Monday, August 30, 2021


Have you ever wondered what your favorite author would be doing if they hadn't chosen to be a writer?
Shudder the thought! 

I asked some of my favorites the same question.

Here's what author 
Edith Maxwell / Maddie Day 
has to say.

Thanks, Lisa, for asking me over today! I am beyond thrilled that No Grater Crime, my twenty-fifth novel, released last week. It’s also the ninth Country Store Mystery. For regular readers, rest assured the series continues after this book.

But the topic of this blog isn’t writing. It’s what I would do if I didn’t write murder mysteries for a living.

Um, wow. It’s hard to wrap my head around that. Since I began writing what ended up as A Tine to Live, a Tine to Die back in 1994 when my younger son went off to kindergarten, there is nothing I’ve wanted more than to be a full-time fiction author.

If I weren’t, I wouldn’t have written three series as Edith Maxwell (tentatively beginning a new one now, in fact): the two-book Lauren Rousseau Mysteries, the five-book Local Foods Mysteries, and the seven-book historical Quaker Midwife Mysteries. Five of the books featuring midwife Rose in a late-nineteenth-century mill town have been nominated for an Agatha Award for Best Historical Novel, and Charity’s Burden won the coveted prize last year.

I also wouldn’t have discovered my Maddie Day Author persona, who apparently has an in with readers. The Country Store Mysteries, featuring Robbie Jordan, chef, carpenter, and bicyclist, and her southern Indiana restaurant Pans ’N Pancakes, are wildly popular. I am under contract through book eleven, plus another Christmas novella, and my editor hinted the series can go on well beyond that. The Cozy Capers Book Group Mysteries also sell super well, with Cape Cod bike shop owner Mac Almeida, her goofy parrot Belle, and her book group who only reads cozy mysteries – and helps her solve crimes.

I wouldn’t have gotten letters from readers telling me my book got them through their mother’s day-long surgery or their own hospital stay. And I wouldn’t have stretched my creative muscles, over and over, reaching to use the most eloquent language I can in the service of the story, striving to craft a suspenseful, entertaining, puzzling mystery for readers, delving into my imagination for new character traits and intriguing plots.

All of that means so much to me. This is the best job I’ve ever had, next to being a mother, and I hope it’s my last.

But say, just say, I hadn’t discovered my love of writing fiction. I might be a retired tech writer by now. I might have clean closets and have dealt with the boxes of unsorted photographs in the basement. Maybe I would have taken up the cello again after fifty years or joined a community theater group.

I easily could be volunteering in my town more than I do now, teaching conversational English to immigrants or serving on more committees at my church, Amesbury Friends Meeting (although I have been active with my faith community all along), which is also where midwife Rose worshiped.

If I had grandchildren, I would be spending a lot of time with them, and still hope to after they come along. But for now? I am so happy doing what I’m doing, I’ll put off retirement for a long, long time.

Readers: Are you living your dream? If not, what do you dream to do? I’d love to give away a signed copy of the new book to one of you.

Robbie Jordan’s Pans ’N Pancakes boasts delicious eats and the best vintage cookware finds in South Lick, Indiana. And now, for a limited time, there’s a new special featured on the menu—murder!
Ever since meeting the wary owners of an antique shop opening across the street, Robbie has been scrambling to manage weird incidences plaguing her cafΓ© and country store. Pricey items vanish from shelves without explanation, a fully equipped breakfast food truck starts lingering around the area each morning, and loyal diners mysteriously fall ill. When an elderly man dies after devouring an omelet packed with poisonous mushrooms, Robbie must temporarily close down Pans ’N Pancakes and search for the killer with a real zest for running her out of business—or else.  

Maddie Day pens the bestselling Country Store Mysteries and Cozy Capers Book Group Mysteries. As Edith Maxwell, she writes the Agatha Award-winning Quaker Midwife Mysteries and short crime fiction. She’s a lifetime member of Sisters in Crime and lives north of Boston with her beau and crazy teenage cat, Ganesh. Find her (and Maddie) at her web site, at Wicked Authors, at Mystery Lovers Kitchen on the second and fourth Fridays, and on social media under both names: Edith M. Maxwell and Maddie Day Author.


Winner to be announced soon

Congratulations Sandy T! 
Be on the lookout for an email for Eidth/Maddy about your prize.

For a chance to win a copy of 
answer Edith's question of
Are you living your dream? 
If not, what do you dream to do?
Leave your answer and your email address in the comments, and Edith will pick a winner. 

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Sunday, August 29, 2021

Check out these giveaways at GoodReads!

There could be a mix of print and eBooks, so make sure to check before you enter.

Use the link below each book for a chance to enter.




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Saturday, August 28, 2021


I'm so happy to be a stop on the blog tour for
Book 9 in the Quilting Mysteries
by Mary Marks

The ninth installment in the hit Quilting Mystery series by Mary Marks finds sleuth Martha searching for her fiancΓ©’s ex-wife.

One loose thread threatens to unravel Martha’s wedding plans: the groom-to-be married a pregnant teen to save her from scandal thirty years ago—and the marriage was never annulled. Now Crusher’s wife Hadas is coming to LA, along with his sister Fanya. But soon after she arrives, their houseguest goes missing, with her room ransacked and a chloroform-soaked cloth left behind. Could her apparent abduction be connected to her brother’s unsolved death from a hit-and-run six months ago? Martha and her quilting cohorts must find the pattern to solve the twin mysteries and determine if Crusher is still married—or now a widower . . .



