Friday, October 12, 2018

Cozy Food Friday!

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

This week I'm joining 
Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours
in celebrating 

Book 1 in the Edmond DeCleryk Mysteries
by Karen Shughart

Early one gray November morning, retired Lighthouse Cove, NY police chief, Edmund DeCleryk, finds Emily Bradford’s body on the beach at the base of the bluff where the local museum and historical society stands. At the same time, a break-in has been reported at the museum, and Emily’s coat and purse are found hanging on a peg in the museum’s gift shop where she worked. Was her death the result of a burglary gone bad or something more sinister? When the police chief is called out of town for a family emergency, he hires Ed, now working as a criminal consultant, to assist deputy police chief, Carrie Ramos, with the murder investigation. After several leads don’t pan out, the chief, now back in Lighthouse Cove, decides to close the case. Confident that with more time the murder can be solved, Ed is determined to continue investigating on his own, with encouragement from his wife, Annie, the museum’s executive director. One morning while in the basement of the museum, the couple discovers a copy of a map dated 1785, and Ed’s instincts tell him it may be connected to Emily’s death. On a hunch he and Annie travel to Toronto, Canada, where he learns of the original map and a manuscript written in 1847 that were unearthed during an architectural dig. The manuscript contains information about a ship that capsized during a fierce storm on Lake Ontario -- in 1785. Now Ed has clues as to why the murder occurred, but he still doesn’t know who committed the crime. Or does he?


Photos  found via Google Images and or Pintrest, and their contributors, with many thanks. 
Your finished dish will vary in appearance.

As you may have noticed, Annie DeCleryk likes to cook. She graciously shared with us one of her recipes.


2 14.5 oz. cans chicken broth
2 ½ C. water
2/3 C. uncooked instant rice
1 ½ C. medium to hot jarred salsa
1 10 oz. package frozen corn
1 lb. frozen cod thawed and cut into two-inch pieces
Fresh lime wedges, optional


   In a large saucepan or Dutch oven, bring broth, water and rice to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for five minutes. 
    Add the salsa and corn; return to a boil. Add fish. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for five minutes or until the fish flakes easily with a fork. 
   Serve with lime, if desired. 
   Serves 6-8.

Mmm...I can smell this cooking. Can you?

I never know what to expect when starting a new series. Just a chapter in, I knew I was in for a wonderful read. Author Karen Shughart has certainly penned a first in a series that is guaranteed to bring readers back for more!

A thriller of a cozy, MURDER IN THE MUSEUM had me rooted to my chair until I finished the book. I seriously didn’t want to set it down for a second!

Ms. Shughart has created a cast of characters that I thoroughly enjoyed. The same for the setting. Everything just felt right, and I could easily feel myself there in the story. I’m looking forward to returning in future installments.

As for the mystery itself, it was an  outstanding whodunit that was an exciting read. There were real hold your breath and edge of your seat moments, both of which I did more than once.

MURDER IN THE MUSEUM is one mystery you don’t want to miss!

About the Author


 Karen Shughart received a B.A. in Comprehensive Literature from the University of Pittsburgh and completed graduate courses in English at Shippensburg University. She is the author of two non-fiction books and has worked as an editor, publicist, photographer, journalist, teacher and non-profit executive. A Murder in the Museum: An Edmund DeCleryk Mystery is her first work of fiction. Before moving to a small village on the shores of Lake Ontario in upstate New York, she and her husband resided in south central Pennsylvania, near Harrisburg, PA. For more information, visit her website:

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  1. Thank you for your review on "MURDER IN THE MUSEUM" by Karen Shughart and for being part of the book tour. I'd very much love the opportunity to read this book.

    Believe it or not, I've never had any form of fish soup. However, this recipe for SPICY FISH CHOWDER sounds like it would be delicious. I may just have to try it.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  2. Other than the common clam chowder, I don't believe I have ever had another kind of fish chowder.

    Good review, Lisa. Have a great weekend.