Tuesday, November 19, 2019

TIS THE SEASON GIVEAWAY!

By Sassy Cabot of the Read 'Em and Eat cozy mysteries by Terrie Farley Moran



Welcome to the Season’s Readings Happy Holiday Giveaway!!! On behalf of Bridgy, Aunt Ophie, and all the folks here at the Read ’Em and Eat cafĂ© and bookstore in gorgeous Fort Myers Beach, along with Carmela, Ava, Babcock and the rest of the gang from the Scrapbooking Mysteries that our author co-writes with the marvelous Laura Childs, I’d like to offer you an opportunity to win ONE of these four books: WELL READ, THEN DEAD, CAUGHT READ-HANDED or READ TO DEATH from the Read ’Em and Eat series; or the brand spanking new MUMBO GUMBO MURDER from the Scrapbooking series.



For a chance to win the book of your choice, please comment below and tell us which book you would like to win. Don’t forget to include your email addy in this format: name(AT)server(DOT) com to avoid the spam bots. Giveaway closes midnight your time Thursday, November 21st.

No matter which holiday you celebrate this season, we all hope your days are filled with joy, love, family and friends.

Monday, November 18, 2019

Okay, Woof



by Biscuit, Carrie Kennersly's dog in the Barkery & Biscuits Mysteries by Linda O. Johnston


Hi, it's Biscuit again.  Not sure I need to introduce myself.  I've barked here lots before.  I'm a dog--what people call a poodle-terrier mix--and I supposedly belong to Carrie Kennersly, the human who's the subject of the Barkery & Biscuits Mysteries, but as I say often, in my opinion she belongs to me. 


After all, she takes care of me--as I also take care of her.  She feeds me.  Even came up with some really delicious treats she says are healthy as she worked as a veterinary technician at the Knobcone Veterinary Clinic.  Of course she let me taste them, try them out.  And since I liked them, she wound opening a shop in Knobcone Heights where we live--Barkery and Biscuits--where she sells the delicious doggy treats she created.


And, oh yes, she also opened one next door, Icing on the Cake, where she sells treats that people like.  Even though it's popular, I doubt the stuff there is as good as the things she sells in the Barkery.  She even lets me hang out in the Barkery meeting people with their pets--and, yes, tasting more treats.


The thing is, I worry about her.  She started a while back to solve murders of people in Knobcone Heights. That's put her in danger a lot.  Fortunately, I don't think she's got her nose into sniffing out another killer, but I'm never sure...


Anyway, the last time she did so, her investigation was reported in a book called For a Good Paws.  As I've said before, since I consider my own paws good, I like that title.  But I've liked the titles of the other books, too, that reported her solving more murders: Bite the Biscuit, To Catch a Treat, Bad to the Bone, and Pick and Chews.


And will Carrie solve any more murders after this?  It's okay with me, as long as she stays safe, and I'll always be here for her.  But we'll see...



FOR A GOOD PAWS, the fifth Barkery & Biscuits Mystery by Linda O. Johnston, was a May 2019 release from Midnight Ink.  

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Sunday, November 17, 2019

Turkey Dinner in a Braid - Happy Thanksgiving from the Crozats!

By: Ninette Crozat
From: FATAL CAJUN FESTIVAL
Series: Cajun Country Mysteries
Author: Ellen Byron

Happy almost-Thanksgiving!

Ninette Crozat here, mom to Maggie Crozat. There's been a lot of drama in our little town of Pelican, Louisiana over the last few years - and by drama, I mean murders, I'm sorry to say - but even crime seems to take a break so we can all celebrate this national holiday. 

I do all the cooking at our Crozat Plantation B&B. I thought I'd share this tasty, fancy-looking but easy-peasy to make recipe for Thanksgiving leftovers with y'all. It tastes as good as it looks and can be an appetizer or a meal, depending on how big you cut the slices. I call it Turkey Dinner in a Braid. Here's what the final product looks like:





And here's a link to the recipe, which can be found on author Ellen Byron's website: 

Hope you enjoy it. And laissez les bon temps rouler! Let the good times roll. Yes, we even say that on Thanksgiving. ;-)

Readers, how do you enjoy your Thanksgiving leftovers?



