Friday, May 6, 2016

Cozy Food Friday

That means it's time to share a recipe from 
another great cozy mystery!

Today I'm featuring a recipe from
Book 1 in the Cranberry Cove Mysteries
Peg Cochran

It’s cranberry picking time—in an all-new mystery series from the national bestselling author of the Gourmet De-Lite Mysteries…

When Monica Albertson comes to Cranberry Cove—a charming town on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan—to help her half-brother Jeff on his cranberry farm, the last thing she expects to harvest is a dead body.

It seems that Sam Culbert, who ran the farm while Jeff was deployed overseas, had some juicy secrets that soon prove fatal, and Jeff is ripe for the picking as a prime suspect. Forming an uneasy alliance with her high-maintenance stepmother, Monica has her hands full trying to save the farm while searching for a killer. Culbert made plenty of enemies in the quaint small town…but which one was desperate enough to kill?



Author Peg Cochran has a new series! YAY!

Already being a fan of author Peg Cochran’s writing (I so miss her Vintage Lingerie series written as Meg London), I was beyond thrilled to hear about her new Cranberry Cove Mystery series. When I finally got a copy of BERRIED SECRETS in my hands, I was as excited as a child on Christmas Day!

For sure worth the wait, BERRIED SECRETS was everything I had built it up in my mind to be….no, wait…it was more! I was hooked on the book from page one and the beautiful image of Cranberry Cover author Cochran painted of the quaint town. I wanted nothing more than to climb into the book and explore more of the town, meet the people.

Monica Albertson is a fantastic new protagonist. She’s strong and spirited, but very real and relatable. I’m not sure who I’m going to fall in love with, but it’s a tossup between Monica’s brother Jeff and Greg Harper, the owner of the local bookstore. And the twins that own the candy shop, well, I’ll let you meet those ladies yourself. J

This was a wonderful story from the beginning until the last page, everything in this book flowed so well. It was a fast paced, intriguing mystery that urged me to keep reading, to turn another page, and I did. Before I knew it, and much too soon I was at the end. Oh, and major points to Peg Cochran for an amazingly original place to find a body!

And don’t miss the delicious cranberry recipes you’ll find at the back of the book!

If you are choosy about the new series you start, I would suggest adding this one to your list. I can’t say enough good things about it. Well, I can’t but this review would be as long as the book! 

On to the recipe!

Cranberry Butterscotch Bars


¼ pound butter
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
1 6‑ounce package butterscotch bits
1 cup coconut
2 cups chopped fresh cranberries
1 6‑ounce package chocolate chips
1 can sweetened, condensed milk
½ cup chopped pecans


Melt butter and add to graham cracker crumbs in a large bowl.

Press mixture into bottom of an 8" x 8" pan sprayed with cooking spray.

Sprinkle butterscotch bits over graham cracker mixture.

Top with coconut, a layer of cranberries and a layer of chocolate chips.

Spread the can of condensed milk over the top and sprinkle with chopped pecans.

Bake approximately 35 minutes at 350 degrees 

Photos courtesy of Google Images
Your finished dish may vary in appearance

Mmm...Wouldn't these be perfect for a 
book club meeting or a tea party?

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


My Book Beginnings and Friday 56
 for this week are from 
Book 2 in the Cranberry Cove Mystery series
by Peg Cochran

Newly released on May 3, 2016

Cranberry farm owner Monica Albertson is once again bogged down in murder in the second Cranberry Cove mystery from national bestselling author Peg Cochran.

The entire town of Cranberry Cove is popping with excitement. Monica Albertson is baking cranberry goodies by the dozen and shopkeepers are decking out their storefronts for the first annual Winter Walk—an event dreamed up by the mayor to bring visitors to the town during a normally dead time of year.
But it’s the mayor who turns up dead during the grand opening ceremony, his lifeless body making its entrance in a horse-drawn sleigh. Monica’s mother and stepmother quickly become the prime suspects when it’s discovered that the mayor was dating both of them, and to make things worse, her half brother Jeff uncovers a clue buried near one of the bogs on Sassamanash Farm. Now it’s up to Monica to find out who really put the mayor on ice.


Book Beginnings on Fridays is a meme hosted by Rose City Reader
Share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading

My Book Beginnings

Cranberry Cove was in an uproar. 

