Thursday, May 23, 2019

Memorial Day weekend is just a few days away. The official beginning of summer. That means grills all over will be out and fired up!

Need ideas on what to grill up this summer? Take a look at these great titles from
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No matter what the occasion, these 3 books in 1 have the recipes sure to suit any timetable and every taste. This book features recipes for burgers, grilling, and wings.

The Paleo diet is all about getting back to the basics; eating food in its most simple, unprocessed form, just like our ancestors. What could be more primal than cooking meat over a fire? This book, from Tony Federico and Chef James Phelan, features more than 100 recipes for grilling, smoking, and searing natural, locally farmed beef, chicken, pork, and wild game over fire. Paleo Grilling will help you to choose the best meats for any meal, and offers both innovative new recipes as well as internationally inspired dishes, including desserts and sides, suitable for the modern caveman.

Redesigned inside and out for its 10th anniversary, The Barbecue! Bible now includes full-color photographs illustrating food preparation, grilling techniques, ingredients, and of course those irresistible finished dishes. A new section has been added with answers to the most frequently asked grilling questions, plus Steven's proven tips, quick solutions to common mistakes, and more. And then there's the literal meat of the book: more than 500 of the very best barbecue recipes, inventive, delicious, unexpected, easy-to-make, and guaranteed to capture great grill flavors from around the world. Add in the full-color, and it's a true treasure.

BBQ, make way for VBQ: smoky, succulent, and completely plant–based barbecued fare. Nadine Horn and JΓΆrg Mayer have transformed the art of grilling into a veggie lover’s feast—complete with Grilled Bok Choy and Peppered Tofu Steak and everything in between. 

Here are over 80 recipes to satisfy every craving for food that’s fresh and fiery:

• BBQ classics: Eggplant Hot Dogs, Cauliflower Cutlets, Pulled Mushrooms Sandwiches
• Savory sides and sauces: Crunchy Coleslaw, Grilled Potato Salad, Cashew Sour Cream
• Global inventions: Eggplant Gyros, Tandoori Tofu Skewers, Vietnamese Pizza

Over 100 mouth–watering photos prove it: VBQ takes everything you love about BBQ and adds a kick of color, creativity, and flavor. Plus, Horn and Mayer’s illustrated guide to tools and techniques takes the guesswork out of using a chimney starter, getting the perfect char on your asparagus and tofu, and more.

You’ll be a vegan pitmaster in no time!

If your grilling repertoire is limited to burgers and hot dogs, it might be time to reconsider your grill's true potential. Think beyond that typical backyard menu, and imagine serving up a platter of skewered Caribbean Grilled Shrimp with Pineapple Salsa or a Balsamic Beef Tenderloin alongside an Asparagus and Cherry Tomato Salad. Memphis chef Jennifer Chandler has assembled everything a grilling amateur could possibly need to achieve pitmaster caliber results any night of the week. Whether you're cooking with gas, charcoal, or cast iron, Simply Grilling will eliminate the uncertainty and have you manning the flames with confidence.
In her accessible style, Chandler explains everything - the tools, the heat, and the flavors. If you've always found grilling to be a guessing game, you'll never have to wonder again if the heat is just right or if you flipped your food too soon. From appetizers to desserts and everything in between, Simply Grilling is your guide to delicious meals, hot off the grate.
You can can learn more about this books and other BBQ titles by clicking on Book Outlet below.

Do you have a favorite go to BBQ meal?
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Wednesday, May 22, 2019


I'm excited to be a stop on the blog tour for
Book 1 in the Marygene Brown Mysteries
by Kate Young

Life has always been sweet on Georgia’s Peach Cove Island, but a case of murder has Marygene Brown down in the pits . . .
For generations, the women of the Brown family on Peach Cove Island have been known for their Southern sass and sweet homemade desserts at their beloved Peach Diner. Since their mother's passing two years ago, Marygene has been stuck in Atlanta while her sister Jena Lynn has been running the family business. Now Marygene has left her husband and returned to her hometown, where she can almost feel Mama's presence.
But all is not peachy back home. Marygene has barely tied on an apron when a diner regular drops dead at the counter. When it turns out the old man's been poisoned, Jena Lynn is led away in handcuffs and the family eatery is closed. Now, to save her sister and the diner, Marygene must find the real killer. With some startling assistance from her Mama's spirit, Marygene will be serving up a special order of just desserts . . .
Includes Seven Recipes from Marygene’s Kitchen!


