Saturday, January 18, 2020


'TWAS THE WEEK AFTER CHRISTMAS
Book 1 in the Seasons Change Mysteries
by Mark Justice


When Abbie Price finds herself suddenly out of a job, she moves back to her home town of Juniper, Ohio, surrounded and supported by her friends and family.A series of unexplained packages pulls Abbie into a mystery that intimately touches the lives of everyone around her. With the New Year’s Nosh less than a week away, Abbie is determined to unravel the truth behind the mysterious packages and discovers herself on a journey toward acceptance, healing, and hope.


‘TWAS THE WEEK AFTER CHRISTMAS is the debut novel for author Mark Justice. I’d like to welcome Mr. Justice to the world of cozy mysteries. There are only a handful of male cozy authors, so it’s nice to see another join the genre.

Mr. Justice is off to a strong start with this first book in his Seasons Change Mysteries. Having the story set during just after Christmas is an interesting premise. While I find that time of year a little sad and depressing, the author’s description of how his protagonist feels about the day after Christmas . . . The day after Christmas was Abigail Price’s favorite day of the year. It was quiet elation, like the first bite of vanilla ice cream, the cold sweetness slowly melting and trickling down as it’s swallowed, tickling the belly like cold laughter. . . What? What a beautiful way to think of it!

Speaking of lead character, Abbie Price, she’s a very likeable character, and I enjoyed getting to know her. It’s going to be nice spending time with her and watching her grow as the series continues. There are also some nice supporting characters I’m looking forward to learning more about.

The mystery in, ‘TWAS THE WEEK AFTER CHRISTMAS, different from any I’ve read in a while, was well written and plotted out. I was kept guessing through the story and really surprised with the outcome.

For a debut book, author Justice did a great job. I’m sure he’ll have a growing fan base once readers come to the end of ‘TWAS THE WEEK AFTER CHRISTMAS.   


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Friday, January 17, 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
CALLIE'S KITCHEN MYSTERIES COOKBOOK
Recipes from Callie's Kitchen & More
by Jenny Kales


You’re invited to Callie’s Kitchen, where Greek food meets Midwest comfort cooking…

The Callie’s Kitchen Mysteries Cookbook is filled with Mediterranean-meets-Midwest comfort food recipes! You’ll find every delicious recipe from each one of the books in the popular culinary cozy mystery series, plus many new bonus recipes. Also included are book excerpts, brand-new scenes, family lore and kitchen tips from Callie "Calliope" Costas herself, Greek-American foodie, business owner and amateur sleuth.

Now you can share Callie’s Greek specialties with your family and friends, including:

George’s Spanakopita (Spinach-Feta Pie with Phyllo)
Kourabiethes (Greek snowball cookies)
New Year’s Meat-Leek Pie with Phyllo
Zucchini Fritters with Greek Yogurt Sauce
My Big (Low) Fat Greek Salad

You’ll also find Callie’s Midwestern favorites, such as:

Wisconsin Supper Club Cheese Spread
Callie’s Sour Cherry Pie
Pumpkin Spice Scones

If you’ve ever wanted to visit Callie’s fictional Wisconsin eatery, this cookbook is the next best thing. Bring the scrumptious flavors of Callie’s Kitchen right into your own home by ordering today!

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CALLIE'S KITCHEN COOKBOOK

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USA only

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AVGOLEMONO
(Greek Chicken and Lemon Soup)

All food photos are property of Jenny Kales

From SECRETS AND PIES
This delicious soup is a Greek restaurant classic. There's just something soul-soothing about avgolemono. Plus, with its bright lemon flavor and rich broth, it's good year round. 

Ingredients

8 cups chicken broth or stock
1 cup to 1½ cups coked white rice
1 cup cooked chicken, shredded or in bite-sized pieces
3 large eggs
cup fresh lemon juice (please use fresh for best flavor, no bottled juice!)
1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
Salt and white pepper
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley


Directions

   In a large saucepan, bring the stock to a boil over medium heat. Place the eggs in a mixing bowl and whisk until blended, then add lemon juice and zest. Whisk until well-combined. Reduce the heat of the chicken stock to very low.

