Sunday, January 17, 2021


How fun it is to be a stop on the blog tour for
Book 1 in the Fine Art Mysteries
by Paula Darnell 

In this cozy mystery, artist Amanda Trent, accompanied by her beloved golden retriever Laddie and her persnickety calico cat Mona Lisa, is determined to start a new life after her husband divorces her to marry a younger woman, but it isn't easy.

After a disastrous interview at the prestigious Roadrunner Gallery in Lonesome Valley, Arizona, far away from her previous home in Kansas City, Amanda's afraid that she'll fail at her new career. But her prospects begin to improve when she's accepted as the newest member of the cooperative gallery. Then, on her very first day, she discovers Janice, the stern director, has been murdered right in the art gallery, and the Roadrunner's members, including Amanda herself, become suspects. Which gallery member murdered the unpopular director? Or was the killer an outsider with an ax to grind?

Includes recipes.



3 lucky readers will each win a digital copy of

USA only

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

Winner will be chosen after January 17 at the end of the tour

This giveaway is through Great Escape Book Tours

Here's a recipe that appears in Artistic License to Kill. Artist Amanda Trent, the main character, loves to cook and bake. This is an easy main dish, good for brunch or any other meal.

Most of the time, cooks start their frittatas by heating them on a burner and finishing them in the oven or under the broiler. This recipe, the same one Dennis used to make a breakfast frittata with plenty left over so that Belle and Amanda enjoyed it for lunch, too, doesn't require the constant monitoring that stovetop cooking does since it bakes in the oven.



 8 large eggs

¼ cup heavy cream

1 cup artichoke hearts

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon coarse ground pepper

one small baked potato

1/4 cup onions, finely minced

1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes, finely minced


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

   Beat eggs, cream, salt and pepper. Do not overbeat the egg mixture. Set aside. 

   Use either canned or frozen artichoke hearts. Cut the artichoke hearts into small pieces. If canned artichoke hearts are used, make sure to drain them well and dry them on paper towels. 

   Peel baked potato and cut it into small pieces. (You can leave the skin on, if you prefer.) Mince onion and sun-dried tomatoes into very small pieces. Combine the potato, artichoke, onion, and sun-dried tomatoes. Butter an 9-inch by 9-inch baking dish. Place the vegetables evenly in the baking dish and then pour the egg mixture over them. 

   Bake approximately 25 to 30 minutes. To check whether the frittata is done, make a small slit in the center with a sharp knife. If the eggs are runny, continue baking for a few minutes. If the eggs are set, remove the frittata from the oven. Do not overbake. 

   Let set for five minutes before cutting.

Makes six servings

About Paula Darnell

Award-winning author Paula Darnell is a former college instructor who has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Iowa in English and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Nevada, Reno in English with a Writing Emphasis. Artistic License to Kill is the first book in her Fine Art Mystery series. She's also the author of the DIY Diva Mystery series and The Six-Week Solution, a historical mystery set in Nevada. She resides in Las Vegas with her husband Gary and their Pyrador Rocky.

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  1. Thanks, Lisa. I’m looking forward to reading.
    Blessed Sunday, to you.
    Pat T.

  2. Thank you for spotlighting my new book, Artistic License to Kill, on your blog!