Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Too, too many dietary demands!

By: Ninette Crozat
Series: Cajun Country Mysteries
Author: Ellen Byron

Hi, y'all. Ninette Crozat here and between us, I am losing my mind. I say between us because I never like to show anything but a cheery face to the guests at our Crozat Plantation B&B. But we're friends, so I can be honest. Our little town of Pelican is hosting its first music festival and the headliner is a local girl made good, Tammy Barker. She won one of those American Idol type of singing contests. She and her entourage have taken over our B&B, and all of them have different diet demands. She doesn't eat fish, but her assistant doesn't eat meat. Someone's vegan, someone else is Paleo. I tell you, I had to look up that last one. I think I may make a meal for each of them where all I do is throw on this fine seasoning...

The gator glass is for the drink I will surely need after making all these meals. Life would be so much easier if I even had one less special meal to prepare. Just one, that's all I ask. Just... one...

Readers, what do you think about all the different types of eating plans these days?

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Not so fab Wedding Day

Hi Reagan Summerside here to talk weddings. The good, the bad and the deadly
            You know that old saying, always the bridesmaid never the bride, well I’ve been both. The bride part didn’t take proven by the fact that I caught Hollis, my husband and the hound of Savannah, doing the horizontal hula with Cupcake right there in his office. That was some staff meeting, all right.
The last wedding I attended I came to deliver a bowtie to the groom as he misplaced his.  The good part of that wedding was the cake was delicious. The deadly part was that the groom wound up dead in five tiers of icing and fondant, the ugly part was that my BFF, Chantilly, the groom’s ex got accused of the murder. 
Round tables decked out in peach-tone wedding linens with white flower arrangements of roses and forget-me-nots dotted the room and Doreen-the-wedding-planner lay crumbled in a heap on the floor. 
“Oh dear Lord!” I starting for Doreen but stopped in my tracks because Simon was there too. He was face down in his very own five-tiered wedding cake with a silver cake knife sticking out of his back.
            Chantilly shouldn’t have been at the wedding in the first place of course but she and her UPS truck just sort of wound up there. 
“You shouldn’t be here,” I said to Chantilly as she swiveled round in the driver’s seat of her UPS van. White icing and cake crumbs smeared her lips and a glob of raspberry filling dripped down her chin. A pink butter cream rose stuck to the front of her brown uniform blouse. “Dear God in heaven! You went and ate the wedding cake!”
“One slice,” she mumbled around a mouthful. “Who’s going to miss one little old slice? The freaking thing is five tiers high. It took three Cakery Bakery employees and the owner Delta Longford herself to lug it in. They even made GracieAnn Harlow stand on a ladder to get the bride and groom thing on top.” 
Chantilly held up a chunk of mangled pastry. “This here should be my wedding cake, except for the pink roses. This should be my wedding day, my wedding colors of creamy-peach and blue-morning-rain. Simon is my man. We were engaged! How could he marry someone else!” Chantilly wailed, a tear sliding down her cheek and cutting a path across a white icing smear. 
            Hopefully none of the weddings you’ve attended were like this one with the groom dead as Lincoln right there in his own cake. 
What do you think is the best part of a wedding? The cake? The first dance? The saying I Do? What are your favorite wedding colors? Favorite locations…destination weddings, church weddings, garden weddings?
Let me know and I’ll give away two Killer in Crinoline tote bags from the answers.
Hugs, Reagan

Monday, July 15, 2019

Hi everyone ~

Don Forrester here.  And I have to say I’m happy to be finally appearing at Killer Characters this month.  I’ve been waiting a long time for this.  You’ll all know me from the Zodiac Mysteries.  I’m Julia Bonatti’s good friend, the guy she comes to for information when she needs it.
See, I’m head of the Research Department at the San Francisco Chronicle and I have access to all sorts of interesting stories and history.  That’s why Julia always consults me when she runs into a wall.  She knows I’m a walking encyclopedia.  She may know a lot about astrology and be a big help to her clients, but no one knows more about the tales of the city or its seamy underbelly than me.  

Okay, I’m bragging.  I know.  Sorry about that, but it’s all true.  For example, in The Madness of Mercury, Julia needed to find out more about a preacher and a religious cult that had arrived in the city.  Like, where this so-called preacher came from and what his home town folks had to say about him.

