Friday, May 8, 2020

Tempest in a Tea Room

by Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett

YAY -- the newest entry in the Victoria Square Mysteries is out today! It's called A Murderous Misconception.

In a previous book (Yule Be Dead), Katie Bonner buys the tea shop on Victoria Square. She had a few problems setting up the business in the last book (Murder Ink). In Murderous Misconception, the business is rolling along, and Katie is having the second floor office turned into a studio apartment for herself and her cats, Mason and Della.

Having Katie live above the tea shop means that she gets to visit a lot more. And she gets to bake. Gayle Leeson (my co-writer) and I had fun choosing the recipes they'd make, and Katie and her chef/manager, Brad Andrews, baked a lot of goodies. In fact, we've included five recipes.  Maybe you'd like to try one!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
1½ cups packed brown sugar
½ cup butter, melted
2 large eggs, lightly beaten, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1½ cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350ºF (180ºC, Gas Mark 4). In a large bowl, mix the brown sugar, butter, eggs, and vanilla until they’re just combined. Do not over mix them. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Then, mix the dry ingredients into the wet until a thick, brownie-like batter forms. Fold in the chocolate chips until they’re evenly distributed throughout the batter. Grease a 13×9-inch baking pan with butter or shortening. Spread the batter in the pan then pop it into the preheated oven. Bake the bars for 18 to 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Take the baked bars out of the oven and allow them to cool completely on a wire rack. Once cool, cut the bars and serve. Serve the cookie bars by themselves or with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of hot fudge for an indulgent sundae.

Yield: 3 dozen cookies

We hope you'll not only want to make these wonderful bar cookies, but read the book, too.  Here's more information.

Katie Bonner loses her lunch—literally—when her social media account serves up a shocking announcement. Her boyfriend Andy’s assistant manager, Erikka, is pregnant, and apparently with his child. And when Erikka turns up dead, the Sheriff turns up the heat on Katie and Andy, certain that one of them is to blame. But Erikka wasn't pregnant after all. Was Erikka's misconception the only way she could conceive of stealing Andy from Katie?

When Katie finds planted evidence, it’s her friend and former detective, Ray, who insists on concealing it. Is it his growing affection for her that causes him to act against his training and code of ethics, or could he be responsible for Erikka’s death? 

Katie is afraid to find out.

Read an excerpt.

It's available in print and as an ebook.

PRINT:  Amazon  |  Barnes and Noble  (Coming to more online booksellers soon!)

Ebook: Kindle US | Kindle Worldwide | Nook | Kobo | Apple Books |  Smashwords

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