“Southern Sass and Killer Cavings” A Book Review

“Southern Sass and Killer Cravings”  – There’s a new cozy series in town and you’re going to LOVE it!

Southern Sass and Killer Cravings (Marygene Brown Mysteries) by [Young, Kate]

Amazon gives an overview of this delightful new book:

Life has always been sweet on Georgia’s Peach Cove Island, but a case of murder has Marygene Brown down in the pits . . .
 
For generations, the women of the Brown family on Peach Cove Island have been known for their Southern sass and sweet homemade desserts at their beloved Peach Diner. Since their mother’s passing two years ago, Marygene has been stuck in Atlanta while her sister Jena Lynn has been running the family business. Now Marygene has left her husband and returned to her hometown, where she can almost feel Mama’s presence.
 
But all is not peachy back home. Marygene has barely tied on an apron when a diner regular drops dead at the counter. When it turns out the old man’s been poisoned, Jena Lynn is led away in handcuffs and the family eatery is closed. Now, to save her sister and the diner, Marygene must find the real killer. With some startling assistance from her Mama’s spirit, Marygene will be serving up a special order of just desserts . . .
 
Includes Seven Recipes from Marygene’s Kitchen!

And my thoughts?  Well, I just loved this book.  Sometimes it takes me awhile to “bond” with a character.  Not so with Young’s Marygene (perhaps it’s because we are both ‘Marys’?  🙂  ).  I instantly liked Marygene, felt I knew her, rooted for her, and wanted to read more.  I can’t wait until book number two is out.  I must admit, I felt a little bit lost as I read the last page, as if I was saying good-bye to a good friend.  But lucky for us, it’s not good-bye.  Book number two will be out before we know it!

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Would you like a glimpse into Marygene’s recipe file?  Kate Young, “Southern Sass and Killer Cravings”  beautiful author above, is sharing her ‘Melt in Your Mouth’ Buttermilk Biscuits in a recipe below.

Buttermilk Biscuits

This recipe yields a full sheet of biscuits. To make my life a little easier, I usually freeze the leftovers immediately. I wrap them in plastic wrap and then place in a freezer bag. In the mornings or for a late night snack, my kids take an individually wrapped biscuit, replace the plastic wrap with a napkin, and microwave for thirty seconds. They can have homemade biscuits whenever they feel like one and I only have to bake them once a week. It’s a win-win.

5 cups Self-Rising Flour

1/2 pound cup cold butter (cut into pats)

2 1/2 to 3 cups full fat buttermilk

A couple of pinches of salt

½ stick melted butter

Blend butter, flour, and salt in mixer or by hand until it resembles cornmeal. Then pour in the buttermilk and mix until just incorporated. Dump dough out onto a floured surface (sprinkle a little four on top of dough if sticky) and roll out to ½ to ¾ of an inch thick. (You can just pat the soft dough out by hand and use the first crease on your index finger to measure.) Cut biscuits out with a round cutter and place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper or baking mat. Biscuits will rise better if they are slightly touching.

Bake at 425 for 15 to 20 minutes on top rack. Brush the tops with melted butter while hot and serve.

You’re not going to want to miss getting a copy of your own.  If you’re interested, click on one of the links below from your favorite book seller:

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Murder Once Removed – A Book Review

 

Do you ever start a new mystery series and feel an instant connection to the main character?  It doesn’t happen often for me, and It’s a rare treat when it does.  Such is the case with Murder Once Removed.   Lucy Lancaster, the heroine in Murder Once Removed, is a charmer.  I think she and I would be great friends.

S.C. Perkins debuts her new  ancestry detective cozy mystery series Tuesday March 19, 2019. I had the honor of an advanced reading, and I will be counting the months until Perkins releases her second installment.

Please enjoy this description from Amazon:

“Except for a good taco, genealogist Lucy Lancaster loves nothing more than tracking down her clients’ long-dead ancestors, and her job has never been so exciting as when she discovers a daguerreotype photograph and a journal proving Austin, Texas, billionaire Gus Halloran’s great-great-grandfather was murdered back in 1849. What’s more, Lucy is able to tell Gus who was responsible for his ancestor’s death.

Partly, at least. Using clues from the journal, Lucy narrows the suspects down to two nineteenth-century Texans, one of whom is the ancestor of present-day U.S. senator Daniel Applewhite. But when Gus publicly outs the senator as the descendant of a murderer―with the accidental help of Lucy herself―and her former co-worker is murdered protecting the daguerreotype, Lucy will find that shaking the branches of some family trees proves them to be more twisted and dangerous than she ever thought possible.”

This mystery is so well-written, one thinks it surely must have been written by a more seasoned author instead of Perkins’ debut.  Murder Once Removed is tightly penned with a great plot, fun characters, (at times comically so),  and will keep you guessing. You still have time to pre-order, and I encourage you to do so!

Would you like to order your own copy of this great read?  Just click on one of the links below to be taken directly to your favorite bookseller’s website.

Murder Once Removed from amazon

Murder Once Removed from Barnes and Noble

Below, the beautiful Stephanie Perkins (S.C. Perkins).  I hate to admit it, but she’s as lovely and warm as she is beautiful.

 

“Back Stabbers” A Book Review!

“Back Stabbers” A Book Review!  One of my favorite book series is the ‘Country Club Mystery Series’ by the talented Julie Mulhern.

