Monday, March 30, 2020


Today I want to introduce to you a wonderful publication

Kings River Life Magazine

I'm going to concentrate on one sections of this publication, but I encourage you to visit the site and check it all out.
I will post a link at the end of this post.

is my favorite section for obvious reasons.

Take a look at what you'll find!

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Coconut Layer Cake Murder By 

Joanne Fluke: Review/Giveaway

by Sandra Murphy



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COMING ATTRACTIONS: APRIL SHOWERS EDITION

A list of up coming cozies compiled 
by author Sunny Frazier



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The Panda of Death: Gunn Zoo Mystery By Betty Webb: Review/Giveaway/Interview

by Sandra Murphy



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Trio of Fun Food Mysteries

Three culinary cozies!
Compiled by Sandra Murphy and Cynthia Chow



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The above are just a sampling you'll find over at 
Kings River Life Magazine.



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Sunday, March 29, 2020


If you're anything like me, you're always on the lookout for a new cozy mystery to read. It doesn't matter if it's an old series or a new one, at long as it's new to me.

Over time I will be posting 
COZIES A - Z
and sharing with you in alphabetical order by author some of the amazing cozies there are out there!

Here we go . . .

Allyson K. Abbott

Mack's Bar Mysteries

BOOK 1

Mack's Bar Mysteries is a book series, set in Milwaukee and composed around the life of strong, eccentric, and lovable bar owner, Mackenzie “Mack” Dalton, the red head with an attitude. The bar owner turned part-time detective literally has a nose for trouble, kind of like the police dog recruits.


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Kristi Abbott

Popcorn Shop Mysteries

BOOK 1

Popcorn Shop Mystery burst on the scene, featuring gourmet popcorn entrepreneur Rebecca Anderson and her poodle Sprocket. Opening a gourmet popcorn shop was never on Rebecca Anderson's bucket list. But after a failed marriage to a celebrity chef, she's ready for her life to open up and expand.


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Victoria Abbott

Book Collector Mysteries

BOOK 1

The Book Collector Mystery series which started in 2013 and is set in Harrison Falls, NY. It features Jordan Kelly, who needs a new job and a new place to live. She moves in with her not so law-abiding uncles, in debt thanks to a credit card stealing ex and pending grad school loans.




Check back tomorrow, Saturday April 4, for more 
cozies mysteries from A authors!

In the mean time, remember to visit again tomorrow!

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Saturday, March 28, 2020


If you're anything like me, you're always on the lookout for a new cozy mystery to read. It doesn't matter if it's an old series or a new one, at long as it's new to me.

Over time I will be posting 
COZIES A - Z
and sharing with you in alphabetical order by author some of the amazing cozies there are out there!

Here we go . . . 


Avery Aames

Cheese Shop Mysteries

BOOK 1

In this Agatha Award-winning series, Charlott Bessette, owner of the Fromagerie Bessette, a cheese shop in Providence, Ohio, specializes in a variety of cheeses and solving assorted crimes.


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Kathy Aarons

Chocolate Covered Mysteries

BOOK 1

Aarons writes the Chocolate Covered Mystery Series, which is set in Maryland. Michelle Serrano is the co-owner of Chocolates and Chapters, a combination bookstore and chocolate shop. (What a dream-like shop combination!) Her best friend, Erica Russell is the co-owner of the shop. As Kathy Krevat, she writes the Gourmet Cat Mystery Series, starring Colbie Summers, single mom and gourmet cat food entrepreneur in Summerside, California.


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Sparkle Abbey

Pampered Pet Mysteries

BOOK ONE

The Pampered Pets Mystery Series In posh Laguna Beach things have gone to the dogs with misbehaving pooches, misleading stories, and… murder. It's up to Texas cousins and former beauty queens, Caro Lamont and Mel Langston, to find out whodunit in the wacky world of precious pedigrees, pampered pets and secrets.




Check back tomorrow, Sunday 28, for more 
cozies mysteries from A authors!

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Friday, March 27, 2020


It's
Cozy Food Friday!

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

This week's recipe is from
MURDER AT THE TAFFY SHOP
Book 2 in the Cozy Capers Book Group Mysteries
by Maddie Day


This Barnes & Noble Exclusive Edition 
is available March 31, 2020, only at  Barnes & Noble through 3/31/2021.

Cape Cod bicycle shop owner Mackenzie “Mac” Almeida and her mystery book club find a certain accusation of murder quite the stretch . . .

When your mother is an astrologist and your dad is a minister, you learn to keep an open mind. Which is just what Mac loves to do—exercise her mind by puzzling out fictional clues in the mystery novels she reads and discusses with her Cozy Capers Book Group.

But now Mac’s friend Gin has found herself in a sticky situation. After wealthy genealogist Beverly Ruchart is found dead outside Gin’s taffy shop, the candy maker becomes a person of interest. When it’s revealed that Beverly was poisoned the night Gin brought a box of taffy to a dinner party at Beverly’s house, she’s bumped to the top of the suspects list. It’s up to Mac and her Cozy Capers crime solvers to unwrap this real-life mystery. But this time they might have bitten off more than they can chew . . .

Book two in the Cozy Capers Book Group Mysteries, Murder at the Taffy Shop, is set in August, full season on Cape Cod. When Mac heads out for a walk with her friend, she finds a horrified Gin staring at Beverly Ruchart, an imperious summer person, dead on the sidewalk in front of Gin’s candy shop, Salty Taffy’s. When the police find the murder weapon in Gin’s garage, the Cozy Capers book group members put their heads together to clear Gin’s name and figure out who killed the woman whom almost everyone disliked. After the killer later invades Mac’s tiny house to finish her off, Bella, Mac’s African Gray parrot, comes to the rescue. Murder at the Taffy Shop  releases March 31 in a paperback exclusive from Barnes & Noble.

