating rooms at the Bibliophile Bed & Breakfast for wealthy rare book collector Franklin Hollingsworth. Rumor has it Hollingsworth is in possession of an unpublished manuscript written by F. Scott Fitzgerald. When the Fitzgerald manuscript's authenticator is found dead at the bottom of a cliff, Meg suspects a killer is on the loose.

Rare books start disappearing from the B & B and Meg sees a connection between the stolen books and the deceased authenticator. With the fair looming, she finds herself caught up in catching a killer and thief before another victim is booked for death.



Author Kathleen Bridges does it again. Fans of the Hampton Home & Garden Mysteries are going to love this third installment!

You know you’re in for a fast moving, exciting story when it starts off with a hurricane brewing! And indeed, by the end of chapter two of GHOSTAL LIVING, I already felt the energy of this tale growing, and I prepared myself to be blown away. I was!

Kicked back in my recliner with a cold soda at my side, I dived into GHOSTAL LIVING and was almost half way finished with the book when I came up for air. There was so much going on! Between the storm, a murder, and everything lead character, Meg Barrett was trying to juggle in her life, I simply had to keep reading “just one more page”.  

Speaking of Meg Barrett, she’s really someone I enjoy reading. I like that author Bridges writes Meg with a hearing impairment. While I adore most protagonists in the cozy mysteries I read, a large percentage of them tend to be too perfect.

Kathleen Bridge is such a clever writer. She knows just what it takes to pen a mystery that will keep the reader interested, and guessing. So much so, that when I finished reading GHOSTAL LIVING, I was wishing I had another book by this author to read!

Make sure to keep reading one the story is over, or you’ll miss out on great tips for repurposing vintage items, and some mouthwatering recipes! 

On to the recipe!


(No cooking involved - Yeah!)

All food images borrowed from Google Images. Rights belong to original poster.
Your dish may vary in appearance.


1 quart strawberries (slightly past their prime are the best), washed and hulled
1 cup white wine
2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
1 cup sugar
4 tablespoons lemon juice


   Place all ingredients in a food processor or blended and blend until smooth.
   Cover until smooth. 
   Cover and chill overnight or for several hours.
   Serve in chilled bowls and garnish with strawberry slices, a dollop of whipped cream or vanilla yogurt and a few mint leaves. 

Serves 6 --- can be served as an intermezzo or dessert

What a refreshing treat in the hot summer weather!
My (Lisa) guess is, to make this child friendly, you could replace the wine with seltzer water, or to make it even sweeter, 7-Up or Sprite.


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

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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

My Book Beginnings

It was an understatement to say that I, Meg Barrett, had too much on my plate. 

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%

Through the Jeep's open window, I inhaled the scent of suntan lotion and briny ocean air.

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  1. Interesting recipe. Thanks, Lisa. Happy Friday, to you.

  2. Thanks for sharing your review and the recipe.

  3. I like the sound of this book. Thanks for mentioning it. Also, that recipe looks good.

  4. I'd probably make this with Sprite myself... :)

  5. Looks like a fun read, but Strawberry Soup, no thanks... LOL.
    Happy weekend!

  6. I know I have read the first book in this series. Not sure if I ever got around to reading the second book though. Will have to find out.

    Thanks for the review. And oh how I wish I weren't allergic to strawberries. That recipe looks delicious!