SOUTHERN SASS AND KILLER CRAVINGS is a promising beginning to the Marygene Brown Mysteries. Author Kate Young has created a cast of likeable characters readers will enjoy watching grow over the course of the series.

This book had a well plotted mystery that I found a challenge to solve. Pinning a whodunit to a why did they do it took a lot of puzzle piecing. The reveal proved me all sorts of wrong in my guess.

There are wonderful moments in SOUTHERN SASS AND KILLER CRAVINGS, as well as a lot of humor. Drinking while reading could cause spit takes. The two things that just didn’t work for me were the use of profanity (Not as bad as in some cozies, but heavier than others), and the topic of domestic abuse. I personally find that too dark a subject for cozy mysteries.

Sassiness for sure, a ghostly momma to lend a helping hand, and mouthwatering recipes are all included. If you think you’re sassy enough to read SOUTHERN SASS AND KILLER CRAVINGS, grab your copy today.



The author is hosting a pre-order giveaway! 



About the Author


  Kate Young writes humorous southern mystery novels. She is a member of Sisters in Crime and the Guppy Chapter. Kate lives in a small town in Georgia with her husband, three kids, and Shih Tzu. When she is not writing her own books, she's reading or cooking. 

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

I love reading cozy mysteries.
That goes without saying, doesn't it?
I'm also fond of doing jigsaw puzzles.
Check out these combinations of both!

Are you a super sleuth? Get out your detective kit and see if you can solve this murder mystery 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle

Read the enclosed original story by Claudia Busto, piece together the jigsaw puzzle by artist Gene Dieckhoner and see if you can solve the Murder At Bedford Manor!

Die-cut puzzle pieces are easy to handle – and no two are alike. Our 1000 Piece Murder Mystery Puzzles Puzzles are exciting and challenging to put together.

Bits And Pieces exceptional jigsaw collection provides original and intriguing gifts for any interest, age or ability.

Puzzle Size is 20" x 27" when completed.

University Games-Jigsaw Shaped Puzzle 1000 Pieces: Ground For Murder. 

Classic mysteries with a challenging twist! Read about the mystery, then assemble the 1000 piece puzzle to discover the hidden clues to solve the mystery! 

Beware! The puzzle is different from the box cover. This package contains one 1000 piece puzzle. 

Finished size: 23x29 inches. 


Jigsaw Shaped Puzzle 1000 Pieces 23"X29" Grounds For Murder

Nancy Drew Collage Jigsaw Puzzle (1000 piece)

We'll give you a clue.. It's Nancy Drew!

The mysteries were never that easy to solve! If you read Nancy Drew, then you're familiar with these exciting book covers and who could forget that iconic yellow back cover?

A great tribute to a wonderful classic.

Read Sherlock Holmes and the Speckled Band, about the surprise visit of Helen Stoner to the offices of Sherlock Holmes and the mysterious death of her twin sister.

Next, assemble the 1000 piece puzzle to discover the hidden clues behind the heavy iron gates of Stoke Moran Manor House.

Then, solve the mystery by piecing together clues from the story and puzzle. 

Beware! The puzzle is different from the box cover. 

The 17 page story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is included. 

Sherlock Holmes Classic Mystery Puzzle

Those are only four of tons of great mystery jigsaw puzzles.
I have a Nancy Drew one different from the one pictured, and I can't wait get to started on it!

