Friday, January 6, 2017

Cozy Food Friday

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

Today I'm featuring 
Book 2 in the Popcorn Shop Mysteries
by Kristi Abbott

Gourmet popcorn entrepreneur Rebecca Anderson and her poodle, Sprocket, are back on the case, in the second Popcorn Shop Mystery from the author of Kernel of Truth.

Despite Rebecca Anderson’s best efforts to distance herself from her ex-husband, the guy keeps popping up. When Antoine offers to feature her breakfast bars and popcorn fudge on his popular cooking show, she suspects he’s once again trying to butter her up—but the TV exposure for her gourmet popcorn shop, POPS, is too good to turn down.
Things take a shocking turn when the crew comes to Grand Lake to film in her shop, and Rebecca discovers Antoine’s assistant electrocuted in a hotel bathtub. Now the police want Antoine to come clean. Her ex may be a pain, but he’s no killer. So Rebecca decides to bag the real culprit. If she isn’t careful, however, she may be the next one getting burned.




Author Kristi Abbott has popped out a tasty addition to her Popcorn Shop Mystery series!

Ms. Abbott wasted no time buttering readers up with a long, drawn out beginning. She had us into the action of POP GOES THE MURDER in a jiffy. And the story just kept getting better.

A well written tale, with a mystery that was hard to solve, POP GOES THE MURDER was even better than book one in the series, KERNEL OF TRURH. I could really see the growth in the characters, and there was a nice flow to the story.

My only negative is, I can’t quite connect with the protagonist Rebecca Anderson. She seems a bit stuck up at times, and a little rude. Though, it could just be me. Some characters, like people in real life, can take a while to warm up to.

If you enjoyed the first in this series, you’re in for a treat with POP GOES THE MURDER.

Make sure to check out the back of the book for two yummy popcorn recipes!


About Kristi

Kernel of Truth is Kristi's first book with Berkley Prime Crime. She has been obsessed with popcorn since first tasting the caramel cashew popcorn at Garrett's in Chicago. If you've never had it, you might want to hop on a plane and go now. Seriously, it's that good. 

Kristi lives in northern California, although she was born in Ohio like the heroine of Kernel of Truth. She loves snack food, crocheting, her kids, and her man, not necessarily in that order.

Kristi also writes as both Eileen Rendahl and Eileen Carr. Click here to learn more about her other books.


On to the recipe!


All photos courtesy of Google Images 
and those who originally posted them.


4 cups popped popcorn (Pop 1/3 cup kernels in 1/4 cup oil)
1/2 cup butter
2 cups brown sugar
1/2 cup Karo syrup
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 pound bacon, cooked and chopped into bite-size pieces
1 cup pecans

   Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
   Melt butter in a medium saucepan. Add in the brown sugar, Karo syrup and salt. 
   Bring to a boil, stirring. Then set the timer! Let it simmer for 5 minutes without stirring. Then remove from heat, add in baking soda and vanilla. 
   Pour over popcorn and mix. Add in the bacon and the pecans. 

   Pour popcorn mixture into a shallow pan lined with parchment paper and bake for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. 
   Let cool. Break apart. 
   Store in an airtight container, if there's any left to store!

Yum. Perfect for movie night!


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installments of 
Book Beginnings on Fridays
The Friday 56

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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

I knocked on the hotel room door. No one answered. I glanced at my watch. Seven forty-five in the morning. I was right on time.

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 

This man seemed way too together and way too skilled to need a part-time job at my little popcorn shop in my little Podunk town.


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  1. Thanks, Lisa. Interesting recipe and I'm beginning to think you can put bacon into just about everything. :)

  2. Sounds like a fun read...and I LOVE popcorn. I want to make some right now...but I'll wait.

    Thanks for sharing, and here's mine:

  3. I couldn't suppress a little chuckle as soon as I read the title. Happy reading.
    sherry @ fundinmental Friday Memes

  4. That popcorn looks amazing! I have the first in this series and have been wanting to read it. I love the teasers for the 2nd! Thanks for the heads up on Rebecca. Sometimes a character can take awhile to warm up to and I always prefer to know that going in!

  5. i love popcorn! The recipe has been saved and I am off to get the ingredients. Thanks...the blog and this series are great!

  6. Sounds like a fun cozy! Happy weekend!

  7. What a coincidence! I was visiting 56 posts and stopped to make some popcorn. It's white kernel popcorn with salted real butter. So good. LOL I want to read this series now. Popcorn in a favorite snack of mine.

    My Friday 56 from 77 Shadow Street

  8. Sounds like another good cozy series to sink my teeth into! (It doesn't hurt that I adore popcorn!)

  9. I love eating popcorn - bacon popcorn sounds pretty awesome! :)

    Lauren @ Always Me

  10. Sounds pretty suspicious to me. Hope you enjoy this upcoming week!