Wednesday, October 21, 2020



I'm enjoying my birthday week so much! I've been reading, thrift shopping, and falling asleep, a lot, in my recliner. 

This looks like the perfect birthday cozy!


The whole town of Tinker's Cove is looking forward to the celebration marking former librarian Julia Ward Howe Tilley's ninetieth birthday. Lucy Stone, Miss Tilley's closest friend, dreamed up the party idea--at about the same time she decided she's not getting old without a fight. Noticing crow's feet and a potential jelly belly, she's resolved to exercise more and purchase some heavy-duty wrinkle cream, asap!

That sounds like a plan--until Lucy realizes her daughter's fourteenth birthday bash, a coed sleepover, may turn her hair white overnight. What was she thinking when she agreed to let Sara have the party? Obviously she wasn't thinking about the hormonal rampages of young teens. On her mind, instead, was the shocking death of Sherman Cobb, the town's oldest attorney, an apparent suicide. His law partner, however, thinks Sherman was murdered.

Poking about in Sherman's papers, Lucy turns up an intriguing tie between the dead man and Miss Tilley. Meanwhile Miss Tilley's own past has come back to haunt her in the form of a mysterious niece named Shirley and a biker great nephew named Snake. Soon no one can get to see the elderly librarian because the brash, bossy Shirley says she's "failing." Is Miss Tilley in grave danger? Will Sara's party turn out to be a scandal? Now, as a killer's ruthless plan rushes toward a conclusion, Lucy needs answers fast--or else she and Miss Tilley won't live long enough to make a wish and blow out the candles on this year's birthday cake. . .


Have fun fabulous day everyone! 
Stay safe. Stay strong. Stay fabulous you!

Tuesday, October 20, 2020


I'm having an amazing birthday week!
I've been doing a lot of shopping for my other blog

I'd love for you to head over and check it out! You never know what you'll find!
And, you can do some early Christmas shopping!


Have a stunningly beautiful Tuesday!

Monday, October 19, 2020

 


While I'm away celebrating my birthday month, I thought you might like this birthday read!


From cakes to stakes, a celebration of everyone's favorite bloodsucking subculture by a baker's dozen of favorite authors. Each of these thirteen original stories offers a fresh and unique take on what birthdays mean to the undead. From Charlaine Harris's Sookie Stackhouse attending a birthday party for Dracula to Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden battling bloodsucking party crashers, these suspenseful, surprising, sometimes dark, sometimes humorous stories will ensure paranormal fans will never think of vampires or birthdays quite the same again.


Have an amazing Monday!!!!!

Sunday, October 18, 2020

 


Hello all over you wonderful yous!
It's that time of year again 
for me to act like my birthday is more than just October 23


I'll be back here on October 30th with another great Cozy Food Friday
and over on Facebook I'll be co-hosting 


I hope to see you all there!

I won't forget while I'm gone.
There will be a little something on the blog every day just so you won't forget about me. ๐Ÿ˜‰

For now, have a most beautiful day!

Saturday, October 17, 2020


Another great group of 
Halloween cozies!


The southern Delta has never been more exhilarating, evocative, and wickedly funny than in the mysteries of Carolyn Haines. Now she takes readers on another rollicking ride across the Mississippi cotton fields and into the glamour of New Orleans…as P.I. Sarah Booth Delaney follows a winding trail of murder and deception into a world where ghosts make fashion statements—and where one person’s miracle is another person’s mayhem.

The leaves of the calendar may be shedding faster than the sycamores on her family’s decaying Mississippi plantation, but thirty-something southern belle Sarah Booth Delaney isn’t ready to sing the blues. Not when she’s got a thriving detective agency and the outspoken, outrageously attired ghost of her great-great-grandmother’s nanny to keep her on her toes. But the matchmaking phantom may have the last word on motherhood when Sarah Booth takes on the controversial case of an accused baby killer.

