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Friday, October 30, 2009

Day Three of the Halloween Cozy Mystery Roundup - A Catered Halloween by Isis Crawford


It’s Day Three of the Halloween Cozy Mystery Roundup, and today’s mystery is a family affair in “A Catered Halloween” by Isis Crawford.


With the promise of a hefty commission and some valuable word-of-mouth for their catering business, A Little Taste of Heaven, sisters Bernie and Libby Simmons agree to cater the charity haunted house being staged at the old Peabody School. But when wealthy socialite Amethyst Applegate is found dead in the haunted house, Bernie and Libby wonder if a murderer might also be lurking about Peabody's gloomy halls.

While Amethyst surely had her fair share of enemies, all who might have a motive for killing her, not everyone had access to the Peabody School. Enlisting the help of their dad, former police chief Sean Simmons, and their boyfriends, the girls jump into solving the mystery by tracking down anyone who might have wanted to see Amethyst dead. Plus they have to keep the Haunted House stocked up with goodies each night, and run their bakery shop as well. Tiring work for the girls, but Bernie and Libby know is if they don't solve this mystery soon, they might become the next stars in a real-life horror flick!

This was a cute little mystery that is heavy on family relationships. I love how the entire Simmons family work together to solve the mystery, and how they manage to recruit boyfriends, employees, and others to get involved as well. Lot of characters to keep track of, but a lot of good fun as well. Foodies will love this series which is heavy in the food description department, and features luscious, mouthwatering recipes at the end. (excuse me, I was drooling just a bit..) This is the fifth installment in the “A Catered…” series, with a new book due in the spring, A Catered Birthday Party,”


About the Author:

Isis Crawford was born in Egypt to parents who were in the diplomatic corps. When she was five, her family returned to the States, where her mother opened a restaurant in upper Westchester County and her father became a university professor. Since then Isis has combined her parents' love of food and travel by running a catering service as well as penning numerous travel-related articles about places ranging from Omsk to Paraguay. Married, with twin boys, she presently resides in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, where she is working on the next Bernie and Libby culinary mystery.



Triple Ginger Loaf (From A Catered Halloween)

Ingredients:

1 and 2⁄3 cups flour
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1⁄2 teaspoon cardamom
1⁄2 teaspoons salt
6 tablespoons minced, crystallized ginger
2 tablespoon peeled, grated fresh ginger
1⁄2 cup applesauce or oil
1⁄2 cup brown sugar
1⁄2 cup white sugar
4 egg whites or 2 whole eggs
1⁄2 cup buttermilk or yogurt
1 cup chocolate chips (optional)
Directions:

Sift dry ingredients, combine wet ingredients, mix both
together, and add crystallized ginger and optional
chocolate chips. Pour into lightly buttered 8-inch loaf
pan and bake in preheated 350F oven for fifty minutes.
Let cool in pan before removing.



Come Back tomorrow for the final day of the Halloween Cozy Mystery Roundup when I'll be featuring "Tragic Magic" by my good friend, Laura Childs!



3 comments:

Janel said...

That's sounds like a great recipe! You should see my collection of culinary cozies. I'm putting this on my wish list!

Sheila Deeth said...

Ooh. Sounds a yummy recipe. Wonder if it works with Gluten Free flour. The book sounds perfect for Halloween too.

Sharon's Garden of Book Reviews said...

Janel,
Could you send me some of the names of authors who are your favorite culinary mystery authors?