Sunday, July 5, 2020

In today's spotlight I'm joining 
Berkley Mystery 
in celebrating the release of  
THE LAST CURTAIN CALL
Book 8 in the Haunted Home Renovation Mysteries
by Juliet Blackwell


A new ghoulish mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of A Ghostly Light featuring Mel Turner, a ghost-whispering contractor.

Mel Turner can’t resist the chance to bring the Crockett Theatre, a decrepit San Francisco Art Deco movie palace, back to life. But there’s a catch for Turner Construction: Several artists are currently squatting in the building, and they aren’t the only ones haunting the once-grand halls of the historic theater.…

When one of the squatters is found dead, the police department has a long list of suspects to investigate. Meanwhile, Mel and her fiancé, Landon, are remodeling an old house for themselves, and Mel finds being on the other side of a home renovation project more challenging than she expected. 

When Mel discovers that the former owner of the Crockett Theatre died under mysterious circumstances, and that there just might be a connection to the ghost haunting her own attic, the case takes a new turn—one that could bring down the curtain for the last time.


About Juliet Blackwell

Juliet Blackwell was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, the youngest child of a jet pilot from New York and an editor from Texas. She graduated with a degree in Latin American Studies from University of California, Santa Cruz, and went on to earn Masters degrees in Anthropology and Social Work from the State University of New York, Albany. While in graduate school she published several articles based on her research with immigrant families from Mexico and Viet Nam, as well as one full-length translation: Miguel León-Portilla's seminal work, Endangered Cultures. 

Juliet taught Medical Anthropology at SUNY-Albany, was producer for a BBC documentary about Vietnamese children left behind by US soldiers, and worked as an elementary school social worker in rural New York. Upon her return to California she became a professional artist and ran her own decorative painting, historical renovation, and domestic design studio for more than a decade. In addition to mainstream novels, Juliet pens the New York Times Bestselling Witchcraft Mysteries and the Haunted Home Renovation series. As Hailey Lind she wrote the Agatha-Award nominated Art Lover's Mystery series. 

She is past president of Northern California Sisters in Crime and former board member of Mystery Writers of America. Juliet lives in a hundred-year-old house with extensive botanical gardens in Northern California, but spends as much time as possible in Europe and Latin America. She believes in the magic of language, travel, and cultural exchange to open hearts, minds, and souls.


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Saturday, July 4, 2020

Today I'm joining 
Berkley Mystery 
in celebrating the release of  
DEATH OF A WANDERING WOLF
Book 2 in the Hungarian Tea House Mysteries
by Julia Buckley


Hana Keller is enjoying a day off from serving up tea and delicious pastries at her family's Hungarian Tea House when her downtime turns deadly....
 
The only thing Hana loves more than a good cuppa is finding a delicate porcelain treasure to add to her collection. She's usually on the hunt for teacups but when she spots a rare wolf figurine at a local yard sale, she knows it's her lucky day. Hana also knows the wolf is valuable and tells the seller that he's charging too little for it. His reaction is peculiar--he says he received the wolf from someone he doesn't trust and he just wants it out of his life.
 
Hana is inspecting her new prize when she finds a tiny microchip attached to the bottom of the porcelain wolf. When she shows the figure to her police detective boyfriend, Erik, Hana is shocked to learn that the chip is actually a tracking device. They decide to confront the seller about the sneaky sale but when they arrive at his house, they find him dead. Erik and Hana now must hunt a calculating killer who has no intentions of crying wolf when it comes to murder...


Even better than the first book in this series, author Julia Buckley is heading her Hungarian Tea House Mysteries into a long running series.

Having recently been working on a resale business, I was drawn into DEATH OF A WANDERING WOLF from the very first page as protagonist, Hana, finds a rare wolf figure at an unbelievable price. I know the excitement of finding a hidden gem at a great deal! Thankfully, unlike Hana’s piece, mine haven’t been a risk to my life.

I love the setting of the Hungarian Tea House even though I know nothing about the Hungarian culture. Being surrounded by all of the beautiful items and delicious food, not to mention a fun cast, was simply a joy.

And last, but certainly not least, author Buckley crafted a first class murder mystery that had me jumping at shadows, and the ringing of my phone. Seriously! I was so focused on the pages, that when an outside influence got through to me, I would great at my heart!

A wonderfully cozy read, DEATH OF A WANDERING WOLF is the perfect companion to keep you happy on a quiet day at home.


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Friday, July 3, 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
DEATH OF A WEDDING CAKE BAKER
Book 11 in the Hayley Powell Food & Cocktail Mysteries
by Lee Hollis


For Matron of Honor Hayley Powell, catching a half-baked poisoner before her friend's wedding will be icing on the cake . . .
 
Liddy Crawford, best friend of food and cocktails columnist Hayley Powell, is getting married. The wedding is the talk of the town in Bar Harbor, Maine, including snide gossip about the age gap between the bride and her groom, local lawyer Sonny Lipton. But the cruelty of the comments is nothing compared to the nasty wedding cake baker, Liddy's quarrelsome cousin Lisa.
 
So when the belligerent baker is found facedown in a three-tier cake, the victim of a poisoned slice, there are more suspects in town than names on the guest list. With Sonny getting cold feet, Liddy getting hot under the frilly collar of her wedding gown, and a killer possibly crashing the ceremony, Hayley vows to solve the crime before her best friend walks down the aisle . . .

 
Includes seven delectable recipes from Hayley’s kitchen!

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RANDY'S ASIAGO, BACON, AND CARAMELIZED ONION DIP

photo property of www.shewearsmanyhats.com 
Ingredients

2 tablespoons olive oil
6 to 7 cups chopped onion
4 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
4 ounces shredded Asiago cheese, divided
4 tablespoons chopped chives, divided
2/3cup real mayonnaise
2/3 cup sour cream
½ teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspoon ground black pepper

Preheat your oven to 425°F.

photo property of wwwctvnewskitchener.com

Directions

   Add two tablespoons of olive oil to a large skillet and heat over medium heat. Add your onions to the skillet and cook for about 5 minutes, then bring your heat down to low and sauté the onions, stirring occasionally, until golden brown---about 20 minutes. Remove from heat and cool slightly. 

   Add your crumbled bacon, half of your Asiago cheese, half of your chives, and the rest of the ingredients, stirring to combine.

   Spray a one-quart baking dish with cooking spray and put your onion mixture into the baking dish. Sprinkle the top with the rest of the Asiago cheese.

   Bake in the oven for 20 minutes or until bubbly. Remove and sprinkle with the remaining chives.

   Serve with your favorite crackers and enjoy!

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I can only imagine how wonderful the house would smell with this bubbling in the oven!

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

Both the BB and 56 are from


DEATH OF A WEDDING CAKE BAKER


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 

"I'd like to propose a toast," Hayley Powell announced raising her fizzy glass of champagne. 

My 56
".  . . . . . I think she planted those mice and the spoiled meat and called the Health Department herself just to get me into trouble!"


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Tuesday, June 30, 2020


OhMyBooks! 
Look at all of the titles that released today!























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Monday, June 29, 2020


Check out these giveaways at GoodReads!
There could be a mix of print and eBooks, so make sure to check before you enter.
(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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