MY LOVE AFFAIR WITH FOOD
“Life is good; reading makes it better.” ~ Daryl Wood Gerber
When you think of a cozy mystery, do you think food? No, not necessarily. You might think books, libraries, or knitting. You might think of mental mysteries featuring Hercole Poirot or Perry Mason. You might think of fun mysteries, like the antics of Nancy Drew.But how about all those delicious, swoon-inducing recipes included in books by Joanna Carl and Dianne Mott Davidson? How about tasty cozies by Krista Davis and Ginger Bolton and Lucy Burdette?
That is why I titled this piece, My Love Affair with Food. I think food is sexy. It has sensual textures, aromatic scents, and luscious flavors. Food tastes good with coffee, soda, beer, wine, and champagne. The wonderful thing about reading about delicious food is you can fantasize and imagine and never gain a pound.
You might guess by now that I write about food in my cozy mysteries. I’m always thinking about food, about recipes, about what will make my readers salivate. I’ve tasted, I’ve baked, and I’ve shared. And yes, there is food in all my cozy mysteries, even in A SPRINKLING OF MURDER, the 1st Fairy Garden Mystery. Why is there food in a story about a woman who owns a fairy garden shop called Open Your Imagination in Carmel, California? Because Courtney Kelly’s shop serves tea on the weekends—tea with cookies and scones and cupcakes. Sometimes the tea is for a book club. And, spoiler alert, Courtney might fall for a hunky café owner who creates incredible food. We’ll have to see.
So, answer me this. What is the most delicious meal you can remember…ever? And if you’d like to share, with whom did you dine?
About A Sprinkling of Murder
Cozy Mystery 1st in Series
Publisher: Kensington (June 30, 2020)
Paperback: 304 pages
Kindle ASIN: B07W8Y4D6R
Fairy garden store owner Courtney Kelly believes in inviting magic into your life. But when uninvited trouble enters her shop, she’ll need more than a sprinkling of her imagination to solve a murder . . .
Since childhood, Courtney has loved fairies. After her mother died when she was ten, she lost touch with that feeling of magic. A year ago, at age twenty-nine, she rediscovered it when she left her father's landscaping business to spread her wings and start a fairy garden business and teashop in beautiful Carmel, California. At Open Your Imagination, she teaches garden design and sells everything from fairy figurines to tinkling wind chimes and trickling fountains. Now she's starting a book club tea.
But the light of the magical world she's created inside her shop is darkened one night when she discovers neighboring dog-grooming business owner Mick Watkins dead beside a fountain. To make matters worse, the police suspect Courtney of the crime. To clear her name and find the real killer, Courtney will have to wing it. But she’s about to get a little help from an unexpected new friend . . .
REVIEWThis book is just too adorable!!! We meet Courtney who runs a fairy garden tea shop. She carries all the items needed to make your own fairy garden as well as teaching you how to do it. Help comes in the form of a real fairy who is on probation having to do good deeds to be able to go home. They make a fantastic duo and when you add in Pixie the cat it just gets better. Things are going great I til the owner of the dog grooming shop is found in her shops courtyard making her a suspect. Worried for her business she starts investigating with a little help only to find more then bargained for. Makes for a well written cozy full of characters you can both love and hate. The touch of magic gives it just the right flair to really pull the story together making for a read you won't want to put down. A must read for fans of cozies and/or fairies. I totally loved it so I give it 5/5 stars.
About Daryl Wood Gerber
Agatha Award-winning author Daryl Wood Gerber writes the nationally bestselling Cookbook Nook Mysteries as well as the French Bistro Mysteries. In June 2020, her new series, the Fairy Garden Mysteries debuts. As Avery Aames, she pens the popular Cheese Shop Mysteries. Daryl also writes the Aspen Adams novels of suspense as well as stand-alone suspense. Fun tidbit: as an actress, Daryl appeared in “Murder, She Wrote.” She loves to cook, garden, and read, and she has a frisky Goldendoodle named Sparky who keeps her in line!
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One of the most delicious meals I’ve had was at a place in Saratoga called Olde Bryan Inn. They have the best steak, fried mushrooms, and chocolate mousse. I went once with my friend Michelle. 😀ReplyDelete
Oh, Mel, that sounds incredible!!! Yum. I must check that out. Saratoga (which state)?? Yum.Delete
I love Piggy Blues for BBQ and Steve's for pizza.ReplyDelete
BBQ anything for me. Love it. And pizza - well, I need to eat it gluten-free, but I still enjoy it. :)Delete
J - thanks for having me on the blog and thanks for the lovely review. I'm so pleased you enjoy the book. All my best.ReplyDelete
Love your booksReplyDelete