Monday, January 26, 2015

A Taste Fur Murder By Dixie Lyle. Reading A Book Based On It's Cover!

I am in between orders from The Book Depository. So as I have been desperate to have a real paper book in my hand I went to my local library and spun the racks. Choosing books by their cover is a habit and a great tool of mine when finding new books to read.
To make this work I only choose books based on their cover art, I do not read the backs until I get home and I read the first one I was drawn too. I chose A Taste Fur Murder because of the color and that the cat looked a lot like my own Cat Squirrel.
I knew as soon as I read the dedication in this book I was in for a treat. The first chapter had me in stitches! Seriously laughing out loud!
I actually asked my friend Lisa Kelley to do some back ground checking on this author. As I had not heard of Dixie Lyle!  I was as surprised with what she found as I was with how much I loved this book! The Author, (with out giving too much away) currently resides in the same area I do!
This story is based on the East Coast of the USA and yet it has ties to right near where I grew up. I found that the story line (which was fantastic by the way ) was a plausible as it could be having the main character able to communicate with animal spirits and I really could get into the character, story and theme. I did not think the "paranormal" abilities that the main character aptly named Foxtrot were all that far fetched. Making the story more personal to me was the ties to the First Nations (Canada's First People) legends I grew up with.
This was the right book at the right time for me, I am thrilled that my own method of finding a great book did not let me down!

 To order A Taste Fur Murder, click here for the link to The Book Depository's Listing 

 and I am also thrilled to say that the second book To Die Fur can be viewed and ordered by clicking here 

and Pre Orders for Marked Fur Murder due out in March, can be viewed by clicking here
For those of you on my Facebook Fan Page I did promise to share my recipe for the Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake I made and enjoyed while reading this story. So hear is my recipe!
Karen's Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake
Pre heat the oven to 375 degrees
3 cups of white flour
1 3/4 cups of brown sugar
3/4 cup of white sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking power
2 coarsely chopped granny smith apples
3/4 cup Vegetable Oil
1 cup of milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 large egg
1 1/2 tablespoons of cinnamon
In a large mixing bowl place all your dry ingredients and then mix them together. Coarsely chop your apples sprinkle them with the cinnamon and mix them together, then pour them into your dry mix.
In a bowl place your milk, vanilla, egg and oil and beat them together, add them to the dry mixture and mix thoroughly. The mixture will be thick and should be fairly elastic like. Grease two loaf pans and spoon in equal amounts of your dough. Place in the oven and bake for 1 hour or until a cake tester inserted in the center of each loaf comes out clean. Cool in loaf pans 5 mins before losing and inverting your pan. Cool and sever plain or with butter.
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  1. Great review! And as always, I love the photos. And thank you for the hut out. :-)

  2. 👀 who is this Lisa K you speak of? Lol j/k :) she's a cozy queen👸 & your pictures are nice ( substitute coffee for tea, for me) & I'm eating some coffee cake!!

  3. On Facebook, there was a link to your website (from Lisa K's Book Reviews). Thank you for the review of Dixie Lyle's books (she is a new author for me). I have added her books to my book list. And I agree, the book covers are gorgeous!!! :)