Monday, December 9, 2019

With Christmas a few weeks away,
I thought it was a great time for this flashback! 



Christmas is coming!

So many things come to mind when thinking of Christmas, and they all bring a smile to my face. 
One of the things that brings the biggest smile?


Dessert, parties, cookie exchanges . . . 
Cookies play a big part in the holidays.

Luckily for cozy fans, there are tons of tasty cookie recipes in many of our favorite cozy mysteries! 

Every Tuesday, now until Christmas, I'll be sharing some amazing cookie recipes from some of your favorite authors and books! 

Our first Cookie Jar Tuesday comes from the anthology.

by Leslie Meier, Lee Hollis, and Barbara Ross
the Hayley Powell Food & Cocktails Mystery
short story
by Lee Hollis

With the fireplace crackling, the tree twinkling, and the carols humming, few things in life are as picture perfect as Christmas in Maine—until murder dampens the holiday spirit. It must be something in the eggnog . . .
When a gift-wrapped bottle of eggnog—allegedly from the Real Beard Santa Club—proves to be a killer concoction for a Tinker’s Cove local, all Lucy Stone wants for Christmas is to find the murdering mixologist who’s stirring up trouble.
Food and cocktails columnist Hayley Powell has never cared much for Bar Harbor’s grouchy town librarian, Agatha Farnsworth. But after the Scroogy senior has a fatal—and suspicious—allergic reaction to supposedly non-dairy eggnog, it’s up to Hayley to ladle out some justice.

Julia Snowden’s tenant Imogen Geinkes seems to be jinxed. First, her poorly named “Killer Eggnog” gives all her co-workers food poisoning at the holiday party, then her boyfriend’s body shows up in Julia’s moving truck as she’s headed back to Busman’s Harbor. Now Julia has to get moving to catch the cold-hearted culprit. 
Cozy up with a glass of eggnog and enjoy the spirit of murder and mystery in a Yuletide treat perfect for those winter holidays . . .

On to the recipe!

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2 cups yellow cake mix
6 tablespoons melted unsalted butter
2 large egg yolks
2 tablespoons eggnog
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

In a bowl mix all your ingredients together until blended. Do not overmix.

Divide your dough into six balls and place on a baking sheet lined with
parchment paper. 

Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for nine to ten minutes. 

Remove from oven and cool for two minutes, then place on a wire cooling rack and cool completely.

When cooled you can frost them.  


2/3 cup powdered sugar
2 to 3 tablespoons eggnog
Ground nutmeg for sprinkling

In a bowl whisk powdered sugar and eggnog together until you have a frosting consistency. 

You can use more powdered sugar and eggnog to achieve this. 

Frost your cooled cookies and sprinkle with a bit of nutmeg. 

Serve and enjoy!

These would be perfect for any gathering!

You want a cookie now, don't you?


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Sunday, December 8, 2019

Check out these giveaways from GoodReads!
(Use the link below each book for a chance to enter)

The books I've listed are just some of the titles you can win!
There are not only more mysteries (of all types) but books in just about any genre you can think of.
What are you waiting for? Go enter!!!

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Saturday, December 7, 2019


I'm happy today to be a stop on the book tour for
Book 4 in the Pismawallops PTA Mysteries
by Rebecca M. Douglass

Spotlight On

JJ McGregor and the Pismawallops PTA are back in action! JJ has a new job at the library, which allows her to pay her bills. That ought to make her happy, but with all those books to shelve, the PTA to run, and a 16-year-old son to raise, there’s never enough time to spend with her sweetheart, police chief Ron Karlson. That’s especially true with Thanksgiving on the horizon and her mother coming to visit, not to mention the PTA’s Holiday Bazaar looming ahead.

The PTA has to swing into action in a hurry when a grumpy member of the school board threatens plans to build a badly-needed swimming pool on the island. His objections turn out to be nothing compared to the claims of a stranger who says the land the pool would be built on is actually hers. The board meeting dissolves into chaos, and JJ leaps into action in an effort to get to the bottom of the incipient land war.

Before JJ can find what she needs in the reference section, things turn deadly in the library stacks. Now JJ needs some answers fast, before she loses her job—or her life. She’s determined to find out everything about the victim, and for once the library doesn’t hold all the answers. JJ and Kitty may have to face the ultimate peril: a visit to Mrs. Halsey, the oldest—and crankiest—person on the island, where they may learn more than they bargained for.



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Winner will be chosen after December 13 at the end of the tour.

This giveaway is through Great Escape Book Tours, not Lisa Ks Book Reviews.