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AVOCADO DEVIL EGGS


Mac makes these to bring to the Cozy Capers book group meeting.

Ingredients

8 hard-cooked eggs, shelled
2 ripe avocados
1 teaspoon fresh cilantro or dill, minced (Some people have a severe aversion to cilantro, so consider your diners)
3 teaspoons lime juice
1 tablespoon capers, chopped finely
Salt and pepper to taste.
Habanero or jalapeno hot sauce
Smoked paprika or chili powder


Directions

   Halve eggs lengthwise and remove yolks to a bowl. Mash avocado with yolks. Add cilantro or dill, lime juice, a few drops of hot sauce, and a pinch each salt and pepper. Mix gently and season to taste.



   Fill egg white halves. Sprinkle smoked paprika or chili powder on top. Cover and refrigerate if you won’t be serving immediately.


Yum! We can't make these for a gathering right now, but we sure can make them for ourselves and our families! Who's going to give them a try?

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ABOUT MADDIE DAY


Maddie Day is a talented amateur chef and holds a Ph.D. in Linguistics from Indiana University. An Agatha-nominated and Amazon-bestselling author, she is a member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America and also writes award-winning short crime fiction, which has appeared in a number of juried anthologies. She lives with her beau and three cats in Massachusetts, where she's currently working on her next Country Store mystery when she isn't cooking up something delectable in the kitchen. She hopes you’ll find her at maddiedayauthor.com.


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Thursday, March 26, 2020


WHAT'S COOKING? 

Out of this world drinks! 
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THE GEEKY BARTENDER DRINKS
Real-Life Recipes For Fantasy Cocktails bCassandra Reeder, The Geeky Chef


Featuring nerdy recipes for both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, The Geeky Bartender Drinks is your chance to sip your way through your favorite sci-fi and fantasy worlds—Game of ThronesLegend of ZeldaStar Trek, and more. This smaller hardcover version of the original book has a new, fresh, modern design and includes 10 additional recipes from The Geeky Chef Strikes Back, making it the perfect gift for the geek in your life.

Author Cassandra Reeder has created authentic real-life drinks and cocktails inspired by your favorite fantasy drinks. So, if you’ve found yourself craving Shimmerwine from FireflyBlack Frost Beer from Buffy the Vampire SlayerSwanky Panky from Bob’s Burgers, or Butterbeer from Harry Potter, you’re about to quench your thirst in a galaxy far, far away.

Featuring more than 60 original cocktail recipes, you’ll also learn edgy cocktail tricks, such as creating a “shimmer effect” in your liquor, giving a sparkle rim to your glass, and adding fire or mist to a cocktail, along with concocting simple syrups and ice-cube effects. Easy step-by-step instructions and fun themed photos make these creative recipes perfect for your next party, season premiere get-together, or your standing reservation for a party of one. And for all you designated drivers, don’t despair: The Geeky Chef has plenty of imaginative tricks for making theseyummy drinks alcohol-free.

Whether you’re thirsting for adventure or just need your mana restored, The Geeky Bartender has you covered!

Releases May 5!


Let me start this review with this. I don’t drink. If it’s harder than Mountain Dew, it’s not for me. So why am I reviewing this book? I loved and reviewed, THE GEEKY CHEF COOKBOOK. Being a sci-fi geek from far back, I couldn’t not check out, THE GEEKY BARDTENDER DRINKS. And just like the cookbook, this was so much fun!

Author Cassandra Reeder knows her sci-fi, fantasy, and other fun genres. Between the TV shows, movies, books, and games the author mentions is chapters like Special Effects, Magical Elixirs, Sci-Fi Spirits, and Literary Libations, just to name a few, she covers a drink for every self-professed geek that likes to imbibe in cocktails and ale. She even has Nonalcoholic drinks for teetotalers like me!

To wet your geeky whistle, you’ll find drinks such as, The Elder Scrolls: White-Gold Tower, World of Warcraft: Moonglow, The Legend of Zelda: Chateau Romani, The Lord of the Rings: Miruvor, Battlestar Galactica: Ambrosia, Star Wars: Tatooine Sunset, Doctor Who: Sonic Screwdriver, Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Black Frost Beer, Harry Potter: Butterbeer, Discworld: Scumble and Fluff, 1984: Victory Gin, Fallout: Dirty Wastelander, Archer: Peppermint Patty, The Simpsons: Flanders’ Planter Punch, Futurama: Slurm, Hook: Poe-Poe, and many, many more!

I had so much fun with THE GEEKY BARDTENDER DRINKS. Several of my favorite sci-fi showed are represented which made me smile. And with recipes for simple syrups, and instructions on things like rimming a glass, I can make even my soda and tea not only taste great, but look amazing. Think about what those of you who drink can do. The stellar full color photos for just about every drink mentioned, will give you an idea of how amazing they will look!

THE GEEKY BARTENDER DRINKS, for fans and non-fans of the genres mentioned, will love this book and make you a shooting star in your universe.


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Wednesday, March 25, 2020


Check out these giveaways at 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!!!

NOTE: The giveaways on GoodReads are for both Print and eBooks copies. Make sure to enter only for the ones you want.

GOOD LUCK!

PS . . . While you're there, I'd love for you to friend me and check out my reviews! If you enjoy them, please make sure to Like them. Thanks!



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