Friday, January 13, 2017

Cozy Food Friday

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

Today I'm featuring 
Book 6 in the Aloha Lagoon Mysteries
by Catherine Bruns

From USA Today bestselling author Catherine Bruns, comes an Aloha Lagoon Mystery that proves sometimes paradise isn't all it's served up to be. 

New to both Hawaii and the Aloha Lagoon Resort, Carrie Jorgenson has big dreams of stardom. But while she awaits fame and fortune, she's forced to accept a job waitressing at the resort's The Loco Moco CafΓ©. It isn't long before she discovers the dish on her new boss—also known to many as "The Big Kahuna." Hale Akamu is rich, handsome, repulsive...and dead. When Carrie discovers Hale's lifeless body, she's suddenly forced into yet another role—amateur sleuth. With everyone from Carrie to the saucy chef to the cafΓ©'s hot assistant manager under suspicion, Carrie needs to track a killer before she becomes his next main entrΓ©e! 
**Recipes included!**

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The dish of the day is murder, Hawaiian style, and author Catherine Bruns serves it up with a plate full of mystery!

My town just had about six inches of snow (a lot for us) on the ground for two days. How fun is it that as I read DEATH OF THE BIG KAHUNA, the weather warmed and the snow started melting. Now as I write this review, the sun is shining and it is 68 degrees. That’s some talent you have Ms. Bruns. Talk about a story coming to life! ;-)

DEATH OF THE BIG KAHUNA is the first book I’ve read in the Aloha Lagoon Mysteries (each book is written by a different author, and follows different characters), but is not my first book by Catherine Bruns. I’ve enjoyed her writing in her own two series, and am happy to say, I loved it with this book as well.

Protagonist, Carrie Jorgenson, was an interesting character to get to know. Before we meet her in the book, it’s clear she didn’t have the best home life. That’s how she comes to be in Hawaii. She’s wants to change her life, and even dreams of being a star one day. Taking a waitress job and waiting for that dream to come true is what she has to do. I really liked that it became more than just a job to her, and she actually liked it. Though it was off to a shaky start pretty early on when she discovers the dead body of her boss.

Author Bruns delivers a clever story of murder, mystery, and mayhem, all set against the backdrop of paradise. Carrie turns sleuth to discover who killed her boss. With the story being in first person, we readers see and hear everything from Carries point of view. This story was so real, it was like I could really her Carrie talking in my ear. I felt happiness when see did, and shared her fears with her. This all made for a story I simply couldn’t put down. Not through the investigation, not during the action filled reveal. Only when I had read the last, satisfying page of DEATH OF THE BIG KAHUNA, was I able to sit back and a breath. Very well done!

There are also recipes in the back of the book, so don’t miss out on them!


About Catherine

Catherine is the USA Today best selling author of the Cookies & Chance mysteries. She lives in New York with her very patient husband, three sons, and assorted cats and dogs. Catherine has a B.A. in English and is a former newspaper reporter and press release writer. She also writes the Cindy York mysteries and coming next January, the Aloha Lagoon (Carrie Jorgenson) mysteries. To find out more about future releases and giveaways, you can sign up for Catherine's newsletter at 

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On to the recipe!


All photos are courtesy of Google Images
Your finished product may vary in appearance


3 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2/3 cup solid pumpkin
3/4 cup flour


1 package (8 ounce) soft cream cheese
2 tbsp butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
Dash of lemon juice


   Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
   Beat eggs and sugar together. Add soda, salt, cinnamon, and flour. Add pumpkin and mix well. 
   Line cookie sheet with parchment paper and spread mixture over paper. Be sure into reach corners.

   Bake for 15 minutes, and then cool for 20 minutes.
   Lift off the cookies sheet; put waxed paper on top, and then roll up. 
   Put in fridge for 1 hour. 

   Whip all ingredients with mixer until creamy. 
   After refrigerating, open pumpkin roll and remove paper from both sides.
   Spread filling on roll.
   Roll again, and wrap in wax paper, then Saran Wrap. 
   Roll must then be refrigerated. 

Serves 8-10 people. 

I'm not a pumpkin fan, but this looks so good! 
I may have to give it a try. 
It's making my stomach growl. πŸ™‚


Please keep reading and check out my 
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

When I was a little girl. playing waitress was one of my favorite pretend games. Together with my friends who lived next door at the time, we'd rush around and serve imaginary people at my mother's dining room table.

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 

"So it was someone familiar enough with the place who knew they didn't have to worry about being on camera," I pointed out.


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  1. Great review thank you, I am looking forward to reading this,

  2. I thought this was a really good book. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  3. You had me at the paradise setting...and your review piqued my interest, too.

    Those pumpkin rolls sealed the deal! Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

  4. If I don't get enough junk food, I'll die of good nutrition. ~page 56

  5. That pumpkin roll looks delish!! Happy weekend!

  6. I am here to support Catherine Bruns and her books. This book is GREAT! You will enjoy the adventure with its clever mystery, realistic characters, and engaging dialogue...You gotta get this book, and the books from her Cookies & Chance series, too.

  7. I've always wanted to find a good pumpkin roll recipe. This one looks great. Thanks for sharing it!

  8. This sounds like a good one and the recipe sounds good too. Thanks for visiting my blog. Happy reading!

  9. The local bakery makes these and I have one in my fridge. I love them! I had to giggle at the title for this book. Sounds like one for my cozy shelf!

    My Friday 56 from Deadly Spirits

  10. How adorable is the title! Just got to love cozy mysteries!!

  11. That cover is awesome! Pumpkin Rolls are soooo good!

    Thanks for visiting my blog earlier. :)