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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...
June 23 2017

Book-Inspired Cocktails: “Pocket Kangaroo”

What do you do when you can open “hyper-space shunt” into a “pocket universe” to store things? Keep some vodka ice cold for any occasion! Who needs to shake a martini...
June 21 2017

Cooking the Books: A Just Clause by Lorna Barrett

We're back in Stoneham, New Hampshire, the fabled Booktown that gives this bestselling mystery series its name. It’s just a few days before the first Wine and Jazz Festival, which has...
June 16 2017

Book-Inspired Cocktails: “GINdigo”

Not all great things mix well. But sometimes you get the ingredients just right, and it becomes a recipe for success! That's what you've got with Indigo, where 10 critically acclaimed...
June 14 2017

Cooking the Books: Title Wave by Lorna Barrett

This was my first foray into the bestselling Booktown Mystery series, and I was a little worried that I’d be a bit lost, as this is the 10th book in. So it was a great relief to find it highly...
June 9 2017

Book-Inspired Cocktails: “Total Eclipse”

Once upon a time, I was falling in love. But now I'm only falling apart. No need to chase eclipses to get a thrill. Instead, try a few of this week's Pick Your Poison—where we...
June 7 2017

Cooking the Books: A Frying Shame by Linda Reilly

The third book in the Deep Fried Mystery series has us back in the Berkshires, as our heroine Talia Marby is about to enter a cooking contest! Sponsored by Steeltop Foods to help launch its newest...
June 2 2017

“And Into the Fireball” Cocktail

Nuclear fireball = scary. Hard cider + Fireball = delicious. So drink to inevitable doom with this week's Pick Your Poison—where we create a cocktail inspired by a recently published...
May 31 2017

Cooking the Books: Caramel Crush by Jenn McKinlay

Nine books into the Cupcake Bakery Mystery series and Angie deLaura, co-owner of Fairy Tale Cupcakes, is about to marry the man of her dreams. The problem is she’s turned into that most tiresome...
May 26 2017

“Doc’s American Dream” Cocktail

America is heading for the Great Depression, but a true love is forming down south ... one that will rival the crash of the century. So speak easy with Bonnie & Clyde and this week's...
May 24 2017

Cooking the Books: Silence of the Jams by Gayle Leeson

Hurray, we’re back in Winter Garden, Virginia, to visit with the delightful Amy Flowers and her family and friends! This is one of those series where I’m there as much for the cast...
May 19 2017

“Only the Dead Drink Brooklyns” Cocktail

Vampires may need blood to survive, but what about when they vant to have a bit of fun? They get down with a few of this week's Pick Your Poison—where we create a cocktail inspired...
May 17 2017

Cooking the Books: Town in a Maple Madness by B. B. Haywood

I'd never read anything from the Candy Holliday Murder Mystery series before, so I was quite surprised by how decidedly un-cozy the prologue was! A man is brutally murdered in a manner I'm...
May 12 2017

“The Last Paloma” Cocktail

What happens when currency is an illusion and the world seems on the verge of another Collapse? The drinks keep flowing! So uncover the conspiracy with this week's Pick Your Poison—where...
May 10 2017

Cooking the Books: For Cheddar or Worse by Avery Aames

The town of Providence, Ohio, is ready to host its annual Cheese Festival, and cheese shop owner Charlotte Bessette is excited—not only for the increased revenue brought by tourist traffic...
May 3 2017

Cooking the Books: Iced Under by Barbara Ross

In this 5th installment of the Maine Clambake Mystery series, we learn a lot more about the history of Julia Snowden’s mother’s family. Once rich enough to own and entertain lavishly...
April 28 2017

“Honeychurch Highball” Cocktail

What do you do when the only copy of your manuscript is lost in transit? Get Ravished with a few cocktails and start investigating!  And I think this week's Pick Your Poison—where...