If you’ve yet to read any of Mulhern’s books, you’re doing yourself a disservice.  “Back Stabbers” is the eighth book in the series, and my favorite.  I don’t know how Mulhern does it, but each book gets just a little bit better, a little bit more interesting, a little bit funnier.  Yes, funnier.  Because even though the series is about a 1970’s socialite/mother/painter, she is incredibly funny; laugh out loud funny.  I think Ellison and I would be great friends.  I’d enjoy solving a mystery or two with her, and laughing.

If you’re interested in pre-ordering, you can click on either link below.  You won’t have to wait long for your book to arrive!  The book debuts Tuesday October 23, 2018.  If you order an e-book, it will arrive automatically to your device on that date.

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So what is this book about?  You may ask.  Well, just take a look at Barnes and Noble’s website description:

“All Ellison Russell wanted was an update on her stock portfolio. Instead, she found her broker dead.

With an unexpected out-of-town guest at her house, Ellison is too busy for a murder investigation. Only this time, Detective Anarchy Jones wants her help, and she can’t deny the handsome detective. Can Mr. Coffee supply her with enough caffeine to keep her brain sharp and everyone else happy?

Juggling bodies (one, two, three, four), two-faced friends, her social calendar, and a cat (yes, a cat) is taxing but Mother might be the biggest challenge of all.

With a killer drawing closer, can Ellison put together the pieces or will she be the one getting stabbed in the back?”

Below, the beautiful author Julie Mulhern.

And what would my wedding blog be without a wedding photo of the lovely Julie and her new husband many moons ago?  🙂   Love her dress and hair!

 

“A Nantucket Wedding” by Nancy Thayer

A Nantucket Wedding by Nancy Thayer …

I have been waiting, rather impatiently, for it’s release.  What a joy to be able to read it early.  Obviously, I love weddings…and I love Nantucket.  Sadly, I have never been; but oh, a visit to Nantucket is on my bucket list!  And that desire has been created by reading the delightful, sun-kissed beach reads, by my all time favorite author, Nancy Thayer.

A Nantucket Wedding was everything I’d hoped, and come to expect, from Thayer.  It’s as rich and as sensual as a warm piece of chocolate molten cake. But first, before my review…a blurb from Barnes and Noble…

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“Wedding bells are ringing, a family is reunited, and new love is blooming—for better or worse—in this captivating novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Island House and Secrets in Summer.

A few years after losing her beloved husband, Alison is doing something she never thought she would do again: getting married. While placing the finishing touches on her summer nuptials, Alison is anxious to introduce her fiancé, David, to her grown daughters: Felicity, a worried married mother of two, and Jane, also married but focused on her career. The sisters have a somewhat distant relationship and Alison hopes that the wedding and the weeks leading up to the ceremony will give the siblings a chance to reconnect, as well as meet and get to know David’s grown children.

As the summer progresses, it is anything but smooth sailing. Felicity stumbles upon a terrible secret that could shatter her carefully cultivated world. Jane finds herself under the spell of her soon-to-be stepbrother, Ethan, who is as charming as he is mysterious. And even Alison is surprised (and slightly alarmed) by her new blended family. Revelations, intrigue, resentments—as the Big Day approaches, will the promise of bliss be a bust?
      
Against the gorgeous backdrop of the sunswept island of Nantucket, Nancy Thayer sets the stage for a walk down the aisle no one will ever forget.”

If you’d like to order A Nantucket Wedding for your own, you can click on either link below and be directed to Barnes and Noble or Amazon. The book appears in book stores, or on your personal reading device, April 3, 2018 – but you can pre-order!

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Most often, I devour books.  I must get to the end as soon as I can.  I had that same compulsion with A Nantucket Wedding, but I forced myself to hold back.  I hate when I finish Thayer’s books.  They are such an escape, such a delight, I feel bereft when I finish one.  So I savor the read, and make it last as long as I can. But alas, A Nantucket Wedding DID come to an end.  But don’t worry, it was such a treat, I enjoyed every word.

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Not only does Thayer give a most glowing description of her beloved island, (and yes, you’ll feel like you know it, even if you’ve never been there! I included a map of the area above, in case you’d like to get a little perspective), she also hits just the right notes of family dynamics, new relationships… and yes, sigh…red hot romance! Her characters are identifiable, just like people in your own lives.

Thayer is a master at incorporating familial multi-generations in her novels.  These books are for everyone.  I love them, as do my teen and young adult daughters.  Her novels are of problems solved and new beginnings; feel good books for sure. A Nantucket Wedding is no exception.

Nancy Thayer has many, many books to her credit set in Nantucket.  She also writes a delightful series – The Hot Flash Club Series – Yes…you read that right!  🙂  They are a kick! (A link from amazon is included below if you’re interested)

The Hot Flash Club Series  – Amazon

Below, the beautiful Nancy Thayer

And what about that beautiful island?  Well the wedding was held at the fabulous Wawinet Resort on Nantucket.  I have included some photos from the resort’s “Toppers” Restaurant Instagram for your enjoyment.

How about that for a spread…and the view!

A wedding cake made on site by the Resort’s very own pastry chefs.

I can most definitely see myself here!

Arrive at Toppers Restaurant via the complimentary cruise “Wauwinet Lady”

What a sunset…I’m in love, I imagine you will be too.  I’ll get back to you after I made my pilgrimage to Nantucket this summer.  I just must…  🙂