A Midwinter's Tail | Magical Cats Mystery Series | Sofie Kelly

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Series: Magical Cats (Book 6)
Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Signet (October 7, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0451414713
ISBN-13: 978-0451414717


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Kathleen Paulson is snowed under running her library and caring for her extraordinary felines, Owen and Hercules. But when a fund-raiser turns deadly, she’ll have to add sleuthing to her already full schedule....

Winter in Mayville Heights is busy and not just because of the holidays. Kathleen is hard at work organizing a benefit to raise money for the library’s popular Reading Buddies program. She has her hands full hosting the event. And when a guest at the gala drops dead, her magical cats, Owen and Hercules, will have their paws full helping her solve a murder.

The victim is the ex of town rascal Burtis Chapman, but she hasn’t lived in the area in years. And though everybody is denying knowledge of why she was back in town, as Kathleen and her detective boyfriend, Marcus, begin nosing around, they discover more people are connected to the deceased than claimed to be. Now Marcus, Kathleen, and her uncanny cats have to unravel this midwinter tale before the case gets cold.

Final Catcall | Magical Cats Mystery Series | Sofie Kelly

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Series: Magical Cats (Book 5)
Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Signet (October 1, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0451414705
ISBN-13: 978-0451414700


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Small-town librarian Kathleen Paulson gets plenty of entertainment from her extraordinary cats, Owen and Hercules. But when a theatre troupe stumbles into more tragedy than it bargained for, it’s up to Kathleen to play detective....

With her sort-of boyfriend Marcus calling it quits and her ex-boyfriend Andrew showing up out of the blue, Kathleen has more than enough drama to deal with—and that’s before a local theatre festival relocates to Mayville Heights. Now the town is buzzing with theatre folk, and many of them have their own private dramas with the director, Hugh Davis.

When Davis is found shot to death by the marina, he leaves behind evidence of blackmail and fraud, as well as an ensemble of suspects. Now Kathleen, with a little help from her feline friends Owen and Hercules, will have to catch the real killer before another victim takes a final curtain call.

Bone and Rolled Roast Loin of Pork with Chunky Apple Sauce Recipe


This is a delicious roast to have with friends or family, and making your own apple sauce is far more tasty than shop-bought ones. You can spice the apple with cinnamon and nutmeg, and we have also known dishes where the sauce is spiced with chili. Be inventive! Get your butcher to bone and roll the meat for you and score the skin to make delicious crackling.

Serves: 6-8
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

 

INGREDIENTS:

For the pork
1 boned and rolled loin of pork, approx 3 lbs
2 tbsp olive oil
Sea salt to rub into crackling
2 rosemary branches
1 white onion, cut in half

For the apple sauce
4 medium sized apples, peeled and cored, cut into small chunks
½ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp nutmeg
1 tbsp light brown sugar or caster sugar

 

METHOD:

Heat oven to 400°F/200°C.

Rub the pork all over with olive oil and sea salt. Place in a large roasting dish with the rosemary underneath. Place the onion halves on either side of the pork.

Roast in the oven for 20 minutes until the skin starts to crackle. Turn down the oven to 340°F/170°C.

Roast for a further 1 hour and 10 minutes, until the crackling is completely crisp. Test with a pointed knife in the centre of the meat, to ensure that the juices run clear. If not, continue to roast for a further 10 minutes.

While the meat is roasting, make the apple sauce by placing the diced apple into enough water to cover it and bring to the boil. Simmer on just below boiling point for approximately 25 minutes until the apple is tender but not ‘mushy’. Put the cinnamon and nutmeg into the apple mix and stir. Remove from the heat and allow the spices to permeate the apple. When cooled, drain away the liquid, and place the apple sauce into a pretty bowl.

Remove the meat from the oven and leave to cool slightly before carving, so that the meat has relaxed. Remove the rosemary from the baking tray, squeeze the flesh from the onions and add stock to create a wonderful aromatic gravy.

