CREPE FACTOR(A SCRAPBOOKING MYSTERY) BY LAURA CHILDS WITH TERRIE FARLEY MORAN

Crepe Factor (A Scrapbooking Mystery #14)

TIME TO GET OUT THE GLUE GUN AND GRAB A CUP OF TEA!

The Winter Market in the French Quarter is in full swing, but murder isn’t taking a holiday in the latest from the New York Times bestselling author of Parchment and Old Lace…

 
The holidays are a busy time for scrapbook shop owner Carmela Bertrand—but not so hectic that she doesn’t have time to enjoy browsing the booths at the Winter Market with her best friend Ava. The last thing the ladies expect to see is a thrashing man stabbed by a serving fork, dying in front of them.

The victim is loathed restaurant critic Martin Lash, who posted his scathing reviews on the Glutton for Punishment website. And the prime suspect is New Orleans restauranteur Quigg Brevard—who was seen giving the critic a tongue-lashing minutes before someone stuck a fork in him. An old flame of Carmela, Quigg asks for her help, which does not please her current beau, Detective Edgar Babcock, to say the least.

Before her relationship is the next victim, Carmela needs to find a murderer who had no reservations about punishing the culinary curmudgeon…

Carmela and Ava are back, doing what they do best…getting into trouble. It’s not like they actively go looking for it, but to Detective Babcock it doesn’t matter. He just wants them to stop snooping into his investigation.

My how I have missed Carmela and Ava and all of their adventures. This book is written with Terri Farley Moran, an excellent writer in her own right. I wasn’t sure if it would change the tone of the book but it did not.I was so happy to see Theodosia’s Indigo Tea Shop make an appearance. The tie in was seamless and I really thought it was a wonderful idea!

We see a few other beloved characters in this one and of course the food always makes my mouth water. I honestly went and got a po boy as soon as I finished the book!

The scrapbooking ideas and instructions are as much a part of the book, as the Tea ideas and suggestions in Ms. Child’s Tea Shop Mysteries. Finally something to do with all of those cigar boxes that are stored in the attic!

Ms. Child is the queen of cozy mysteries…in my own humble opinion…

THE AUTHOR

Laura Childs is a pseudonym for Gerry Schmitt and she is the best-selling author of the Tea Shop Mysteries, the Scrapbook Mysteries, and the Cackleberry Club Mysteries.

Laura Childs is the New York Times bestselling author of the Tea Shop Mysteries, Scrapbook Mysteries, and Cackleberry Club Mysteries. In her previous life she was CEO/Creative Director of her own marketing firm and authored several screenplays. She is married to a professor of Chinese art history, loves to travel, rides horses, enjoys fund raising for various non-profits, and has two Chinese Shar-Pei dogs.

Laura specializes in cozy mysteries that have the pace of a thriller (a thrillzy!) Her three series are:

The Tea Shop Mysteries – set in the historic district of Charleston and featuring Theodosia Browning, owner of the Indigo Tea Shop. Theodosia is a savvy entrepreneur, and pet mom to service dog Earl Grey. She’s also an intelligent, focused amateur sleuth who doesn’t rely on coincidences or inept police work to solve crimes. This charming series is highly atmospheric and rife with the history and mystery that is Charleston.

The Scrapbooking Mysteries – a slightly edgier series that take place in New Orleans. The main character, Carmela, owns Memory Mine scrapbooking shop in the French Quarter and is forever getting into trouble with her friend, Ava, who owns the Juju Voodoo shop. New Orleans’ spooky above-ground cemeteries, jazz clubs, bayous, and Mardi Gras madness make their presence known here!

The Cackleberry Club Mysteries – set in Kindred, a fictional town in the Midwest. In a rehabbed Spur station, Suzanne, Toni, and Petra, three semi-desperate, forty-plus women have launched the Cackleberry Club. Eggs are the morning specialty here and this cozy cafe even offers a book nook and yarn shop. Business is good but murder could lead to the cafe’s undoing! This series offers recipes, knitting, cake decorating, and a dash of spirituality.

