Friday, August 12, 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

A Collection of Recipes from the 

Bestselling Gray Whale Inn Mysteries

Karen MacInerney

A collection of recipes from the first six books of the bestselling Gray Whale Inn mysteries, along with a bonus recipe... and the first chapter of Whale of a Crime, the highly anticipated seventh book in the popular series. Recipes include reader (and author) favorite Wicked Blueberry Coffee Cake, Chilly Night Hatch Chile Stew, Pumpkin Whoopie Pies, and many more, all at your fingertips. 

About Karen

Karen is the housework-impaired author of multiple mystery series, and her victims number well into the double digits. She lives in Austin, Texas with two sassy children, her husband, and a menagerie of animals, including twenty-three fish, two rabbits, and a rescue dog named Little Bit. When she's not chauffeuring children or coming up with creative ways to kill people, you can usually find Karen hiding away with a book, dodging laundry, playing in the kitchen, or attending martial arts classes. She occasionally teaches writing classes.

Feel free to visit Karen's web site at You can also find her on Twitter at @karenmacinerney and Facebook at (where she spends an inordinate amount of time). You are more than welcome to friend her there -- and remind her to get back to work on the next book!


On to the recipe!


From book two: DEAD AND BERRIED
Recipe photos courtesy of Karen M. Owen


2 cups all purpose-flour
1 T baking powder
1/2 t salt
2 T sugar
1/3 cup butter
1 egg
1 cup milk 

1/2 cup melted butter
1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 t cinnamon
2 cups peaches, thinly sliced
1/3 cup sour cream
1/2 cup raspberry preserves 


   In a large bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, salt and sugar with a fork.
   Cut in butter.
   In a separate bowl, beat together egg and milk; add to flour mixture, stirring until just mixed. 
   Set aside.

   Combine melted butter, brown sugar and cinnamon; spread over the bottom of a greased 9-inch square baking pan. 
   Arrange peach slices in four rows. 
   Spoon half of the batter over the peaches, smooth. 
   Combine sour cream and raspberry preserves, and pour over batter. 
   Drop spoonfuls of remaining batter over preserves mixture and smooth. 

   Bake at 350° for 50 minutes.
   Cool for 15 minutes on a wire rack; then invert over serving plate. 

Mmmmmm mmmmm mmmm mmm mm!

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 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 Beginning


The Gray Whale Inn started in 2003, when I was sitting in bed one night with a spiral notebook and an idea and thought, "Well, I'm not getting any younger. I might as well give it a try."

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
56% in this book is the tail end of a recipe. 
So, I'm sharing the beginning of book seven 
in the Gray Whale Inn Mysteries, WHALE OF A CRIME.

"Red sky in morning, sailor's warning." I'd heard it a thousand times, but as I stood staring out at the cloudless blue sky suspended like a blue bowl over the Gulf of Maine, I reflected that the day had turned out perfectly after all.

Boy, was I wrong. 

Check out Karen MacInerney's
Gray Whale Inn Mysteries!

BOOK ONE                               BOOK TWO

BOOK THREE                                       BOOK FOUR

BOOK FIVE                                          BOOK SIX



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  1. Yum! Thanks, Lisa. I would love some of that coffee cake this morning. Happy Friday, to you.

  2. Pg 56 from Holiday In Death by J.D. Robb "Eve." He Skimmed a finger over the slight dent in her chin. "We are, both of us, very much defined by what we do for a living. You don't -- you can't leave your work outside the door any more than I can. It's inside you."

  3. Having just been to the beach last week, I love seeing those ocean images.

    That peach sunrise coffee cake is making me drool! Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

  4. This is a new-to-me series--I'd love to be at that setting right now and escape the heat and humidity in NYC.

  5. This sounds like a delightful cookbook and a fun series. I'll definitely try the peach coffee cake recipe.
    My Friday post features THE REAL MOTHER.

  6. That cake looks delicious. Thanks for sharing about the books and the recipe.

    1. Both the recipe and the books look good. I'll have to check them out. Enjoy!

  7. Ironically, the Peach Festival is next weekend, so I may have to try that recipe! Thanks for sharing! Happy weekend!

  8. Nice cover art and the cake looks yummy, too. Wish I could eat it! (gluten free) Great post!

  9. I'm pretty sure that I have the first and maybe 2nd book in this series - din't know there were recipes in love both the beginning and the snippet of the upcoming book. Here's my Friday meme

  10. That food looks divine! An ominous 56, hope you enjoy!

  11. That peach coffee cake looks delish! I always get stuck on your recipes and don't make it beyond them.

  12. How delicious. And this looks like a lovely series. I think I need to visit to help you read your books and eat your yummy food!

  13. I've read the first few books in this series and I really enjoyed them and the food always sounds absolutely amazing. I'll have to look for this cookbook. That's a great story of how the series started!

  14. Hmmm... I know what I'm making for my weekly Sunday baking... thanks for sharing!!

  15. Oh my gosh! That recipe looks so delicious! :)

    Check out my Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings).