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Night of the Living Deed, Week 4 Pick for Fall-O-Ween

Okay, keep up with this reader. Alison Kerby has just moved into the most amazing Victorian era house with her daughter, Melissa in New Jersey, gets bumped on the head during renovations and can now see two people who were previously killed in her house. To top it off, they want her to help solve their mysterious murder that was formerly thought to be a double suicide. Okay, time to vote this the most terrifying thing or most awesome thing ever? I vote opposite of Alison and vote awesome!

Night of the Living DeedWho wouldn’t want to help Paul Harrison, formerly living detective turned dead and the quick witted and temperamental former house owner, Maxie Malone? Me! Me! Pick me! But no, Alison wants to just sweep these two under the preverbal antique rug and get on with her restoration of the lovely plaster walls and wooden features. What color should go on these walls anyway, Alison?

As these two specters wreak havoc on the progress of the estate, Alison deals with her daughter talking about having a haunted house to her friends and also figuring out weather to help or keep patching the holes in the walls that Maxie keeps making. Bless her. I love Maxie a little too much. Holes in the plaster dear, really? That’s going to be expensive. Ghosts, am I right? What are you going to do?

I love the characters of Maxie and Paul. They are not the types of ghosts that appear in most other cozies. Maxie is a rabble-rouser in the after life and loves it. She also still has her eye on the living men. Naughty gal. Most surprising is her bout of compassion as the character progresses in the book and we get to see a different side to her. Paul is aggressive and most chatty. He continues to play the PI and I would imagine he is similar to how he was in life.  Together, they help figure out who is behind the threats, deaths and the mystery of the famous and now missing deed.

This book has a former murder to solve, fantastic characters that develop throughout the story and a layer of danger is added to keep things interesting and relevant to the current situation of the main character. Everything works together in this first of the Haunted Guesthouse Mysteries by E.J. Copperman.

Night of the Living Deed is a great book to start fall with. I can’t wait to move on to the next in the series and continue the adventures of Alison and her daughter, as the adventures in their new home are sure to continue.  Click HERE to see his other books!

Do you have a favorite fall book?  My friends sure do!  Click below to see what the Karens, Lisa and Mary picked for week four. 
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What did the other AMIGOS pick? Find out now!

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The Karens

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Mary

 

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Labor Day Cozy Reading Picks

Observed on the first Monday in September, Labor Day pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers. It was created by the labor movement in the late 19th century and became a federal holiday in 1894. Labor Day also symbolizes the end of summer for many Americans, and is celebrated with parties, parades and athletic events.

I am celebrating Labor Day by reading and hanging out with my family who is off from work. My husband works all the time and it’s nice to be able to chill out with him when then chance is given. Today will be spent by the pool, playing with kids, reading and enjoying being around each other on this restful day. Won’t you join me and celebrate with books about those who Labor by buying from an author who labors?

Teddy Bear Factory

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As manager of the family teddy bear shop and factory, Bearly Departed Coverthirty-one-year-old Sasha Silverman leads a charmed life. Well, except for the part about being a single divorcée with a ticking biological clock in small-town Silver Hollow. And that’s just kid’s stuff compared to Will Taylor, the sales rep who’s set on making drastic changes to the business her parents built from scratch—with or without Sasha’s approval.

Small Town Dime Shop

Little Shop of HomicideLittle Shop of Homicide-Denise Swanson  Devereaux Sinclair is the happy new owner of the adorable old-fashioned shop in her small Missouri town. But when a revenge-crazed cop accuses Dev of murdering her ex’s fiancée — and the murder weapon is found with her fingerprints all over it — Dev’s store, and her life, quickly turn from charmed to troubled. If she doesn’t find the real killer soon, this five-and-dime owner will be serving twenty-five to life…

 

Beauty Salon

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Marla was already having a bad day, but when one of her clients dies while getting a perm in her salon, her day just can’t get any worse…until the smugly competent Detective Vail accuses her of poisoning the wealthy widow’s coffee creamer!