3 lucky readers will each win a print copy of


USA only

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

Winner will be chosen after August 30 at the end of the tour.

This giveaway is through Great Escape Book Tours

Nine books in and author Mary Marks is still going strong!

I’ve truly enjoyed this series so much. It has a great set of characters, a lovely location, and always a first class mystery. KNOT READY FOR MURDER is no different, other than having an even more in-depth storyline. One that drew me in from the beginning.

KNOT READY FOR MURDER was perfectly sewed, with no loose stitches. The patchwork of clues and false leads in this quilt of a mystery, had me zigzagging this way and that, with no hope of finding the pattern.  (Sorry. I could resist the puns)

In all seriousness, there was so much going on is this story. It had so many layers to it, and I loved pulling away at them. However, I have never once guessed a whodunit, whatdunit, or whydunit in any of this author’s books, so I wasn’t surprised when she stumped me again. Brava, Ms. Marks!

KNOT READY FOR MURDER is perhaps the best yet in the Quilters Mysteries. It has something for everyone, so don’t miss out on reading it for yourself!

About Mary Marks

Born and raised in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area, Mary Marks earned a B.A. in Anthropology from UCLA and an M.A. in Public Administration from the American Jewish University in Los Angeles. In 2004 she enrolled in the UCLA Extension Writers Program. Her first novel, Forget Me Knot, was a finalist in a national writing competition in 2011. She is currently a reviewer of cozy mysteries for The New York Journal of Books at

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August 25 – Celticlady's Reviews - SPOTLIGHT
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August 26 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – REVIEW
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August 27 – The Avid Reader - REVIEW, EXCERPT
August 28 – Reading Is My SuperPower - SPOTLIGHT, EXCERPT
August 28 – Carla Loves To Read - REVIEW
August 28 – Lisa Ks Book Reviews – REVIEW
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August 29 – Author Elena Taylor's Blog - SPOTLIGHT, EXCERPT
August 30 – Christy's Cozy Corners – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
August 30 – Literary Gold – SPOTLIGHT

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Friday, August 27, 2021

Cozy Food Friday!

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

This week's recipe is . . .
A blast from the past!

What special yum was 
cooking this time 5 years ago? From

Book 8 in the Hayley Powell Food and Cocktail Mysteries, author 
Lee Hollis 
shared this dish with us.



1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound ground beef
1 onion chopped
2 14-ounce cans diced tomatoes
2 cups fresh pumpkin
1 15-ounce can chili beans
1 15-ounce can black beans
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon pumpkin spice
1 tablespoon chili powder

Feel free to spice this up to your taste.


Heat the tablespoon of olive oil in a pan on the stove on medium heat; add your ground beef chopping it up with a spoon and cook until brown. 

Add the ground beef and all the ingredients to the Crock-Pot , stirring to combine all the ingredients. 

Set on low heat and cook for 6 hours. 

I like to eat my bowl of chili with a big slice of buttered cornbread. It's so darn good on a chilly evening. ~ Hayley

With cold weather coming (very soon I hope), and pumpkins a plenty, this is the perfect recipe for a hearty dinner!


Are you a fan of pumpkin?
Are you a fan of chili?
What's your thought on them together?

I hope you enjoyed this Cozy Food Flashback!

Don't forget to check out all the great series from author Lee Hollis!

About Lee Hollis

Holly Simason
Holly Simason is an award winning food and cocktails columnist who worked for the Mount Desert Islander newspaper in Bar Harbor, Maine for ten years.
While working at the paper, she won her first award for her column in 2010. It was at that point her brother Rick Copp saw an opportunity. He writes mysteries and she writes recipes. Combine the two for a new book series. They would write under a pen name comprised of their middle names “Lee” and “Hollis”. And the successful Hayley Powell Food & Cocktails Mystery series was born.
Holly now resides on the Crystal Coast in North Carolina where she continues to write the popular series with her brother. She is also busy creating and testing new recipes for a future Hayley Powell cookbook.
Holly continues to visit her home town of Bar Harbor every summer where the series is set to reconnect with friends and keep her Maine roots intact.
Any similarities between her and Hayley Powell are strictly coincidental.

Rick Copp
Rick Copp is a veteran TV and Film scriptwriter whose many credits include The Golden Girls, Wings, Teen Titans, The Brady Bunch Movie, Scooby Doo, Barbershop among many others. Currently he writes, produces and stars in the hit web series Where the Bears Are.
In 2003, he wrote his first comedic murder mystery The Actor’s Guide to Murder, which was followed by two sequels. He also penned a 2007 stand alone novel Fingerprints & Facelifts and a 2010 graphic novel Celebrity Zombie Killers. Once he read his sister’s food and cocktails column, he became an instant fan of her recipes and it was his editor at Kensington Publishing who first suggested a cozy mystery series with recipes featuring an intrepid food columnist with a nose for crime solving.
Rick bounces back and forth between LA where he continues to work on TV and film projects and Palm Springs, California where he writes the Hayley Powell Food and Cocktails Mystery series.

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