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Cover Reveal ~ A Case of Syrah, Syrah by Nancy J. Parra

I am excited to share with you the cover of the first in the NEW “Wine Country” mystery series from Crooked Lane Books, coming December 12, 2017.

Title: A Case of Syrah, Syrah
Series: Wine Country #1
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Website: Nancy J. Parra

Taylor O’Brian is a new businesswoman, founder of “Taylor’s Off The Beaten Path Wine Tours,” who lives on a small winery with her Aunt Jemma. She plans to take small groups around romantic Sonoma county to discover some of the county’s outdoor gardens. It’s all running as smooth as can be until Laura, the leader of the group of yoga instructors she’s leading, is found dead. And it’s Taylor’s corkscrew that’s found buried in Laura’s neck.

She’s not sure who to trust, and everyone around suddenly seems suspect. Only two weeks after the murder, her very own administrative assistant, Amy, marries Laura’s husband, Dan, who doesn’t seem very bereaved about being widowed, and the three yoga masters who were also out on the tour begin to seem shady. Taylor can’t afford to jump ship from her new business endeavor, but just as she begins her investigation, another dead body surfaces. This time, it’s Dan’s sister. And the killer is coming for Taylor next.

Now it’s up to Taylor to uncork this open-bottle mystery, before more blood is spilled. For fans of Laura Childs and Ellen Crosby, A Case of Syrah, Syrah is the charming first in bestselling author Nancy J. Parra’s Wine Country mysteries.


About the author
Nancy J Parra AKA Nancy Coco AKA Nell Hampton is the author of over 25 published novels which include five mystery series: The Candy Coated Mysteries (Kensington), The Kensington Palace Mystery Series (Crooked Lane), The Wine Country Tours Mystery Series (Crooked Lane) The Gluten-free Baker’s Treat Mysteries (Berkley Prime Crime), and The Perfect Proposal Mysteries (Berkley Prime Crime). Her writing has been called witty and her protagonists plucky by reviewers around the world. Nancy is a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America and writes for the Killer Character Blog on the 8th of every month. Nancy loves to hear from readers.

A day in the life of Agnes Blythe by Maia Chance

The problem is, there are no ordinary days in Bad Housekeeping. Each day is its own unique fiasco.

My name is Agnes Blythe and sure, I may have neglected to do any exercise since I completed my high school P. E. requirement, but I’m in the prime of life. I’m twenty-eight years old. I have a college degree. I am in perfect health if you don’t count cellulite as a medical affliction (I don’t). I can take care of myself. Okay, maybe not in like a bar brawl in Honduras, but every day I pull on the big girl pants.

Which is why after moving back to my hometown, the idea of starting over basically from scratch was alarming. To say the least.

And helping Great Aunt Effie salvage the horror movie-grade wreck that was the Stagecoach Inn? Inconceivable.

Let’s set the scene. My hometown of Naneda (pop. 13,721) in the Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York is a picture-perfect college town. Trees arch over big lawns and lovely homes. Think prize-winning roses, picket fences, porch swings, and lifetime subscriptions to This Old House magazine for every mailbox, and you’re on the right track. Main Street is like a television sitcom set thanks to the Naneda Historical Society and its draconian ordinances. In leaf-peeping season the entire region blazes with Technicolor nostalgia, inspiring even the grimmest city-slickers to buy pounds of maple fudge and drool over the real estate listings in the Naneda Realty window.

Honestly, Naneda is too perfect. Creepily perfect. It’s just asking for trouble.

Bad Housekeeping is my sleuthing initiation story, I guess you could say. Before I tripped on my first dead body, my detective work was confined to playing CLUE and rolling my eyes at Magnum, P. I. reruns.

Hey, things change. People get framed. Seemingly ordinary townsfolk hide hideous secrets. And nerds like me get to save the day.

Booyah.


You can read more about Agnes in Bad Housekeeping, the first book in the NEW “Agnes and Effie” mystery series.

When 28-year-old Agnes Blythe, the contented bifocals-wearing half of an academic power couple, is jilted by her professor boyfriend for the town Pilates instructor, her future is suddenly less than certain. So when her glamorous, eccentric Great Aunt Effie arrives in town and offers a job helping to salvage the condemned Stagecoach Inn, what does Agnes have to lose? But work at the inn has barely begun when the unlikely duo find the body of manipulative Kathleen Todd, with whom Agnes and Effie both have recently had words. Words strong enough to land them at the top of the suspect list.

