Friday, July 26, 2019

Cozy Food Friday!

That means it's time to share a recipe from 
another great cozy mystery!
This week's recipe is from
Book 5 in the Cat Latimer Mysteries
by Lynn Cahoon

Cat Latimer pursues a scone-cold killer who iced a top chef in a local bakery . . . 
Cat has a full plate at her Aspen Hills Warm Springs Resort, as a group of aspiring cozy mystery authors arrives for a writers retreat. So when baker Dee Dee Meyer stirs up trouble by filing a false complaint with the health inspector against the B&B—all because she insists Cat's best friend Shauna stole her recipes—Cat marches into the shop to confront her.

But Dee Dee's about to have her own batch of trouble. Greyson Finn—a celebrity chef and, until today, one of Denver's most eligible bachelors—has been found dead in her bakery. Cat's uncle Pete, who happens to be the chief of police, warns her not to engage in any half-baked sleuthing. But as her curiosity rises, Cat's determined to discover who served the chef his just desserts—before the killer takes a powder . . . 



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Preheat over to 425 degrees F. 

In a large bowl, mix:

   2 cups flour
   2 tsp baking powder
   ½ tsp salt


   4 Tbsp cold butter cut into chunks

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Mix the cold butter into the flour with a pastry knife until the mixture looks like small peas.


   3 Tbsp sugar
   ½ cup dried cranberries

In a small bowl, beat together:

   ½ cup half and half
   1 large egg

Add wet mixture to dry, but don't over mix. Then knead the dough no more than a dozen times. Roll out onto a floured surface and cut the circle into 8 wedges. Place scones on a lightly greased cookie sheet and brush some half and half on the top.

Bake for 10-14 minutes. Serve warm with butter.


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All you need now is a cup of tea!


In SCONDED TO DEATH, author Lynn Cahoon brings back our favorite inn proprietress, Cat Latimer, who this time is hosting a group of aspiring cozy mystery authors to her writer’s retreat. Seriously? Does it get any better for a cozy mystery reader than that?! Perfection! And I have no doubt Ms. Cahoon had to have taken some real life cues on this one.

As with the first four installments of the Cat Latimer Mysteries, SCONED TO DEATH is a superbly written book. Author Cahoon has a true talent for detail, making readers feel like a part of her stories. I know I always do. When I was finished, I felt like I had lived the experience of the story rather than having read it.

  I was truly stumped with this mystery. I just couldn’t settle on whodunit, never mind why they dunit. Even as I kept warning Cat (Yes. I talk to the characters.), to stay out of the investigation, I couldn’t wait for her to follow each new lead because I was hoping for answers as much as she was. And then I was floored with the reveal. I just didn’t see it coming.

All I can say is, Ms. Cahoon, keep the Cat Latimer mysteries coming! If they’re half as good as SCONED TO DEATH, they’ll be fabulous!


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

I have measured out my life with coffee spoons ~ T. S. Eliot

There is nothing like the taste of coffee, first thing in the morning. Maybe it's the warmth flowing through your body. (Or maybe it's the jolt of caffeine.) The mixture did miracles for a wake-up call. 
My 56

"That guy has her on a really short leash."

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  1. Yummy! I would love some of these cranberry scones. Happy Friday, Lisa!

  2. LOVE that T.S Eliot quote! Sounds like a fun read. I like that you shared a scone recipe too.... fitting. I added you to the Linky. Happy weekend!

  3. Thanks for the review on SCONED TO DEATH. I can’t wait for the opportunity to read this one.

    I love scones and love cranberries so I’m going to have to try this recipe for sure.

    My first line -
    May 1896 – Honey Grove, TX
    “The council has denied your appeal, Miss Kemp,” Mayor Longfellow delivered the blow with a finality that threatened to buckle Abigail’s knees.
    My 56 –
    Which was why she came to you first, knucklehead.
    MORE THAN WORDS CAN SAY by Karen Witmeyer
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  4. The title alone has made me alugh. I hope the book is as fun. Yummy looking scones, too. My Friday quotes

  5. Sounds like a fun read :) I always think I want to try out the recipes I see in books, but to be honest, I never do. LOL