Although Doreen Mallory’s been arrested for feeding sleeping pills to her ten-week-old daughter, no one could accuse her of lacking faith. A healer who, tragically, couldn’t save her own baby girl, born with multiple birth defects, Doreen has her own crosses to bear. While the local law seems convinced of Doreen’s guilt, Sarah Booth isn’t so sure. But why is Doreen reluctant to talk about the men in her life? Like the televangelist who stands to lose a lot more than his flock. Or the married politician with family ties to the Mob. Either of them could be little Rebekah’s father; either of them could also be her killer.

With Halloween approaching and her own personal life up for grabs, Sarah Booth could use a little faith healing herself. Torn between a married sheriff and an old flame who’s literally sweeping her off her feet, she’d better be prepared for the fallout of her most
unpopular case yet. Justice may not stand a ghost of a chance as a decades-old secret explodes, unleashing a storm of fury on Sarah Booth and all those she loves.

Witty, suspenseful, and featuring a cast of memorable characters, Hallowed Bones is a riveting tale of faith, murder, and maternal love. It is Carolyn Haines’s most accomplished novel yet.


Sarah Booth Delaney is heartbroken: her fiancรฉ Graf Milieu has decided to move to Hollywood permanently, leaving their relationship in shambles. Sarah Booth has a perfect distraction, however, in the form of the Black and Orange Halloween ball her best friends are throwing in New Orleans. Sarah Booth plans to dance the night away to the swinging tunes of her old flame Scott Hampton's blues band. But just as the party gets going, Scott receives a mysterious message that threatens his life and the lives of his bandmates. Sarah Booth knows that a new case is just what she needs to take her mind off her failed relationship with Graf, and she's ready to help Scott investigate. And then the message turns from threat to reality when the bartender from Scott's club is gunned down in a drive-by. Enlisting Sheriff Coleman Peters and the rest of her friends from Zinnia, Mississippi, Sarah Booth is caught in a race against the clock as she tries to stop a killer from striking again.

With a twist around every corner, Sarah Booth's zany adventures will delight readers in Carolyn Haines's latest Southern cozy, Bone to Be Wild.



In the quaint seaside village of Cape Willington, Maine, Candy Holliday has a mostly idyllic life, tending to the Blueberry Acres farm she runs with her father and occasionally stepping in to solve a murder or two…

Halloween is fast approaching, and preparations for the Pumpkin Bash, Cape Willington’s annual autumn festival, are well underway. Candy is running this year’s haunted hayride, in the hopes of making some extra cash. But when she discovers a real dead body near some fake tombstones, Candy’s side job becomes a full-blown investigation to find out who turned a holiday attraction into a real horror show.

Will Candy’s keen eye for detail unearth buried town secrets? As her search leads her through old graveyards and a haunted house, Candy will discover that not all of the skeletons hidden in this small town’s closets are Halloween decorations…


INCLUDES DELICIOUS RECIPES!



For Hayley Powell, food and cocktails columnist for the Island Times, Halloween is all about costume parties and holiday treats—until a killer crashes the party...

This Halloween, Hayley can’t imagine a worse trick than her ex-husband Danny returning to Bar Harbor. Her kids may be happy to see their dad, but Hayley’s determined not to be taken in by his charms, and suspects he’s in financial trouble—again.

Still, the haunted holiday is about to get a whole lot scarier after Danny’s moonshine-making uncle is found lying dead next to a tombstone in a cemetery—and Danny quickly becomes the prime suspect. To prove her ex is innocent, Hayley will have to dig deep into her own bag of tricks to unmask the real culprit . . . before anyone else—including her—ends up in the graveyard...


Includes seven delectable recipes from Hayley’s kitchen!


Bubble. . . bubble. . . Whispering Falls is abuzz with the new housing development and new shops popping up all over the magical village.Cures and trouble. . .A Magical Cure’s owner, June Heal’s intuition is on high alert and she just can’t shake that something bad is about to happen. Magic stirs . . .It must be the upcoming All Hallow’s Eve celebration that has love in the air. Or maybe it’s because there are several more citizens in Whispering Falls.And trouble doubles . . .June’s intuition is far from wrong after she stumbles upon new town resident Patch Burr who is lying dead in the middle of his pumpkin patch.