Then, in All Signs Point to Murder, I warned her away from a really bad guy.  A criminal who the feds were investigating.  And in Tail of the Dragon, my research into obituaries was an enormous help to her.  

I can’t stop worrying about her though.  She has a tendency to stick her nose into dangerous situations.  She’s pretty straight with me, and I with her.  But unfortunately, she listens and then doesn’t pay the slightest attention to what I have to say.  Oh, maybe that’s not quite fair.  She pays attention all right, and then just goes ahead and does exactly what she wants to do.  

She just can’t stay out of trouble.  But no matter what, she’s a wonderful person and I’m proud to call her a friend.  I just never know what problem she’s going to drop on my desk next.  

 If you'd like to know more about me, I hope you'll check out my role in all the Zodiac Mysteries.  There are more coming soon and I can't wait to find out what Julia will ask of me next.  Hope you'll tune in.  If you'd like to know more about my author, Connie di Marco, and read excerpts from all the books, just visit her website.  Click this link here

Sunday, July 14, 2019


FROM:  Sabrina Tate

OF:  The Bad Luck Cat Mysteries

BY:  Kay Finch

It’s summer in the Texas Hill Country. I have a book to write, but the cool river is calling my name. My significant other, Luke Griffin, is off today from his usual work as a Texas Game Warden, and he suggested we take tubes and go out on the river together for the first time.  That sounds like a sweet idea. After the river, we’ll be tired and hungry. Luke’s grilling some hamburgers, and I’m already thinking about my sweet tooth.
He’s picking me up in an hour. Ice cream is super easy, but I'm craving peach cobbler. With only four ingredients, I can have this cobbler thrown together and in the oven five short minutes later. Give it a try, and you’ll see what I mean. Easiest cobbler ever.

Easy Peach Cobbler

2 cans peach pie filling

1 package yellow cake mix

2 sticks butter

1 cup chopped nuts (if desired)

Spread pie filling on bottom of greased 9x13 pan. Sprinkle cake mix over top. Pour melted butter over cake mix. Sprinkle nuts on top. Bake for 45-50 minutes at 350 degrees. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream.


Kay Finch is the National Best-Selling author of the Bad Luck Cat Mysteries, including the June 2019 release – The Black Cat Steps On A Crack. Though her character, Sabrina Tate, has left the paralegal profession behind to move to the Texas Hill Country, Kay still works as a paralegal at a Houston, Texas law firm. She resides in a Houston suburb with her husband and pets. Visit her at

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Welcome to the grand opening of the Old Train Station Motel and hoedown!

Hi do there! I'm Coke and I'm the owner of the Old Train Station Motel. Welcome to our grand opening. I've got you in guest room eight. So if you'll follow me, I'll tell you about old station along our way.

I don't know what I was thinking when I decided to buy the old train station just north of Normal in the Daniel Boone National Park. It'd been run down for years. It was a beautiful station in it's day and I had a crazy idea I'd turn some of the space into ten guest rooms.
Like I said....crazy!

The middle has been restored to a gorgeous courtyard area. I've even put in telescopes for the motel guests to enjoy the constellations after they eat in the Caboose Diner.
There are five rooms on each side of the courtyard. I have two barns on the property. One I'm using for the hoedown tonight. I really hope you can make it. Blue Ethel and the Farm Boys is the name of the band. I've got good food and plenty of sweet tea. So bring your partner and come for the Do-Si-Do.

As you can see, we've got plenty of room to sit and fill your tummy. It's a good time to socialize with the locals. If you run into someone old gizzer by the name of Jay, don't pay him any mind. He's mad because I bought this place from his family. It's been in his family for years and it's also under bankruptcy.

He's got a thorn up his youknowwhat because I'm making him move out of that stable in the back. He trains locals how to rope and compete in horse competition. It's a big deal in Kentucky and many college offers scholarships. I know it's his livelihood but I've got to make a go of this motel. The stables will be a perfect place for a wedding venue.

I've given him three weeks to move his clients to a different stable. That should be plenty of time, but he don't see it that way. Of course, he insists on arguing with you hear that?

