Saturday, October 10, 2020


I'm happy today to be a stop on the book tour for
Book 5 in the Berry Basket Mysteries
by Sharon Farrow

A cold wind is blowing off Lake Michigan, and murder is scaring the dickens out of everyone . . .
Considering her name, Marlee Jacob is an obvious choice for the role of Jacob Marley in Oriole Point’s production of A Christmas Carol. It’s just sad that the role has opened up because of the death of the elderly actor who’d originally been cast.
But Marlee, the proprietor of The Berry Basket, will do her best to keep spirits high—that is, until clues start mounting that there’s danger behind the scenes. There are accidents on set, the tree in the village square topples over, and worst of all, a body is found with a sprig of holly draped over it. If Marlee can’t wrap up the case, she may not have a berry merry Christmas . . .
Includes Berry Recipes!



6 lucky readers will each win a print copy of

Enter using the Rafflecopter form at the end of this post.

Winner will be chosen after October 11 at the end of the tour.

USA only

This giveaway is through Great Escape Book Tours, not Lisa Ks Book Reviews.



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Because Hollyberry Homicide takes place during the festive week leading up to Christmas, Marlee and her talented baker Theo kept the pastry case at The Berry Basket filled with holiday treats. Here are the strawberry donut holes that Marlee gave away to the children who came to see Santa Claus at her shop. You can see why this was a much better choice than the usual candy canes. And Marlee sends her regards to where she discovered the recipe during her weekly searches for berry desserts. 

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1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder 
¼ teaspoon cinnamon 
¼ teaspoon nutmeg 
⅓ cup white sugar 
¼ cup almond milk (or any milk you prefer) 
¼ cup Greek yogurt or regular 
1 egg 
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted 
1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
1 teaspoon almond extract


1/8 cup strawberries, pureed (about 3 big strawberries) 
2-3 cups powdered sugar 
1 tablespoon heavy cream

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   1. Preheat oven to 350 and grease a 24-cup mini muffin tin. 
   2. In a large bowl, mix flour, baking powder, sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg together. 
   3. In a second bowl, mix melted butter with milk, almond and vanilla extracts, egg and yogurt. 
   4. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients, and pour the wet ingredients into the well. 
   5. Stir gently, until just combined. Batter will be thick. 
   6. Disperse batter into muffin tins evenly, about ½ to ¾ of the way full. 
   7. Bake for 7-8 minutes or until golden brown. 
   8. To make the glaze, puree strawberries in a blender or food processor. Mix with cream and 2 cups of powdered sugar, adding an additional cup of powdered sugar if the consistency is too runny. 
   9. Dunk donut in glaze. You can dunk the entire donut, or just the top. Let glaze set before dunking a second time. Makes 24 donut holes.

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The above food photo vary in looks, just as your 
finshed donut holes may look differant.

About Sharon Farrow

Sharon Farrow is the latest pen name of award-winning author Sharon Pisacreta. A freelance writer since her twenties, she has been published in mystery, fantasy, and romance. Sharon currently writes The Berry Basket cozy mystery series for Kensington. The series debuted in 2016 and is set along the beautiful Lake Michigan shoreline where she now lives. She is also one half of the writing team D.E. Ireland, who co-author the Agatha nominated Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins mysteries.

Author Links – WEB PAGE FACEBOOK @SharonFarrowAuthor TWITTER @SharonFarrowBB BOOKBUB @SharonFarrow Purchase Links – AmazonB&NKoboGoogle PlayIndieBound 


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  1. Thank you for being part of the book tour for "HOLLYBERRY HOMICIDE" by Sharon Farrow.

    Always enjoy this author's books and can't wait to dive into this one. Love the cover!

    Oh my goodness! The recipe for STRAWBERRY GLAZED BAKED DONUT HOLES made my mouth water just reading it. It's going on my got to try list for sure.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  2. Thanks, Lisa. As you know, I love Christmas cozy mysteries.
    Those doughnuts look delicious, too.
    Happy Saturday!
    Pat T.

  3. Thank you for the giveaway! I'm counting down the days until I allow myself to read Christmas books. LOL! It's a rule in our house. Oh, and the donuts look yummy! Thanks for the recipe! Love you, sister!