Terrie Farley Moran is the nationally bestselling author of the Read ‘Em and Eat cozy mystery series including the Agatha Award winning Well Read, Then Dead, Caught Read-Handed and Read to Death. Her short mystery fiction has been published in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine and numerous anthologies. “A Killing at the Beausoleil” the short story prequel to the Read ‘Em and Eat mysteries was published in EQMM in November 2015 and has been nominated for an Agatha Award for Best Short Story. You can find Terrie on Facebook or on her website at http://www.terriefarleymoran.com

 

Taste Testing Teas For Fall

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Yes, it is Fall. Football, World Series, Hockey and Basketball are all back and with all things Fall, Celestial Seasonings has released their seasonal teas. Here are the ones I’m happy to be tasting!

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Let’s start with the Sweet Harvest Pumpkin.  Celestial Seasonings Description:
Just like big piles of pumpkins at roadside stands and perfectly baked pumpkin pies on kitchen tables, Sweet Harvest Pumpkin™ Holiday Black Tea in tea cups everywhere is a sure sign that the holidays are near. Featuring rich black tea, harvest-fresh pumpkin flavor and traditional spices like cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg plus a touch of natural sweetness, this festive blend is a delicious little slice of the season.

Reminded me of a chai, but I enjoyed it very much, I added a dash of Pumpkin Pie Spice to the top of mine and I will definitely have this one again!
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Cinnamon Apple Spice  This blend combines spicy Vietnamese cinnamon with juicy apple flavor. There’s a chocolate note and hint of butterscotch in the finish, making this tea comforting and invigorating all at once.   Very smooth and smelled amazing!

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This blend captures the luscious taste of a freshly dipped caramel apple. Sweet apple and cinnamon flavors are quickly followed by creamy caramel, plus hints of maple and a dash of sea salt for balance. I’m thinking of giving these out for Halloween! They tasted like those really good caramel apple suckers!
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Not a seasonal, but one I love this time of year. Brimming with cinnamon, ginger, cardamom and cloves, this adventurous blend is the caffeine-free interpretation of chai, the piquant Indian brew traditionally made with black tea. Try it with milk and sugar for a true chai experience.I actually don’t use milk and sugar with this tea. It is one of those that is naturally sweet and makes you feel warm all over. This is the one my babies use for tea time.
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From what I was told, this is one that so many people loved, they brought it back for a limited time only! Toasty almonds and a sweet finish of vanilla, hints of roasted carob, a touch of cinnamon and the subtle scent of orange flavor … this is the perfect dessert tea. This indulgent treat can be enjoyed any time of day. Really one of the best dessert teas I’ve had. It’s really nice!
I did a store check on these and they were in stock at all of my stores, so hopefully you can try them out and find a new Fall favorite!
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Enjoy!  xxP

To Brew or Not to Brew by Joyce Tremel

To Brew or Not to Brew: A Brewing Trouble Mystery by [Tremel, Joyce]

A Brewing Trouble Mystery…First in a new series

Set in Pittsburgh, Ms. Tremel gives us a new series featuring Beer! Usually we talk about Tea, Coffee, but we haven’t had a Brew Pub Mystery yet!  I was excited to see this one.

Featuring Max O’Hara, proud owner of The Allegheny Brew House. Max has studied with the best in Germany to learn all she can about brewing and become a certified brewmaster.

Things are going as planned, with her grand opening just around the corner. But we know it isn’t going to go as planned. Someone is trying to sabotage her opening and when she gets a call from her assistant brewer, Kurt, saying he knows who it is, Max comes running.

Unfortunately, what she finds is a dead Kurt. The last thing she needs right now is to try and figure out who killed Kurt and who is out to get her, but with a father who is a Detective, it’s probably in her genes.

I honestly wasn’t sure if I would like this one, because it is about beer brewing, but the characters won me over right away. Max is a strong character and Hops is the sweetest kitten ever…and I don’t even like cats!

Already looking forward to the next one!

About the Author:

Joyce Tremel was a police secretary for ten years and more than once envisioned the demise of certain co-workers, but settled on writing as a way to keep herself out of jail. She is a native Pittsburgher and lives in a suburb of the city with her husband.

Her debut mystery, To Brew Or Not To Brew was nominated for the 2015 Reviewers’ Choice award for best amateur sleuth by RT Book Reviews. The second book in the series, Tangled Up In Brew was released in October 2016 and chosen as a “Top Pick” by RT Book Reviews. The third book in the series, A Room With a Brew is scheduled for release in October 2017.