Spicy Thai Soup with Pork Meatballs Recipe


A warming and delicious dish, quite filling and with a lovely kick of Asian spices and herbs. You can put the noodles into the dish, but we have served them separately so that guests can ladle them in themselves.

Serves: 2-3 people
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15-20 minutes

 

INGREDIENTS:

8 oz pork mince
14 fl oz coconut milk
17 fl oz chicken stock
2 tbsp Thai Green Curry Paste
2 cloves garlic
Handful of coriander, leaves removed and set aside
1 tbsp fish sauce
Zest and juice of 2 limes
Small selection of crisp vegetables, such as baby corn, mange tout.

Serve with rice noodles

 

METHOD:

Put coriander stalks and garlic into a food processor and pulse until fine. Add pork mince and blend again.

On a lightly floured surface, make into meatballs approximately 1½ inches in diameter.

Heat curry paste with a little water for a few minutes, but do not boil. Pour in the coconut milk, stock, lime and fish sauce.

Simmer, add the meatballs for a few minutes. Add the vegetables and continue to cook for a further 5 minutes, until meatballs are cooked through.

Serve in bowls with the cooked noodles as a side dish, so that guests can add the amount they want to the soup.

Sprinkle with coriander and season to taste.

Spicy Sausages with Beer-Braised Onions Recipe


Nothing like a tasty spiral sausage with delicious caramelized beer-braised onions - wholesome, hearty and full of flavor. Serve this dish with creamy mashed potatoes or sweet potatoes for a complete and filling meal. Try to get a spiced sausage such as chorizo or Merguez, and make sure that the spiral is firmly gripped with the stick or brochette, to prevent them from uncurling during cooking. You can cook the sausages on a barbecue, or under the grill.

Serves: 4
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20-25 minutes

 

INGREDIENTS:

8 long, quite thin chipolata style sausages, rolled into whirls and firmly fixed
4 very large onions, diced or sliced – not too thick
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp sugar
10 tbsp beer or ale
10 tbsp vegetable stock (extra if the onions begin to dry out)

 

METHOD:

Line a flat baking tray with foil and place the sausages on top. Heat the grill ready to cook the sausages.

In a large frying pan, heat the oil. Put the onion and sugar into the pan, stir and leave to sweat until almost tender. Add the water and beer, turn the heat down to very low and continue to cook, stirring occasionally – do not let the onions dry out or burn.

Put the sausages under the grill and brown for 6-8 minutes before turning over to grill the other side. Depending on the thickness of the sausages, it may take a little less time, so be careful.

Once the sausages have cooked, place the onions on the serving plates, top with the sausages and a little more braised onions.

Pumpkin Face Throw LW3747

Skill Level: EASY

Designed by Michele Wilcox

What you will need:
Red Heart® Super Saver®: 2 skeins each 312 Black A and 254 Pumpkin B; 1 skein each of 400 Grey Heather C, 356 Amethyst D and 672 Spring Green E
Susan Bates® Crochet hook: 5.5mm [US I-9]
Yarn needle; scissors

Gauge: 16 sts = 5" (12.7 cm); 6 rows = 4" (10 cm). CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size hook to obtain your gauge.

If you're decorating for Halloween, make sure you have this crochet throw to complete your decor! The funny pumpkin faces are combined with the "BOO!" center square to give everyone happy memories of this fun season.

Throw measures 49" x 49"

THROW

Pumpkin Square (make 5)

With B, ch 4, join with slip st in first ch.

Round 1: Ch 3 (counts as first dc throughout), 11 dc in ring, join with slip st in top of beginning ch-3—12 dc.

Round 2: Ch 3, *[(2 dc, 1 tr) in next dc, (1 tr, 2 dc) in next dc] (corner), dc in next dc, repeat from * twice, (2 dc, 1 tr) in next dc, (1 tr, 2 dc) in next dc, join with slip st in top of beginning ch-3.

Round 3: Ch 3, dc in next 2 dc, *corner in next 2 tr, dc in next 5 dc, repeat from * twice, corner, dc in next 2 dc, join with slip st in top of beginning ch-3.

