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The Bride Cried Murder (Sky High Pies Cozy Mysteries Book 2

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On a balmy Saturday night at the Sedberry Island Resort & Spa, as guests sleep or relax after a day at the beach, the soothing calm is suddenly shattered by three gunshots, a spine-chilling cry for help and the shocking claim that a man has been murdered.

At that moment, Kate Reed and Zack Hutton are enjoying the first night of their honeymoon beside the Atlantic Ocean. As a former private investigator, Kate’s immediate instinct is to join the search for the killer. But the local police detective makes it clear that she should focus on leisure activities and spa treatments, not a homicide inquiry.

Nevertheless, Kate feels compelled to lend a hand, especially when multiple sources begin offering conflicting stories. As she follows the clues and learns more about the incident, Kate encounters a curious mix of elements, including black patent leather high heels, deceptive security guards, a cat named SpongeBarb SquidPants, a sterling silver skull, an unauthorized crime scene cleaning crew and a family business riddled with conflict and deceit.

The Bride Cried Murder, Book 29 in the Sky High Pies Cozy Mystery series, includes a tasty trio of Nana Reed’s Sky High recipes!

 

Sky High Strawberry Pie 

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  • 3 quarts fresh strawberries, divided
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 6 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2/3 cup water
  • Red food coloring, optional
  • 1 deep-dish pie crust (10 inches), baked
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons instant vanilla pudding mix
  • In a large bowl, mash enough berries to equal 3 cups. In a large saucepan, combine sugar and cornstarch. Stir in mashed berries and water. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
  • Remove from the heat; add food coloring if desired. Pour into a large bowl. Chill for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until mixture is just slightly warm. Fold in the remaining berries. Pile into pie crust. Chill for 2-3 hours.
  • In a small bowl, whip cream until soft peaks form. Sprinkle dry pudding mix over cream and whip until stiff. Pipe around edge of pie or dollop on individual slices.

 

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Book Review * Mother’s Day Mayhem

Thursday Cozy Mystery and a Recipe Day ! 

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Picturesque South Cove, California, is the perfect place to celebrate Mother’s Day, but not everyone is feeling motherly . . .

Jill Gardner, owner of Coffee, Books, and More is almost out of Mother’s Day cards. She has a few more in stock, but she’s set them aside because she needs Greg’s help choosing one for his mother. It’ll be Jill’s first time meeting her boyfriend’s mother, and she’s understandably nervous.

Turns out Jill isn’t the only one having feelings about mothers. Kyle, who works at the antiques store next door, needs to find the perfect card for a mother he hasn’t seen since he was five—when she went away to jail. But her arrival in South Cove isn’t exactly celebratory, her behavior toward her son unexpectedly restrained. Piqued, Jill discovers that a mother can never be replaced . . .

Praise for The Tourist Trap Mysteries

“I love the author’s style, which was warm and friendly . . . [A] wonderfully appealing series.”—Dru’s Book Musings

“Light, fun, and kept me thoroughly engaged.”—The Young Folks

About the Author

Lynn Cahoon is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Tourist Trap Mystery series. Lynn has also authored several romance novels and novellas, including Shawnee Holiday and Return of the Fae, which was a finalist for a Readers’ Crown and a RONE Award.

NetGalley  Book Review :  This is the next book in the Tourist Trap Mystery series . And we are back at South Cove. The mystery involves Kyle’s mother, and Jill wants to make sure Kyle will not get hut by anything she says or does. First impressions with a future Mother in Law is all ways tough but this book does it with humor and fun.  No dead body in this book  just a couple on the hunt for the perfect Mothers day gift. Not a standalone book -so if you are a fan of this series a great short book to add to your collocation…..Lisa 
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My  Recipe : Sour  Cream Coffee Cake 
  • 1/2 C butter
  • 1 C sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 C  flour
  • 1  tsp  baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 C sour cream

Filling : 

  • 1/2 C chopped nuts
  • 1/2 C sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Cream butter,add sugar,eggs and vanilla. mix with dry ingredients. Pour 1/2 batter in baking dish -add  1/2 of filling and pour the rest of the batter on top. Top with rest of the filling. Bake at 350 for 35 minutes.