Saturday, November 16, 2019

Sherlock in Savannah

Hi Reagan Summerside here from the Consignment Shop series written by Duffy Brown and set in Savannah.
I’m a Sherlock fan...actually I’m a Sherlock nut that is proved by the big Sherlock Bear I have in the Prissy Fox, my consignment shop here in Savannah. I got it as a present from my wonderful new husband, Walker Boone. He said I’m always solving crimes and have hero worship for Sherlock Holmes
 


Fact is, I love anything Sherlock. I read Sherlock as a kid but the real love affair started with the new BBC series Sherlock played by Benedict Cumberbatch and the best Dr. Watson ever played by Martin Freeman. The only drawback is these two terrific actors can only get together for three episodes a year…or every two years. 
Dr. Watson in old movies is often kind of a stupid guy. He’s a doctor so he’s intelligent but not all that clever. Not so with the new Dr. Watson. He’s smart and clever and a perfect match for Sherlock.
The thing with the new Sherlock series is that they brought it into the 21stCentury. I thought I’d hate this but the writers and produces did such an amazing job of making Sherlock true to his character. 
And the stories are a take off of the original ones. A Study in Scarlet became aStudy in Pink. The Sign of Four became The Sign of Three. You get the picture
But enough of the new Sherlock there is still the magic of the old Sherlock to consider. What is amazing to me is despite the old-fashioned language and pace the stories have stood the test of time and are still captivating. IMO it's not really the mystery that’s the draw but the character of Holmes himself. It really is amazing that a character such a product of his times can be still so intriguing over a hundred years later. Sherlock is a super-hero in many ways but also an enigmatic and flawed hero which makes him so intriguing. 
So, are you a Sherlock fan? Do you think you know your Sherlock? Here’s a little Sherlock quiz. Let me know how you do.
Sherlock questions:
            What instrument did Sherlock play?
            Where did Holmes live (Do you know the address?)
            Who was his sidekick?
            What was the first Sherlock Holmes book?
            Name of his brother?
            Name of his nemesis? 
            His one love interest?  
           
           Who was his housekeeper?

            What did he take up when he retired? (That’s a tough one)
            Author of Sherlock Holmes?
So, how did you do?
Are you a Sherlock nut like me? Do you have a Sherlock bear or other Sherlock memorabilia? I think I need therapy.
Come visit me in Savannah and take a walk around my consignment shop, the Prissy Fox, and we’ll talk all things Sherlock.
Hugs, Reagan Summerside






Friday, November 15, 2019

I’m Frankie Chang and I got a big problem



And I don’t know what to do about it or who can help me.  My mother is missing.  My dad says she’s fine, she’s just gone away.  

“Away?” I ask.  “Where?”  

“Oh, to visit her auntie.”  

 But I don’t believe him.  I think he’s lying to me.  And he’s scared too.  I can always tell when he’s nervous.  


There’s something else going on but I can’t figure out what it is.  My grandfather just starts to cry when I ask too many questions.  
I know you're gonna say, why don't you call the police, but I can't do that.  My dad would kill me if I talked to a stranger.
 

I don’t know who can help but I have an idea.  I found a place down the street in North Beach.  It’s called The Mystic Eye and they have these things called psychic fairs.  Maybe that’s what I need -- a psychic.  Maybe a psychic or an astrologer could tell me where my mother is and where I can find her.  
 
It costs ten bucks to talk to somebody.  I only have seven but I found three dollars in a big jar on a shelf in the kitchen and I snuck it out.  I’m sort of afraid to go there and talk to somebody strange, but I don’t know what else to do. 

What do you think?  Should I go?  Maybe I should talk to an astrologer.  That doesn’t sound as scary as a psychic.  I don’t care who I talk to as long as someone can give me some answers and I can find out what happened to my mother!

PS:  You haven’t met me yet, but you will pretty soon in the next Zodiac Mystery.  Then you can find out the whole story.  

If you'd like to know more about my author Connie di Marco, you can visit her at her website or Facebook and Twitter @askzodia and you can learn all about the stories in the Zodiac Mysteries.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

THE PERFECT GIFT?


BY:  Ethan Brady
OF: The Bad Luck Cat Mysteries
BY: Kay Finch

Here we are in mid-November - barely past Halloween - and I noticed the other night that some people have already put up a Christmas tree.  Twinkly lights are glowing from shop windows. Santa Claus is popping up on television ads. Christmas songs are playing in the grocery store.