Firemen

That Old Flame of Mine-J.J. Cook   That Old Flame of Mine

After knocking the lights out of her boyfriend when she catches him cheating on her, Chicago fire fighter Stella Griffin hops on her Harley and heads for Sweet Pepper, Tennessee, where she ends up becoming the small town’s fire chief. When her dear friend Tory Lambert dies after her gingerbread-style house is set ablaze, Stella suspects arson and foul play.

 

Plumber

Sink Trap-Christy Evans

Former corporate drone Georgiana Neverall loves her new occupation as a plumber’s sink_trapapprentice, but is a bit surprised when she finds the favorite brooch of Martha Tepper, the town’s former librarian, clogging a sink. Georgiana has a sinking feeling that Martha may have been retired permanently-and suddenly it’s up to a plumber’s apprentice to flush out a killer.

I hope you take the time to honor the hard working men and women in the town around you. I also hope that those who are working hard don’t get into as much trouble as the ones in these books! Happy Labor Day and thanks to all those who work to keep this beautiful nation going strong. And yes, that especially includes you authors.

Click HERE to read more about the history of Labor Day.

 

 

 

 

The Apple Doesn’t FALL Far From the Tree When It Comes To MURDER

Fall Murder Picks

Fall-O-Ween at Booth Talks Books

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The weather has begun to cool and the orchards have started their advertisements for harvest festivals. Bring it! Ever since I was little, the true transition into Fall for me was marked by going to Jackson’s Orchard and picking up fresh apples, cider, apple pies and hanging out while undertaking the activities at “Apple Fest.” It’s still a tradition I continue with my kids now.

When thinking of a book to talk about for fall, I could think of none better than one that talks about a murder over this very thing, apples. And it’s not just any apples; it’s apples from two feuding family farms with well-kept secrets. Nothing is sweeter or crisper than a good family grudge. Mmm-mm!

Have you seen all the apple varieties? Have you wondered how they get their 11252172_1120358234645172_1654460238490337730_n-e1439486291883names? One author explores this and it isn’t pretty. Bun for Your Life by Karoline Barrett is a “who dun it” set in a bakery in a small town much like my local orchard is.

Molly Tyler and Olivia Williams, the proprietors of Bread and Batter Bakery in Destiny, New York are preparing for Destiny’s annual Apple Harvest Fair. The bakery has a booth where they’ll sell not only cupcakes and cider doughnuts but also logo t-shirts.

Molly and Olivia find themselves at the center of a murder investigation when a local apple farm heiress is found murdered with one of their bakery’s t-shirts is used as the murder weapon.

Happy fall and don’t forget to take this one on your next visit to the local orchard festival. You just never know what kind of trouble might be growing around you.

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Go visit Karen and Karen’s Page

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Go visit Lisa’s Page

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Go visit Mary’s Page

If you don’t want to end up like Calista, you’ll stick to baking instead of snooping. ~Bun for Your Life

 

Spotlight- The Quiche And The Dead

This yummy book just landed in my post from Kirsten Weiss, Author!  It comes out in October…on Halloween. 

 I’m super excited to have not only won this book but be able to read it before it comes out to thw public.


Is Val’s breakfast pie the quiche of death?
 Owning her own business seemed like pie in the sky to Valentine Harris when she moved to the coastal California town of San Nicholas, expecting to start a new life with her fiancé. Five months—and a broken engagement—later, at least her dream of opening a pie shop has become a reality. But when one of her regulars keels over at the counter while eating a quiche, Val feels like she’s living a nightmare.

 After the police determine the customer was poisoned, business at Pie Town drops faster than a fallen crust. Convinced they’re both suspects, Val’s flaky, seventy-something pie crust maker Charlene drags her boss into some amateur sleuthing. 

At first Val dismisses Charlene’s half-baked hypotheses, but before long the ladies uncover some shady dealings hidden in fog-bound San Nicholas. Now Val must expose the truth—before a crummy killer tries to shut her pie hole.

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Crafting Between The Pages; Key to a Crafty Killer

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I love a good mystery of course and mystery parties just seem like the next step. My daughter’s upcoming birthday inspired my craft for this week as well as my good author friend, Vicki Vass and her amazingly titled book, “Key To A Murder.”

