Tuesday, October 4, 2022


Good day my friends!
Today I'm bring you a recap of September's New Releases.
I want to make sure you didn't miss anything!

A Dark and Snowy Night 
(Seaside Knitters Mystery Series #16)

A Good Dog's Guide to Murder 
(Paws & Claws Mystery #8)

Berry the Evidence 
(Cranberry Cove Mystery #7)

Bound By Murder 
(Antique Bookshop Mystery #3)

Campfires, Courage, & Convicts 
(Camper & Criminals Mystery #27)


Christmas Scarf Murder

Dewey Decimated 
(Haunted Library Mystery #6)

Gone for Gouda 
(The Cheese Shop Mystery #2)

Last But Not Leashed 
(Dr. Kate Vet Mystery #2)

Murder in a Cape Cottage 
(Cozy Capers Book Group #4)

Murder on the Poet's Walk 
(Book Retreat Mystery #8)

Seams Like Murder 
(Sewing Studio Mystery #1)

Sticky Steal 
(Donut Shop Mystery Series #56)

The Right to Bear Charms 
(Forever Charmed Mystery #2)

Whiskers and Lies 
(Magical Cats Series #14)
I hope this Recap helped 
you find a few titles you missed!


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Monday, October 3, 2022


We keep trying and trying.
So try again we will. 
Take a look at the books you can win on Goodreads!

Not sure this is a cozy, but it sounds fun.






Again, I know Goodreads giveaways can be hard to win because of the volume of people who enter them. But stick with it. I have won a few titles, and you can too.

Since it can be hard to win,
I'm still entering each giveaway as well!
If I win, one of you will win!

I have entered each giveaway I have posted today. If I win a book, I will have a giveaway here and one of you will have another chance to win the book . . . from me! I like knowing that your my friends will have that second chance to win.

So, GOOD LUCK to you!
And wish a GOOD LUCK to me (for you)!
 
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Friday, September 30, 2022

 

It's
Cozy Food Friday!

The weather is cooling (yay!), and that makes me hungry for hearty dinners. You too? 
Give this recipe a try!

photo property of www.cookandcount.com

Ingredients

3 tbsp. flour
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. paprika 
1½ lb. beef cubes (or any roast that makes good stew meat), cut into bite sized pieces
3 tbsp. butter
2 tbsp. olive oil
1 onion, chopped
12 ounces sliced mushrooms (I don't like mushrooms, so I leave them out)
3 garlic cloves, chopped
1 quart. beef stock
12 ounces egg noodles (or any hearty pasta such as shells, corkscrew etc)

photo property of www.smalltownwoman.com

Directions

In a large bowl, combine the flour and ½ teaspoon each of salt, pepper, and paprika. Add the beef cubes to bowl and stir until coated.

Heat a large heavy pot over medium-high heat. Add the butter and olive oil to coat the bottom of the pot. Place the beef in a single layer and cook until golden brown, 5 to 6 minutes. Move beef around to let brown on the other side, another 5 minutes. Remove the pot from the heat and transfer the beef to a plate.

Lower the heat to medium and add the onion, mushrooms, garlic and remaining 1/2 teaspoon each of salt, pepper, and paprika. Cook for 8 minutes, with occasional stirring. Add the beef stock, scrape brown bits off the bottom of the pot, add the beef back to the pot. Bring to a simmer, cover, then reduce heat to low. Cook for 1 hour on low, with the stock slow simmer. Every 15 minutes or so, stir to keep it from sticking.

Add the egg noodles and increase the heat to medium. Stir occasionally, until the mixture comes to a simmer. Reduce the heat to low and continue to cook for 25 to 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the noodles are tender. 

Serve immediately. 

4 - 6 servings

Optional . . . When plated, top with parsley, chopped scallions, sour cream, Parmesan cheese . . . anything that sounds good to you!

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Can't you smell it?


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Thursday, September 29, 2022


How long have you been reading cozy mysteries?
Me? I've been reading cozies for 11 or 12 years now.

My sister, Darlene introduced them to me. She has been reading them for longer than I can remember. My guess would be around 30 years. Since before cozies were called cozies. I think back then they were just mysteries. 

Like today, you could tell a cozy back then by it's cover. They were never as deadly looking as other mysteries. 

On of my sister's favorite series was 
Mrs. Pollifax by Dorothy Gilman.
Have any of your read the series?
Since Darlene was the one who introduced me to cozies, I thought I'd share Mrs. Pollifax with you.
 

Mrs. Virgil (Emily) Pollifax of New Brunswick, New Jersey, was a widow with grown, married children. She was tired of attending her Garden Club meetings. She wanted to do something good for her country. So, naturally, she became a CIA agent.

She takes on a “job” in Mexico City. The assignment doesn’t sound dangerous at first, but then, as often happens, something goes wrong. Now our dear Mrs. Pollifax finds herself embroiled in quite a hot Cold War—and her country’s enemies find themselves entangled with one unbelievably feisty lady.


Book 1, THE UNEXPECTED MRS. POLLIFAX was published in 1966. Hey, that's the year I was published, I mean born, as well! 


Once again the irrepressible Mrs. Pollifax, that very special agent with her own very special brand of logic, is off on an incredible escapade of international intrigue . . . from the exotic towns and countryside of Turkey to a mysterious rendezvous with a gypsy caravan.

“You are in effect replacing a dead man, Mrs. Pollifax. . . .”

When Emily Pollifax answered the phone that Sunday morning she quickly forgot about her Garden Club tea in the afternoon. The last time she had heard the voice on the other end of the line it had sent of her off on a journey that plunged her into a wild tangle of secret agents and high adventure.

Now the man from the CIA was asking if she could leave immediately on a mission th
at would take her halfway across the world. What could Mrs. Pollifax say but yes?

Some of the new "mass market" paperbacks don't have the cozy look, which is a shame. I suspect they were trying to keep bringing in new readers with more up to date covers. 

Here are the covers of the rest of the series.

 






There you go!

I haven't read the series myself, but according to my sister, you can't go wrong!


Dorothy Edith Gilman was an American writer. She is best known for the Mrs. Pollifax series. Begun in a time when women in mystery meant Agatha Christie's Miss Marple and international espionage meant 
Born: June 25, 1923
Died: February 2, 2012
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