The pair have clearly been framed, but no one else seems interested in finding the real murderer and Agnes and Effie’s sleuthing expertise is not exactly slick. Nevertheless, they’re soon investigating a suspect list with laundry dirtier than a middle school soccer team’s and navigating threats, car chases, shotgun blasts, and awkward strolls down memory lane.

In Bad Housekeeping, the first novel in the Agnes and Effie cozy mystery series by Maia Chance, danger mounts, deadlines loom, ancient knob-and-tube wiring is explored, and the ladies learn a thing or two about the awful, wonderful mistake that is going back home.

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About the author
Maia Chance writes mystery novels that are rife with absurd predicaments and romantic adventure. Her first mystery, Snow White Red-Handed was a national bestseller. 2017 titles include Bad Housekeeping, Gin and Panic, and The Trophy Wives of Alpenrose. She lives on a soggy island in Washington State, where she plays laundress and cook to two imperious children and a cat, and takes secret solace in chocolate, amusing books, and vintage cocktails.

Visit her at maiachance.com and on Facebook.

All comments are welcomed.

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My Musing ~ Bad Housekeeping by Maia Chance

Bad Housekeeping by Maia Chance is the first book in the NEW “Agnes and Effie” mystery series. Publisher: Crooked Lane Books, June 13, 2017

When 28-year-old Agnes Blythe, the contented bifocals-wearing half of an academic power couple, is jilted by her professor boyfriend for the town Pilates instructor, her future is suddenly less than certain. So when her glamorous, eccentric Great Aunt Effie arrives in town and offers a job helping to salvage the condemned Stagecoach Inn, what does Agnes have to lose? But work at the inn has barely begun when the unlikely duo find the body of manipulative Kathleen Todd, with whom Agnes and Effie both have recently had words. Words strong enough to land them at the top of the suspect list.

The pair have clearly been framed, but no one else seems interested in finding the real murderer and Agnes and Effie’s sleuthing expertise is not exactly slick. Nevertheless, they’re soon investigating a suspect list with laundry dirtier than a middle school soccer team’s and navigating threats, car chases, shotgun blasts, and awkward strolls down memory lane.

In Bad Housekeeping, the first novel in the Agnes and Effie cozy mystery series by Maia Chance, danger mounts, deadlines loom, ancient knob-and-tube wiring is explored, and the ladies learn a thing or two about the awful, wonderful mistake that is going back home.

Agnes and Effie are on the case when they become prime suspects after quarreling with the deceased. The fun begins as they set out to clear the name and the town of Naneda will never be the same.

The was a fast-paced and light-hearted whodunit that kept me entertained from beginning to end. The mystery was nicely done with a slew of suspects and it was fun watching this animated duo ferret out a killer with the situation that they found themselves ensconced in. Every scene had me chuckling at their efforts and the author did a good job in visually describing these interactions which enhanced the telling of this tale.  I especially like the portrayal of Agnes who like me in times of stress goes for what comforts her and made her seem more real to me as a character. With a lovable cast of characters, engaging dialogue and a small-town atmosphere, this was very enjoyable and I can’t wait to read the next book in this delightfully charming series which is a welcomed addition to the cozy genre.

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FTC Full Disclosure – I received a digital ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley.

A Day in the Life of Duffy Madison by E.J. Copperman

My days are varied. Sometimes I have no work, in which case I tend to my personal business and finances. I will research some aspects of missing person cases because that is my specialty.

On days when I am commissioned by the Bergen County (New Jersey) Prosecutor’s Office to investigate such an event, I will confer with my colleague Ben Preston on the particulars of the case and then interview possible witnesses or those with some knowledge of the missing person. This is usually not complicated by the fact that Ben is currently dating Rachel Goldman, the woman who created me.

Rachel doesn’t like to admit it, but when she started writing crime fiction centered on the character Duffy Madison, a man dedicated to finding missing people, she somehow gave life to me. It is the only logical conclusion one can reach, as I have no memories beyond five years ago, when Rachel began the series of novels.

I realize that sounds impossible. It doesn’t seem to make sense in a physical context. But I can find no other theory that fits all the facts, so the conclusion that I am the living manifestation of Rachel’s fictional character is the only one that can be true.

Recently Rachel attempted to disprove my theory by asserting that I had another identity until five years ago. She believed I had been Damien Mosely, a man who had vanished from his home in Poughkeepsie, New York at almost the same moment I must have come into being.