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Monday, May 20, 2019


I'm excited to be a stop on the blog tour for
Book 4 in the Oakwood Book Club Mysteries
by Leslie Nagel

Amateur sleuth Charley Carpenter discovers a coded journal that could crack her small town’s most infamous cold case wide open in this charming cozy mystery from the USA Todaybestselling author of The Book Club Murders.
As the owner of Old Hat Vintage Fashions, Charley Carpenter supplies retro apparel to the residents of Oakwood, Ohio, but she’s been known to set business aside to play detective when a mystery rears its head. And there’s no bigger mystery in Oakwood than the murder of Regan Fletcher—a case that’s haunted the town for decades.
Regan’s boyfriend, Carter, did time for the crime—until another man’s confession freed him. But did the “real killer” really do it? Or did Carter walk away with blood on his hands? When Charley stumbles on an old journal written in code, it only complicates the case by revealing a blackmail scheme that targeted dozens of Oakwood’s citizens, giving them all a motive for murder. 
Now, with a spate of new suspects to pursue, plus a fresh murder and the abduction of her sleuthing partner, Charley must dig deeper still into the past—even as she risks being buried by her shadowy prey. Joining forces with Detective Marcus Trenault and the newly formed Oakwood Mystery Book Club, Charley turns to a classic whodunit for clues on catching a killer—before more lives are lost, and the truth dies with them.

A talk with Leslie Nagel

LKBR:  Thank you for being here today, Leslie!

LN: My pleasure, Lisa. Connecting with readers is one of the best things about being a writer. I wish I could do it more often.

LKBR: Please tell us a bit about THE CODEBOOK MURDERS and your cozy mystery series.

LN: This new book is the fourth installment in The Oakwood Book Club Mysteries. The series follows the adventures of amateur sleuth Charley Carpenter, a young vintage clothing shop owner. She’s a lifelong resident of Oakwood, a wealthy insular suburb of Dayton, Ohio. Since things can get a bit dull, she and a group of friends formed a book club in which they read nothing but murder mysteries--female authors only, please!

Charley’s semi-obsession with crime detection drew her into her first case, when someone close to her was killed. Not only that, but with the second killing in THE BOOK CLUB MURDERS case, she realized that someone was using scenes from her book club’s reading list to stage the crime scenes. When she took proof to the police, she reconnected with a high school crush, Detective Marcus Trenault. He also helps her to solve cases—without becoming the next victim.

THE CODEBOOK MURDERS begins with a tornado that drives Charley into a creepy tunnel under the football stadium. She discovers a long-lost coded journal belonging to Regan Fletcher, a high school girl murdered forty years before. Her boyfriend Carter was convicted of the crime, but he never stopped protesting his innocence. When Charley and her gang start investigating and a nosy reporter is killed, it’s clear this case is far from cold.
The ladies of The Oakwood Mystery Club draw inspiration from classic mysteries to solve baffling crimes. With each case, Charley’s skills and reputation as a sleuth—as well as her relationship with Marcus—continue to flourish.

LKBR: Please tell us a little bit about yourself.

LN: One of the first things to know about me is that Oakwood is a real place, and I am a lifelong resident! I’ve been fascinated with mysteries since growing up on Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys. Setting my series right here, placing scenes in real locations, in fact, the idea for the series in the first place—all of it grew out of a lifetime of observing the suburban landscape. It’s a jungle out here, folks.

Visitors to my website should definitely check out the “Crime Scene Safari” page. I’ve posted photos from around Oakwood with snippets of text where they’re mentioned in the books. It’s a quick and fun way to grab a sneak peek into Charley’s adventures.

I came to writing a bit later in life, mostly because I was too busy! I’ve had a number of different careers, raised a family, gone back to school. And yet, the desire to write was always there, quietly simmering in the back of my mind. Now that I’ve taken the plunge, it has quickly become a passion.

What do I love most about being a writer? I love the freedom of setting my own schedule, the creative outlet (difficult to find in most of my former jobs), the opportunity to talk with readers about what they find in my stories, and of course, researching obscure methods for murdering someone. I sincerely hope Homeland Security never has cause to poke into my search history . . .

LKBR: Any hints or spoilers you can give us about your next book?

LN: I am currently writing the fifth book in the series, about a poison garden and a woman who is murdered in front of sixty witnesses. Researching poisons has been an interesting journey. I have a friend who’s an ER nurse; she has provided me with some pretty gruesome details that may—or may not!—make their way into the final mystery.

However, one thing is certain; Charley can’t do it alone. She will have to rely on her Book Club friends, as well as Marcus, to help her catch a bold and desperate killer before an innocent man pays the ultimate price.

LKBR: Have you ever written a scene that you loved but had to remove it for the sake of the story?