   While whisking the soup in the pan, slowly pour the egg-lemon mixture into the broth, whisking all the time to prevent curdling. The soup should thicken slightly. 

   
   Alternatively, use the following method, created by my husband's Yiayia (grandmother).

   Add the eggs, lemon juice and zest to blender and blitz until well combined. Take one cup of the hot stock and gradually add to the mixture in the blender. Cover the blended and zap again. Then, slowly and carefully pour this mixture back into the broth and gently stir in, whisking all the while. This will help "temper" the broth so that it doesn't curdle. 

 

   Add cooked chicken and rice and gently cook for several more minutes at low heat until flavors blend. Don't set the heat too high, or you will curdle the soup (like Josh did in SECRETS AND PIES)! Have patience and you will have a delicious soup. 

   If there's any left over and you want to reheat it, put in a saucepan or top of the stove over very low heat and stir frequently, to prevent curdling. 

   Sprinkle with parsley. Serves 6-8.


I don't know about you, but my stomach
 is growling for a bowl of this soup right now!


Anyone who knows me knows that I have two favorite genres of books. Cozy mysteries and cookbooks. I am in Heaven when I have the chance to read a cookbook based on a cozy mystery series. I mean, come on! It’s the best of both worlds! So, when the CALLIE’S KITCHEN MYSTERIES COOKBOOK hit my radar, I knew I had to have it. Again, best of both worlds, and, I’m a huge fan of the Callie’s Kitchen Mysteries!

Author Jenny Kales of course brings wonderful Greek recipes from her Callie’s Kitchen series, but that’s not all. As she says in her Note from the Author . . . “While the book contains several delicious and authentic Greek recipes, it is not a comprehensive Greek cookbook . . .” “. . . this cookbook is meant to be a window into the world of my character, Callie . . .” So, you’re going to find a little bit of everything!

Within the pages of this book you will find Tips from Callie’s kitchen, new recipes, new scenes, and excerpts from her books! And you’ll drool over recipes such as Feta Cheese Bites, Fried Zucchini, Spring Spanakorizo (Greek Spinach Rice), Speedy Skillet Pastitsio, Greek Coffee, Greek Roasted Lemon Potatoes, Callie’s Perfect Pie Crust, Beat on the Bay Blueberry Pie, Chi Spice Cake and so much more!

Rather you get CALLIE’S KITCHEN MYSTERIES COOKBOOK, for the recipes, or for the new scenes from the wonderful cozy mysteries, you just can’t go wrong with this book!

Note: You know I love photos in my cookbooks. However, recipe books based on series books, seldom if ever have photos included. So, go into it knowing that, and enjoy this wonderful cookbook!

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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


CALLIE'S MYSTERIES COOKBOOK

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.
Since I've featured this book before, this time my BB with be the beginning of Chaprter Two, and my 56 will be from page 156. 

My Book Beginnings

Hello, and welcome to Callie's Kitchen! Let the aromas of cinnamon, lemon and melted butter wash over you as you step inside.

My 56

Callie swallowed the lump that suddenly had appeared in her throat.


GOOD LUCK!



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Thursday, January 16, 2020



WHAT'S COOKING?

It's Greek (and so much more) to me! 

🥄🥄🥄🥄🥄🥄

CALLIE'S KITCHEN MYSTERIES COOKBOOK
Recipes From Callie's Kitchen & More


You’re invited to Callie’s Kitchen, where Greek food meets Midwest comfort cooking…

The Callie’s Kitchen Mysteries Cookbook is filled with Mediterranean-meets-Midwest comfort food recipes! You’ll find every delicious recipe from each one of the books in the popular culinary cozy mystery series, plus many new bonus recipes. Also included are book excerpts, brand-new scenes, family lore and kitchen tips from Callie "Calliope" Costas herself, Greek-American foodie, business owner and amateur sleuth.

