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January 13 2017

“The Nowhere Manhattan” Cocktail

When all you know is a lifetime of killing, you deserve a stiff drink! And damn if this week's Pick Your Poison—where we create a cocktail inspired by a recently published mystery,...
January 11 2017

Cooking the Books: A Killer Kebab by Susannah Hardy

This 3rd installment of the Greek to Me Mystery series sees our heroine, Georgie Nikolopatos, coming to terms with all the turmoil of the past books. With her mostly amicable divorce finalizing...
January 6 2017

“The Dry Twist” Cocktail

What do you do when the past tries to make you remember? Have a few cocktails! And what better a cocktail than this week's Pick Your Poison—where we create a cocktail inspired by...
January 4 2017

Cooking the Books: Magic and Macaroons by Bailey Cates

Our heroine, Katie Lightfoot, is just finishing up a meeting of her Spellbook Club (read: coven) at the Honeybee Bakery she part-owns when a sudden clamor at the door disturbs the circle. Katie...
December 28 2016

Cooking the Books: Some Enchanted Éclair by Bailey Cates

Hollywood has come to Savannah, Georgia, making for hectic days at the Honeybee Bakery. Part-owner and former fire department chief Ben Eagel has been hired to provide security on the movie set...
December 21 2016

Cooking the Books: Charms and Chocolate Chips by Bailey Cates

Oh, thank goodness. This book laid to rest any concerns I had after reading its immediate predecessor, Bewitched, Bothered, and Biscotti. Several months after the events of that book, our heroine—Katie...
December 14 2016

Cooking the Books: Curried Away by Gail Oust

The 4th book in the Spice Shop Mystery series finds our heroine, Piper Prescott, about to host a cooking demonstration at her specialty store, Spice It Up! It’s taken a while to coax Doug...
December 7 2016

Cooking the Books: Bewitched, Bothered, and Biscotti by Bailey Cates

The second novel in the Magical Bakery series wasn’t the strongest installment for me so far. I wouldn’t exactly call it a sophomore slump, as it’s still a very enjoyable entry,...
November 30 2016

Cooking the Books: Brownies and Broomsticks by Bailey Cates

Several weeks ago, I had the pleasure of reviewing the latest in Bailey Cates’s Magical Bakery Mystery series, Spells and Scones. Today, I’m going to start reading and cooking my way...
November 23 2016

Cooking Through The Nature of the Feast: A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny

And this, ladies and gentlemen, is the last book in the Inspector Gamache series to date. It is the very satisfying culmination of several important series plot points, including the very puzzling...
November 16 2016

Cooking Through The Nature of the Feast: The Nature of the Beast by Louise Penny

Those of you who have been following this column will know that I was not particularly happy with the ending of the previous book in the series. I was very much looking to this one to assuage my...
November 9 2016

Cooking Through The Nature of the Feast: The Long Way Home by Louise Penny

I think this is the first time that I have vehemently disagreed with the direction an Inspector Gamache novel took. I mean, even in my disbelief at the ending of The Brutal Telling, I felt confident...
November 2 2016

Cooking Through The Nature of the Feast: How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny

This was the first book I ever read in the Inspector Gamache series—back when it first came out—and, boy, was that a mistake! I only realized this upon reading the preceding eight novels,...
October 26 2016

Cooking Through The Nature of the Feast: The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny

The bad news is that we hear virtually nothing of the village of Three Pines and its inhabitants in this 8th installment of Louise Penny’s Inspector Gamache series. The good news is that...
October 12 2016

Cooking Through The Nature of the Feast: Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny

One of my favorite things in life is saying “I told you so,”  so if you read my review of The Brutal Telling, you’ll understand why my satisfaction with Bury Your Dead goes...
October 5 2016

Cooking Through The Nature of the Feast: The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny

Whaaaaaaaaat?! Wait, what, really? Is this how I know I’ve become a resident of Three Pines, at least in spirit, by my reaction to the ending of The Brutal Telling—the 5th book...
September 21 2016

Cooking Through The Nature of the Feast: The Cruelest Month by Louise Penny

Easter has come to Three Pines! In this time of resurrection and renewal, one of the owners of the local B&B has decided to advertise the services of an unwitting guest as a spiritualist. Jeanne...
July 27 2016

Cooking the Books: Death at the Day Lily Cafe by Wendy Sand Eckel

What a delightfully thoughtful cozy mystery!  Our heroine, Rosalie Hart, has just achieved her lifelong dream of opening an organic, locally sourced cafe that uses produce grown on her...
June 1 2016

Cooking the Books: Aunty Lee’s Delights by Ovidia Yu

Mystery novels are my intellectual comfort food, so when a series comes along that combines murder with my idea of actual, physical comfort food, it’s hard to resist! Aunty Lee’s...
December 2 2014

Fresh Meat: Once Upon a Grind by Cleo Coyle

Once Upon a Grind by Cleo Coyle is the 14th book in the cozy Coffeehouse Mystery Series set in NYC where Fairy Tale Week takes a turn towards the grim (available December 2, 2014). Over the course...
October 27 2013

Fresh Meat: A Catered Christmas Cookie Exchange by Isis Crawford

A Catered Christmas Cookie Exchange by Isis Crawford is the 9th in the Mystery with Recipes holiday-themed cozy series about sisters and catering partners Bernie and Libby Simmons (available October...
April 24 2012

Fresh Meat: Drop Dead Chocolate by Jessica Beck

Drop Dead Chocolate by Jessica Beck is a cozy mystery, the seventh in the Donut Shop Mystery Series set in North Carolina (available April 24, 2012). Suzanne Hart, the wonderful donut maker in...
December 31 2011

The Sweetest Way to Drop Your Balls on New Year’s Eve

Okay, can we leave the criminality for later tonight, and prepare to celebrate New Year’s Eve and its famed ball drop with these inventively edible cupcake creations?  Thanks to all the bloggers,...
December 26 2011

Ring in the New Year With a Fearsome Cocktail

So maybe you’re having a party on New Year’s Eve and you’re not sure what to serve that will make for a truly memorable event. Or maybe you and your pals just watch too much Fear Factor. ...
September 30 2011

Making Hitchcock A Piece Of Cake

People love Hitchcock. Many have tried to imitate him, but few—if any—have succeeded. In this wonderful short film, animators Felix Meyer, Pascal Monaco, and Torsten Strer explore what makes Hitch’s...
June 6 2011

Cooking the Books: The Pasta Course

My name is Laura, and I am a carb addict. I never met a potato I didn’t like. Never went to an Italian restaurant without ordering at least a side of pasta. I have been known to eat an entire mini...
May 20 2011

Clue® Game Night: Cocktail Party

One is never too old (or too young) to play Clue®. But do send your kids to bed before serving up some of these ideas for cocktails at your next Clue game night. Let the mystery unwind! Mrs....
April 28 2011

Neither Savory Nor Sweet: Recipe from a Serial Killer

For those of us guilty of loving good food (almost unconditionally), there’s a new, and unlikely, culinary pioneer. Meet Rose West, a convicted serial killer who was sentenced to life imprisonment...
April 24 2011

Cooking the Books: A Cozy Appetizer

Recently, CNN posted an article about the boom in culinary mysteries. The article posits many reasons for people’s enjoyment of culinary cozies, but leaves out the one that brings me back time...