Book-Inspired Cocktails: “Death in the Bar”

Eclipses often symbolize chaos and disorder—but murder?

Kate Shackleton better get to the bottom of all this death … and the bottom of a glass of this week's Pick Your Poison—where we create a cocktail inspired by a recently published mystery, thriller, or crime novel—the “Death in the Bar” cocktail, inspired by Frances Brody's ninth Kate Shackleton historical mystery, Death in the Stars!

Frances Brody captures the atmosphere and language of 1920s England while delivering a captivating plot in Death in the Stars—the ninth book in the Kate Shackleton historical cozy mystery series (available February 13, 2018).

Yorkshire, 1927. Eclipse fever grips the nation, and when beloved theatre star Selina Fellini approaches trusted sleuth Kate Shackleton to accompany her to a viewing party on the grounds of Giggleswick School Chapel, Kate suspects an ulterior motive.

During the eclipse, Selina's friend and co-star Billy Moffatt disappears and is later found dead in the chapel grounds. Kate can't help but dig deeper and soon learns that two other members of the theatre troupe died in similarly mysterious circumstances in the past year. With the help of Jim Sykes and Mrs. Sugden, Kate sets about investigating the deaths—and whether there is a murderer in the company.

When Selina's elusive husband Jarrod–who was injured in the war and is subject to violent mood swings―comes back on the scene, Kate begins to imagine something far deadlier at play, and wonders just who will be next to pay the ultimate price for fame.

Read an excerpt from Death in the Stars!


“Death in the Bar”


– 5 oz. Champagne
– 1/4 oz. absinthe
– 1 sugar cube
– Angostura bitters
– lemon peel (garnish)

How to make the cocktail:

  1. Pour the absinthe into a Champagne flute.
  2. Swirl the absinthe around the glass to coat and pour the excess out.
  3. Drop in the sugar cube and soak with a few dashes of Angostura bitters.
  4. Pour in Champagne.
  5. Cut a peel from a lemon (careful to avoid the pith), squeeze the oils over the drink, and drop into the glass.

So have a few “Death in the Bar” cocktails and don't forget to order your copy of Frances Brody's Death in the Stars today!


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Frances Brody is the author of the Kate Shackleton mysteries. She lives in the North of England, where she was born and grew up. Frances started her writing life in radio, with many plays and short stories broadcast by the BBC. She has also written for television and theater. Before turning to crime, she wrote sagas, winning the HarperCollins Elizabeth Elgin award for most regionally evocative debut saga of the millennium.

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