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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...
November 15 2017

Cooking the Books: Potions and Pastries by Bailey Cates

I so much enjoy being back in Savannah with Katie Lightfoot and her delightful friends and family. Okay, maybe not so much with her annoying fiancé Declan (#TeamSteve), but it’s so...
November 10 2017

Book-Inspired Cocktails: “A Season for Rye”

What do you do when you're investigating a killer in the dead of winter? Warm up with this week's Pick Your Poison—where we create a cocktail inspired by a recently published...
November 8 2017

Cooking the Books: Peach Cobbler Murder by Joanne Fluke

I shouldn't speak ill of the (fictional) dead, but Shawna Lee Quinn is the worst. It's not that she's constantly flirting with Detective Mike Kingston, one of Hannah Swensen’s...
November 3 2017

Book-Inspired Cocktails: “Campaign Cocktail”

Running for president is super stressful—but so is trying to prove a secret murder made to look like a suicide! So take a break from all the politics with this week's Pick Your Poison—where...
November 1 2017

Cooking the Books: Sugar Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke

I’ve stated elsewhere that I love a good manor house mystery, and Sugar Cookie Murder is Joanne Fluke’s very successful stab (heh) at one. Pretty much all of Lake Eden has been invited...
October 27 2017

Book-Inspired Cocktails: “Pimm’s Reaper”

Being the Grim Reaper can be hard! So kick back and relax with this week's Pick Your Poison—where we create a cocktail inspired by a recently published mystery, thriller, or crime...
October 25 2017

Cooking the Books: Fudge Cupcake Murder by Joanne Fluke

Five books in, and I finally make the dish listed in the title! The titular fudge cupcakes also provide an interesting culinary mystery that Joanne Fluke handles beautifully, with intriguing clues...
October 20 2017

Book-Inspired Cocktails: “Purrfect Pumpkin Cider”

It's almost Halloween, and even cats get thirsty when they're out solving murders all month! So knead your favorite pillow (for what seems like hours), stretch out your claws, and lap...
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...