Sunday, December 16, 2018

 9 Days til Christmas!


Don't have all your Christmas shopping done?
Worried about getting your online 
orders  delivered in time for the big day?
I have one word for you . . . 
eBooks!


Take a look at these great cozy 
titles you can get for under $5.00!
(Okay, this is sounding a bit like an advertisement. 
It's not. I just love great cozies and deals!)

The following titles are all firsts in their series (with the exception of boxed sets).


Sally Muccio’s had her crosses to bear: a cheating ex-boyfriend, crazy Italian parents, and an unfaithful husband, just to name a few. After her divorce, she returns to her hometown to start a novelty cookie shop whose specialties include original fortune cookies, served with a sprinkle of foreshadowing. But there’s no warning when her ex-husband’s mistress drops dead on Sal's porch, and police confirm it’s a homicide. Determined to stop her life from becoming a recipe for disaster, Sal takes matters into her own hands. With two very different men vying for her affection, dead bodies piling up, and a reputation hanging by an apron string, Sal finds herself in a race against time to save both her business and life—before the last cookie crumbles. 

4.99
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A Humorous Cozy Mystery for Readers Who Love Beads, and Even Those Who Don't

After inheriting a house in Seattle, Jax O'Connell is living the life of her dreams as a glass beadmaker and jewelry designer. When she gets an offer to display her work during a bead shop’s opening festivities, it's an opportunity Jax can't resist—even though the store's owner is the surliest person Jax has ever met. 

The weekend’s events become a tangled mess when a young beadmaker is found dead nearby and several oddball bead enthusiasts are suspects. Jax must string together the clues to clear her friend Tessa's name—and do it before the killer strikes again.

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From USA Today bestselling author, Leslie Langtry comes a mystery series of laugh-out-loud proportions...

When CIA agent Merry Wrath is "accidentally" outted, she's forced her into early retirement, changes her appearance, and moves where no one will ever find her—Iowa. Instead of black bag drops in Bangkok, she now spends her time leading a young Girl Scout troop. But Merry's new simple life turns not-so-simple when an enemy agent shows up dead at scout camp. Suddenly Merry is forced to deal with her former life in order to preserve her future one. 

It doesn't help matters that the CIA sends in her former, sexy handler to investigate…or that the hot new neighbor across the street turns out to be the local detective in charge of her case. And when Merry is forced to take on a roommate in the voluptuous form of a turned KGB agent/bimbo, things become trickier than wet work in Waukegan or cookie sales in the spring. Nothing in the CIA or Girl Scouts' training manuals has prepared her for what comes next…

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Join Julia South and friends in the quaint British village of Peridale as she juggles her cafe, her cat, her blossoming new romance with the new village Detective Inspector, all while solving the villages mysterious murders! 3 complete BESTSELLING cozy mystery series in 1 boxset!

PANCAKES AND CORPSES (Book 1)

Soon to be divorced Julia South never expected to be caught up in solving a murder, until she discovered the body of her cafe's most awkward customer. With a new smug Detective Inspector in town who underestimates her every move, Julia makes it her mission to discover the real murderer, before her village friends are dragged into the frame, and more bodies are discovered.

LEMONADE AND LIES (Book 2)

When the entire village is invited to a garden party for a mysterious ‘special announcement’, nobody expected that party to end with a man being thrown to his death from a window. The murder is committed at Julia South’s estranged father’s manor, so all eyes in Peridale turn to her to solve the case. In a race against the clock, Julia must juggle her blossoming romance with Detective Inspector Brown, and her young lodger, Jessie’s, sudden strange behaviour, to uncover the truth behind the man’s untimely death. With members of her own family in the frame, will Julia like what she discovers?

DOUGHNUTS AND DECEPTION (Book 3)

Julia never expected to be caught up in another murder investigation, but when she discovers that homeless people are dying suspiciously and the police aren't investigating, she can't sit back and do nothing. After promising her young lodger, Jessie, that she will do everything she can to help, Julia finds herself diving headfirst into the case, aided by her new Detective Inspector boyfriend, Barker. Sure there is a serial killer preying on the vulnerable residents of an old burnout warehouse, Julia must act quickly to get to the bottom of the mystery, but can she crack the case before more bodies turn up?

The first 3 books in the Peridale Cafe series! Can be read as standalones but will be enjoyed more as part of the series. A light, cozy mystery read with a cat loving and cafe-owning female amateur sleuth, in a small village setting with quirky characters. No cliffhangers, swearing, gore or graphic scenes!

