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October 18 2017

Cooking the Books: Lemon Meringue Pie Murder by Joanne Fluke

Okay, wow, this one is a little different from the previous books. For starters, our heroine Hannah Swensen is not the one to stumble across the body, a habit that her mother Delores despairs of...
October 11 2017

Cooking the Books: Blueberry Muffin Murder by Joanne Fluke

So really, I’m at the point where I’m feeling like the Hannah Swensen mysteries are a bit like a grown-up version of the beloved Nancy Drew books. Our heroine is smart and charming,...
October 6 2017

Book-Inspired Cocktails: “What the Hell Did I Just Drink”

What do you do when you're investigating a fairly straightforward case of a shape-shifting interdimensional child predator and things get weird?  Get back on the (soy) sauce with this...
October 4 2017

Cooking the Books: Strawberry Shortcake Murder by Joanne Fluke

Wow, I continue to be impressed by Joanne Fluke. Most series have even a wee bit of sophomore slump with the second entry, but Strawberry Shortcake Murder not only extrapolates from the events...
September 29 2017

Book-Inspired Cocktails: “The Witches’ Tea”

Agatha Raisin is back! Celebrate with this week's Pick Your Poison—where we create a cocktail inspired by a recently published mystery, thriller, or crime novel—“The Witches'...
September 27 2017

Cooking the Books: Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke

Welcome to Lake Eden, Minnesota, where the temperatures are low, the community close-knit, and the cookies, well! The cookies—as baked by our heroine Hannah Swensen for her cafe—are...
September 22 2017

Book-Inspired Cocktails: “var Spirit = null;”

When the future of democracy is about to implode, the freedom of choice becomes even more sacred. So choose your favorite spirit with this week's Pick Your Poison—where we create...
September 20 2017

Cooking the Books: A Disguise to Die For by Diane Vallere

I finally went back and read the first in this series, and oh man, I definitely missed out by not starting here first. The second and third books are each enjoyable standalone experiences, but...
September 15 2017

Book-Inspired Cocktails: “The Invisible Hand”

What do you do when you're a bartender with dormant magical abilities? Say the magic words and whip up this week's Pick Your Poison—where we create a cocktail inspired by a recently...
September 13 2017

Cooking the Books: Pudding Up with Murder by Julia Buckley

In this third and latest installment of the Undercover Dish mystery series, Lilah Drake’s business of making casseroles and similar dishes for others to pass off as their own is booming....
September 8 2017

Book-Inspired Cocktails: “Drink of Our Lady of Blessed Murder"

What do you do when you're a ruthless assassin on a quest for vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family? Train hard with this week's Pick Your Poison—where we create...
September 6 2017

Cooking the Books: Dressed to Confess by Diane Vallere

The latest Costume Shop Mystery has our heroine, the charming Margo Tamblyn, busy assisting her adoptive mother figure, Ebony Welles, with the organization of Proper City’s annual Sagebrush...
September 1 2017

Book-Inspired Cocktails: “Crash Landing"

What do you do when your hot-air balloon gets shot out of the air by a crazed murderer?  Brace yourself with this week's Pick Your Poison—where we create a cocktail inspired...
August 30 2017

Cooking the Books: Muffin to Fear by Victoria Hamilton

The fifth book in the Merry Muffin Mystery series opens with our heroine, Merry Wynter, reveling in a luxurious New York City honeymoon with her new husband, Virgil. Their wedded bliss is cut short,...
August 25 2017

Book-Inspired Cocktails: “The Allied Sour”

What do you do when you've foiled a Nazi plan and changed the outcome of the war?  Celebrate with this week's Pick Your Poison—where we create a cocktail inspired by a recently...
August 23 2017

Cooking the Books: Treble at the Jam Fest by Leslie Budewitz

Jewel Bay, Montana, is the Food Lovers’ Village that gives this cozy mystery series its name, but the small town is known for something in addition to its culinary expertise: its burgeoning...
August 18 2017

Book-Inspired Cocktails: “Rosé & DiNunzio”

What happens when the quest for justice pits you against your own partner?  Try and make amends with this week's Pick Your Poison—where we create a cocktail inspired by a recently...
August 16 2017

Cooking the Books: French Fried by Kylie Logan

Laurel Inwood has a lot on her plate with the 130th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty giving the tourist-starved town of Hubbard, Ohio, a reason to throw a week-long celebration to try to draw...
August 11 2017

Book-Inspired Cocktails: “Dogfish of Doom”

When you represent celebrity animals, it's usually the owners that drive you to the drink. And what better way to deal with them than with this week's Pick Your Poison—where we...
August 9 2017

Cooking the Books: Ghostal Living by Kathleen Bridge

The third installment of the Hamptons Home & Garden mystery series finds our heroine, interior designer Meg Barrett, finishing up the decoration of the Bibliophile Bed & Breakfast for the...
August 4 2017

Book-Inspired Cocktails: “Robot Fuel”

The last working robot left requires a lot of fuel—especially with the high-stress involved with being a hired assassin.  So fuel up with this week's Pick Your Poison—where...
August 2 2017

Cooking the Books: Dead and Berried by Peg Cochran

The delightful Cranberry Cove Mystery series set on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan is back with its third installment! Monica Albertson is finally feeling like she’s integrating into...
July 28 2017

Book-Inspired Cocktails: “Gulls’ Night”

Meg Langslow and her grandfather may have a hard time tracking down a rare gull... But they should have no problem with this week's Pick Your Poison—where we create a cocktail inspired...
July 26 2017

Cooking the Books: Masking for Trouble by Diane Vallere

So there’s this adorable Nevada town called Proper City that was founded by a prospector who wanted a clean, lawful city to live in out in the Wild West. His vision for the town suffered...
July 21 2017

Book-Inspired Cocktails: “Forget Me Not”

What do you do when it feels like you're losing your mind?  Drink yourself back to sanity with this week's Pick Your Poison—where we create a cocktail inspired by a...
July 19 2017

Cooking the Books: The Hammett Hex by Victoria Abbott

Jordan Bingham is ready for a vacation! Her beau, Officer Travis “Smiley” Dekker, has bought them two tickets to San Francisco, the stomping grounds of Sam Spade and the Continental...
July 12 2017

Cooking the Books: Seeds of Deception by Sheila Connolly

We start the book the very day after Meg Corey (now Chapin) and Seth Chapin's wedding as our newlyweds discuss what to do about their honeymoon. A leisurely road trip south from their Massachusetts...
July 7 2017

Book-Inspired Cocktails: “Down a Dark & Stormy Road”

What do you do when a convicted murderer escapes and asks you to help prove his innocence? Do you travel down that dark and stormy road?  Or do you just pour a few of this week's Pick...
July 5 2017

Cooking the Books: Behind Chocolate Bars by Kathy Aarons

I think I’ve found a new favorite cozy cooking mystery series to devour while I’m waiting for Barbara Ross to write more of her excellent Maine Clambake books! It isn’t just that...
June 30 2017

Book-Inspired Cocktails: “The Great White Shark”

A wise man once told me, “Live every week like it's Shark Week.” What better way to achieve such valuable advice than with this week's Pick Your Poison—where we create...