Don't get me wrong - I love the holidays! Since I work in retail - at Knead to Read, the local bookstore in Lavender - we always get ahead of the holidays with our book orders and the in-store and window displays.


What I don't like about the holidays is hearing people moaning and worrying about what to buy for the people on their gift list.  What's to decide? The perfect gift - for everyone - is a BOOK!


My mom could save many hours of indecision about her gifting decisions if she'd simply come to work with me one day.  Everyone on her list - from my new baby cousin to Grandma Emma who's nearly a hundred - would enjoy a book.  Whether you're buying a baby's first book, a beginning reader for the first grader on your list, a fantasy novel for your pre-teen, a coffee table book for a great aunt, or the latest bestseller for the avid reader in your life - the bookstore is the place to go to solve your shopping dilemmas.

A book is a GREAT GIFT for all - uh, except for Hitchcock - he's my friend Sabrina's cat.  He doesn't need a book - he's perfectly happy if you give him a box to sit in. 



How about y'all?  Are you buying or requesting any books this Christmas?


Kay Finch is the National Best-Selling author of the Bad Luck Cat Mysteries. 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 where she is working on Bad Luck Cat Mystery #5 – The Black Cat Breaks a Mirror. Visit her at www.kayfinch.com.






Wednesday, November 13, 2019

A New Kinda Christmas + GIVEAWAY


**GIVEAWAY OVER. CONGRATULATIONS TO GRANDMA COOTIE**

It's full blown Christmas time in Honey Springs and I couldn't be more excited. The Bean Hive, my coffee shop, smells like cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin.

I've gussied up my usual Holiday Blend and given it a little extra kick by adding a little touch of Indonesia beans mixed in with some Ethiopian beans, calling it Jingle Bell Blend.
It's proven to be a hot commodity this season. I've been working non-stop.

My Gingerbread Softies have been a big hit this season and I'm thrilled to share my secret recipe with y'all.

But first I've got to get another log on the fire and flip the sign on the door to OPEN because it's going to be a busy day around here.

There's nothing like a death that gathers people. And for some reason, the citizens of Honey Springs love to gather over coffee and come here to do it.

Just in case you weren't sure, when I say gather, it's the sweet southern way to say gossip.
Remember how I mentioned how busy I've been, well Patrick, my husband, he planned a very romantic date night at the local Watershed Restaurant for some alone time.
It was all going well until Ryan and Yvonne Moore were fighting at the table in the corner. We tried to ignore them best we could, but they weren't very quiet.

We figured we'd just continue our romantic evening at home where we were going to decorate our Christmas tree with the fireplace light, then curling up on the sofa next to our dogs, Pepper & Sassy, to enjoy our tree.

That came to an abrupt halt when we noticed Ryan Moore's truck had swerved off the road and into Lake Honey Springs. Patrick went into hero mode and quickly pulled our truck over, diving into Lake Honey Springs to save the couple.

Unfortunately, Ryan didn't make it and the rest of our night was spent giving our statement to the sheriff and trying to comfort Yvonne. It's been a long night and with the news of Ryan drowning, I knew everyone would gather at The Bean Hive, not only for the gossip but for the hot coffee and my account of what happened last night. Not to mention the tragedy at such a wonderful time of the year.

Excuse me for a second. Sheriff Spencer needs to talk to me.

“I’m afraid the preliminary autopsy report on Ryan Moore came back.” Sheriff Spencer slowly stirred in the full creamer in his coffee.

“Oh good. I bet Yvonne will be so happy to be able to make plans for the funeral.” I tried to make the tension a little less but he was definitely tense.

“I’m afraid that won’t be happening anytime soon.” He slide his glance over to me. “I’m afraid the toxicology report came back with hemlock in his system.”

“Hemlock?” My eyes narrowed. “It’s it a bit cold and snowy for hemlock to grow?” I asked and looked out at the window as the snow, that was predicted, started to fall.

“That’s what is so unusual and why I need to investigate a little more.” Spencer took a sip of the hot coffee. “I’m afraid this was a homicide.”

Oh, dear...I better make more coffee!



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