So, today you’ll need key charms that you can get at any hobby or craft store. Do make sure to see if they have a coupon….that’s the KEY to a good bargain. I got mine for 40% off. You’ll also need a good craft glue, paint brush and enough toothpicks for whatever you plan to stick these in.

Supplies:

Tiny Key Charms

Toothpicks

Craft Glue

Paint Brush

Good Music (might I suggest Pearl Jam?)

You can use these as cupcake picks,  picks for a cheese and fruit trays at your book club gatherings and whatever else you can think of to stick these in; as the possibilities are endless. The KEY is to have fun!

I hope you enjoy the video, try this craft, check out Vicki’s book and enter my contest. I’m giving away a set of my keys I used and Vicki is throwing in her book “Key To A Murder.” WOW!

Click here for the Key to A Crafty Murder GIVEAWAY!

 

Order “Key to a Murder” here!

Key to a Murder Cover Vicki Vass

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S’More Murder Please!

Smore Murder CoverIt’s National S’More day! What a better way to celebrate than to grab a cozy mystery and make some s’mores and Summer Prescott’s, “S’more Murder” is full of everything a CM should be and more.

“Carla and Echo are at it again. With the Inn constantly booked, Chas and Missy barely have enough time to say hello to each other twice a day. But it isn’t long before Carla’s would-be lover Kel teams up with Missy to solve the mystery of the mysterious victim of an accident at sea and discover the story of her past.”

 

S’More Cupcake

Ingredients

  • 12 baked chocolate cup cakes
  • 1 cup chocolate frosting
  • 12 large marshmallows
  • 12 graham crackers or graham bears
  • 1 chocolate bar broken into 12 piecessmore-cupcake-recipe-4

Instructions

  1. Frost the cupcakes and set them aside.
  2. Place the marshmallows on a baking sheet and bake them in a 350 degree oven for about 5 minutes, or until lightly browned. If needed, broil them for just a minute to get them the color you’d like, but watch them carefully!
  3. After you’ve removed the marshmallows from the oven, place one marshmallow on the top of each cupcakes. Put a Teddy Graham and a rectangle of Hershey bar on each cupcake top. The chocolate will melt a bit, so be sure to let them cool completely so the chocolate sets.

Doesn’t that sound amazing?  And, it looks like the one on Summer’s cover!  Let’s think outside the graham cracker though. Let’s think cheese, fruit and cookies! Do you have a special alternative S’More recipe? Leave a comment with your signature and one-of-a-kind s’more creation!

While I wait for your comments, here’s S’More fun recipe links to inspire you! (see what I did there?)

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Peach Brie and Dark Chocolate S’MoresPeach Smore

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BUY S’more Murder: A Frosted Love Cozy by Summer Prescott to read while you make all these amazing delicacies.

I’m not crying, that’s just mud in my eye…

I just finished E.j. Copperman’s Night of the Living Deed and did NOT expect a book to be so personal and effect me! I am going to be doing a book review in the coming months for this, but for now I just have to say that everything doing with plasterwork in this book just sent me into a spiral of emotions. 
You see, my granddaddy Hagan was a master plaster mason in town. He would come home, and his white coveralls and white cap, would be totally covered in dust and plaster or as they called it, “mud.” No one was as good as he was here in the city or anywhere around.  

I’m not going to ruin the book for you, but the end bit of the book really just was the end all for me. Could one of those have been my grandfather in this fictional world? I would certainly like to think so. What in the world are you talking about Sheryl? Well, I suppose you’ll just have to read the book. 
If you have already read the book, you know exactly what I’m talking about. You know, after everything is solved and Alison comes home knowing she’s going to have to fix all of the issues after the whole show-down dealing with the deed. The walls…the walls. Totally lost it.  
Thanks E.J. for making me “ugly cry” while I was reading. That has never happened before. If the rest of the series is as good as this one, then I hope that you write for the rest of your existence. Wow! Great book.  

Buy on Amazon: Night Of The Living Deed