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Thursday, July 27, 2017

I've been doing cozy mystery reviews, and running 
Lisa Ks Book Reviews for just over four years now. My first blog post was June 19, 2013! Wow.
I have all you to thank for that.
Lately, I've been wanting to add a new genre to the blog (No worries! Cozy mysteries will ALWAYS be my main priority). Because there are so many wonderful cozies, I don't read anything else. So, I was stumped as to the genre I would add. Light bulb! I do read something else. I read cookbooks! I love cookbooks! Most cozies and recipes go hand in hand after all. Perfect!
Today and every Thursday, here at Lisa Ks Book Reviews will now be known as . . .
What's Cooking?
Each Thursday I will post a review for a cookbook.
I've posted cookbook reviews before, but they were by cozy authors (What's not to love about that?) The cookbooks I'm reviewing for this new Thursday feature will be on a wide variety of topics. Hopefully there will be a little something for everyone.
Okay . . . Here we go!!!

Book 1
by Hannah Abedi 

Are you tired of complicated recipes with too many ingredients that you don't have?

Your problem has been solved! This simple and easy cookbook has step-by-step recipes that will wow even the pickiest of eaters, and best of all – each recipe only contains 5 ingredients or LESS! You will impress your friends and family with these delicious meals.

Before long you'll have everyone asking for more. With a nice variety of delicious 5-ingredient recipes, you can please everyone!

70 FIVE ingredient recipes!

Delicious recipes for any occasion:


Side Dishes


No More Complicated Recipes

Every single one of these recipes has only five ingredients or less! You don't have to worry about complicated recipes with hard-to-follow instructions. All of these recipes are simple and easy to follow. The directions have been simplified so anyone can create delicious meals.

You'll find just about every kind of recipe in this book: slow cooker and Crockpot recipes, chicken recipes, beef recipes, breakfast, lunch, dinner, entrees, side dishes, desserts, and so much more.


5 INREDIENT RECIPES isn’t the first cookbook I’ve ever reviewed, but it is the first that has nothing to do with cozy mysteries.

I was thrilled when I first saw 5 INGREDIENT RECIPES. With time and money being scarce these days, the thought of needing only five ingredients for a meal sounds like a great way to go! A win, win if you will.

I was very pleased with the recipes in this book. Not only can you create meals with very few ingredients (sometimes less than 5), in most of the recipes even the prep and cooking are quick and easy.

With recipes like Blueberry Breakfast Bake, Mini Cheese Balls, Simple Chicken Cordon Bleu, Pork Chops, Potatoes, and Green Beans, Spinach Parmesan Pasta, Peanut Butter Mug Cake, and Apple Pie Smoothie, there is something for everyone no matter your taste or what meal you’re cooking for. I’ll be trying many of these dishes myself.

There are a few things I wish this book had that it didn’t. There are no photos, and no dialog from the author. Also, with only five ingredients per recipe, I expected to have all the ingredients on hand for many of the recipes included, but I always seemed to be short by one or two. That being said, my household has very plain tastes, so I’m sure a lot readers will find what they need in their fridges and/or pantries.

If you’re a fan of easy to fix meals, snacks, and drinks, give 5 INGREDIENT RECIPES a try!



Author Mary Kennedy has been a steady support of my blog and reviews. When I told her about my new journey into the world of cookbook reviews, Mary graciously offered to do a giveaway!

One lucky winner will receive a print or eBook copy (winners choice) of 
Book 2 in Mary's Dream Club Mysteries

The national bestselling author of Nightmares Can Be Murder once again gathers together the members of the Dream Club in Savannah, Georgia, where the book tour of a famous chef becomes a recipe for disaster… 

Behind her down-home folksy persona, celebrity chef Sonia Scott is a real Dixie diva who’s made plenty of enemies in her climb to the top of the culinary world. One of them is the newest member of the Dream Club, Etta Mae Beasley, who claims Sonia stole her family’s recipes and used them in her latest cookbook.