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Over 200 five star reviews for Murder on Bainbridge Island by a two-time USA Today Bestselling Author. Read this book and all of her books for free with Kindle Unlimited.

A murdered guest at her first catering event? Definitely not good for DeeDee's fledgling business. So much for post-divorce new beginnings.

When Lisa, a well-known Seattle art gallery owner, is murdered at the event, shock waves ripple through the local Seattle art community.

The following day, newspaper reports indicate the cause of death might have been poison in the food DeeDee served. She has to find the killer to save her business and her new life.

Join DeeDee, Jake, a private investigator she's developed a relationship with, and Balto, her husky dog as they search for the murderer.

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Nestled in the barrier islands of Florida’s Gulf Coast, Fort Myers Beach is home to Mary “Sassy” Cabot and Bridget Mayfield—owners of the bookstore café, Read ’Em and Eat. But when they’re not dishing about books or serving up scones, Sassy and Bridgy are keeping tabs on hard-boiled murder.
 
Read ’Em and Eat is known for its delicious breakfast and lunch treats, along with quite a colorful clientele. If it’s not Rowena Gustavson loudly debating the merits of the current book club selection, it’s Miss Augusta Maddox lecturing tourists on rumors of sunken treasure among the islands. It’s no wonder Sassy’s favorite is Delia Batson, a regular at the Emily Dickinson table. Augusta’s cousin and best friend Delia is painfully shy—which makes the news of her murder all the more shocking.
 
No one is more distraught than Augusta, and Sassy wants to help any way she can. But Augusta doesn’t have time for sympathy. She wants Delia’s killer found—and she’s not taking no for an answer. Now Sassy is on the case, and she’d better act fast before there’s any more trouble in paradise.
 
Includes a buttermilk pie recipe!

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After a traumatic life event, Georgie Tanner returns to her hometown to start her life over... at 31 years old. Add sporadic memory loss to the mix and Georgie is a certified hot mess.
Luckily, Aunt Cecelia is there with a job for Georgie. She might not feel able to take on the world, but she's up for taking tourists through Gainesville, Pennsylvania's historic downtown. The place is as American as apple pie, steeped in rich Revolutionary history, Amish settlements, ghost stories, and colonial manors. Georgie knew it was a safe place to go to piece back her memories.

After all, what could go wrong in a sleepy town like this?

Until she leads a group of tourists through the Three Maidens' Manor, a battle site converted into a museum. When the power goes out during the tour, Georgie thinks it's a crazy fluke. But when it returns, she has six panicked guests, and a dead man in her midst.
Who would want to kill him? And more importantly, which one of them was the murderer?

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You'll find hundreds of great eBook deals. Even free ones!

Amazon Kindle seems to carry the most titles. But you can find deals for Barnes & Noble Nook, and Kobo.

Make sure to check back. I'll be posting more eBooks this coming week!

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Saturday, December 15, 2018


Author 
Kathi Daley
has a new book!
HOLIDAY HOSTAGE
Book 31 in the Zoe Donovan Mysteries


A man dies during a dinner party Zak and Zoe are attending, Alex has a famous friend staying with her, a suspicious federal agent shows up creating more questions than answers, and what should be a fairly cut and dried murder investigation turns into a complicated mess which makes it difficult to tell the good guys from the bad guys. 

Meanwhile, Levi and Ellie are thrilled when Baby Denton makes an early appearance, and Zoe's mom Madison is at the end of her rope after taking over as chairperson for Hometown Christmas, which for unknown reasons, seems to be fraught with problems. 
It's funny, it's family, it's a Zak and Zoe holiday mystery.

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One lucky reader will in a Kindle copy of

HOLIDAY HOSTAGE

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Friday, December 14, 2018


You know from my many posts 
lately that I am all about cookies! 
(even though I haven't baked one yet)
The original post below if from December 6, 2016. There is no way I couldn't share these cookies again!

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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?

COOKIES!!!

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! 

Today's cookies are

CHRISTMAS CANDY CANE COOKIES

Photo courtesy Daryl Wood Gerber

 a recipe from author
Daryl Wood Gerber / Avery Aames
You can't find these in Daryl's books, 
but she did feature them on the
Mystery Lover's Kitchen blog
and she assures me they are . . . "a recipe that Charlotte from the Cheese Shop Mysteries would like because it involves cheese." . . . and that . . . "Jenna in the Cookbook Nook mysteries would like them, too, because they don't require a lot of ingredients."