LN: What a timely question! In fact, for THE CODEBOOK MURDERS, I originally had a prequel chapter set 15 years in the past. Readers of the series will know that Charley’s faithful sidekick and best friend since 7th grade is a girl named Frankie. In the prequel, the girls—currently aged 13--have gathered for a slumber party. Naturally, ghost story time rolls around.

The favorite story of all is the tragic tale of Regan Fletcher, murdered 40 years ago on Homecoming Night of her senior year by her boyfriend Carter. The young girls squeal and shiver, but young Charley is already a budding sleuth. She has some hard questions about the case, things that simply don’t add up. The others tease her, but as they fall asleep, Charley stares up at the ceiling. And she wonders.

This bonus chapter will be available to readers who enter my Crack the Code contest on my website! Solve the coded message, send me the solution, and I will send you the prequel. Anyone participating will also be entered in a drawing for some pretty sweet prizes.

LKBR: Have you ever gotten reader’s block? Just find it hard to get into reading because you are so into your writing?

The biggest barricade between me and my favorite pastime isn’t reader’s block; it’s writer’s guilt. I constantly feel as if I should be writing. I always have a project in the works, and that project is always on my mind. Even if I’ve just finished editing a final draft, my work in progress is calling my name.

Procrastination is not the issue. In fact, I have the opposite problem. One of my defining personal characteristics is my obsession with organization. Call me Queen of Lists. Even though my children are grown and gone, I still color code the family calendar. While I do get a whole lot done, it also means that I never feel “entitled” to gear down and read. I should really work on that.

LKBR: Is there anything you would give up if you thought it would make you an even better writer?

LN: I teach college level English Composition. I love teaching, but sometimes my focus on the more formalized aspects of teaching English can interfere with my creative individual efforts. Standard written English is critically important to master, but the rules of fiction are . . . more like guidelines, to quote the pirate movies.
I find that I have to consciously “turn off” some of the rules when I am writing. Paragraphing, dialogue, use of adverbs, passive voice—all of these elements are used differently in formal essay writing, business reporting, journalism, and fiction, not to mention poetry.
Would I give it up to be a better writer? Yes, IF I had to. However, so far I have managed to juggle both careers. We’ll see what the future holds.

LKBR: If you could ask your readers 3 questions, what would they be?

:1.  Writers of series always plant little bits of backstory about previous books, so that anyone can pick up and enjoy any installment without feeling lost. How important is all of that backstory to you? Or, if you start with Book 1 and go along through each installment, do you find all the repetition annoying?

2.  How important do you think a romantic interest is for a main character?

3. Do you try to “solve” the mystery before the end, or do you prefer to be surprised by the solution?

LKBR: Where can readers go to learn more about you and your books? 

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LKBR: Thank you so much, Leslie, for letting us get to know you better!

LN: You are most welcome. And I hope to see many of your readers’ solutions to the coded message I’ve hidden on my website. The bonus prequel chapter really is a lot of fun. Amateur sleuths, this is your chance to strut your stuff!



This was my first book in the Oakwood Mysteries. While I’m sure many would say they can be read as standalones, and I’m sure they can be, I found myself feeling like the last person joining a conversation. I could keep up with what was going on, but still felt like I was missing information.

With that being said, THE CODEBOOK MURDERS was an intriguing mystery. There were many twisty little turns to lead readers down wrong paths. Just when I was sure of the who in the dunit, the reveal shot me down. I think author Leslie Nagel would have had the great Holmes himself perplexed.

I do have to say, I didn’t care for series lead, Charley Carpenter. I found she could be a little annoying. This may be due to my late entry into the series. I do intend to read the first book in the series because I would like to see just how Charley and the rest of the characters start out.

If you’re a returning fan, I feel it safe to say you will enjoy THE CODEBOOK MURDERS. If you’re new to the series, I personally would suggest you start with the first book, THE BOOK CLUB MURDERS.


About the Author

Leslie Nagel is a writer and teacher of writing at a local community college. Her debut novel, “The Book Club Murders”, is the first in the Oakwood Mystery Series. Leslie lives in the all too real city of Oakwood, Ohio, where murders are rare but great stories lie thick on the ground. After the written word, her passions include her husband, her son, and daughter, hiking, tennis and strong black coffee, not necessarily in that order.

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