After Sonia’s suspicious death from anaphylactic shock at a book signing held at Taylor and Ali’s retro candy store, Etta’s revelation sows seeds of doubt in Taylor Blake’s mind. Now the Dream Club needs to put their heads together to determine if one of their own decided to give the chef her just desserts…

How perfect is that is that? A great way to celebrate the first post in my "What's Cooking?" Thursday cookbook reviews? Thank you Mary!

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I hope you enjoyed my first
What's Cooking?
Cookbook Review

I would love your feedback.
Please leave a comment and let me know what you think!

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017


I'm thrilled to be a stop on the 
book tour for 
Cate Conte
and her new book
Book 1 in the Cat Cafe Mysteries

The first novel in a frisky new mystery series set in a small New England town, where an unlikely citizen is called in to solve the purrfect crime. . .
Maddie James has arrived in Daybreak Island, just off the coast of Massachusetts, eager to settle down and start her own business―and maybe even fall in love. When a stray orange tabby pounces into her life, she’s inspired to open a cat cafΓ©. But little does Maddie know that she’s in for something a lot more catastrophic when her new furry companion finds the dead body of the town bully. Now all eyes are on Maddie: Who is this crazy cat-whisperer lady who’s come to town? If pet-hair-maintenance and crime-fighting weren’t keeping her busy enough, Maddie now has not one but two eligible bachelors who think she’s the cat’s pajamas . . . and will do anything to win her heart. But how can she even think about happily-ever-after while a killer remains on the loose―and on her path?


Five lucky readers will win a
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An Interview With Cate

LKBR:  Thank you for being here today, Cate!

CC: I’m so excited to be here! Thanks for having me.

LKBR: Please tell us a bit about Cat About Town.

CC: I’m having such fun writing this series. My protagonist, Maddie James comes back to Daybreak Island off the coast of Massachusetts for her grandmother’s funeral but finds her grandfather in a bit of a mess. The scheming leader of the island Chamber of Commerce, Frank O’Malley, is trying to coerce Grandpa Leo to give up his house, which has been in his family for decades. As if things can’t get any worse, Frank turns up dead after a contentious lunch with Maddie. And then the police start looking at Grandpa—which is awful, because he’s the former chief of police!
In the midst of all that, Maddie adopts a stray cat and starts thinking about future plans, including a cat cafe on the island. But much mayhem occurs before she can put those plans in motion. 

LKBR: How did you come up with the concept for the Cat Cafe Mysteries? How about the idea for this installment?

CC:The concept for the series started out a bit more generally - my editor reached out to my agent looking for a series, literally about a “cat about town.” After some discussion, we landed on the cat cafe concept, which is fairly new to the states. It seemed perfect!

LKBR: Do you have a favorite character in the Cat Cafe books?

CC: JJ the cat, of course - he’s a stray Maddie picks up at the cemetery. Also, Leopard Man. He’s a quirky guy who dresses in leopard print from head to toe and speaks almost totally in Shakespeare. No one knows his story, and I think he’ll be a fun character to follow around.

LKBR: Is there a certain type of scene that’s harder for you to write than others? Love, action, death, etc?

CC: That’s a great question! I’ve never really thought about this. In cozies we don’t get to write a lot of love scenes. I think sometimes action scenes are hard for me. My brain is seeing everything happening in fast mode, but I have a hard time translating it all onto the page and keeping the action going. I tend to underwrite the first time around.

LKBR: In your writing, have you ever used experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

CC: I think as writers we all bring life experiences to our work. I’m absolutely guilty of stealing experiences from people I know as well! Take Leopard Man, for instance. He’s based on a real person I used to see around my old town - the clothing part, at least. I never talked to this guy so I have no idea if he knows Shakespeare, but I had to steal the outfits!

LKBR: When you’re in the process of writing/creating a book, do you use a computer, typewriter, dictate, or use pen to paper?
CC: I use a computer mostly. I love the idea of writing longhand, but it doesn’t work for me. It’s much easier for me to type, delete and type some more. Sometimes if I’m on a train, I’ll scribble some ideas or things I can’t forget in a notebook, but usually don’t write full scenes by hand.