It was less than six hours until the opening of the town's first Winter Walk, an event designed to bring tourists---and their wallets---to Cranberry Cove during some of the darker days of the year. The festive Christmas season was over, the spring tulips were a long way yet from blooming, and the hope was that the Winter Walk would provide an infusion of much needed capital into the local economy between the two more popular seasons.  

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 Friday 56

Monica wondered how Stevens knew that. The village tom-toms must have been beating overtime. This was a record, even for Cranberry Cove. 


A superb story, and perfect addition to the Cranberry Cover Mystery series!

I was pretty sure author Peg Cochran could not top, BERRIED SECRETS, the first book in this series. Of course, I am wrong, and happily so. I never should have doubted Ms. Cochran’s writing abilities. Every book I read by this author is more brilliant than the one before.

The characters in the Cranberry Cove mysteries are simply a joy to read, and I have loved getting to know them. It really feels as though author Cochran has let the characters take on lives of their own. I could easily see myself living in the eclectic town of Cranberry Cove.

BERRY THE HATCHET is a fast moving, exciting mystery that I read in one sitting. Chapter after chapter I found myself turning pages faster with the need to get to the reveal. Wow! The ending was not one I would had ever guessed!

I’m already counting down the time to the next installment.

Make sure to check out the back of the book for some fantastic cranberry recipes!

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  1. Thanks, Lisa. Those bars look delicious and I look forward to reading Berry The Hatchet.

  2. These both sound good. Once I conquer TBR mountain, I'll be looking for more cozies to read. I'm spotlighting Heart of Brass by Kate Cross from my TBR mountain this week. Happy reading!

    1. Hi Kathy. I'm always happy to hear people are looking for cozies! Thanks for stopping by. Heading over to you now. :-)

  3. Thanks, Lisa, for the wonderful post. The bars look delicious and the book sounds good.

    1. Hey Mary! Thanks! BEERY THE HATCHET was wonderful!

  4. Thanks for sharing about the book and the recipe, both look great.

    1. Those bars look yummy! I love good cozy mysteries with recipes. Enjoy!

  5. Replies
    1. Thanks for stopping by, Catherine. I love covers and titles of cozies. So much fun!

  6. Ooh, I love the look of those cranberry bars...the coconut did it for me!

    The book looks gorgeous,too; thanks for visiting my blog.

    1. Hey there Laurel-Rain. Thanks for visiting. Don't they look yummy?

  7. Loved Berried Secrets, can't wait to read Berry the Hatchet. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Berried secrets sounds like a fun mystery and the bars look delicious.
    Have a relaxing weekend. Thanks for visiting my blog.

  9. I bet they have real good food in Cranberry Cove. Hope you enjoy your weekend!

  10. I love Peg Cochran's books and this series has been on my TBR. Those Cranberry Butterscotch bars look amazing! I had a hard time focusing on the book stuff after I saw the pictures of the food!

    1. LOL Katherine. I had a hard time focusing on anything while I typed this up!

  11. I have the first book in this series. I couldn't resist the fun title and cover. I'm a cozy addict. LOL
    Thanks for stopping by for my 56.

  12. I love the punny titles of her books. It seems I've read about this book a couple of times and I am so putting it on my wish list! Excellent snippets, Lisa!

  13. You always share such wonderful books with us and great, yummy recipes. This is an awesome post!

    1. Thank you, LadyD! I love my cozy mysteries, and have a lot of fun with Cozy Food Friday.

  14. I have this book on my Kindle. I can't wait to read it.

  15. I love cranberries and this sounds like a fun cozy series - thanks for visiting my Friday meme

    1. And thank you for visiting me, Maria. This is a wonderful series!

  16. As always, I LOVE these titles! And the recipe this week is so tempting!

    1. Hey there, blackmutts! The titles are great, aren't they?

  17. Mmm, that recipe sounds delish! I love cozy mysteries, so I'll have to see if I can get my hands on this one! Thanks for sharing! Thanks, also, for visiting my blog! Happy reading!

    1. Thank you for stopping by, Kim! Cozy mysteries are my weakness!

  18. Such clever clever titles! You definitely know that I've been craving berries lately hahaha ... enjoy :)

    1. Hi guiltless! This is the right time of year to be craving berries!

  19. Sounds like a great start to the series and my mouth is watering at that photo of the bars. They look scrumptious! Happy Sunday!

    1. Hey Freda! It's is a wonderful series. Thanks for stopping by!

  20. I don't think I've ever read a book featuring a cranberry bog before... :) And that recipe sounds mouth watering!