Again, I understand her reluctance to accept my version of the truth and I can certainly see how her theory makes some sense in Rachel’s mind. Here was a man who lived in the town she had written as my birthplace. He had the same initials as I do (which isn’t much proof but is an improbable coincidence). He left his home without any explanation and had not been seen since, and the timing was eerily close. I can see how Rachel would make that mistake.

So I proposed that we go to Poughkeepsie and investigate Damien Mosely’s disappearance. Finding the truth would obviously contradict the notion in Rachel’s mind and she would accept who I really am.

But Rachel refused. She was not interested in anything other than writing her latest Duffy Madison novel, which she said was going badly because now that she’d met me she could no longer imagine the character she’d created accurately enough to make him real on the page. I found this ironic but kept my opinion to myself as it would have no positive effect on the conversation.

Eventually I did convince Rachel to travel with me to Poughkeepsie and we began an investigation into Damien Mosely’s disappearance. While the consequences of that investigation were quite unexpected—including my being arrested for murder—the things we discovered were downright surprising and eventually quite dangerous for both Rachel and myself.

I’m not sure if I will ever truly convince Rachel of my identity. For a novelist who creates fiction completely from her imagination she is surprisingly grounded in the conventional explanations of phenomena. So my existence, in Rachel’s mind, must be the result of some trauma I have suffered which led to hysterical amnesia. She believes she will eventually be able to prove to me that her theory is based more in science than mine and that I will accept it if she can find the person I “used to be.”

But I know the truth, and now, so do you.


Duffy Madison appears in Edited Out, the latest Mysterious Detective Mystery from Crooked Lane Books.

Mystery author Rachel Goldman is getting used to the idea that her fictional creation Duffy Madison has somehow taken flesh-and-blood form and is investigating missing person cases not far from where Rachel lives. Wait. No. She’s not getting used to it at all, and the presence of this real-life Duffy is making her current manuscript—what’s the word?—lousy.

So she doesn’t want to see Duffy—the living one—at all. To make matters worse, when he shows up at her door and insists on talking to her, it’s about the one thing she doesn’t want to do: Find a missing person. But the man Duffy seeks this time around might be able to solve Rachel’s problem. He might just be the man Duffy was before he became Duffy five years ago. The only problem is she could be letting Duffy lead her into danger yet again. . .

Entertaining and witty, the second in E.J. Copperman’s Mysterious Detective Mystery series Edited Out will delight his fans, both new and old.

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About the author
E.J. Copperman writes Mysterious Detective series as well as the Haunted Guesthouse and Agent to the Paws series, and with Jeff Cohen, the Asperger’s Mystery series. That seems like a lot of series.

Visit E.J. at ejcopperman.com.

All comments are welcomed.

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Cover Reveal ~ Asking for Truffle by Dorothy St. James

I am thrilled and excited to reveal the cover for the first book in the NEW “Southern Chocolate Shop” mystery series from Crooked Lane Books, coming September 12, 2017.


Title: Asking for Truffle
Series: Southern Chocolate Shop #1
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Website: Dorothy St. James

When Charity Penn receives a letter saying she won a trip to Camellia Beach, South Carolina complete with free cooking lessons at the town’s seaside chocolate shop, The Chocolate Box, she’s immediately skeptical. She never entered any contest. Her former prep school friend offers to look into the phony prize―only to end up drowned in a vat of chocolate.

Struck with guilt, Penn heads to the southern beach town to investigate why he was killed. But as wary as she is of the locals, she finds herself lured into their eccentric vibe, letting her defenses melt away and even learning the art of crafting delicious chocolates. That is, until delight turns bittersweet as she steps straight into the midst of a deadly plot to destroy the seaside town. Now, only Penn’s quick thinking and a mysterious cask of rare chocolate can save the town she’s learning to love.

Rich and decadent, Asking for Truffle, the first in a new cozy series by Dorothy St. James, is sure to be a delectable read for fans of JoAnna Carl and Joanne Fluke.

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About the author
Dorothy St. James, known for the White House Gardener Mystery series, is going back to her roots and setting a mystery series in a Southern beach town much like the one she’s called home for the past 20 years. The Southern Chocolate Shop Mysteries combine her love of fine chocolates, quirky Southern charm, with a dash of danger. Asking for Truffle hits bookstore shelves September 2017.

All comments are welcomed.

A day in the life of Carrie Ann Cole by Nell Hampton

kale-to-the-queenHi, I’m Carrie Ann Cole. I’m a personal chef by profession and the most amazing thing happened to me. I was contacted by Kensington Palace and asked to be the personal chef to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. I leapt on this chance of a lifetime. I mean, London, a royal palace, my own kitchen what could possibly go wrong?

