Friday, July 27, 2018


Cozy Food Friday

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It's time to share a recipe from 
another great cozy mystery!

Today I'm featuring a recipe from
Book 5 in the Country Store Mysteries
Maddie Day
(aka Edith Maxwell)

Restaurateur Robbie Jordan is ready for the boost in business a local music festival brings to South Lick, Indiana, but the beloved event strikes a sour note when one of the musicians is murdered . . .
June’s annual Brown County Bluegrass Festival at the Bill Monroe Music Park in neighboring Beanblossom is always a hit for Robbie’s country store and café, Pans ‘N Pancakes. This year, Robbie is even more excited, because she’s launching a new bed and breakfast above her shop. A few festival musicians will be among Robbie’s first guests, along with her father, Roberto, and his wife, Maria. But the celebration is cut short when a performer is found choked to death by a banjo string. Now all the banjo players are featured in a different kind of lineup. To clear their names, Robbie must pair up with an unexpected partner to pick at the clues and find the plucky killer before he can conduct an encore performance . . .
Includes Recipes for You to Try!



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On to the recipe!


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In Death Over Easy (release date July 31), Robbie Jordan and her assistant Danna prepare fried apples as a breakfast special to celebrate the bluegrass festival, because the dish is a specialty of the Bluegrass state, Kentucky.

Makes 6 to 8 servings


1/2 cup butter, cubed
6 medium unpeeled tart red apples, sliced
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon


   Melt butter in a large cast-iron or other oven-proof skillet. 
   Add apples and 1/2 cup sugar; stir to mix well. Cover and cook over low heat for 20 minutes or until apples are tender, stirring frequently. 
   Add cinnamon and remaining sugar. Cook and stir over medium-high heat 5 minutes.

Enjoy warm on top of your French toast or pancakes, or as a topping for vanilla ice cream!

Be honest. 
How many of you are heading out to buy apples the first chance you get?


About Maddie

Agatha- and Macavity-nominated Edith Maxwell writes the Quaker Midwife Mysteries, the Local Foods Mysteries, and award-winning short crime fiction. As Maddie Day she writes the Country Store Mysteries and a new 2019 series, the Cozy Capers Book Group Mysteries. Maxwell is president of Sisters in Crime New England, co-chair of the New England Crime Bake conference, and lives north of Boston with her beau, two elderly cats, and an impressive array of garden statuary.


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

A crow scratched out a call from a tall black maple at the edge of the music festival seating area. A shiver rippled through me, but I shook it off. I don't believe in bad omens.

My Friday 56% 

I hurried through my apartment to the back door.
And sucked in a harsh breath. Scratch marks surrounded the metal plate that held the keyhole and handle to the door.


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  1. My Book Beginnings
    I was being bullied by stationary. The note had arrived the day before by courier service - and it had to be a trap.I glared at it on the coffee table wondering if I dare open it. I pulled my knees up to my chest and hugged them to calm ky shaky nerves.

    My Friday 56
    She egnored me and went on. "And her style of dress indicates she may be losing some of her faculties. We've had reports of her out about town in her pajamas and slippers, and just look at her now. An evening gown at ten a.m. on a Saturday!"

    This was fun, thank you!!
    I can't wait to try your recipe so.. I need to go out and buy more apples 😁😁❤️

  2. LOVE - LOVED - LOVE Edith Maxwell/Maddie Day! Can't wait for the opportunity to read "DEATH OVER EASY". As always, adorable cover and cool title. This on really speaks to me since hubby is learning the banjo. :)

    Thanks for the fried apple recipe and for telling everyone about "DEATH OVER EASY". Appreciate the chance to win an Edith Maxwell/Maddie Day Mystery Author Apron.

    We have been on a wonderful vacation with us on the last and thankfully short leg of the journey today. I think one of the most amazing things was having no TV, no radio, no phone service and no internet service and the beauty and majestic sights were so fabulous that we never missed it. Started packing out already so my books are in the car and can't give my first line. :)
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

    1. You're the best, Kay! How lovely to be off the grid for a while.

  3. I haven't made fried apples in ages! Thank you for the recipe and the giveaway! I love this series!

  4. Oh, I love fried apples! Happy Friday, Lisa.

  5. Thank you for the recipe, sounds delicious.

  6. What lovely foods...and the book cover is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

    1. Kensington does a wonderful job with my covers, Laurel-Rain.

  7. Love the look of the fried apples. They sound like apples from apple pie. Yum My Friday Quotes

  8. This book sounds so good! I need to start this series! And those fried apples look delicious! Hope you have a great weekend! :)

  9. Ooohhhh...both the book and the fried apples sound good.

  10. This sounds good. I am wondering why you need an oven-proof pan for the apples when nothing in the directions says to put it in the oven. I haven't tried this author or series yet but will be adding them to my wishlist. Thanks for visiting my blog. Happy reading!

    1. You know, I realized that was in there, but I think it's because the sugar in the apples can get very hot, and oven-proof pans tend to be heavier.

  11. I really enjoy this series. The author manages to keep it fresh despite having 75% of most stories take place in Robbie's store/cafe.

    1. Oh, and Robbie is going back to visit Santa Barbara in book 7!

  12. Those fried apples look delicious. I'd love some right about now! And the title for this book is so fun. Love the cover and I enjoy bed and breakfast settings in cozies:)

    My Friday 56 from A Proper Hellhound

    1. Thanks. Kensington does a great job with the covers.

  13. Fried Apples sounds delicious!! I have to try that!
    Sounds like a great, and yummy cozy too! Happy weekend!

  14. Another cosy kitty cover! :) Love them!

    1. That's Birdy from the series (modeled on my dear late Birdy).

  15. Well that's a creepy and exciting 56. Hope you enjoy your weekend!