LKBR: Do you have any writing quirks or rituals that you do before, during, and/or after writing a new book?

CC: I don’t know if it’s a ritual, but after I turn a book in I try to avoid the computer for a couple of weeks to recover! It never works, though…

LKBR: Who/What inspired you to write your first book?
CC: I wrote my first book in grad school - I decided I would write a women’s fiction book as my thesis. It will never see the light of day! But after college I wrote my first mystery book. It was the start of a series that took place in a funeral home. I haven’t sold it…yet! But it was inspired by two people—my good friend Glenn who runs a funeral home, and Janet Evanovich. I’d spent a lot of time at the funeral home and it seemed like such a cool place to center a book around. And most of all, I wanted it to be funny. While I’ll never be funny like Evanovich, I figured it was worth a shot!

LKBR: What was one of the most surprising thing(s) you learned when trying to get your first book published?

CC: I’d been trying to get published for years when the opportunity to propose my Pawsitively Organic series came up through Sisters in Crime. After writing the proposal, I was surprised at how fast everything moved. Within two months of brainstorming the idea with my agent, I had a contract. So after years of trying, it seemed like it almost happened overnight.

LKBR: What book are you reading?                      

CC:  Right now, I’m reading Dennis Lehane’s World Gone By. I’m a huge fan of his and this is a great gangster story. I’m a sucker for gangsters.

LKBR: Do you have any advice for aspiring cozy writers?

CC: Join groups! Sisters in Crime National, for one, and your local chapter. Mystery Writers of America. Go to conferences. Network. Make friends and find your tribe - the connections are key. They will make all the difference.

LKBR: Where can readers go to learn more about you and your books?

CC: Readers can find me in lots of places!

My website is www.lizmugavero.com

and you can find me on social media 

LKBR: Thank you so much for letting us get to know you better!

CC:  Thanks for having me!

More about Cate

Cate Conte is the alter ego of Liz Mugavero. Liz is the author of the Pawsitively Organic Mystery series from Kensington Books, the first of which was an Agatha nominee for Best First Novel. As you can imagine, her canine and feline rescues demand the best organic food and treats around. She is a member of Sisters in Crime National, Sisters in Crime New England, Mystery Writers of America, and the Cat Writers’ Association. She currently lives in Connecticut.


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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Wow! Take a look at all of the
great titles out today! 


While Merry is distracted by her quickly planned marriage to Virgil Grace and a blissful honeymoon in New York, her friend Pish invites the ghost-hunting crew from the TV show Haunt Hunt to investigate Merry's home, Wynter Castle. Merry soon discovers that not only is the crew out of sync, there are so many feuds and squabbles, it's a miracle they get a show produced at all. It all goes from bad to worse when the show's psychics claim to have contact with people murdered on Merry's property. When two cast members are found dead, Merry and Virgil must figure out who's picking off the Haunt Hunt team before their hard-earned happily ever after is cut short.

Third in the Postmistress Mystery series by Jean Flowers, following Death Takes Priority and Cancelled by Murder...

Love is in the air for postmaster Cassie Miller and the residents of North Ashcot, Massachusetts. Valentine's Day is right around the corner, and the town is gearing up for a special dinner dance at the senior center. With the local musical group performing at the dance displaced from their regular practice location, Cassie is all too happy to host them during off-hours at the post office.

But not everything is coming up roses. When one of the musicians, Dennis Somerville, is found shot in his home, rumors swirl over who might have wanted him dead. Cassie must determine if there is a link between a string of recent break-ins and Dennis's murder before another victim winds up with more than a broken heart.

As Laurie Cass continues the national bestselling Bookmobile Cat mystery series, librarian Minnie Hamilton is happy to take her bookmobile for a spin with her rescue cat, Eddie—but her tenacious tabby always seems to find trouble...
As the bookmobile rolls along the hills of Chilson, Michigan, Minnie and Eddie spread good cheer and good reads. But when her faithful feline finds his way into the middle of a murder, Minnie is there, like any good librarian, to check it out.
Eddie turns a routine bookmobile stop into anything but when he makes a quick escape and hops into a pickup truck…with a dead body in the flatbed. The friendly local lawyer who was driving the pickup falls under suspicion. But Minnie and Eddie think there's more to this case than meets the eye, and the dynamic duo sets out to leave no page unturned.