Things are a little bumpy as I try to fit in. Some people are welcoming, others are out right put out that the family would bring an American in to feed the future kings of England. But I’ve studied hard and mastered traditional British cooking as well as fresh American fare. The best part is that the Duchess wants to continue the tradition of exposing the children to dishes from around the world. I love learning new cuisines.

As usual, I’m up early and out of my small quarters inside the palace and down to my personal kitchen. I make coffee and go out to pick some fresh kale for a frittata when I discover the dead body of one of my two assistants. What do I do? I haven’t even gone through orientation yet. I’m not really up on the emergency procedures. I do the only thing I can think of and that is use the house phone in the kitchen to call security.

Next thing I know, Ian Gordon, the head of palace security and his men are storming in and my little kitchen will never be the same. The worst part is he kicked me out! How was I supposed to make the family breakfast if I didn’t have a kitchen?

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Ian sends me off to cook in the Palace’s main kitchen run by Chef Butterbottom. Now I don’t know the man, yet, but the word in the household is that Chef Butterbottom doesn’t like other cooks in his kitchen and especially doesn’t like the idea of an American in the mix.

With my kitchen taken over, my second assistant accused of murdering my first assistant, Chef Butterbottom trying to prove my lack of talent, and my love life in tatters, I find my dream job turning into a nightmare. I might be a fish out of water, but I’m not a quitter. Wish me luck as I try to adapt to British ways and find a killer before the killer finds me.


You can read more about Carrie Ann in Kale to the Queen, the first book in the NEW “Kensington Palace Chef” mystery series.

Chef Carrie Ann Cole is about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime–an assignment as the new Personal Chef to the Royal Family at Kensington Palace. But no sooner has Carrie Ann touched down across the pond and donned her apron than a dead body crops up beneath the royal kale beds.

With one assistant dead and the other soon under suspicion for his murder, Carrie Ann is scrambling to keep her kitchen up and running. Not to mention she gets off to an immediate bad start with the tempestuous Royal Chef Butterbottom, who has a bitter taste in his mouth since the prestigious position in the Royal Family’s kitchen was given to an “over-privileged, under-educated American chef.”

But the Royal Family’s appetites wait for no one, and Carrie Ann must solve the murder and still get supper on the table on time–even with the annoyingly handsome Head of Security Ian Gordon tracking her every move like an MI6 agent. Suspects abound as an American chef adds a bit of spice to the traditional royal household in the first in Nell Hampton’s charming and tasty Kensington Palace Chef Mystery series, Kale to the Queen.

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About the author
“Kale to the Queen” is Nell Hampton’s debut cozy. Nell aka Nancy J Parra loves a good British Mystery and imagines it would be a dream job to work for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Nancy has a BS in Journalism and an MA in Genre Fiction. You can see her other titles at www.nancyjparra.com.

All comments are welcomed.

Kale to the Queen is available at retail and online booksellers or you can ask your local library to get it for you.

My Musing ~ Kale to the Queen by Nell Hampton

Kale to the Queen by Nell Hampton is the first book in the NEW “Kensington Palace Chef” mystery series. Publisher: Crooked Lane Books, April 11, 2017

kale-to-the-queenChef Carrie Ann Cole is about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime–an assignment as the new Personal Chef to the Royal Family at Kensington Palace. But no sooner has Carrie Ann touched down across the pond and donned her apron than a dead body crops up beneath the royal kale beds.

With one assistant dead and the other soon under suspicion for his murder, Carrie Ann is scrambling to keep her kitchen up and running. Not to mention she gets off to an immediate bad start with the tempestuous Royal Chef Butterbottom, who has a bitter taste in his mouth since the prestigious position in the Royal Family’s kitchen was given to an “over-privileged, under-educated American chef.”

But the Royal Family’s appetites wait for no one, and Carrie Ann must solve the murder and still get supper on the table on time–even with the annoyingly handsome Head of Security Ian Gordon tracking her every move like an MI6 agent. Suspects abound as an American chef adds a bit of spice to the traditional royal household in the first in Nell Hampton’s charming and tasty Kensington Palace Chef Mystery series, Kale to the Queen.

