Monday, March 7, 2016

Looking ahead to spring and beyond.

by Lizzie Turner from the Ashton Corners Book Club Mysteries
                by Erika Chase

Spring is in the air! If you live in a part of the country where there’s still more weeks of winter ahead, then this is a gift to you. Or, you may see it as a jest. But I thought I’d add some lovely spring flowers to this post to try to bring some color and cheer into a white landscape.
Since flowers make me think of spring, and spring makes me think of new beginnings, I’m thinking today about my author’s newest venture. As her real self, Linda Wiken, she’s buried in rewrites of the second book in the Dinner Club Mysteries. And the first one isn’t even on the bookshelves yet! TOASTING UP TROUBLE will be out in July! 

I know, that’s what Erika was going through with each new book in our series but I was so involved in creating those plots, there wasn’t any time to just sit back and watch. I can do that now.

I’m particularly enjoying the fact that Linda is poring through tons of food magazines and cookbooks. She’s also trying out new recipes on a regular basis. As a Southern gal, I love the foods I grew up on—grits and shrimp, grits and anything, plus a whole lot of fried chicken with mashed potatoes and gravy, to name just a few.

For the first Dinner Club Mystery, TOASTING UP TROUBLE, the cookbook was Italian so I made it my business to keep on top of the reading and learned an entire new feasting vocabulary such as prima piatti, pizzaiola, and one of my favorites, limoncino.

In fact, I’m going to have to introduce some Italian recipes at the next meeting of the Ashton Corners Mystery Readers and Cheese Straws Society. Of course, we’ll always have cheese straws!
Bob Miller will see to that!

What types of cooking do you enjoy?

Look for A KILLER READ,  (#2 on the Barnes and Noble Mystery Bestseller List and an Agatha Award nominee for Best First Mystery),  READ AND BURIED, COVER STORY, and BOOK FAIR AND FOUL on-line or at your favorite bookstore.


Book #5, LAW AND AUTHOR, now available.

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  1. I do enjoy pasta dishes so I lean toward Italian recipes.

  2. Me, too. I love Italian food, especially when someone else makes it...