CHRISTMAS CANDY CANE COOKIES

Photo courtesy Google Images

Ingredients:

1 cup white sugar
1 cup butter, softened
1 3-oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened (or about 5 tablespoons)
½ tsp. salt
½ tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. peppermint extract
1 egg yolk
2 ¼ cups flour
1 egg white (for brushing on top of cookies)
½ cup crushed candy canes
red colored sugar (optional)

Photo courtesy Daryl Wood Gerber

Directions:

In large bowl, combine sugar, butter, cheese, salt, extracts and yolk. Beat until smooth. Stir in flour. [This dough can be prepared ahead and chilled. You can also use half a recipe and freeze the other half in "rolls."]

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Drop walnut-sized spoonfuls 1 inch apart on a cookie sheet. Press with spoon.

Bake for 7-10 minutes until golden brown.

Photo courtesy Google Images

More ways to enjoy:

Option #1:

If you want, before you bake, you can brush the cookie with slightly beaten egg white and sprinkle with crushed candy canes and red colored sugar. 

Option #2:

Bake, let cool. Frost with cream cheese frosting and then sprinkle with crushed candies. 

Photo courtesy Google Images
Option #3:

These can be made gluten-free by switching out the regular flour with gluten-free sweet rice flour and 1 tsp. Xanthan gum.

Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe:

Ingredients:

1 cup confectioner's sugar
1 8 oz. cream cheese, room temperature (soft)
1/4 cup butter, room temperature
1 tsp. vanilla extract.

Directions:

Put all ingredients in a bowl and blend with blender. Spread on cookies as you please. What you don't eat, you can store in a sealed container in the refrigerator. Let stand at room temperature to re-use.

Photo courtesy Google Images

I can taste the peppermint on my tongue, can't you?

Perfect for so many holiday events!

Check back next Tuesday for another yummy cookie recipe! 


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Don't those look wonderful?
Who's going to bake a batch?

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Thursday, December 13, 2018



WHAT'S COOKING?
Cookies, Cookies and more Cookies!

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I have been in a cookie mood. That could have a lot to do with the fact that it’s December and just 13 days til Christmas. So, what better book than one that promises 200 Christmas cookie recipes?


Welcome to the fifteenth volume of The Ultimate Christmas Recipes and Recipes For Christmas Collection!! This is the third volume of the Value Packs – this book has 200 Cookie Recipes inside!



Are you looking for New and Delicious Cookie Recipes?


This cookbook has a wide variety of choices if you are looking for Christmas or Holiday Cookie Recipes. There are 200 recipes inside, with 50 recipes for Chocolate Cookies, 50 recipes for Cutout Cookies, 50 recipes for Spritz Cookies and 50 recipes for Thumbprint Cookies. 

Inside this book you will find the best Christmas Cookies to make at home. 

The type of recipes you will find inside Christmas Value Pack III – 200 Christmas Cookie Recipes – Chocolate Cookies, Thumbprint Cookies, Spritz Cookies and Cutout Cookies are seasonal, traditional and unique Holiday cookies.



Comprised of 4 books by author Pamela Kazmierczak . . .  Book One – Chocolate Christmas Cookies, Book Two – Christmas Cutout Cookies, Book Three – Christmas Spritz Cookies, and Book Four – Christmas Thumbprint Cookies . . . CHRISTMAS VALUE PACK III 200 CHRISTMAS COOKIE RECIPES, will have you craving cookies even after the holidays!  


I’ll get this out there first. There are no photos in this book. I love pictures of finished recipes that I can compare with my finished product, so I am a bit let down. That being said, this was a free download, so who am I to complain? But the true saving grace to this book, 200 cookie recipes!

With cookies like (I won’t place the word cookie after every recipe name), Triple Chocolate, White Chocolate Cinnamon Chip, Orange Chocolate Drop, Chocolate Espresso, Chocolate Turtle, Sugar Cut Out, Almond Shortbread Cut Out, Oat Flour Cut Out, Ginger Spice Cut Out, Eggnog Cut Out, Butter Spritz, Cream Cheese Spritz, Lemon Spritz, Cranberries Almond Spritz, Pecan Thumbprint, Red Velvet Thumbprint, Peanut Butter Thumbprint, Vanilla Mint Thumbprint, to name only ¼ of the cookies included, there is a cookie (or 10 or 50) that will please everyone!

With ingredients easy to find in any store (most already in your pantry), and clear step by step directions, the made from scratch cookies you’ll find in CHRISTMAS VALUE PACK III 200 CHRISTMAS COOKIE RECIPES, will make you the hit of the cookie exchange, Christmas party, and/or family gathering!

At the time of this posting, this book was FREE on Amazon!

If you don't have a Kindle and there's a recipe from this book you'd like, message me at


and I'll be happy to share with you!


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