 

Death of an Irish Diva by Mollie Cox Bryan

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Death of an Irish Diva (A Cumberland Creek Mystery Book 3) by [Bryan, Mollie Cox]

The ladies of Cumberland Creek Scrapbookers Crop are back with a mystery that touches one of their own! This is the third book in the 5 book series.

Just as the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade is over, Emily McGlashen, famed Irish dancer, is found dead in her studio. And the main suspect is Vera!

When Emily moved to town and started her own dance studio, teaching Irish dance and taking pot shots at Vera’s ballet studio. It looks like Vera is the only suspect until the ladies get down to business. Annie, being the reporter takes the lead and there are so many twists and turns they are all stumped.

I really enjoyed the history and background in this story. Although you can never go wrong with any of Mollie’s books.

There are quite a few scrapbooking tips and ideas also.

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Tempest in the Tea Leaves by Kari Lee Townsend

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Tempest in the Tea Leaves (A Fortune Teller Mystery) by [Townsend, Kari Lee]

Sunny Meadows is leaving NYC behind and moving to the tiny town of Divinity. She has used almost all of her money to purchase the town’s haunted Victorian. A perfect setting for a tea reading psychic.

The first in a new series from Ms. Townsend, this is a cute, funny cozy mystery with a paranormal twist thrown in.

When Sunny has her first customer, it couldn’t go worse! The only thing she sees in the librarian’s leaves, is her murder. When Sunny contacts the police she finds herself on the short list of suspects.

Will her business open and close on the same day? No, it won’t! Putting her skills to the test she tries to find out who did kill the librarian and why. Being new to the town, she is at a disadvantage, but she still has some cards up her sleeve.

A quick and funny read and I hope we see more of Sunny!

Grab a cup and a mystery for the week end! xxPcupcakeholder1

 

 

THUG KITCHEN eat like you give a f*ck!

Thug Kitchen: The Official Cookbook: Eat Like You Give a F*ck by [Kitchen, Thug]

I snagged this at the end of last year. After nothing I did or said was helping a certain man who is stubborn times 10. He has also in the past 4 years had 5 heart attacks, multiple stints, and CABG. Open heart surgery. No matter how hard I tried to give him information about plant based eating, he agreed but wasn’t on board.

He laughed through this entire book. And while he isn’t all the way there yet, or ever will be, I fell in love with this series of cookbooks by an LA-based duo and the authors of the #1 bestselling Thug Kitchen: The Official Cookbook and Thug Kitchen: Party Grub. They started their wildly popular web site to inspire people to eat some goddamn vegetables and adopt a healthier lifestyle. Beloved by Gwyneth Paltrow (“This might be my favorite thing ever”) and named Saveur’s Best New Food Blog of 2013—with almost a million Facebook fans and counting—Thug Kitchen wants to show everyone how to take charge of their plates and cook up some real f*cking food.

From breakfast to desserts, you are covered in these books. The recipes are easy, filling and delicious! The Oat Flour Griddle Cakes, The Pumpkin Chili, Potato Leek Soup and all the other recipes are really good. And they tell it like it is!

The two newest books are Party Grub…for social mother f*ckers, and Thug Kitchen 101, which is my favorite one yet! Yes they cuss. They use the F word (gasp), but when you are trying to save the life of someone you care about, sometimes it takes some good old Bro’ talk to get through. They have the most fantastic blog! Enjoy!

Tea With A Twist!!

Tea lovers craving new and novel ideas for their next tea party will gladly put the kettle on…and the doilies away. There’s nothing old–fashioned here! Specialty tea expert and author Lisa Boalt Richardson inspires readers to set their tables for fun and serve up any of her eight contemporary tea parties. Stunning photographs by one of Atlanta’s leading photographers Lauren Rubinstein grace each page, enticing readers to indulge their guests and serve them fine tea in a fun style!

The parties are simple to put together. Each tea includes easy–to–follow instructions and budget–friendly tips for brewing specialty teas, preparing delicious recipes, and decorating tables. Whether the cook chooses to pour tall glasses of the unusual bubble tea for fun–loving friends or hot, exotic masala chai tea for those seeking an adventure, it’s certain that tea time has a new twist!