Round 4: Ch 3, dc in next 4 dc, *corner in next 2 tr, dc in next 9 dc, repeat from * twice, corner in next 2 tr, dc in next 4 dc, join with slip st in top of beginning ch-3.

Round 5: Ch 3, dc in each dc across to corner tr, *corner in next 2 tr, dc in each dc across to corner tr, repeat from * twice, corner in next 2 tr, dc in each remaining dc across, join with slip st in top of beginning ch-3.

Rounds 6-9: Repeat Round 5. Fasten off at end of last round.

Round 10: Join A in same st as last round join, repeat round 5. Fasten off.

Stripes Squares (make 4)

Rounds 1 & 2: With B, repeat rounds 1 and 2 of Pumpkin Square. Fasten off at end of last round.

Rounds 3-5: Join E in same st as last round join, repeat rounds 3-5 of Pumpkin Square. Fasten off at end of last round.

Rounds 6 & 7: Join D in same st as last round join, repeat round 5 of Pumpkin Square. Fasten off at end of last round.

Rounds 8 & 9: Join C in same st as last round join, repeat round 5 of Pumpkin Square. Fasten off at end of last round.

Round 10: Repeat round 10 of Pumpkin Square.

Pumpkin face #1

Eye (make 2)

Round 1: With A, ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook—6 sc.

Round 2: 2 sc in each sc around—12 sc.

Round 3: [Sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc] around—18 sc. Leaving long end, fasten off.

Nose

With A, ch 2.

Rounds 1 & 2: Repeat rounds 1 & 2 of Eyes— 12 sc. Leaving long end, fasten off.

Mouth

With A, ch 12, join with slip st in first ch.

Round 1: Ch 2 (counts as first hdc), 23 hdc in ring, join with slip st in top of beginning ch-2. Leaving long end, fasten off.

Eyebrow (make 2)

With A, ch 7.

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in next ch, 2 sc in each of next 2 chs, sc in last 2 chs. Leaving long end, fasten off.

Pumpkin Face #2

Eye (make 2)

With A, ch 2.

Round 1: 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook.

Round 2: [3 sc in next sc, sc in next sc] 3 times—12 sc.

Round 3: Sc in next sc, [3 sc in next sc, sc next 3 sc] twice, 3 sc in next sc, sc in next 2 sc, join with slip st in first sc. Leaving long end, fasten off.

Nose (make 1)

Rounds 1-3: Repeat Rounds 1-3 of Pumpkin Face #2 Eye.

Mouth

With A, ch 5.

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and each remaining ch across, ch 1, turn—4 sc.

Row 2: Sc in each sc across, ch 1, turn.

Row 3: Sc in each sc across, ch 5, turn.

Row 4: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in next 3 chs, ch 1, turn—4 sc.

Row 5: Sc in each sc across, ch 1, turn.

Row 6: Sc in each sc across, ch 1, do not turn, work 6 sc across top of teeth, ch 4, turn.

Row 7: Slip st in 2nd ch from hook and in next 2 chs, sc in next 6 sc, ch 4, turn.

Row 8: Slip st in 2nd ch from hook and in next 2 chs, slip st in next sc. Leaving long end, fasten off.

Pumpkin Face #3

Eye (make 2)

With A, ch 6.

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook, hdc in next st, dc in next 2 sts, tr in last st, ch 1, turn.

Row 2: Sc in next 5 sts, 3 sc in tip, working on opposite side of starting ch, sc in next 5 chs, ch 1,turn.

Row 3: Sc in next 6 sc, 3 sc in next sc, sc in remaining 6 sc. Leaving long end, fasten off.

Nose

Rows 1 & 2: Repeat Rows 1 & 2 of Pumpkin Face #3 Eye. Leaving long end, fasten off at end of last row.

Mouth

With A, ch 25.