Now you can share Callie’s Greek specialties with your family and friends, including:

George’s Spanakopita (Spinach-Feta Pie with Phyllo)
Kourabiethes (Greek snowball cookies)
New Year’s Meat-Leek Pie with Phyllo
Zucchini Fritters with Greek Yogurt Sauce
My Big (Low) Fat Greek Salad

You’ll also find Callie’s Midwestern favorites, such as:

Wisconsin Supper Club Cheese Spread
Callie’s Sour Cherry Pie
Pumpkin Spice Scones

If you’ve ever wanted to visit Callie’s fictional Wisconsin eatery, this cookbook is the next best thing. Bring the scrumptious flavors of Callie’s Kitchen right into your own home by ordering today!


Anyone who knows me knows that I have two favorite genres of books. Cozy mysteries and cookbooks. I am in Heaven when I have the chance to read a cookbook based on a cozy mystery series. I mean, come on! It’s the best of both worlds! So, when the CALLIE’S KITCHEN MYSTERIES COOKBOOK hit my radar, I knew I had to have it. Again, best of both worlds, and, I’m a huge fan of the Callie’s Kitchen Mysteries!

Author Jenny Kales of course brings wonderful Greek recipes from her Callie’s Kitchen series, but that’s not all. As she says in her Note from the Author . . . “While the book contains several delicious and authentic Greek recipes, it is not a comprehensive Greek cookbook . . .” “. . . this cookbook is meant to be a window into the world of my character, Callie . . .” So, you’re going to find a little bit of everything!

Within the pages of this book you will find Tips from Callie’s kitchen, new recipes, new scenes, and excerpts from her books! And you’ll drool over recipes such as Feta Cheese Bites, Fried Zucchini, Spring Spanakorizo (Greek Spinach Rice), Speedy Skillet Pastitsio, Greek Coffee, Greek Roasted Lemon Potatoes, Callie’s Perfect Pie Crust, Beat on the Bay Blueberry Pie, Chi Spice Cake and so much more!

Rather you get CALLIE’S KITCHEN MYSTERIES COOKBOOK, for the recipes, or for the new scenes from the wonderful cozy mysteries, you just can’t go wrong with this book!

Note: You know I love photos in my cookbooks. However, recipe books based on series books, seldom if ever have photos included. So, go into it knowing that, and enjoy this wonderful cookbook!


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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Today I'm joining 
Berkley Mystery 
in celebrating the January 21 release of  
CARELESS WHISKERS
Book 12 in the Cat in the Stacks Mysteries
by Miranda James


When librarian Charlie Harris' daughter is falsely accused of murder, he and his faithful feline Diesel must leap forward to crack the case in this all-new installment in the New York Times bestselling series.  

Charlie Harris has sworn off investigating murder and mayhem after a recent close call. Instead, he's delighted to cheer on his daughter, Laura, who's starring in a production of Careless Whispers. The theater department at Athena College is debuting the play written by a fledgling playwright with local connections and Charlie's son-in-law, Frank Salisbury, will be calling the directorial shots.  

Laura is upset to learn that Luke Lombardi, an overbearing actor she knew from her time in Hollywood will also be taking part in the production as a guest artist. Lombardi arrives with an entourage in tow and promptly proceeds to annoy everyone involved with the production. When he collapses and dies on stage, after drinking from a glass Laura handed him, she becomes the chief suspect in his murder.  

Charlie knows his daughter is innocent, and  he’s not going to let anyone railroad his little girl. So,  despite his intentions to put his amateur sleuthing days behind him, Charlie has to take center stage, and with Diesel’s help, shine a  spotlight on the real killer.

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Charlie and Diesel are back for installment twelve of the Cat in the Stack Mysteries. And with a dozen books under the author’s belt, it’s clear to see that Miranda James know what it takes to keep readers returning for more.

