Friday, August 4, 2017

Cozy Food Friday

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

Today I'm featuring 
Book 4 in the Five-Ingredient Mysteries
by Victoria Hamilton

In the latest from the national bestselling author of Much Ado About Muffin, newlywed baker Merry Wynter has some unwanted guests looking for ghosts at Wynter Castle…

While Merry is distracted by her quickly planned marriage to Virgil Grace and a blissful honeymoon in New York, her friend Pish invites the ghost-hunting crew from the TV show Haunt Hunt to investigate Merry's home, Wynter Castle. Merry soon discovers that not only is the crew out of sync, there are so many feuds and squabbles, it's a miracle they get a show produced at all. 

It all goes from bad to worse when the show's psychics claim to have contact with people murdered on Merry's property. When two cast members are found dead, Merry and Virgil must figure out who’s picking off the Haunt Hunt team before their hard-earned happily ever after is cut short.



Anything written by author Victoria Hamilton is a go to, must read book for me. And the Merry Muffin Mysteries may be the yummiest of them all.

I’ve been waiting for, MUFFIN TO FEAR about as patiently as I would for a delightful treat baking away in my oven, which equals not very patient at all! ;-) I was so excited when I read the blub for this book. TV ghost hunters at Wynter Castle? YAY! (Yes, I am one of those people who loves watching all of the ghost hunting shows on TV). However, author Hamilton took the excitement of searching for spirits a step further by killing off two of the cast members of the show. Talk about exciting!

This 5 star mystery started off on a delightful note, and had me running a gambit of emotions until the last page. From the joy of Merry and Virgil’s marriage, to the rowdy upheaval of having the TV crew looking for ghosts, through the shock of two murders and the investigation that followed, and a scene that had me sighing contentedly, I honestly did laugh and cry from the prologue to the last chapter.

Muffin should stand in your way of reading MUFFIN TO FEAR, the best in the Merry Muffin Mysteries so far!

And don’t forget to check out the delicious recipes at the back of the book. Mmm Mmm.

On to the recipe!



All food photos are borrowed from Google Images and its contributors, with many thanks. 
Your finished muffins will very in appearance.

Makes 12 muffins

1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup coconut flour
2 cups finely chopped pecans (leave a few in larger chunks)
2./ cup softened butter
2 eggs, beaten


Preheat oven to 350° F.

   Grease muffin cups generously or the muffins will stick! I (Victoria Hamilton) used butter-flavored spray oil. Don't use paper liners, since they will not peel off these muffins easily. 

   In a medium bowl, mix brown sugar, flour, and pecans. In a larger bowl beat butter and eggs together. Combine dry ingredients into wet until just combined. This batter is gravelly and dense. Spoon batter into muffin cups until 2/3 full. 

   Bake for 15-17 minutes. These will not rise much, so don't be surprised! Let cool slightly and then run a knife around the sides of the muffins to ease them out. 

If you have to go gluten free, this is the way to go! Yum!


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

Both the BB and 56 are also 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

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 Book Beginnings


Reader, I married him. That is certainly the most famous line of all from romantic fiction, is it not?

My 56

She stuffed it back in her pocket, leaned forward slightly, glanced around, and muttered, "I told him about when I was a teenager, and my brothers dared me to climb into the garage on the Wynter property. I saw something that night and I'll never know what it was, but it was not human! I never went back."

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  1. Yummy! Thanks, Lisa. Happy Friday

  2. How great to see muffins in your post and in the book! I just finished a muffin for my breakfast (one I brought home from the restaurant last night). Luckily I finished mine, so I'm not drooling in hunger...LOL.

    Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

  3. Thanks for sharing your post, Lisa.

  4. This sounds like a good series. I'll have to look for book 1. The recipe sounds good too. I have Dead Man's Bridge by Robert J. Mrazek this week. Happy reading!

  5. Ooh, those muffins are calling to this southern gal. LOL Someone who is a huge fan of this author asked, since I love cozies, why I haven't tried any of her series yet. Guess I better get on that:)

    My Friday 56 from The Forever Man

  6. I love, love, love that beginning!!! Sounds like a delightful read!
    Happy weekend!

  7. Oh, my! I love the title and I love the whole premise of this book! Thanks so much for sharing this, looks like a must read. Those muffins look totally yummy, too!

  8. Oh my gosh, I love the title of this one so much. Happy reading!

  9. Yum, your posts are always so delicious. Thanks for sharing.