Row 1: Dc in 4th ch from hook, dc in next 2 chs, [3 dc in next ch, dc in next ch, dc3tog, dc in next ch] 3 times, dc in last ch. Leaving long end, fasten off.

Pumpkin Face #4

Eye (make 2)

With A, ch 6.

Round 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in next 3 chs, 3 sc in last ch, working on opposite side of ch, work sc in next 3 chs, 2 sc in last ch—12 sc.

Round 2: 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next 3 sc, sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next 2 sc—18 sc.

Round 3: [Sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc] around—24 sc. Leaving long end, fasten off.

Nose

With A, ch 4, join with slip st in first ch.

Row 1: Ch 3, 9 dc in ring, ch 1, turn—10 dc.

Row 2: 2 sc in next dc, sc in next 8 dc, 2 sc in last dc. Leaving long end, fasten off.

Mouth

With A, ch 21.

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in next 2 chs, hdc in next 3 chs, dc in next 8 chs, hdc in next 3 chs, sc in remaining 3 chs. Leaving long end, fasten off.

BOO! (letters for center square)

Letter B

With A, ch 13.

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each remaining ch across, ch 9, turn.

Row 2: Skip next 5 sc, sc in next sc, ch 9, skip next 5 sc, sc in last sc, ch 1, turn.

Row 3: Sc in next sc, sc in next 9 chs, slip st in next sc, sc in next 9 chs, slip st in top of last st. Leaving long end, fasten off.

Letter O (make 2)

With A, ch 25, join with slip st in first ch.

Round 1: Ch 1, sc in same ch as joining and each remaining ch around, join with slip st in first sc. Leaving long end, fasten off.

! (Top)

With A, ch 14.

Row 1: Hdc in 3rd ch from hook and in next 7 chs, sc in last 4 chs. Leaving long end, fasten off.

! (Bottom)

With A, ch 2.

Round 1: 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook, join with slip st in first sc. Leaving long end, fasten off.

ASSEMBLY

Using long ends, sew Faces to Squares as shown in diagram.

Sew Squares together through back loops only of Round 10 of Squares.

Border

Round 1: Join C with slip st in any dc on outside edge of throw, ch 3, dc in each st around, working 5 dc between 2 outside corner tr, join with slip st in first st. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Round 2: Join A with sc in any dc on Round 1, *skip next dc, 5 dc in next dc, skip next dc, sc in next dc, repeat from * around, join with slip st in first sc. Fasten off and weave in ends.


ABBREVIATIONS

ch = chain; cm = centimeters; dc = double crochet; hdc = half double crochet; mm = millimeters; sc = single crochet; st(s) = stitch(es); tr = treble crochet; [ ] = work directions in brackets the number of times specified; * or ** = repeat whatever follows the * or ** as indicated.

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Puzzled Indemnity | Puzzle Lady Mystery Series | Parnell Hall

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Series: Puzzle Lady Mysteries (Book 14)
Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: Minotaur Books; First Edition edition (January 20, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1250027179
ISBN-13: 978-1250027177


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It’s been a cold, lonely winter for Cora Felton. Long distance has cooled the Puzzle Lady’s on-again-off-again affair with Sergeant Crowley, and the only case Chief Harper has for her to investigate is a routine liquor store robbery. So when attorney friend Becky Baldwin ask her to check out whether Brittney Wells' philandering husband is planning to kill her to collect on a million dollar, double indemnity insurance policy, Cora jumps at the chance.

Cora has no problem tracking hubby to his love nest, but when Brittany refuses to believe he's cheating on her, Cora has to blackmail him to prove the affair. Before she can, a car bomb rocks the quiet streets of Bakerhaven, and the stakes escalate to murder.

To save Becky's clueless client from the clutches of the law, Cora will manipulate a TV reporter, cast suspicion on an innocent man, crack crossword and Sudoku clues, solve the liquor store robbery, and enlist the aid of both Sergeant Crowley and his girlfriend in Parnell Hall's Puzzled Indemnity, this outrageous new entry in the Puzzle Lady Mystery series featuring Sudoku by Will Shortz.