Sadie Hoffmiller is looking forward to spending her favorite baking season of the year making delicious New England recipes in Boston, Massachusetts, with her favorite leading man, Pete Cunningham, as they babysit his three young grandsons. But when the boys insist that Mrs. Wapple, the woman who lives across the street, is a witch, Sadie and Pete are anxious to distract the boys from such Halloween-induced ideas. However, it gets harder and harder to explain the strange things that keep happening, particularly after Sadie learns the eccentric Mrs. Wapple has been attacked in her home. As the unexplained occurrences escalate, Sadie finds herself embroiled in yet another mystery with life-or-death consequences. Can Sadie discover whoever or whatever is behind the mystery before anyone else gets hurt? Or will this be Sadie s last case?


In the latest mystery from the bestselling author of Wicked Stitch, the future of Marcy Singer’s embroidery shop is dangling by a thread…

Marcy’s shop, the Seven-Year Stitch, is one year old this October so it’s time to party in little Tallulah Falls, Oregon. Aside from the Halloween decorations and festive stitching kits and patterns, Marcy’s got all sorts of celebratory swag, including Seven-Year Stitch key rings and goodie bags.

Unfortunately, her new neighbors might spoil the revelry. An eccentric couple has opened a haunted house next door, and all that screaming will certainly scare off customers. But there’s even more to be frightened of after a local waitress is found dead on the sidewalk with mysterious markings on her neck—and one of Marcy’s key rings beneath her. With no time to hem and haw, Marcy must act fast if she hopes to restore the peace to Tallulah Falls…


When Cryptessa Muldoon, a Hollywood has-been who spends her days making enemies with everyone on the street, is found murdered on Halloween night, Jaine Austen, to prove her own innocence, must unmask a killer among a neighborhood filled with suspects.


It takes more than a lurid legend to scare off the League of Literary Ladies in the third novel in this charming cozy mystery series...
 
For Halloween, the Literary Ladies have chosen to read Washington Irving’s spooky classic, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, with its infamous headless horseman. But South Bass Island has its own headless legend—of a Prohibition bootlegger named Charlie “Sleepy” Harlow. Decapitated by rival rumrunners, Harlow appears once a year in spectral form to search for his noggin.
 
This October, the Elkhart Ghost Getters (EGG) have returned to the island. The group claims that they have film footage of Harlow’s ghost, and are determined to get more. They’re staying at Bea Cartwright’s B & B, but it’s Kate Wilder who isn’t happy to see them after they trashed her winery last year. When the EGG leader turns up dead, Kate becomes the prime suspect, and the other League members need to scramble to crack the case.

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Friday, October 16, 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
CAKE POPPED OFF
Book 2 in the Cupcake Catering Mysteries
by Kim Davis


Cupcake caterer Emory Martinez is hosting a Halloween bash alongside her octogenarian employer, Tillie. With guests dressed in elaborate costumes, the band is rocking, the cocktails are flowing, and tempers are flaring when the hired Bavarian Barmaid tries to hook a rich, hapless husband. Except one of her targets happens to be Emory’s brother-in-law, which bodes ill for his pregnant wife. When Emory tracks down the distraught barmaid, instead of finding the young woman in tears, she finds her dead. Can she explain to the new detective on the scene why the Bavarian Barmaid was murdered in Emory’s bathtub with Emory’s Poison Apple Cake Pops stuffed into her mouth?

With an angry pregnant sister to contend with, she promises to clear her brother-in-law’s name. As Emory starts asking questions and tracking down the identity of the costumed guests, she finds reasons to suspect her brother-in-law has been hiding a guilty secret. Her search leads her to a web of blackmail and betrayal amongst the posh setting of the local country club crowd. Can Emory sift through the lies she’s being told and find the killer? She’ll need to step up her investigation before another victim is sent to the great pumpkin patch in the sky.