This was an enjoyable read. The mystery was nicely done and kept me glued to all that was happening with Carrie Ann and her friends. A murder takes place and believing in her assistant’s innocence, Carrie Ann sets out to find a killer hiding in plain sight. The multi-plot story immediately became a page turner as I couldn’t put this book down until I knew the outcome of this well-executed whodunit. The mystery was executed with flair that kept me engaged in this fast-paced and action-packed drama. With a slew of suspects, the author did a great job in narrowing down the list with plenty of twists and turns, until there was only one person standing – the killer. Carrie Ann is likable and the supporting cast kept me entertained with their antics, even Chef Butterbottom. This was a fun read and I look forward to more adventures with this group in the next book in this delightfully charming new series.

FTC Full Disclosure – I received a digital ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley.

A day in the life of Maura Donovan by Sheila Connolly

cruel-winterBefore I moved to Ireland last year, I spent all my life in Boston. There are real winters there. It snows in Boston, which makes the whole city a real mess for a day or three. That was the only time I was glad we didn’t own a car, because it would have been a pain to dig out a car, even if you could find a parking space.

Now I live in Ireland, in West Cork, which is in the southwest part of the country. I got here last March, so this is my first winter here. It snowed.

By Boston standards this snowstorm was kind of a joke, but Ireland’s not used to snow at all. Like, the county owns about two snowplows (and it’s a big county!), which they use on the highways. Forget about all the small roads leading out into the country—a snowplow is useless there. If you live up that way—which I do—you just have to wait until the snow decides to melt before you can go home.

I don’t have a television or a radio at my house—and I don’t own a computer or even a fancy cell phone (they call them mobiles here)—so I didn’t know it was going to snow until I showed up at the pub I own, Sullivan’s, which is on a main road in Leap. The people who work for me—Mick, Jimmy, and Rose—were all there (better to use someone else’s heat than pay for your own, right?), and there were a few customers too. The pub opens at 10:30 on weekdays, and there’s always somebody stopping in. Old Billy Sheahan was there too—he lives at the other end of the building, so it’s easy for him to get to the pub. He spends most of his days in front of the fire at Sullivan’s (and we’re happy to have him).

After I got there it started to snow, and then he snow really got going, and a few more people drifted in. Some I knew, some I didn’t, but I wasn’t about to turn anybody away into a storm. By the time the power went out and the cars stopped going by on the street, we had maybe a dozen people in the place, including two young musicians from Dublin who weren’t scheduled to play until the weekend but thought they’d beat the storm. They did—barely.

And there was one maybe killer, Diane Caldwell. I told you I’m new to Cork, so I didn’t recognize her or her name, but other people in the pub took me aside and told me she was suspected of killing a neighbor near her holiday cottage not far away about twenty years back. The gardaí—that’s the police here—never arrested her because there was no evidence, or not enough, anyway. Still, everybody just assumed she was guilty. Diane went back to her home in England, and stayed there—until she came back to sell her old summer place. Then she showed up at Sullivan’s, trying to get back to the airport, which wasn’t going to happen.

So there we were, stuck in the dark. But we had plenty of coal and wood for the fire, and some old oil lamps I found in the cellar, and a kitchen out back that nobody had used for years, that Rose managed to get going so she could make soup out of what we could scrounge, and of course there was plenty to drink. So what did we do? We decided to give Diane the trial she never had.

It turned out to be a very interesting night.


You can read more about Maura in Cruel Winter, the fifth book in the “County Cork” mystery series.

Snow is a rarity in Maura Donovan’s small village in County Cork, Ireland, so she wasn’t sure what to expect when a major snowstorm rolled in around Sullivan’s pub. But now she’s stranded in a bar full of patrons–and a suspected killer in a long-ago murder.

Maura’s been in Ireland less than a year and hasn’t heard about the decades-old unsolved crime that took place nearby, let alone the infamous suspect, Diane Caldwell. But the locals have, and they’re not happy to be trapped with her. Diane, meanwhile, seeks to set the record straight, asserting her innocence after all this time. And since no one is going anywhere in the storm, Maura encourages Diane to share her side of the story, which she’d never had a chance to do in court.

Over the next few hours, the informal court in Sullivan’s reviews the facts and theories about the case–and comes to some surprising conclusions. But is it enough to convince the police to take a new look at an old case?

Reviews:
“Move over, Agatha Christie: a pub owner in County Cork fancies herself a young Miss Marple. . . A fine read in the classic style.”―Kirkus Reviews

“Maura Donovan, the American proprietor of Sullivan’s Pub in the Irish village of Leap, offers shelter—and more—to patrons stranded by a snowstorm, in Connolly’s engaging fifth County Cork mystery.” ―Publishers Weekly

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About the author
Anthony and Agatha Award-nominated and New York Times bestselling author Sheila Connolly writes the Orchard Mysteries for Berkley, the County Cork Mysteries for Crooked Lane Books, and the Relatively Dead Mysteries for Beyond the Page Press. Her new Victorian Village Mysteries from St. Martin’s Press will debut in 2018. She loves genealogy and history and is happiest prowling around old cemeteries looking for ancestors. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and three cats and has recently bought a holiday cottage in Ireland. Visit her on her website at www.sheilaconnolly.com and on Facebook.