Plagued by Quilt | Haunted Yarn Shop Mystery Series | Molly MacRae

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Series: Haunted Yarn Shop Mystery (Book 4)
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Signet (November 4, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 045147130X
ISBN-13: 978-0451471307


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Yarn shop owner Kath Rutledge is at a historic farm in Blue Plum, Tennessee, volunteering for the high school program Hands on History. But when a long-buried murder is uncovered on the property, Kath needs help from Geneva the ghost to solve a crime that time forgot....

Kath and her needlework group TGIF (Thank Goodness It’s Fiber) are preparing to teach a workshop at the Holston Homeplace Living History Farm, but their lesson in crazy quilts is no match for the crazy antics of the assistant director, Phillip Bell. Hamming it up with equal parts history and histrionics, Phillip leads an archaeological dig of the farm’s original dump site—until one student stops the show by uncovering some human bones.

When a full skeleton is later excavated, Kath can’t help but wonder if it’s somehow connected to Geneva, the ghost who haunts her shop, and whom she met at this very site. After Phillip is found dead, it’s up to Kath to thread the clues together before someone else becomes history.

Spinning in Her Grave | Haunted Yarn Shop Mystery Series | Molly MacRae

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Series: Haunted Yarn Mystery (Book 3)
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Signet (March 4, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0451240642
ISBN-13: 978-0451240644


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Kath Rutledge is settling in as the owner of the Weaver’s Cat, a fiber and fabric shop in Blue Plum, Tennessee. But nothing, not even the ghost haunting her shop, prepares her for the mystery that will leave the whole town spinning.... 

It’s time for Blue Plum’s annual historical festival, and everyone—including Kath and her spunky fiber and needlework group, TGIF—is getting in on the action. Expert spinners are being gathered, and a businessman has approached Kath about using the second-floor windows of her store for part of a reenactment. But the reenactment ends in real-life bloodshed when local baker Reva Louise Snapp is shot—with a bullet from a modern-day gun.

Kath has her theories about who wanted to end Reva Louise’s life. But there’s also talk of a sniper stalking Blue Plum, and Kath’s shop is suspected to be the murderer’s hideout. Now Kath, her TGIF pals, and the gloomy ghost, Geneva, must unravel the mystery quickly, or someone else might be left hanging by a thread....

Normandy Apple Tart Recipe


A classic French tart with a hint of almonds and a touch of Calvados (apple brandy) make this a deliciously indulgent dessert for friends and family.

Serves: 6
Preparation Time: 24 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes

 

INGREDIENTS:

9 oz ready made sweet butter pastry

For the filling
3 large apples, peeled and finely sliced
Caster sugar, for sprinkling
3 tbsp Calvados or apple brandy

For the Frangipane
3½ oz unsalted butter, cubed and softened
3½ oz caster sugar
2 eggs
2 oz plain flour, sifted
2½ oz ground almonds
2 drops almond essence

 

METHOD:

Heat oven to 400°F/200°C/Gas Mark 6

Grease a 10 inch loose bottomed tart or flan tin. Roll out the pastry to fit the tin. Prick the bottom of the pastry.

To make the frangipane, mix the butter and sugar together thoroughly, then add the eggs, one at a time. Fold in the flour, ground almonds and almond essence until combined.

Spread the frangipane over the bottom of the pastry and lay the apple slices in a pattern over the top. Sprinkle with the Calvados.

Bake in the oven for 15 minutes until beginning to brown. Remove from the oven, turn down the temperature to approx 350°F/180°C/Gas Mark 4, sprinkle over the caster sugar and place back in the oven for a further 10-15 minutes to cook.

Bake until caramelised, remove from the oven. Leave to cool slightly and then serve with clotted cream or ice cream.

TIP 1:  You can glaze the top of the tart with apricot jam if preferred, to make it ‘non alcoholic’.

TIP 2: Try mixing the Calvados in with the cream for a really boozy dessert!

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