Includes spooky Halloween recipes!

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BLOODSHOT DEVILED-EGG EYES

All food photos are property of Kim Davis

Ingredients

6 large eggs

1/3 cup mayonnaise, divided

2 teaspoons mustard (regular or Dijon)

1 teaspoon white vinegar

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Salt and pepper to taste

1 teaspoon hot sauce

1/2 teaspoon chili powder

2 teaspoons ketchup

4 pimento-stuffed green olives


Instructions

1.     Insert a steamer basket into a saucepan and add enough water to fill the pan to just below the basket.

2.     Heat water to boiling then carefully add cold eggs to the steamer and cover pan with a lid. Reduce heat to medium and steam the eggs for 13 minutes.

3.      While the eggs cook, prepare the bloodshot sauce by mixing 2 tablespoons mayonnaise with the hot sauce, chili powder, and ketchup. Place in a piping bag fitted with a size 1 or size 2 piping tip. Refrigerate until needed.

4.      Carefully remove eggs from steamer basket and soak in an iced water bath until cooled.

5.      Remove the shells from the eggs and dry the eggs.

6.      Cut the eggs in half lengthwise and separate the yolks from the whites.

7.      Mix the egg yolks with the remaining mayonnaise, mustard, garlic powder, and vinegar until smooth. I like doing this with my handheld immersion blender. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

8.      Place the mixture in a piping bag fitted with a large round tip and pipe into the reserved egg whites.

9.      Dry and then cut the olives into slices and place on top of the egg-yolk mixture for the pupils.

10.  Pipe the bloodshot sauce in squiggly lines on the egg whites.

11.  Refrigerate until ready to serve.


Note:

Recipe can be doubled, but be sure the steamer basket and cooking pot are large enough to cook the eggs in a single layer. Don’t stack the eggs, or they won’t cook evenly.



SPOOKY SPIDER DEVILED EGGS

Ingredients

6 large eggs

1/4 cup mayonnaise

2 teaspoons mustard (regular or Dijon)

1 teaspoon white vinegar

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Salt and pepper to taste

18 - 20 black olives

Instructions

1.      Insert a steamer basket into a saucepan and add enough water to fill the pan to just below the basket.

2.      Heat water to boiling then carefully add cold eggs to the steamer and cover pan with a lid. Reduce heat to medium and steam the eggs for 13 minutes.

3.      Carefully remove eggs from steamer basket and soak in an iced water bath until cooled.

4.      Remove the shells from the eggs and dry the eggs.

5.      Cut the eggs in half lengthwise and separate the yolks from the whites.

6.      Mix the egg yolks with the remaining mayonnaise, mustard, garlic powder, and vinegar until smooth. I like doing this with my handheld immersion blender. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

7.      Place the mixture in a piping bag fitted with a large round tip and pipe into the reserved egg whites.

8.      Dry and then cut olives into halves, lengthwise, and place 12 of the halves on top of the egg-yolk stuffed eggs for the spider body. Use the remaining halves to slice thin crosswise pieces to create “legs” for the spider. Position 3 “legs” on each side of the spider’s body, using the yolk mixture to anchor them.

9.      Refrigerate until ready to serve.

 Note:

Recipe can be doubled, but be sure the steamer basket and cooking pot are large enough to cook the eggs in a single layer. Don’t stack the eggs, or they won’t cook evenly.


How fun are these?
Perfect for a Halloween party!


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Thursday, October 15, 2020


Another great group of 
Halloween cozies!