It sounds like music has started. Go on now, get your things in your guest room and come on out back to the hoedown.

(Y'all this is really Tonya's family on a Sunday. Yep....I write what I know. These are my family. I hope you enjoy a little big of southern Sunday family fun! Cousin Ishy is on the fiddle and guitar, brother in law Dave is on the stand up base, Uncle James is sitting down with guitar and singing, Uncle Kenny is on the banjo.)

Want to hear exactly how Coke's feud with Jay ends...let's say it's not so pretty. . .

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Everyone in Normal is excited for the Hoe Down to celebrate the opening of the new Old Train Station motel grand opening.

The evening comes to an abrupt end when a lightning storm knocks out all the power. At least, that's what appears to have knocked out the electricity. But things aren't always as they appear.

Mae West has a way of sticking her nose where it doesn't belong and finds herself in a dangerous situation when she finds a treasure map that leads to more than just treasure. . . a dead body!

Friday, July 12, 2019

Deputize Me Already!

by Aunt Bess from Apples and Alibis by Gayle Leeson

So, do you all know Sheriff Billings? Well, he's a nice enough man and all, but he's about as stubborn as a mule. Why he doesn't realize what an asset I'd be to his police department is beyond me.

I'm not about to tell you how old I am--you wouldn't believe me if I told you because I absolutely don't look my age--but I've been around a while. And with age comes wisdom.

All those detective shows on television? I've watched the majority of them. Some more than once. I'm a big reader too. Mysteries, procedurals, and some thrillers. So, I'm up on all my crime-solving techniques.

I'm in good with the fire department, and that shows that I can do all that inter-agency cooperation and information sharing.

And, yet, that man sits down at my table and tells me to my face that he can't discuss an ongoing investigation with me? He's stuffing his face with biscuits and hashbrown casserole that my granddaughter and my great-niece fixed for me, and he can't tell me what's going on in my own backyard?

Who do I need to talk with about becoming a special consultant to the Winter Garden Sheriff's Department like Mr. Monk or Shawn and Gus? I figure I'll have to go over Sheriff Billings' head. So, is there a commissioner I could call? Or should I take my case to the governor?


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Thursday, July 11, 2019

Summertime Celebrations - A Dog's View

by Dogbert, Caro Lamont's dog in Sparkle Abbey's Pampered Pets Mysteries

There have been a lot of celebrations going on around here and I don't know exactly what they're about , but I have to tell you I'm not so wild about some of them. Fireworks are definitely not my thing. I get that some people like them, but for me they are just loud and scary.

That's why I'm glad my human-mom, Caro, stays inside with me when there are fireworks. We usually watch a movie together. Thelma and Louise, my feline family members, always say they're going to watch with us, but it never fails...they fall asleep and the movie has barely started. I honestly don't think they've ever seen the end of a movie.

Not me, I sit right with Caro and watch until the very end. She's partial to old movies and I don't mind them. I'm mostly about sitting with her and having movie snacks.

One of my favorite snacks is her Apple Pupcakes. I've asked her to share it with you so it's included below. You know, give me some movie snacks and a cuddle on the couch, and I'm good.

Caro's Apple Pupcakes

2-3/4 cups water
1/4 cup applesauce (unsweetened)
2 teaspoons honey
1/2 scant teaspoon vanilla extract
1 medium egg
4 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup dried apple chips (unsweetened)
1 tablespoon baking powder

Preheat oven to 350 degrees (F).
Mix water, applesauce, honey, egg, and vanilla together in a bowl.
Add remaining ingredients and mix until well blended.
Pour into lightly greased muffin pans.
Bake 75 minutes for standard-sized muffin and 40 minutes for mini-sized muffins.
Let cool before frosting. For frosting you can use plain yogurt or cottage cheese that has been run through the blender until creamy. 

Special note from Caro: 
I always clear my clients for allergies before giving any of my homemade treats. And then I make a notation of any allergies on their charts. So, be sure and check on allergies before you share with other pets. 

Sparkle Abbey is actually two people, Mary Lee Ashford and Anita Carter, who write the national best-selling Pampered Pets cozy mystery series. 

They are friends as well as neighbors so they often get together and plot ways to commit murder. (But don't tell the other neighbors.) 

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