Saturday, August 23, 2014

Murder in the Mystery Suite and A New Scone Recipe

 Murder in the Mystery Suite by Ellery Adams has been by far the most fun cozy mystery I have read this year. Action and Adventure await the reader in this new and fantastically written cozy.
Captivated from the first chapter and begging myself not to read it too quickly for fear the story would come to a very quick end I have tried my very best to read only a chapter at a time to savor it.

The main character like so many cozy mystery has a tragic back story and has overcome her sadness and strife and lives a full and happy life until she discovers there is so much more going on then she realizes and her future is ever so more complicated  and wonderful, then she could have imagined. Complicated, wonderful and so exciting!
If ever there was a new cozy series to dive into it is this one. Each character is so rich and mulch-layered you will feel totally invested in each of their lives. The Storyton Book Retreat series is going to be one I read for as long as Ellery Adams writes it. I am anxiously awaiting word on when we can next expect  to pre order the next adventure!  Murder in the Jane Austen Parlor is due Summer 2015!

More then just a picture perfect setting and your average cozy mystery this story is packed with so many wonderful surprises. From fantastic character names to sub plots that will have you laughing out loud, imagining, wishing and hoping for more!
I highly recommend picking up Murder in the Mystery Suite by Ellery Adams and am pretty sure we will need to start a fan club for this series.
As promised to my Facebook Friends who follow my daily photo post and Instagram  I am including my newest scone recipe I created while reading Murder In The Mystery Suite
Enjoy! ~Karen

Vanilla Yogurt Drop Scones
Pre Heat overn to 375 degrees 

2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup margarine, butter or lard
3 tsp baking powder
1 egg
4 tbsp Vanilla Yogurt

In a mixing bowl place the Flour,Sugar and Margarine. Mix together until the mixture resembles chunky bread crumbs. Add baking powder and mix in. Add the egg and Vanilla Yogurt until mixture is just combined.
Spoon  large drop fulls of batter on to parchment lined baking sheet bake until the edges and top of your scones are golden brown. Remove from oven and sever still warm with jam and cream ( Use Whip cream, Sour cream or Cool Whip if you do not have clotted cream sold near you)
These are perfect with Earl Grey Tea.

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* I will mention that this book was not sent to me to review and was a mystery I pre ordered from The Book Depository. I live in Canada and the free shipping from The Book Depository is where I order my books from. I do not work for them and they do not advertise with me but as a public service announcement I thought I would share.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Well Read Then Dead, New Series, Great Read.

I Pre Ordered  Terrie Farley Moran's Newest Book Well Read, Then Dead and was very excited when it arrived from The Book Depository. I actually stopped reading the book I had started a few days before, in favor of reading this one, boy am I glad I did.
If you are looking for a new series that takes you away pick up a copy of Well Read, Then Dead and get whisked away to Forida.  Settle in at "Read 'Em and Eat Cafe" a place to find some great literary inspired food and pick up a great vacation read...

I honestly felt like I was in the cafe as a customer who was "eavesdropping" through out the story and loved being apart of the clever book club meetings.
I really enjoyed this read and look forward to reading more about main character Sassy and her friends adventures. I also enjoyed sharing these photos in my instagram stream daily ( as well as on facebook. One of my readers asked if I would share my Banana Muffin Recipe.
Here are my Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins
Pre heat the oven to 375 degrees
1/2 cup margarine or butter
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
3 very ripe bananas
1 tsp baking soda
1tsp baking powder
1/3 cup milk
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup chocolate chips

In your mixer place your margarine and sugars, beat for 3 minutes on high. Add your eggs and continue beating your mixture. Open the bananas' and mash them slightly with a fork. Place them in the bowl and continue beating until the banana is incorporated. Add the milk and mix to combine.
Add your flour and baking powder and soda and mix to combine. Add the chocolate chips and mix until just combined.
Spoon the mixture into your paper lined muffin tin and bake until the muffins are golden brown and the top of the muffin springs back up when you gently press it.

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