All comments are welcomed.

Cruel Winter is available at retail and online booksellers or you can ask your local library to get it for you.

Giveaway: Leave a comment below for your chance to win a print copy of Cruel Winter. US entries only, please. The giveaway ends March 20, 2017. Good luck everyone!

A day in the life of Sydney McCall (and Toby, too!) by T.C. LoTempio

purr-m-for-murderMy name is Sydney McCall, but all my friends call me Syd. Up until recently I had a cushy job at a New York advertising agency – and then I caught my fiancée, who just happened to be the son of the company president, in a compromising position with my secretary! I was at loose ends for awhile until my sister Kat called. The shelter she runs, Friendly Paws, was in a bit of financial trouble. She could use my help. . .

So back I went to my hometown of Deer Park, North Carolina. I hooked up with my old pal, Leila Addams, now a reporter for the Deer Park Herald, and moved in with her. And not long after, The Wanderer came into my life.

The Wanderer is Toby, a large orange tabby so nicknamed because of his penchant for getting out of his cage in the shelter and, well,. . .wandering! Before I adopted Toby formally, I used to see him pop up in some unusual places. . .like in the Brush and Canvas when Kat and I stumbled across a dead body! But that’s a whole other story. . .

Looks like Toby and I will be together for a while, though. And the town of Deer Park has plenty of lovely quirky inhabitants that keep life at the pet rescue shelter interesting. One is my good friend, Dayna Harper, who runs Dayna’s Sweets and Treats (It used to be McCall’s when my parents owned it). Here’s one of Dayna’s favorite recipes! It’s quick when you have a need for something sweet (and delicious too)

Quick and Easy Brownies

½ cup flour
1 cup white sugar
½ cup butter, melted
2 eggs
1/3 cup cocoa powder

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 9-by-9-inch baking pan.

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, sugar and cocoa powder. In another small bowl, whisk together the butter and eggs. Add the egg mixture into the flour mixture, stirring until just combined.

Bake the brownies for 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes. Cut into 16 squares and serve!


You can read more about Syd McCall, her cat Toby, and the inhabitants of Deer Park in Purr M for Murder, the first book in the NEW “Cat Rescue” mystery series.

Sydney McCall left behind an ex-fiancé and a New York advertising job to return home to Deer Park, North Carolina and help her sister, Kat, run the local animal shelter, Friendly Paws. Determined to save the shelter from financial trouble, Sydney and Kat organize a cat café fundraising event at a local coffee shop. Things are looking up until their landlord, Trowbridge Littleton, threatens to shut down the event. When Sydney drops by his art gallery to make peace, she finds Kat–along with Littleton’s dead body.

Local homicide detective Will Worthington–who just happens to be Sydney’s old high school crush–is highly suspicious of the sisters’ involvement. Desperate to clear their names from the suspect list, Sydney pounces on the investigation. With the help of one of the shelter cats, a savvy orange tabby named Toby, Sydney begins poking her nose into other local businesses whose owners may have benefited from Littleton’s death–until the killer notices she’s pawing a little too closely at the truth.

Delightfully clever and charming, Purr M for Murder, the first in a new series from nationally bestselling author T. C. LoTempio, will leave readers clawing for more.

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About the author
While Toni LoTempio does not commit – or solve – murders in real life, she has no trouble doing it on paper. Her lifelong love of mysteries began early on when she was introduced to her first Nancy Drew mystery at age 10 – The Secret in the Old Attic. She (and ROCCO, albeit he’s uncredited) pen the Nick and Nora mystery series from Berkley Prime Crime – and in Spring 2017, the new Cat Rescue mysteries from Crooked Lane Books! She, Rocco and company make their home in New Jersey, just twenty minutes from the Big Apple – New York. Catch up with them at www.catsbooksmorecats.blogspot.com.

Giveaway: Leave a comment below for your chance to win a print copy of Purr M for Murder. US entries only, please. The giveaway ends March 16, 2017. Good luck everyone!

All comments are welcomed.

Purr M for Murder is available at retail and online booksellers.