Friday, December 1, 2017

Cozy Food Friday

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

Join Vicki, Berkley Mystery, and me in celebrating Vicki's December 5 release of

Book 3 in the Year-Round Christmas Mysteries
by Vickie Delany

Santa’s summer vacation plans turn deadly in this festive mystery from the author of Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen and We Wish You a Murderous Christmas.

The town of Rudolph, New York, has the Christmas spirit all year long—but when homicide heats up a summer holiday, it’s up to shop owner Merry Wilkinson to wrap up the case.

In Rudolph, Christmas in July heralds Santa’s arrival by boat to begin his summer vacation at the lake, and Merry Wilkinson, owner of Mrs. Claus’s Treasures, is looking forward to a busy weekend. But she’s caught off guard when her ex-fiancΓ©, Max Folger, unexpectedly arrives with a team from a lifestyle magazine wanting to do a feature on the July festivities.

It’s clear that Max’s visit has less to do with business and more to do with winning back Merry’s heart. Merry has too much on her plate to deal with an old flame, but when Max is found strangled to death in Mrs. Claus’s Treasures, she must find out who wanted him dead—and stop a killer from ruining the summer holiday cheer.

About Vicki

Vicki Delany is one of Canada's most varied and prolific crime writers. Most recently, she is the author of the Year Round Christmas cozy mysteries from Berkley Prime Crime and (writing under the pen name of Eva Gates) the Lighthouse Library mysteries also from Berkley.

She writes in several different subgenres: Cozies for Berkley Prime Crime (REST YE MURDERED GENTLEMEN and READING UP A STORM - under the pen name of Eva Gates); Standalone novels of suspense (Scare the Light Away, Burden of Memory, MORE THAN SORROW from Poisoned Pen Press), traditional village/police procedural (The Constable Molly Smith Series from PPP - the eight of which is UNREASONABLE DOUBT) and the lighthearted Klondike Gold Rush series (Gold Digger, Gold Fever, GOLD MOUNTAIN from Dundurn Press). She also writes Rapid Reads novellas for Orca Books including the mulit-award-nominated JUBA GOOD. 

She began her writing career as a Sunday writer: a single mother of three high-spirited daughters with a full-time job as a computer programmer. Sunday afternoon was - and at that, only now and again - the only time she had to spend all by herself, with a single candle on her desk for a bit of atmosphere, a Bruce Springsteen tape in the tape deck, and a nice cup of tea at her elbow. When she felt like really letting loose, the tea might have turned into a glass of wine.

Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Vicki was raised mostly in Ontario. As a young woman, fresh from quitting Carleton University in a huff in the middle of her final year, she travelled to South Africa where she promptly met a man, married him, and produced the aforesaid three daughters. Eleven years later, Vicki returned to Canada. Of her experiences in Africa she will only say that it gave her insight into to the politics of power and oppression that few Canadians get to experience.

Vicki is the current president of the Crime Writers of Canada, a member of Capital Crime Writers, and Sisters in Crime.

This Cozy Food Friday, instead of a recipe from the today's featured book, author Vicki Delaney is sharing a special recipe from her mom!


On to the recipe!

Vicki Delany’s Mother’s
Stained Glass Cookies

All food photos are by  borrowed Lisa Ks Book Reviews  from Google Images and its contributors, with many thanks. Your finished dish will vary in appearance.

Perfect for Christmas!  These cookies are so quick and easy and are always a huge hit in my family. Be sure and prepare the dough a day ahead of baking.


1 cup soft butter
2/3 cup brown sugar
½ tsp vanilla
1/8 tsp salt
2 cups flour
1 cup slivered almonds
½ cup red glace cherries – chopped
½ cup green glace cherries – chopped


   Mix butter and brown sugar. Add vanilla, salt and mix until combined.  Add flour.
    Stir in almonds and cherries.
   Roll dough into logs, wrap in wax paper and refrigerate overnight.
   Unroll logs and slice into ¼ inch thick rounds.  Place rounds on baking sheet.     Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.

You might find Vicky Casey baking these cookies at Victoria’s Bake Shoppe in Vicki Delany’s Year Round Christmas Series from Berkley. Perfect for those who like a little murder and mayhem in their holiday festivities. And don't we all, on occasion? 

In Rudolph, New York, it’s Christmastime all year long. But this year Santa’s summer vacation plans turn deadly in Hark the Herald Angels Slay, the third in the series.


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

Both the BB and 56 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

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

In Rudolph, New York, we love Christmas so much, we celebrate it twice a year.

Christmas in July. A time to be silly, enjoy our brief hot summer, have some fun. And attract tourists to our town, of course.

My 56

I did not smile back. I was horrified.

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  1. Thanks, Lisa. Those cookies look yummy! Happy Friday.

  2. The cookie recipe does sound good. I like the sound of the book too. This week I am featuring No Place Like You by Emma Douglas. Happy reading!

  3. I love this series. Need to read the newest book.

  4. The book and those cookies look so good! Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

  5. The cookies look yummy and I can't wait to read this book. I'm actually hoping to finish the first in this series today or tomorrow. Cheers!

  6. You have my attention. It looks like a great cozy! Happy weekend!

  7. This book sounds great and the cookies look delicious! Have a great weekend! :)

  8. You've put me into the Christmas spirit with your post! I love your cookie pairing with the book. Definitely gives a cozy vibe. Enjoy! :)

  9. I love the sound of Vickie Delany's book! And those cookies! Yum. Have a great weekend!