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Accidental Sleuth Series * Book Tour

Think Murder
Adina Donati, Accidental Sleuth Book 1
By Cassidy Salem
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Good friends, wine and conversation… Great fun – until somebody turns
up dead.
Adina Donati came to Washington D.C. to find excitement, not a dead body.
When a friend is murdered, Adina is drawn into the middle of the
police investigation. Tensions rise as the suspect list expands to
include Adina, her friends, and colleagues at the prestigious think
tank where she works. But every cloud has a silver lining. Between
the nice detective, the hot new volunteer at the dog rescue center,
and the newly available preppy ex-boyfriend, Adina’s dating dry
spell appears near its end. That is, if she doesn’t become the next victim.
Dying For Data
Adina Donati, Accidental Sleuth Book 2
A rival suitor and a deadly attack are enough to put a damper on any date.
A romantic evening with a hot guy goes downhill fast when dinner is
interrupted by the scream of sirens and the arrival of Adina’s
favorite police detective.
Afraid her bartender boyfriend might be accused of murder, Adina’s neighbor
enlists her assistance, and in the process exposes her to the seamier
side of illegal immigration and crime in the city. Hard as she tries
to limit her involvement, the more Adina learns, the more she needs
to know – until a case of mistaken identity lands her in hot water.
Will she uncover the truth before it’s too late?
Killer Reputation
Adina Donati, Accidental Sleuth Book 3
Adina can’t resist snooping when someone she knows turns up dead. Again.
When a colleague at a prestigious think tank meets a violent death,
Adina’s not convinced any of the obvious suspects disliked him
enough to want him dead. Can the young research assistant, her quirky
neighbor, and a lovable rescue pup help the police put together the
pieces of the puzzle?
Killer Reputation is the third mystery in the Adina Donati, Accidental
Sleuth Series by Cassidy Salem. The books are standalone reads and
can be read in any order.
Cassidy Salem has always been an avid reader. She is especially fond of
mysteries (both cozy and traditional) and police procedurals. Over
the years, her favorite mystery authors have included Agatha
Christie, Kathy Reichs, Mary Higgins Clark, and John Grisham. When
she’s not reading, she enjoys music and spending time with family and
friends, and travels with her husband and son whenever possible. Her
travels have taken her to destinations throughout the United States,
Europe, and Scandinavia.
Cassidy is the author of the Adina Donati Mystery Series, which includes
Think Murder, Dying for Data, and Killer Reputation. Cassidy
co-authors, together with Christa Nardi, a YA mystery series, which
includes The Mysterious Package, Mrs. Tedesco’s Missing Cookbook, The
Misplaced Dog, and Malicious Mischief.
Follow the tour HERE
for exclusive content and a giveaway!

 

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Early Book Review : Murder Lo Mein

It’s Thursday and time for a cozy mystery and a recipe inspired from the book  : Make this recipe to celebrate the release on March 26th: book link

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The third in a tasty series, Murder Lo Mein by Vivien Chien is a delight!

Everyone agrees that the food at Ho-Lee Noodle House is delicious—unless it happens to be deadly.

Lana Lee’s stake in her family’s Chinese restaurant is higher than ever now that she’s been made manager. So when she enters Ho-Lee into Cleveland’s Best Noodle Contest, Lana makes it her business to win—at all costs. But when a local food critic receives a threatening note in a fortune cookie and is later found dead, face-down in a bowl of lo mein, all bets are off. . .

Now, along with her sweet-and-sour boyfriend Detective Adam Trudeau, Lana decides to take matters into her own hands and dig into the lives of everyone involved in the contest. But when she receives an ill-fated fortune, Lana realizes that in order to save the reputation of her restaurant, she needs to save herself first. . .

“Thoroughly entertaining…fun and delicious.”—RT Book Reviews

Net Galley Review : 

We are back at the noodle shop for this 3rd mystery. And with the other books its filled with a diverse set of characters and fun plot. This book was an enjoyable read since my hubby family own a Chinese restaurant  and I felt right at home with all of the action and mystery going on in the book. Looking forward to reading the next book.   Lisa

 

 

My  Recipe : 

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  • Cook noodles according to package instructions.
  • Heat oil in a large skillet.
  • Add in red bell pepper, snap peas and carrots. Sauté until tender, about 5 minutes.
  • Add in garlic and cook for an additional minute.
  • Stir in the sauce and cooked noodles and toss to combine.
  • Serve immediately with sesame seeds for garnish, if desired.

