Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Cozy Cooking

Are you a culinary cozy aficionado? Fans of Laura Childs,  Avery Aames, Cleo Coyle (to name just a few) will rejoice to find The Cozy Cookbook with more than 100 recipes from your favorite bestselling mystery authors.

Enjoy the mouthwatering recipes for  everything from breakfast to entrees to desserts. In addition to Laura Childs, Avery Aames/Daryl wood Gerber, and Cleo Coyle, Ellery Adams, Connie Archer, Leslie Budewitz, Victoria Hamilton, B.B. Haywood, Julie Hyzy, Jenn McKinlay, and Paige Shelton are represented. Nestled among the recipes are snippets from the authors' books. A list of the various tasty series and short bios of the authors are also included.

This collection is a treasure trove for culinary cozy fans. Add a little mystery to your cooking! Bon appetit.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Brewing a Cozy

Ok, brew up a cup of your favorite tea and settle in with the latest Tea Shop Mystery by Laura Childs. Ming Tea Murder, the 16th offering in this popular series, is as refreshing as a steaming pot of Jasmine tea.

Theodosia Browning, proprietor of Charleston's Indigo Tea Shop, once again finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation. One of the museum's wealthy benefactors is found murdered at a fancy black tie event celebrating the recent acquisition of an 18th century Chinese tea house. With so many suspects, including Theo's boyfriend, Max, will she be able to deduce the killer in time?

As with all Laura Child's Tea Shop Mysteries, the reader will enjoy the quirky characters and the delicious ambiance of this culinary cozy. Each of the books in the series includes recipes for the yummy treats mentioned in the story and tips for hosting your own themed tea.

This cozy series is one of my favorites. If you've never imbibed, give it a try!

Friday, May 1, 2015

May's Murderous Offerings

Where did April go?? It's May already and summer not far behind! Here are the latest mysteries with many new series entries. So rev up your engines and let the reading begin!
  • Robert B. Parker’s Kickback [Spenser continuation] by Ace Atkins
  • A God in Ruins [Life After Life sequel] by Kate Atkinson
  • Little Black Lies by Sharon Bolton
  • Dead Girl Walking [Jack Parlabane] by Christopher Brookmyre
  • Tail Gait [Mrs. Murphy] by Rita Mae Brown
  • The Forgotten Room [Jeremy Logan] by Lincoln Child
  • Ming Tea Murder [Tea Shop] by Laura Childs
  • Thin Air [Shetland Island] by Ann Cleeves
  • Independence Day [Dewey Andreas] by Ben Coes
  • Flame Out [June Lyons] by M.P. Cooley
  • Death Ex Machina [Athenian] by Gary Corby
  • Six and a Half Deadly Sins [Siri Paiboun] by Colin Cotterill
  • Piranha [Oregon Files] by Clive Cussler & Boyd Morrison
  • Solitude Creek [Kathryn Dance] by Jeffery Deaver
  • Radiant Angel [John Corey] by Nelson DeMille
  • Deadly Desires at Honeychurch Hall [Honeychurch Hall] by
    Hannah Dennison
  • Thanksgiving Angels [Mercy Allcutt] by Alice Duncan
  • Remember Me This Way by Sabine Durrant
  • The Storm Murders [Emile Cinq-Mars] by John Farro
  • The Fatal Flame by Lyndsay Faye
  • The Harvest Man [Scotland Yard Murder Squad] by Alex Grecian
  • The Ghost Fields [Ruth Galloway] by Elly Griffiths
  • Bone To Be Wild [Sarah Booth Delaney] by Carolyn Haines
  • Skies of Ash [Elouise Norton] by Rachel Howzell Hall
  • Don’t Go Home [Death on Demand] by Carolyn Hart
  • Disengaged by Mischa Hiller
  • Rock with Wings [Bernadette Manualito] by Anne Hillerman
  • I, Ripper by Stephen Hunter
  • Dry Bones [Walt Longmire] by Craig Johnson
  • Eighth Grave After Dark [Charley Davidson] by Darynda Jones
  • The Murderer’s Daughter by Jonathan Kellerman
  • The Fall [Dismas Hardy] by John Lescroart
  • GBH by Ted Lewis
  • Palace of Treason [Dominika Egorova & Nate Nash] by Jason Matthews
  • And Sometimes I Wonder About You [Leonid McGill ] by Walter Mosley
  • Murder in Ely [Third-Culture Kid] by D-L Nelson
  • Jack of Spades by Joyce Carol Oates
  • Neighing with Fire [Colleen McCabe] by Kathryn O’Sullivan
  • The Body in the Birches [Faith Fairchild] by Katherine Hall Page
  • Constant Fear by Daniel Palmer
  • Trauma by Michael Palmer & Daniel Palmer
  • 14th Deadly Sin [Women’s Murder Club ] by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro
  • Burnt River [Macy Greeley ] by Karin Salvalaggio
  • Seveneves by Neal Stephenson
  • Murder on Amsterdam Avenue [Gaslight] by Victoria Thompson
  • Killing Frost [Deets Shanahan] by Ronald Tierney
  • Mariner’s Ark [Richard Mariner] by Peter Tonkin
  • The Troutbeck Testimony[Lake District] by Rebecca Tope
  • Bubba Done It [Dreamwalker] by Maggie Toussaint
  • The Searcher [Solomon Creed #1] by Simon Toyne