In CARELESS WHISKERS, protagonist Charlie Harris seemed a bit more intense to me than in past books. That stands to reason since it’s his daughter under suspicion of murder. Of course, there’s normally no doubt Charlie and Diesel with get to the bottom of things, but there were times I wondered if they really could this time.

CARELESS WHISPERS was a quick read with a lot of great moments. As it did me, this page turner will keep fans reading much longer then they had intended. So, I recommend clearing a day so you can sit back and enjoy.
GOOD LUCK!!!

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Tuesday, January 14, 2020


There are few great titles out today.
Check them out!


Wedding bells are in the air—along with the aroma of maple syrup—in the latest Pancake House Mystery. But a series of murders threatens to spoil everyone’s appetite. . .
Between tourist season, planning her beach wedding, and running her pancake house, the Flip Side, Marley McKinney is busier than ever. On top of that, one of her regulars is competing in Wildwood Cove’s Golden Oldies Games—a sporting event for athletes 50 and over—and Marley wants to cheer her on. Everything’s running as smooth as batter—until sports reporter Yvonne Pritchard stirs up a triple batch of trouble . . .
Yvonne has one admirer in town—Ed Herman—but she has many more enemies, from a disgruntled coach to an athlete she once shamed on social media. So when a body washes up on shore, and it’s no accident, it’s not a complete surprise Yvonne is the victim. And when Ed asks Marley to use her sleuthing skills to solve the crime, she’ll have to squeeze in time between squeezing into wedding dresses. Then a second victim turns up, and Marley will have to work at high speed to stop a killer from piling up bodies faster than she can whip up a tall stack . . .
Includes pancake recipes right from the Flip Side menu!


A heartwarming cozy mystery series about losing everything, taking a chance, and starting again.

After suffering a personal tragedy Abby Sullivan buys a huge old seaside mansion she has never even seen, packs up her life in San Francisco, and moves to Holiday Bay Maine, where she is adopted, quite against her will, by a huge Maine Coon Cat named Rufus, a drifter with her own tragic past named Georgia, and a giant dog with an inferiority complex named Ramos. What Abby thought she needed was alone time to heal. What she ended up with was, an inn she never knew she wanted, a cat she couldn't seem to convince to leave, and a new family she'd never be able to live without.

In book 8 in the series, Abby's agent asks for help when the house she was going to rent to host a writers retreat becomes unavailable. After a bit of discussion, Abby agrees to have the retreat at the inn. The seven writers who will be staying at the inn for the week long event are new to publishing and Kate hopes the mentor she has hired to run things will be able to provide the valuable tips these new authors need. Of course what she doesn't know is that Abby has a past with this particular mentor, and when all is said and done, fireworks of one sort or another are likely.

Meanwhile, Georgia has started taping her new cooking show, Abby is worried about the approaching blizzard, and Colt has a murder to solve, after six men get together for a friendly poker game but only five of the six men make it to the end of the night alive.


What’s better than one King Vulture? Two, of course!

Merry Wrath, former CIA turned Girls Scout troop leader, is over the moon when her wacky taxidermist sisters-in-law present her with a stuffed King Vulture named Nellie Lou. But while the bird is beautiful, the deceased vulture has a secret past that leads to unanticipated trouble—ranging from a bad LSD trip to actually tripping over a dead body in Merry's garage!

When a bizarre pair of men named Mr. Sun and Mr. Moon start lurking about, and Central Iowa is plagued with a rash of taxidermied animal thefts, Merry wonders how she’s once again managed to get in the middle of it all. It doesn’t help that she has to mentor a younger troop with two unmotivated leaders and a kid who experiments with napalm.

With an arrogant mayor causing trouble, her house being trashed, and a dangerous kidnapping, Merry has to figure out who the killer is before Nellie Lou isn’t the only dead thing in her life.


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