For the Sauce

  • In a small bowl whisk together the soy sauce, sesame oil, sugar and mirin. Set aside.
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Cozy Mystery * Plotting for Murder

 

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Cozy Mystery Bookshop Series Book 1)

Sawyer Davis’ new life in picturesque Sunset Cove is crumbling around her as fast as the old Victorian house she lives in. She’s a chef whose matchmaking mother has left her a puppy, a bevy of single men to choose from, and a bookshop dedicated to whodunnits. Complete with a book club of amateur sleuths who live for death. When one of the members dies just after eating Sawyer’s amazing truffle mac and cheese, Sawyer is immersed in an even bigger soup pot of trouble.

With her chef’s reputation on the line, and an uncle after her inheritance, Sawyer teams up with the sheriff who once broke her heart—whether he wants her help or not—to solve the mystery. Will past hurts, and long-buried attraction for the sheriff stand in the way of solving the crime before the murderer strikes again?

Biography

** Hello! If you’d like to be updated first about my new releases, please tap the follow button under my picture. And follow me on BookBub here http://bit.ly/2zdORCw **

Besides reading, I like to travel and have fun adventures with my family. I’m addicted to all of Bravo’s Housewives reality shows because certain traits of those women make for great characters in my books. It’s just an added bonus to live vicariously in their closets. And I love to see the singers on The Voice living their dreams. I’ve always been tempted to apply to be a contestant on Survivor, but I chicken out every time I get to the application part. I really like to be clean, sleep on something soft at night, hate bugs and I enjoy having at least two meals a day. I wouldn’t last a week on that show.

Net Galley Review : 
A new cozy mystery series that has  great flow and pacing, interesting story-line and likable characters . Kept me in the story. I also, enjoyed the “will they/won’t they” with the ex. I never found myself getting bored or skimming ahead. I’d recommend this book if you’re looking for a quick easy whodunit. Lisa
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Thursday * Cozy Mystery and a Recipe

Thursday is a Cozy Mystery and a Recipe time : and this one is a tasty read: 

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Pre Order Link 3/19

Angie Turner’s restaurant, The County Seat, is conveniently located near a first-class farmers market—so her menu is full of fresh ingredients. But a visiting culinary professor has just had a taste of something very unhealthy . . .

Angie first meets Daniel Monet at a local mission, where she and her chef-in-training, Hope, are serving barbeque chicken poutine to the homeless. Monet is one of Hope’s teachers—but Angie’s boyfriend knows him from his youthful days in England. But soon, the bon vivant is no longer vivant. When Monet is found dead, with Hope’s prints on the wine glass next to him, it will be Angie who has to sauce out the real killer . . .

Praise for Lynn Cahoon’s Tourist Trap Mysteries

“Murder, dirty politics, pirate lore, and a hot police detective: Guidebook to Murder has it all! A cozy lover’s dream come true.”
—Susan McBride, author of The Debutante Dropout Mysteries
 
“Lynn Cahoon has created an absorbing, good fun mystery in Mission to Murder.”
Fresh Fiction

 

 

** Early Net Galley Review : Book 3 brings us back to the Country Seat a restaurant in rural Idaho. Where helping the homeless turns into murder. And instead of planning a menu  she getting Hope out of a murder charge. With a wonderful cast of characters both human and four legged this 3rd book is a fun and full pf great food. If you love the whole farm to table restaurant movement – this book is a must read….  Lisa 

 

** Thursday : Recipe 

 

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 Twice baked Potatoes 

  • 4 baking potatoes
  • 1 pint sour cream
  • 1/2 C milk
  • 1 C shredded cheese
  • 3 slices crisp bacon /crumbled
  • 8 green onion  /diced fine
  • salt and pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Bake potatoes in preheated oven for 1 hour.
  3. Meanwhile, place bacon in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Drain, crumble and set aside.
  4. When potatoes are done allow them to cool for 10 minutes. Slice potatoes in half lengthwise and scoop the flesh into a large bowl; save skins. To the potato flesh add sour cream, milk, butter, salt, pepper, 1/2 cup cheese and 1/2 the green onions. Mix with a hand mixer until well blended and creamy. Spoon the mixture into the potato skins. Top each with remaining cheese, green onions and bacon.
  5. Bake for another 15 minutes.
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Cozy Mystery and a Recipe * Chocolate Cream Pie Murder

 

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Not even Lake Eden’s nosiest residents suspected Hannah Swensen would go from idealistic newlywed to betrayed wife in a matter of weeks. But as a deadly mystery unfolds in town, the proof is in the pudding . . .

