Friday, January 24, 2020

Cozy Food Friday!

That means it's time to share a recipe from 
another great cozy mystery!
This week's recipe is from
by Nancy Coco

This Barnes & Noble Exclusive Edition is available only at Barnes & Noble through December 31, 2020.

Meet Wren Johnson, owner of Let It Bee - a shop that sells all things honey, from candy to lip balm to candles. Wren lives and works in the small town of Oceanview along the Oregon coast. Her pet cat, Everett is a constant companion. He is a talkative Havana Brown cat who loves to go for walks on a leash.

One day when Wren is walking Everett on the beach, the kitty points Wren to the prone body of Agnes Snow among the dunes. Agnes is the arch-rival of Wren’s Aunt Eloise, and she is definitely dead. The only clue is a label from one of Wren’s handmade lip balms clutched in Agnes’s right hand.

Wren calls 9-1-1 and meets Office Jim Hampton, a Paul Newman lookalike who is suspicious of Wren from the start. Wren is suspect number one in his eyes - and her Aunt Eloise is suspect number two. Wren, along with Everett, must follow the clues to catch the real killer and clear their names.



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Makes 4 to 6 servings

Lemon Curd:

½ cup fresh lemon juice (3-4 lemons)
2-3 teaspoons lemon zest
1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
4 egg yolks

   Take a large heavy saucepan and pour in the sweetened condensed milk and the lemon juice. Heat gently, stirring until it's simmering. Simmer 1 minute. Whisk the egg yolks together in a medium bowl. Temper the eggs using the hot liquid by adding a little bit of the hot milk at a time and mixing into the eggs, then a little more until the egg mixture is nearly up to temperate. Pour into milk mixture and simmer 1 more minute stirring constantly. Remove from heat and add zest. Let cool to room temperature. 

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1 teaspoon powdered gelatin
2 tablespoons water
1 cup plain strained Greek yogurt
1/3 cup honey
1 cup heavy whipping cream

   In a small bowl, our the gelatin into the water. In a medium bowl, whisk together yogurt and honey. In a cold bowl, whisk together yogurt and honey. In a cold bowl pour in cream and whip to stiff peaks.

   Heat the gelatin in a microwave for 12 seconds. Quickly pour the gelatin over the yogurt and whisk thoroughly. Fold in the whipped cream until thoroughly blended. 

   Layer 1/3 cup mousse with 3-4 tablespoons lemon curd in glasses and repeat layers until the glasses are full. Garnish with a curl of lemon peel and enjoy! 

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I thought you all might enjoy this taste of spring.

DEATH BEE COMES HER was one sweet way of saying goodbye to my reading of 2019 and hello to my reading of 2020. If all new cozy mysteries are going to be this tasty, we are in for a wonderful year!

I so enjoyed getting to know the people in this series. Author Nancy Coco it simply wonderful in developing great characters. I think we were introduced to at least 6 in the first chapter! Protagonist, Wren Johnson and her cat, Everett are a joy to read, but then the entire town of people are fun to get to know. I would love to live in a town like Oceanview, Oregon.

Author Coco isn’t only good at writing characters, she knows how to write a brilliant mystery. She did exactly that in DEATH BEE COMES HER. From the discovery of the body early in the story, page after page pulled me in. I became so involved in the investigation, when I had to stop reading for any amount of time, the book stayed on my mind as I ran through clues and suspects. Finally, I pushed back errands and other tasks I needed to get done, so I could finish the book. It was totally worth it!

DEATH BEE COMES HER is everything I look for in a true cozy mystery and more. If you’re looking to start a new series this year, make it the Oregon Honeycomb Mysteries.

And I almost forgot. Several of the chapters start off with interesting tips about honey. And, there are recipes included. But not all are recipes like you’re thinking. Fun!


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

The people who live on the Oregon coast are a bit . . . shall we say quirky? Hippies, grunge fans, and hipsters have melded into a colorful and interesting community. That's the way I think of us, anyway. 

My 56

"They were fishing for something," I surmised, "But there is no way they found it."

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  1. That looks (and sounds) yummy, Lisa! Happy Friday!

  2. So excited about "DEATH BEE COMES HER" by Nancy Coco and can't wait for the opportunity to read it as well as try the delicious sounding HONEY YOGURT MOUSSE WITH LEMON CURD recipe.

    First line –
    If Lucy Maxwell had learned one thing. It was that when life appeared to be going smoothly, it was time to listen closely for the other boot to drop.
    My 56 –
    No, Miss Lucy, we learned in Bible study that you should pray now. Not later. Later doesn’t always come.
    CLAIMING HER COWBOY by Tina Radcliffe
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

    1. Hi Kay! It's a great book. Thanks for sharing your BB and 56. The book you're reading sounds good!

  3. Sounds like a fun read!! I like the sounds of that parfait too! I added you to the linky. Happy weekend!

    1. It really is, Freda. Thank you! Heading over to your blog soon!

  4. This sounds like, dare I say it, a sweet series. Love the title!

    1. LOL Catherine. You said it! LOL. Heading over to your blog in a bit!

  5. Oh this looks wonderful! I have to add it to my wishlist. Thanks for sharing it!

    1. Hi Yvonne. You're most welcome. Thanks for stopping by!

  6. I haven't heard of this book before, but it seems interesting. Thanks for mentioning it and the recipe. I've never tried honey mousse before, but it looks delicious. :-)

    1. It's a first for me too, Breana. I hadn't heard of honey mousse either.

  7. Delicious book and mousse! Thanks for sharing and for visiting my blog.

  8. That recipe looks delicious. I'm glad you enjoyed the book.

  9. I love the looks of this book - and that recipe too. :)

    Lauren @ Always Me