This has to be one of the prettiest books I’ve come across. Everything you want and need to know about entertaining and cooking with tea. And from a tea expert no less!

The book is full of beautiful photography, and themed tea ideas and recipes. This one is definitely staying on my shelf!

More about the Author:

You can usually find Certified Tea Specialist Lisa Boalt Richardson of Lisa Knows Tea sipping tea no matter what time of day it is. Her philosophy is “teatime is anytime and all the time”. Lisa’s friendly approach to writing and teaching others about this ancient beverage is refreshing. Her anticipated third tea book published by Chronicle Books will be released fall of 2014 entitled, Modern Tea: A Fresh Look at an Ancient Beverage. Her first book, Tea with a Twist won “Best Tea Book USA 2009” from Gourmand World Cookbook Awards.

She travels the country speaking at conferences and special events focusing on her culinary arts and specialty tea expertise. She has spoken at places such as the World Tea Expo, Metropolitan Cooking and Entertaining Show, Sundance Resort, and Emory University. She also consults with companies wanting to learn more about specialty tea.

She has contributed to publications including Cooking with Paula Deen and TeaTime Magazine. Her tea expertise and recipes have been featured in numerous national publications such as Women’s Health Magazine, Real Simple Magazine, Diabetes Forecast, and The New York Times. Lisa has also been interviewed by Foxnews.com, Discovery.com, NBCnews.com, and Chow.com. For more information you may follow LisaKnowsTea on Twitter, join the Lisa Knows Tea Facebook fan page, or visit http://www.lisaknowstea.com. You may also follow her tea blog at http://www.lisaknowstea.blogspot.com.

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She also has an amazing tea blog and really knows her tea!

Enjoy and have a good one, and don’t forget to pause for a cup of tea today! xxP

Tea For Two, Just Me and You….

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Good Morning, Y’all! What a gorgeous Fall morning! Okay, it isn’t even close to being morning, but some of us have odd schedules to keep so whatever the real time, for me it’s time for Tea!  Nothing fancy today. I just need that Awake English Breakfast from Tazo . Just an extra jolt of caffeine. Image result for tazo awake english breakfast tea

Image result for Tea and cookies by rick rodgers I ran across this sweet book while waiting for an open research room and quickly snapped it up. It is chock full of good information on tea and all things tea related including some of the easiest recipes I’ve ever seen for cookies and bars, brownies and other goodies!

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The Pecan Pie Bars look delicious and the Chai Snickerdoodles are so good, tried those and the Lemon Meringue Cupcakes.

sundayflowers   My office is overflowing with flowers today. Which makes me smile!  I’m finishing up Laura Child’s newest cozy mystery Crepe Factor….xxP

A Celebration of Autumn!

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Here in the South, and yes Oklahoma is considered part of the South, it is Fall. Now don’t rush to pack up your summer shoes and your shorts, as we still have the a/c running and the weather is in the 80’s.

But for our purposes, it’s Fall. And we are having a Celebration of Autumn themed Tea. I would say tea party, but come on we all know it’s me and some other crazy chicks, looking for any reason to drink. Tea. I meant drink tea. Yeah.

Since our leaves have not actually turned any color other than green,we are going to have to dig into the Autumn/Halloween decoration box and find those garlands of fall leaves I bought before Michael’s up and died.

 

I’m using two different teas. One of my favorite Lapsang Souchong and the new Celestial Seasonings Pumpkin. Not Pumpkin Spice, just Pumpkin. I’m about over the Pumpkin Spice after seeing it on the Cheerio box.It just doesn’t feel special anymore, you know?

Along with Pumpkin Scones, Espresso Brownies and Amish Sugar Cookies, we’re serving the Lapsang Chicken Salad Finger Sandwiches, along with a Pecan Pear Salad. For dessert we are going with Mini Pumpkin Pies, along with Mexican Chocolate Cupcakes with Cinnamon Buttercream.

 

Each person brings one of the goodies and the hostess provides the tea and decorations. It’s a fun and relaxing way to get together and catch up and we all know we can make time for a few hours once a month. I spend more time in the bathtub every day than that!

I’m reading a bunch of new cozy mysteries and mixing up some new herbals to go with them. Have a wonderful day and save time for tea!  xxP