When The Cookie Jar becomes the setting of a star-studded TV special about movies filmed in Minnesota, Hannah hopes to shine the spotlight on her bakery—not the unsavory scandal swirling around her personal life. But that’s practically impossible with a disturbing visit from the shifty character she once believed was her one and only love, a group of bodyguards following her every move, and a murder victim in her bedroom. Now, swapping the crime scene in her condo for her mother Delores’s penthouse, Hannah and an old flame team up to solve a case that’s messier than an upended chocolate cream pie. As suspects emerge and secrets hit close to home, Hannah must serve a hefty helping of justice to an unnamed killer prowling around Lake Eden . . . before someone takes a slice out of her!

My Recipe : 

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  • 24 Oreo cookie/Crushed
  • 5 T butter
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 6 large egg yolks
  • 2 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • 6 Tablespoons salted butter , chopped into pieces
  • 8 ounces good quality semi-sweet chocolate , chopped (I like Ghirardelli’s)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 Tablespoons powdered sugar , or granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

 

Make  the Crust with Cookies and butter -press in pie shell Bake at 35o for 10 minutes let cool.

  1. To a medium sauce pan over medium heat, add the sugar, and milk and whisk well to combine. Bring mixture to a simmer, whisking frequently.

  2. Meanwhile, add the egg yolks and cornstarch to a bowl and whisk until smooth.

  3. Once the saucepan mixture is simmering, add a few spoonfuls of the hot liquid into the egg yolks and whisk to temper the eggs. Add a few more spoonfuls of the hot liquid into the egg yolks. Then slowly whisk the egg yolk mixture into the remaining mixture in the saucepan. Whisk constantly until the mixture begins to thicken and comes to a very gently boil (big bubbles begin to break the surface).

  4. Remove pan from the heat and whisk in the butter, chopped chocolate, and vanilla extract. Stir well until completely smooth.

  5. Pour filling into the cooled cookie crust and smooth into an even layer.

Make whipped cream.

  1. cream to a mixing bowl. Mix with electric mixers on high speed for 1-2 minutes.

  2. Add the sugar and vanilla extract. Continue mixing until soft peaks form, about 2-3 minutes.

    My Book Review from Net Galley : 

    Book 24 and still gong with a great fun mystery and recipes. In this one we finally see Hannah find love and get married . If you are a fan dont miss this one.  Lisa

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Available Now * Death of a Debtor

Cozy Mystery lovers won’t want to miss the first book in a new series from Jenna Harte, DEATH OF A DEBTOR!

 

About DEATH OF A DEBTOR

Forced to move back home to the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia after her father and brother end up in jail for running a Ponzi scheme, Sophie Parker does the best she can. While living with her curmudgeonly aunt, she works as a wench waitress at a pirate-themed restaurant and learns the ins and outs of discount shopping through a coupon group.

Life goes from bad to worse when an innocent airplane ride with her former teenage crush, AJ, leads to her being picked up by the police. The plane’s indebted owner has been murdered, and he’s the man who helped put her father in jail.

What started as a curiosity has now turned into a quest to make sure she isn’t arrested. Armed with gossip from the women in her coupon group, and her cantankerous aunt, Sophie sets out to find out who killed the ruthless businessman minutes after she flew off with AJ.

Get your hands on DEATH OF A DEBTOR now: https://amzn.to/2HfSgan

 

 

About Jenna Harte

Jenna Harte is a die-hard romantic, writing about characters who are passionate about and committed to each other, and frequently getting into trouble. She is the author of the Valentine Mysteries, the first of which, Deadly Valentine, reached the quarter-finals in Amazon’s Breakthrough Novel Award in 2013. She’s also the author of the Southern Heat contemporary romance series, and recently sold a three-book deal of a new cozy mystery series involving coupons, fairy tales and airplane repos. The first book in that series, Death of a Debtor, is due in February 2019. She’s a member of the Virginia Writers Club and Sisters In Crime.

When she’s not telling stories, she works by day as a freelance writer, author, and online entrepreneur. She speaks and teaches adult education courses on publishing, writing, and author platform building. She’s an empty nester living in central Virginia with her husband and a fat cat. Get free ebooks, updates on Jenna’s work, and more at her website: http://www.jennaharte.com.

