Welcome. We’re so glad you’re here! Of all the fun activities that an author gets to participate in, book clubs have got to be the best. This is our chance to meet and mingle with readers and potential readers. Book clubs are all about people who love books and are almost always full of folks who also love food and drink. That’s just one of the reasons why this week’s theme is so much fun. Mystery Lovers Kitchen is the perfect blog for a book club theme.
We make great use of everyone’s recipes and our index all the time and for today, we’re using some of MJ's and Victoria's own favorite past posts with easy and delicious book club treats for your book club.
We love all book clubs whether they meet in someone’s home, a church hall, or a library. We’ve been to gatherings where the hostess served an entire dinner around the dining room table and others where the meal was pot luck on a groaning buffet table. Some groups serve desserts and coffee, other appetisers, cheese and wine. In churches and libraries, people strut their stuff with cookies. It’s all quite wonderful. Even in online book clubs, you get the impression that people are happily munching at their keyboards.
But first, how about enjoying one of these delicious traditional Nova Scotia Oatcakes that MJ was served at a fabulous book club event in scenic Sherbrooke, Nova Scotia. You'll find the link to the post and the recipe below.
And now at last a bit about The Christie Curse. Read on:
Jordan Kelly needs a new job and a new place to live. She’s back in Harrison Falls, New York, living with her not so law-abiding uncles, in debt thanks to a credit card–stealing ex and pending grad school loans. Enter the perfect job, a research position that includes room and board, which will allow her to spend her days hunting down rare mysteries for an avid book collector. There’s just one problem: her employer, Vera Van Alst is the most hated citizen of Harrison Falls.
Jordan’s first assignment is to track down a rumored unpublished and unproduced Agatha Christie play that may or may not exist. It seems easy enough, but Jordan soon finds out that her predecessor was killed while looking for it, and there is still someone out there willing to murder to keep the play out of Vera’s hands. Jordan’s new job is good…but is it worth her life?
That sounds dangerous, people suggest.
What drew you to the Golden Age of Detection?
We have both always read and enjoyed mysteries, something we’re sure we share with you. MJ was raised on Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers, Rex Stout, Margery Allingham, Ngaio Marsh and the rest of the mystery royalty and Victoria has also read and enjoyed the greats. As book sellers we were both were involved with the Prime Crime Mystery Bookstore in Ottawa. Life in this mystery focused world made total sense to us. We get book collecting and the fascination of the genre.
Oh ho. Well, just recently in book three we were discussing Jordan’s Uncle Kevin (who first appears in The Sayers Swindle). MJ thought Kev was wiry and fit and Victoria thought he was pudgy and cuddly. We both agreed that Uncle Kev is always an accident waiting to happen and one step from bringing calamity to himself and others and women seemed to love him, but our vision was two different pictures of the dangerous dude. Despite this, we showed our enduring love and affection by munching a few of these little cookies together. The link is below.
As for Uncle Kev, all will be revealed in The Wolfe Widow (September 2014) Be there.
Speaking of uncles, are any of your relatives, um, criminals?
Part of the author’s job is to absorb surplus calories in order to save the characters and the readers from tight waistband syndrome. We hope you appreciate this sacrifice on our part.
But seriously, we think that food enhances a book, engages our senses and makes everything better.
Speaking of better, this might be a good time to serve the chocolate souffle.
Yes, the recipe link is below.
What’s the most fun about writing a mystery book collector series drawn from the twenties and thirties?
What's next in the book collector series?
We're glad you asked. The Sayers Swindle will hit the stand on December 3, 2013 and we are working on The Wolfe Widow. Having fun around here!
If you liked the Christie Curse, we know you’ll also enjoy The Sayers Swindle.
Can Jordan keep going straight? Will Vera’s missing Sayers collection be found before Jordan loses her job? What is Walter eating? Look out behind you, there’s a guy with a shovel!
Is there anything else to eat?
Sure thing! Sometimes you have to get a treat on the table and your day's gone wrong and you're out of time. Let's call 8-minute plum cake to the rescue! Well, you do need to allow 25 minutes for it to bake (or you might have one in the freezer like we do) You'll find the link below!
Click thisMystery Lovers Kitchen link for the chocolate soufflé and chocolate heart cookie blog and recipes:
Click this Mystery Lovers Kitchen link for the pot-de-chocolat blog and recipe. http://www.mysteryloverskitchen.com/2011/02/my-not-so-secret-love-affair-with.html
Click this Mystery Lovers Kitchen link for the 8-minute plum cake recipe. http://www.mysteryloverskitchen.com/2013/08/plum-crazy-eight-minute-cake.html
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