In the latest from the national bestselling author of Much Ado About Muffin, newlywed baker Merry Wynter has some unwanted guests looking for ghosts at Wynter Castle…

While Merry is distracted by her quickly planned marriage to Virgil Grace and a blissful honeymoon in New York, her friend Pish invites the ghost-hunting crew from the TV show Haunt Hunt to investigate Merry's home, Wynter Castle. Merry soon discovers that not only is the crew out of sync, there are so many feuds and squabbles, it's a miracle they get a show produced at all. 

It all goes from bad to worse when the show's psychics claim to have contact with people murdered on Merry's property. When two cast members are found dead, Merry and Virgil must figure out who’s picking off the Haunt Hunt team before their hard-earned happily ever after is cut short.

Checking out!

Emma Lee Raines, proprietor of a small-town Kentucky funeral home, Eternal Slumber, is a “Betweener,” helps ghosts stuck between here and the ever-after— only murdered ghosts. After Emma Lee solves who murdered them, only then can they cross over to the Great Beyond, Big Guy In The Sky.
Emma Lee is up against a cold case that happened before she’d even gotten her “Betweener” gift. Not only is the ghost of eight-year-old Betsy Lynn Brady, but Mr. Whiskers Betsy’s cat needs to cross the Rainbow Bridge. 

Betsy Lynn Brady has no idea who murdered her or why. With her heart in shambles, Emma Lee begs her sexy beau, Sheriff Jack Henry Ross to reopen the cold case because Betsy’s head is always stuck in a book and can’t remember exactly what happened to her.

Emma Lee learns real fast that someone doesn’t want her to snoop around the cold case. Can she help Betsy cross over and get Mr. Whiskers cross the Rainbow Bridge before someone helps Emma Lee check out from the living?

The newest member of Martha’s close-knit quilting circle has an eye for couture. But when the designer’s fingerprints are found blanketing a crime scene, Martha must prove that he didn’t have a hand in homicide! 
Martha Rose is alarmed by the discovery of Dolleen Doyle’s dead body, especially when evidence suggests a fellow quilter committed the crime.  Set on clearing her pal, Martha searches for answers—but with ties to a convicted fraudster’s stolen millions and a secret office room, the victim’s past raises even more questions. As Martha inches towards the culprit, she learns that wrapping the case up—and living to baste another square—will be trickier than she ever imagined . . .

A midnight wedding, Army veterans who face repercussions of two different wars, and a very startling wedding guest. Wedding days are special, but they don't usually pack as big a surprise as Jolie and Scoobie's New Year's Eve nuptials. Scoobie never knew much about his family -- and after the way he grew up, who could blame him for liking it that way? A 9-1-1 call during the wedding changes everything. Suddenly Jolie has to help Scoobie figure out what he wants to know, and determine who seems to want someone in his family dead. Knowing more about Scoobie's past could change their future together. But a special wedding arrival may cause even more complications. Book 10 in the Jolie Gentil cozy mystery series brings together the close-knit group of friends and zany Ocean Alley townspeople for a very special event. You don't want to miss it!

Mack Dalton has named plenty of murderers since she and her barstool detectives began cracking cold cases. But as a new year looms, time is ticking on the hunt for her craftiest villain yet . . .
As Milwaukee counts down to New Year’s Eve, bar owner Mackenzie “Mack” Dalton has but one resolution—unmask the dangerous mastermind who has been taunting her and killed bouncer Gary Gunderson. Mack and her fellow barflies have fleshed out a suspect and arranged an invite-only party to put a cork in the murderer’s game for good. But when the clock strikes midnight and their suspect is found cold and stiff on the basement stairs, it seems the celebration may have come too soon. Now Mack must rely on her special talents to find the real criminal among the crowd of revelers—or someone won’t survive until last call . . .

* Includes drink recipes *

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