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"A book is a gift you can open again and again." Garrison Keillor

Literature is a textually transmitted disease, normally contracted in childhood.” Jane Yolen

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"Books have furnished, burnished, and enabled my life." Julia Keller

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Book Spotlight: BOOKMARKED FOR MURDER by V.M. Burns

Bookmarked for Murder (Mystery Bookshop)

by V.M. Burns


About Bookmarked for Murder



Bookmarked for Murder (Mystery Bookshop)
Cozy Mystery
5th in Series
Kensington (November 26, 2019)
Paperback: 256 pages
ISBN-10: 1496718313
ISBN-13: 9781496718310
Digital ASIN: B07P9MR138
Digital ISBN: 9781496718327



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Amateur sleuth Samantha Washington's shopping trip to Chicago takes a deadly detour when a man is murdered on her bus . . .
After some post-Christmas retail therapy in the Windy City, mystery bookshop owner and historical whodunit novelist Sam Washington is returning home to North Harbor, Michigan, on a chartered bus. With Nana Jo and her gal pals Irma, Dorothy, and Ruby Mae from Shady Acres Retirement Village along for the ride, it's a lively trip. But one passenger is not so lively—a gentleman Irma befriended is found dead in his seat after an unscheduled stop. The ladies immediately shift gears to find out who punched his ticket, while Sam slips into the driver's seat to make sure Nana Jo and her crew steer clear of fatal conclusions . . .


About V.M. Burns



V.M. Burns was born in Northwestern Indiana and spent many years in Southwestern Michigan on the Lake Michigan shoreline. She is a lover of dogs, British historic cozies, and scones with clotted cream. After many years in the Midwest, she went in search of milder winters and currently lives in Eastern Tennessee with her poodles. Her debut novel, The Plot is Murder was nominated for a 2017 Agatha Award for Best First Novel. Valerie is a member of Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, and a lifetime member of  Sisters in Crime. Readers can learn more by visiting her website at vmburns.com

Author Links:

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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vmburnsbooks/

Twitter: @vmburns



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Monday, December 9, 2019

Book Spotlight & More: BREWED AWAKENING by Cleo Coyle



Cleo Coyle Gives her Characters a Brewed Awakening + Recipe and Giveaway



Brewed Awakening marks the 18th Coffeehouse Mystery that my husband and I have written. Like every entry in our long-running series, this story centers on Clare Cosi, a single mom in her forties with a complicated personal life and a talent for amateur sleuthing. 

Clare manages a charming, century-old coffeehouse in New York's historic Greenwich Village, and she's often in a position to know more than the police about the quirky and creative community she serves. When crime happens and the professionals hit dead ends, Clare goes to work.

For her latest case, Marc and I began our story development with a conversation over (you guessed it) coffee. As a married couple, we've been through decades of ups and downs. But what if those years were wiped from our memories? Would we still be drawn to each other? If so, how exactly does "like" deepen into something more? When does love happen? 

With Clare on a path to be married to her longtime boyfriend, NYPD Detective Mike Quinn, we decided to explore those questions in Brewed Awakening, and we agreed that Clare would suffer from a traumatic memory loss. Her damaged memory is tied to a crime she witnesses, one that lands her in a great deal of hot water. To get herself out, and reclaim the love of her life, Clare must find a way to recover what she's lost. But will she? Or is her life, as she once knew it, gone forever?

If you're a newcomer to our Coffeehouse world, don't hesitate to pick up Brewed Awakening. Every Coffeehouse Mystery can be read as a stand-alone story. And, if you like one, you'll have seventeen more to enjoy. But don't miss our latest. We hope you'll find this mystery about memory to be unforgettable. 




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Cleo Coyle's new culinary mystery, Brewed Awakening, includes an appendix of recipes that will show you how to prepare the delicious foods and drinks mentioned in the story. To see, print, or download the free, illustrated guide to the book's recipe section, click here




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Cleo Coyle's Winter
White Chocolate Mocha


This heavenly drink is a winter favorite at many American coffeehouses, which is why we put it on the menu of our beloved Village Blend. Perfect for a snowy night, it tastes like a rich, warm, coffee-infused milkshake. To learn more about our bestselling Coffeehouse Mystery series and download more of our recipes, visit our online coffeehouse: CoffeehouseMystery.com

May you drink (and read) with joy! 
~ Cleo


To download this recipe in a free PDF that you can print, save, or share, click here.  

Makes one serving

½ cup milk 
¼ cup good quality white chocolate, chopped
¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1–2 shots (¼ cup) hot espresso or double-strength coffee*
Whipped cream (optional)
White chocolate curls**


Step 1: Combine milk and white chocolate in a heatproof bowl and place the bowl over a saucepan that is about one-third full of boiling water. (The water level should be under the bowl and not touching it.) Stir constantly until chocolate is melted. Whip in the vanilla using a whisk, hand blender, or electric mixer. Continue to whip about a minute until the warm mixture is loosely frothy.

Step 2: Pour the espresso (or double-strength coffee) into a large mug. Add the steamed white chocolate milk and stir to blend the flavors. You can top with whipped cream, but it's just as delicious without. Garnish with white chocolate curls and drink with joy!

*Note on coffee: For double-strength coffee, simply make a strong version of your regular cup. For instance, in a drip coffee maker, instead of using 1½ to 2 tablespoons of ground coffee for every six ounces of water, use 3 to 4.

