Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Lisa Ks Book Reviews blog is proud to bring to you

This is a weekly online publication focused on connecting cozy mystery readers to favorite cozy characters by way of their town's newspapers. 

The Cozy Times will be available Wednesdays right here on Lisa Ks blog. 
There will also be weekend editions, and special editions from time to time. So keep watch.

Looking for the latest news out of 
Crystal Bay Wisconsin? 

Today The Cozy Times is featuring 
The Crystal Bay Courier

Check it out!

Bistro Owner Found Slain

Popular local bistro owner Drew Staven, 42, was found murdered in his luxury waterfront home last night. A local woman is being interviewed by the police but no suspects have been named.

The murder has shaken up the close-knit Crystal Bay community. “This is absolutely shocking,” said Gertrude DeWitt, Staven’s neighbor and a well-known local philanthropist. “Crystal Bay is a beautiful place to live and we want it to remain that way.
Anyone with any information should contact Detective Ian Sands, Crystal Bay Police Department.



Crystal Bay Chamber of Commerce Provides Encouragement to Struggling Local Businesses Economic woes continue to plague Crystal Bay’s local businesses. 

Small business owners are the first to tell you they’ve felt the crunch. “It’s gotten really tough out there,” says Minette Lambert of Minette’s Chocolates. “We’ve got great customers but everybody’s hurting right now. Luxury food items are sometimes the first thing to go if people are tightening their purse strings.”

However, the Crystal Bay Chamber of Commerce is providing new opportunities for small business owners, says Chamber President, Jane Willoughby. Willoughby believes that Chamber efforts are already paying off. “We attracted hundreds of people to our recent Taste of Crystal Bay Competition and we expect that trend to continue.”

Lambert isn’t so sure. “I’m hopeful that things will improve, but I remain cautiously optimistic.” she says. “This business means a lot to me and I’m going to do everything to keep it going and to keep offering exceptional products.”



That's this week's edition of 
The Cozy Times 
I hope you enjoyed!

To learn more about Crystal Bay, 
check out Jenny Kale's

Book One in the Callie's Kitchen Mystery series!

Greek-American food business owner and single mom Calliope “Callie” Costas faces Greek tragedy when a murder shakes the picturesque waterfront community of Crystal Bay, Wisconsin. Recipes included! 

Building a small business has been murder, but Callie Costas didn’t expect to be confronted with an actual body. The 36-year-old Greek-American proprietor of “Callie's Kitchen,” a meals-from-scratch business in an idyllic small town, has been busy creating a post-divorce life for herself, her young daughter and her pet Yorkie, Koukla. After a lot of hard work (including staving off her father’s continual advice), she’s got the locals and tourists clamoring for her delicious Mediterranean dishes and Midwest comfort food classics. Recently, she’s started a budding romance with a fellow foodie, the wealthy owner and chef of Crystal Bay’s most popular bistro. 

However, success is as fleeting as one of Wisconsin’s glorious autumn days. As local businesses begin to shut down due to a slow economy, Callie is struggling not to become another statistic. A contest with a hefty cash prize seems like the perfect chance to fix her financial woes, until a shocking murder threatens not only her livelihood – but her life. 

When she’s targeted as a prime suspect by an attractive expat British detective, Callie’s situation becomes more delicate than her Greek egg-lemon soup. She’s got to find the killer and fast if she wants to protect her daughter, save her business and stay alive. 

Don't miss this page-turning first installment in a delicious new culinary cozy series! 

About Jenny

Jenny Kales is the author of ON THE CHOPPING BLOCK, the first in The Callie’s Kitchen Mystery Series. Her marriage into a Greek-American Midwestern family inspired The Callie’s Kitchen mysteries, featuring Calliope Costas, food business owner and amateur sleuth. The setting of the story, “Crystal Bay,” is inspired by a favorite family vacation spot – Wisconsin’s beautiful Geneva Lakes.

Jenny is an avid reader, cook and baker and she’s addicted to mystery TV, especially anything on Masterpiece Mystery or BBC America. She lives just outside of Chicago with her husband, two daughters and one cute but demanding Yorkshire terrier. Keep up with author news for Jenny Kales by following her on social media: Facebook (Jenny Kales Mystery Author), Twitter @Jenny_Kales, Instagram (jennykales_author) and Goodreads. 
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  1. Thanks, Lisa (and Jenny). Happy Wednesday, to you.

  2. Another fantastic edition of The Cozy Times. Loved it and loved On The Chopping Block. Thanks.

  3. Thanks for another terrific edition of The Cozy Times! I have read and reviewed On the Chopping Block -- it was a fantastic culinary cozy. I am anxiously awaiting the second edition of this promising new series.

  4. Thanks, all! Lisa K, I love your graphics. :) Looks great.

  5. I always enjoy reading The Cozy Times and will look forward to reading On the Chopping Block.