Connect with Jenna Harte

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Death ,Guns and Sticky Buns * Celebrating Sticky Bun Day

National  Sticky Buns Day !    A Cozy Mystery to celebrate : 

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When a quaint Pennsylvania town hosts a Civil War reenactment, only the blood will be real….

How does a once-hip New Yorker get used to living in a quaint Pennsylvania town famous for its gooey, oversized sticky buns? For Tori Miracle, it means kissing her diet good-bye, always showing up in the wrong clothes, and struggling with a love life. And now that she’s filling in for the editor of the Lickin Creek Chronicle and has the town newspaper to look after as well as her own dear fastidious felines, sometimes it means cosponsoring public events like a Civil War reenactment for the local women’s college.

But when this charmingly authentic reenactment is done, and each man and woman has played his or her part to the hilt, it’s clear that Tori has miscalculated again. Someone used one live bullet in an antique gun. And with a man dead, it’s going to be up to the only city slicker in Lickin Creek to unravel a mystery of murder in a town where calories don’t count, but murder does….

From the Paperback edition.

Editorial Reviews

Review

“Malmont does a fine job of creating atmosphere…and Tori makes a resourceful heroine.”
The Roanoke Times and World-News

“Valerie S. Malmont’s sense of humor is crisp and Tori Miracle is good fun.”
The Courier-Journal (Louisville, Ky.)

About the Author

Valerie S. Malmont is also the author of two previous Tori Miracle mysteries: Death, Lies, and Apple Pies and Death Pays the Rose Rent. She lives in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania.
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Book Review : Killer Classic by Kym Roberts

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 Small-town life in Hazel Rock becomes a Texas-size crime scene when murder takes a page from Charli Rae Warren’s book club’s latest mystery . . .  

Charli takes great pride in running one of the few independent, family-owned bookstores in
small-town Texas. She vets everything carefully, with an eye to the eclectic tastes of the locals. That includes the Book Barn’s weekly book club selection. This time out it’s a mystery whose characters bear a striking resemblance to local citizens, including Charli’s friend Sugar . . . who’s the prime suspect when her real-life nemesis is found dead in a hotel’s water tank.

With help from her pet armadillo Princess, Charli campaigns to clear Sugar’s sweet name—literally—when the up-for-election mayor becomes a killer’s next target. Murder and politics make scandalous bedfellows as Charli discovers that fiction may be fatal, but reality could be just as deadly . . .

“A well written, fast-paced cozy mystery that has well developed and likable characters with good humor and a bit of romance.” —Fresh Fiction on Perilous Poetry

“An electrifying tale.”—Fresh Fiction on A Reference to Murder

Biography

Three career paths resonated for Kym during her early childhood: a detective, an investigative reporter, and…a nun. Being a nun, however, dropped by the wayside when she became aware of boys–they were the spice of life she couldn’t deny.

In high school her path was forged when she took her first job at a dry cleaners and met every cop in town, especially the lone female police officer in patrol. From that point on there was no stopping Kym’s pursuit of a career in law enforcement–even if she had to duct tape rolls of coins to her waist to meet the weight requirements to be hired.

Kym followed her dream and became a detective that fulfilled her desire to be an investigative reporter, with one extra perk–a badge. Promoted to sergeant Kym spent the majority of her career in SVU. She retired from the job reluctantly when her husband dragged her kicking and screaming to another state, but writing continued to call her name.

Join Kym at The Cozy Corner on Fresh Fiction for the newest releases, author interviews, reviews and great giveaways in the mystery genre. http://bit.ly/25N19iP

And you can find Kym on the airwaves on her new podcast, Romance Book Chat with Kym & Misty where you’ll hear interviews with your favorite romance rock stars in the genre that holds nothing back! https://romancebookchat.com

Net Galley Review : In book 5 –  Charli Rae, our small town bookstore owner, is back on the case in the latest book. When this author writes a murder mystery that bears too close resemblance to the real town and citizens of Hazel Rock, art imitates life in the form of murder. Charli soon finds herself  on another case of murder. This book is filled with great characters  who make the book feel real as Charli finds the clues and solve the murder all in the name of friendship and justice. Done with a Texas twist – Lisa