**Note on curls: To create chocolate curls, start with a block of room temperature chocolate. Using a vegetable peeler, scrape the block and you'll see curls of chocolate peel away.


Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Book Spotlight: MURDER, SHE ENCOUNTERED by Peg Cochran

Murder, She Encountered (Murder, She Reported Series)

by Peg Cochran


About Murder, She Encountered



Murder, She Encountered (Murder, She Reported Series)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Alibi (December 3, 2019)
Print Length ~230 Pages
Digital ASIN: B07PKJGHGK
Digital ISBN: 9780525479741


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A gutsy Manhattan socialite encounters murder and corruption at the World's Fair in this captivating historical cozy mystery for readers of Victoria Thompson, Susan Elia MacNeal, and Rhys Bowen.
New York City, 1939. A rising star at the Daily Trumpet, Elizabeth "Biz" Adams has been sent to the World's Fair—billed as the "World of Tomorrow," a look toward a brighter future even as the drumbeats of war grow louder—to cover a robbery. What she stumbles upon instead is a dead woman, dumped into the Aquacade's pool with a nylon stocking wrapped around her neck.
Elizabeth snaps a photo as the police arrest Joey Dorman, a gentle young hot dog vendor who made no secret of his obsession with the murder victim. Even though she's thrilled that her photo makes the front page, the fear and confusion evident on Joey's face are haunting. So Elizabeth vows to prove his innocence—or his guilt—with her partner at the Daily Trumpet, Ralph Kaminsky. Meanwhile, her romance with Detective Sal Marino is heating up, and Elizabeth is more determined than ever to follow her heart.
But when Kaminsky's efforts to expose the real killer land him in the hospital, Elizabeth is forced to continue the investigation on her own. And as she tries to narrow down the long list of suspects, she discovers a dark secret running through the Fair—a secret some would kill to protect.
Look for all of Peg Cochran's delightful mysteries featuring Elizabeth Adams, which can be read together or separately:
MURDER, SHE REPORTEDMURDER, SHE UNCOVEREDMURDER, SHE ENCOUNTERED



About the Author



Mystery writing lets Peg indulge her curiosity under the guise of "work" (aka research). As a kid, she read the entire set of children's encyclopedias her parents gave her and has been known to read the dictionary. She put pen to paper at age seven when she wrote plays and forced her cousins to perform them at Christmas dinner. She switched to mysteries when she discovered the perfect hiding place for a body down the street from her house.
When she's not writing, she spends her time reading, cooking, spoiling her granddaughter and checking her books' stats on Amazon.
A former Jersey girl, Peg now resides in Michigan with her husband and Westhighland white terrier, Reg. She is the author of the Sweet Nothings Lingerie series (written as Meg London), the Gourmet De-Lite series, the Lucille series, the Cranberry Cove series,   and the Farmer's Daughter series.

Author Links:

Website – http://www.pegcochran.com/

Newsletter Sign Up –  http://www.pegcochran.com/newsletter-signup.html

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/pegcochran

Twitter – https://twitter.com/@pegcochran

GoodReads – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5352603.Peg_Cochran

BookBub – https://www.bookbub.com/authors/peg-cochran



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Monday, December 2, 2019

Book Spotlight: SCARLET FEVER by Rita Mae Brown

Scarlet Fever: A Novel ("Sister" Jane)

by Rita Mae Brown


About Scarlet Fever




Scarlet Fever: A Novel ("Sister" Jane)
Cozy Mystery
12th in Series
Ballantine Books (November 26, 2019)
Hardcover: 304 pages
ISBN-10: 0593130006
ISBN-13: 978-0593130001
Digital ASIN: B07P8J8KVM



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Winter blizzards bring a flurry of cases to solve in this riveting new foxhunting mystery featuring "Sister" Jane Arnold and her incorrigible hounds from New York Times bestselling author Rita Mae Brown.
Frigid February air has settled into the bones of the Blue Ridge Mountains, making for a slow foxhunting season, though "Sister" Jane Arnold's enthusiasm is not so easily deterred. With the winter chill come tweed coats, blazing fireplaces—and perhaps another to share the warmth with, as the bold hunting scarlets worn by the men in Sister Jane’s hunting club make the hearts of women flutter—until someone’s stops entirely.
Harry Dunbar, a member of the Jefferson Hunt club with a penchant for antique furniture, is found with his skull cracked at the bottom of the stairs to a local store. There are no telltale signs of foul play—save for the priceless (and stolen) Erté fox ring in his pocket. Sister and her hounds set out to uncover the truth: was this simply an accident—a case of bad luck—or something much more sinister?
Steeped in the deep traditions of Virginia horse country and featuring a colorful cast of characters both two- and four-legged, Scarlet Fever is another spirited mystery from Rita Mae Brown.


About Rita Mae Brown



Rita Mae Brown is the bestselling author of the Sneaky Pie Brown mysteries; the Sister Jane series; the Runnymede novels, including Six of One and Cakewalk; A Nose for Justice and Murder Unleashed; Rubyfruit Jungle; and In Her Day; as well as many other books. An Emmy-nominated screenwriter and a poet, Brown lives in Afton, Virginia, and is a Master of Foxhounds and the huntsman.

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