About Rebecca M. Douglass

After a lifetime of reading, and a decade or more of slinging books at the library and herding cats with the PTA, Rebecca began to turn her experiences into books of her own, publishing her first in 2012. That failed to quiet the voices in her head, but seemed to entertain a number of readers, so she wrote some more, which generated still more voices. Despite the unlimited distractions provided by raising sons to the point of leaving home (and preparing to move without forwarding address if necessary to retain that empty nest), not to mention the mountains that keep calling (very hard to resist the urging of something the size of the Sierra Nevada), she has managed to pen a total of 9 books so far.

For those who enjoy murder and mayhem with a sense of humor, Rebecca’s Pismawallops PTA mysteries (Death By Ice Cream and Death By Trombone, Death By Adverb, and Death By Library) provide insights into what PTA moms are really like. If you prefer tall tales and even less of a grip on reality, visit Skunk Corners in The Ninja Librarian and the sequels Return to Skunk Corners and The Problem of Peggy. For those who’ve always thought that fantasy was a bit too high-minded, a stumble through rescues and escapes with Halitor the Hero, possibly the most hapless hero to ever run in fear from any and all fair maidens, should set you straight.

Why does Rebecca write so many different kinds of books (there’s even an alphabet picture book in the mix!)? We could argue that it’s because she has a rich lifetime of experience that requires expression in—squirrel!

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December 5 – StoreyBook Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
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December 6 – Devilishly Delicious Book Reviews – REVIEW
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Friday, December 6, 2019

Cozy Food Friday!

That means it's time to share a recipe from 
another great cozy mystery!
This week's recipe is from
Book 8 in the Cookies & Chance Mysteries
by Catherine Bruns

From USA Today bestselling author Catherine Bruns comes a hilarious holiday whodunit!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… Unless you’re Sally Muccio.

The full-time baker and sometime sleuth is ready to burst into song. She and her husband are expecting a bundle of joy, her sister’s wedding is just around the corner, and it’s Christmas, her favorite time of year. But when Sal’s the victim of a carjacking by Santa himself and a forgotten item links her to a murder, she doesn’t feel like ho-ho-hoing anymore.

Damian Ruger was a drug user, womanizer and first-class jerk. And unfortunately for Sal, she once had a connection to him in high school. The dough really hits the fan when her bakery's gingerbread cookies are found next to his dead body, and Sal's cake server is used as a murder weapon. Someone is trying to frame the expectant mother, but why? Sal has no choice but to try to clear her name...before she and the baby are singing Christmas carols in prison!

*Recipes Included!*



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1½ cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ cup (4 ounces) unsalted butter, softened
¾ cup packed brown sugar
1 egg, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips 

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Preheat the oven to 350˚F. Grease mini muffin pans that have 12 or more cups each or use mini paper baking cups. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, and baking soda. In another large mixing bowl, beat the butter and brown sugar until light and creamy, about 2–3 minutes. Beat in the egg and vanilla. Gradually beat in the flour mixture. Stir in the chocolate chips. 

Roll the dough into 1-inch balls (roughly 1 tablespoon each) and add to each cup in the muffin pan. Bake 10-12 minutes or until cookies fill the cup, are done in the middle, and golden brown.

Using a round teaspoon (or something similar), immediately press down into the center of each cookie cup, making an indentation deep enough to fill later. Cool completely before removing from the pans. 

For the filling: 

1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
¾ cup sweetened condensed milk
½ teaspoon vanilla extract 


In a large heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water (do not let the bowl touch the water), or double boiler, melt together the chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla.

Immediately fill a piping bag, or a sandwich bag with the tip cut off, and fill each cookie cup. The fudge will harden quickly, so reheat the mixture if needed. Let the chocolate harden before serving. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

Makes about 30 cups.  

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

Both the BB and 56 are 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.

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

Josie beamed as she handed me an oblong gift-wrapped box. "It's just a little something, Sal." 

"But I thought we weren't exchanging Christmas gifts this year." Guilt consumed me as I tore off the green paper decorated with miniature Santas and the words Ho ho ho coming out of his mouth in a bubble. "Besides, you've already done so much—the baby shower, the gorgeous cake, and the car seat." 

Josie's blue eyes softened as she placed the dirty mixing bowl in the three-bowl sink. We were standing in the back room, or kitchen area, of my bakery, Sally's Samples. As head baker, Josie Sullivan's unique talent was the sole reason I still had a business after three and a half years. We'd been best friends since the age of eight, and she'd never once let me down.  

My 56

 " . . . Guess he finally learned his lesson." 
Now she had my attention. "Really? What happened?"

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