“Down home and delightful.” —Carolyn Hart

Between a riverboat gambler-theme engagement party and a murder mystery dinner for charity, Dixie, Tennessee, party planner Liv McKay is far too frenzied to feel festive. Add to the mix her duties at the annual businesswomen’s retreat and the antics of a celebrity ghost-hunting diva, and Liv’s schedule is turning out to be the scariest thing about this Halloween—especially when the ladies stumble across a dead body in a cemetery… 

Morgan Robison was a party girl with a penchant for married men and stirring up a cauldron of drama. Any number of scorned wives or frightened philanderers could be behind her death. As Liv and her best friend, Di, set out to dig up the truth, they’ll face the unexpected and find their efforts hampered by a killer with one seriously haunting vendetta…


This Halloween, Betsy Devonshire, owner of the Crewel World needlework shop and part-time sleuth, is haunted by murder. After one too many pints, a local blames bar owner and Wicca practitioner Leona Cunningham for a series of "accidents" that have happened throughout town. When he ends up dead without a mark on his body, Leona's the main suspect. But Betsy being on the case spells trouble for the killer.


Jessica Fletcher gets spooked in this mystery in the USA Today bestselling Murder, She Wrote series...

It's late October in Cabot Cove, and as Halloween approaches, something strange is in the air. The arrival of a self-righteous, fire-and-brimstone spiritual medium has some townspeople on the lookout for curses and evil omens; a reclusive, eccentric woman has others whispering that she is a real-life witch; and the upcoming annual Halloween party has Jessica Fletcher frantically searching for the perfect costume.

Then the whole town ends up spooked when the alleged witch ends up dead in the graveyard, and everyone at the party is a suspect. Jess takes it upon herself to stir through a witches' brew of motives—and concocts a scary scheme of her own to make sure a guilty ghoul doesn't get away with murder...


Asked to direct a theatrical revue for the Mischief Night Marathan Halloween celebration, former dancer and amateur sleuth Lindy Haggerty finds herself investigating a series of bizarre and frightening practical jokes that reveal all too much about Lindy's neighbors, but the tricks take a deadly turn when sexy dilettante Derrick Justin is found dead.


Welcome back to the small town of Celebration Bay—where the Halloween festivities are full of more tricks than treats…

This October in Celebration Bay, you can’t swing a black cat without hitting a haunted house. There are three finalists in the contest for the town’s official Haunted House, and ten thousand dollars will go to the winner, with the rest of the contributions and proceeds funding a new community center. Event coordinator Liv Montgomery has invited her friend Jonathan Preston, the debonair CEO of a philanthropic organization, hoping he will award a grant to the center.

But after the Museum of Yankee Horrors wins first place, the transformed Victorian boarding house is vandalized...and among scattered mannequins of Hester Prynne, Lizzie Borden, and the Headless Horseman, a real dead body is found—one of the contest judges. Now in addition to playing host to Jon, Liv has to play detective and coordinate the clues to unmask a self-appointed judge, jury, and executioner.

3rd in nationally bestselling Cookbook Nook Mystery series
Halloween in Crystal Cove, California, is a big deal, involving a spooky soiree where the Winsome Witches, a fund-raising group, gather to open up their purse strings and trade superstitions. But party magicians, fortune-tellers, and herbalists are only the beginning of this recipe for disaster...

Jenna Hart has packed The Cookbook Nook chock-full of everything from ghostly texts to witchy potions in anticipation of the annual fund-raiser luncheon. But there's one unexpected addition to the menu: murder.

When the Head Priestess of the Winsome Witches is found dead under mysterious circumstances, there's no logical answer and plenty of blame to go around. With her aunt, Vera, unable to call on her ability to foresee the future, Jenna will have to use more than just sleight of hand and a few magic tricks to conjure up the truth...


This miniaturist is in BIG trouble...

For a festive Halloween project, Geraldine Porter and her granddaughter, Maddie, set out to create a multi-story haunted dollhouse 
complete with witches, ghosts, and ghouls. But their holiday fun turns to fear when a neighborhood scarecrow turns out to be a bloody corpse. Geraldine hopes to keep her distance from the death, but gets roped in when the dead body has ties to her late husband.

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