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March 16 2018

Book-Inspired Cocktails: “The Purloined Swizzle”

A stolen puzzle. A bloody knife. A dead body. I think the Puzzle Lady could use a drink! And what better drink than this week's Pick Your Poison—where we create a cocktail inspired...
March 14 2018

Cooking the Books: Dipped to Death by Kelly Lane

The third installment of the Olive Grove Mystery series delves really deep into our heroine Eva Knox’s romantic past, as one of her exes, Dudley Dexter Codman III (or Dex, for short), shows...
March 9 2018

Book-Inspired Cocktails: “Fade to Stout”

A lot of times, people drink to forget—but when you're an amnesiac, you don't need booze for that. So drink to remember with this week's Pick Your Poison—where we create...
March 7 2018

Cooking the Books: Plum Tea Crazy by Laura Childs

The 19th installment of the bestselling Tea Shop Mystery series plunges us straight into the action as our heroine, tea shop owner Theodosia Brown, and her trusty sidekick/tea sommelier, Drayton...
February 28 2018

Cooking the Books: Devil’s Food Cake Murder by Joanne Fluke

Oh no! This was a terrible installment for me to put this series on pause! Joanne Fluke delivers another emotional-cliffhanger ending that makes up in emotional punch what it may perhaps lack in...
February 23 2018

Book-Inspired Cocktails: “The Lush”

When you live alone on six thousand acres of land, a drink or two (or 10) can help pass the time. And what better drink to imbibe than this week's Pick Your Poison—where we create...
February 21 2018

Cooking the Books: Apple Turnover Murder by Joanne Fluke

Several months have elapsed since the emotional cliffhanger ending of the previous book in the Hannah Swensen series. Fortunately for Hannah, that unreformed cad Bradford Ramsey has had sense enough...
February 16 2018

Book-Inspired Cocktails: “Whiskey in the Water”

Every good detective has an origin story. A first case. A place where it all began. So as we return to Charles Lenox's roots, let's also return to the roots of the “water of life”...
February 14 2018

Cooking the Books: Plum Pudding Murder by Joanne Fluke

Only 10 more shopping days until Christmas, but our heroine Hannah Swensen has already bought all her presents and is focusing on her business interests. Providing the snacks sold at the seasonal...
February 9 2018

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...
February 7 2018

Cooking the Books: Cream Puff Murder by Joanne Fluke

Can I say how disappointed I was that the murder in Cream Puff Murder wasn't precipitated by the book the mother of our heroine, Hannah Swensen, announced was being published in the last novel?...
February 2 2018

Book-Inspired Cocktails: “Agnes Boozi”

Agnes Luthi has gotten mixed up with trouble again! So as the clock ticks the day away and slowly crawls towards happy hour, let's party with this week's Pick Your Poison—where...
January 31 2018

Cooking the Books: Carrot Cake Murder by Joanne Fluke

Our heroine Hannah Swenson might solve murders in Lake Eden, but her real calling is baking for The Cookie Jar—her cookie café and the local hotspot for all the good gossip. Thus,...
January 26 2018

Book-Inspired Cocktails: “Evan Smoke”

Orphan X. The Nowhere Man. Evan Smoak. Whatever name you know him by, you don't want to be on his bad side. So get on his good side with this week's Pick Your Poison—where we...
January 24 2018

Cooking the Books: Key Lime Pie Murder by Joanne Fluke

Professional baker and amateur sleuth Hannah Swensen has been asked to judge the baking competition at the weeklong Tri-County Fair—a perfect role for her, and one she much prefers to the...
January 19 2018

Book-Inspired Cocktails: “The Mitford Martini”

It's 1920, you're working at the Mitford household, and a murderer is in your midst. Sounds like the perfect time for this week's Pick Your Poison—where we create a cocktail...
January 17 2018

Cooking the Books: Cherry Cheesecake Murder by Joanne Fluke

When we last left our intrepid heroine, Hannah Swensen had just been proposed to by both her suitors: dentist Norman Rhodes and police detective Mike Kingston. Since then, seven days have passed...
January 12 2018

Book-Inspired Cocktails: “Gamblin’ Jack”

Revenge is a drink best served cold. So is this week's Pick Your Poison—where we create a cocktail inspired by a recently published mystery, thriller, or crime novel—the “Gamblin'...
January 10 2018

Cooking the Books: Dial M for Mousse by Laura Bradford

Business is booming for Winnie Johnson, owner and baker of the Emergency Dessert Squad, a service that delivers wittily named, made-to-order desserts to the residents of Silver Lake, Ohio. And...
January 5 2018

Book-Inspired Cocktails: “The Wine Between Us”

What do you do when you find yourself in a scary love triangle where you don't know who to trust? Read between the lies with this week's Pick Your Poison—where we create a cocktail...
January 3 2018

Cooking the Books: A Crime of Poison by Nancy Haddock

Lilyvale, Arkansas, is about to host its biggest Fall Folk Art Festival and Bake Sale yet, thanks to the organizing expertise of our heroine Leslee Stanton Nix (or Nixy, as she’s known to...
December 20 2017

Cooking the Books: Egg Drop Dead by Laura Childs

Everything is looking pretty great for the three co-owners of the Cackleberry Club, a cozy place that hosts a tearoom/cafe, knitting store, and bookstore all under one roof. Petra is happy dishing...
December 15 2017

Book-Inspired Cocktails: “Blood & Sand with Bronte”

What goes great with classic literature? Crime, clearly. But what goes well with both? A classic cocktail! So get back to the classics with this week's Pick Your Poison—where we create...
December 13 2017

Cooking the Books: Honey-Baked Homicide by Gayle Leeson

The Down South Cafe Mystery series just goes from strength to strength with this third installment of the series! Our heroine Amy Flowers is doing well enough with her cafe that she’s thinking...
December 8 2017

Book-Inspired Cocktails: “Ginger Schnapped”

What do you do when your friend is wrongfully accused of murder and your spice shop is burglarized? Take the edge off with this week's Pick Your Poison—where we create a cocktail...
December 6 2017

Cooking the Books: A Late Frost by Sheila Connolly

Welcome back to Granford, Massachusetts, where apple orchard owner Meg Corey—now Chapin after her marriage to Seth—is settling into the post-Christmas doldrums by trying to find a replacement...
December 1 2017

Book-Inspired Cocktails: “Bellini, Book, and Scandal”

What do you do when your best friend—who you thought disappeared—suddenly shows up in a picture in the newspaper?  Investigate, of course. But not before having a few of this...
November 29 2017

Cooking the Books: Not a Creature Was Purring by Krista Davis

With my favorite holiday, Thanksgiving, sadly over, we can now turn to a Christmas theme guilt-free! Well, guilt-free except on the part of a murderer who is menacing Wagtail, Virginia, during...
November 22 2017

Cooking the Books: Assault and Buttery by Kristi Abbott

Ugh, what is it with these crappy boyfriends? But I’m getting ahead of myself. Assault and Buttery, the third book in Kristi Abbott’s fun Popcorn Shop Mystery series, opens with our...
November 17 2017

Book-Inspired Cocktails: “Bourbon in the Manuscript Room”

What's the only thing that could make New York City's iconic 42nd Street Library better (especially after a murder puts a damper on the fun)? Bourbon! So mix bourbon and books with...