Showing posts with label Elizabeth Lee. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Elizabeth Lee. Show all posts

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Welcome our guest, Elizabeth Lee + book giveaway

Welcome our guest, Elizabeth Lee!

Check out Elizabeth's giveaway below!

From Elizabeth Lee (a.k.a. Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli)

            SNOOP TO NUTS, the second in my Nut House Series from Berkley, finds Lindy Blanchard and her grandmother, Miss Amelia, in hot water all over again.  Miss Amelia, the best cook and baker in Riverville, Texas, gets voted right out of the running at the county fair.  Not only doesn’t Miss Amelia win a prize for her Texas Caviar—known far and wide as the best dish to come out of Riverville ever—but her dish unfortunately poisons the new parson in town.
            That’s only the beginning of Miss Amelia’s troubles.  She could be going to jail while the townspeople divide up in their loyalties.  All of this leaves Lindy and her boyfriend, Hunter, a deputy with the Riverville Police Department, to wade through the town’s characters—like Morton and Susie Q from The Barking Coyote Saloon, Cecil Darling, the snobby Englishman at The Squirrel Diner, and Miss Amelia’s testy friend, Ethelred Tomroy—who each has their own theory about what’s happening in town.
            When the church people get involved and Lindy and Hunter go off to Tupelo checking out leads to a killer, the killings widen and endanger all the Blanchards.
            The thing with the Blanchard family is that they’ve been around a long time.  Maybe they’re pretty well off now—what with the pecan farm and the Nut House pecan shop in town—but they’re old fashioned enough to stand by their friends, their relatives, and especially their Meemaw, Miss Amelia.  It’s a tough time for Blanchards, but they know how to handle a murder here and there.
            The thing I like best about writing these books is letting the relationship between Lindy, in her late twenties, and Miss Amelia, in her seventies, blossom.  These two women learn how much alike they are, and learn to get around the generational separation.  There is a lot of love between them, and deep respect, all the while they have fun together. 
            As a grandmother, myself, I’ve always thought older women got short shrift: sitting in their rocking chairs and knitting, patting people on the head, dithering when asked what they think.  Miss Amelia’s not like that.  She can mix it up with the best of’em; bake pecan breads; stock the Nut House profitably, take care of friends, see to the whole family of Blanchards and still track down killers who dare to hurt the town and the people she loves.  Maybe Miss Amelia isn’t Super Nanny, but she comes closer to the older women I know than any other sleuth I’ve followed.
            After the killers are safely put away, Miss Amelia throws a Nut House party, serving dishes she’s renamed for the occasion—all tongue in cheek.  Here’s that Texas Caviar of hers, christened with a name that suits the occasion:

                         SOCRATES’ FAVORITE TEXAS CAVIAR

We all know what happened to poor Socrates and the hemlock.  Miss Amelia thinks a good dose of her caviar would have saved the man and got a lot more thinking done.


2 (16 ounce) cans Black-eyed Peas, drained
1 (15 ounce) can diced Tomatoes, drained
2 fresh medium Jalapenos, stemmed, seeded, and minced
1 small Onion, diced
½ Yellow Bell Pepper, stemmed, seeded, and diced
¼ cup chopped fresh Cilantro
6 tbsp Red Wine Vinegar
6 tbsp Olive Oil
½ tsp Salt
½ tsp Pepper
½ tsp Garlic Powder
1½ tsp Cumin
2 cps finely chopped Pecans
1/4 cp Garrison Brothers Straight Texas Bourbon

Mix all ingredients, cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days.  Before serving, adjust seasonings to taste.  Serve with taco chips, crackers, or toast rounds.  DO NOT LEAVE THE BOWL SITTING AROUND IF YOU’VE GOT MURDEROUS RELATIVES!

You can double or triple the recipe, depending on the size of your crowd and how hefty the appetites.

Giveaway: Today, I'm giving away a copy of Snoop to Nuts to one lucky commenter. See the word "comments" below? Click it! Remember to leave your email address so I can contact you if you win. Now tell me, what older woman do you admire?

Elizabeth Lee, (pseudonym for Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli) lives far back in the woods where nobody can find her unless they call first and she decides to answer.  Mostly her life is about deer and fox and bear and raccoons—oh my!  Part of her life is about a bunch of kids—she thinks the number’s up to nineteen as of now—that’s original kids and then grandkids.  She writes murder mysteries because it’s a great way to let off steam.  Get mad at a clerk in McDonald’s?  Ooops, do her in in the next book.  You’d never know she’s sweet as sugar most of the time.  Just watch your back if you get invited to visit.  Even her husband, Tony, is nervous—with all those books on poisons and guns and forensics sitting on their bookshelves.

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Sunday, February 9, 2014

When In Doubt, Throw in Whiskey

A very special welcome to Elizabeth Lee! Elizabeth has the enviable series title of Nut House Mysteries. So cute! I know it makes me feel right at home. But these are edible nuts, like pecans!  A TOUGH NUT TO KILL, the first in the series, was just released on February 4th. Elizabeth has very kindly agreed to give away a copy of her book to one lucky person who leaves a comment here today. Good luck, everyone!

In A TOUGH NUT TO KILL, the one thing you wouldn’t call Miss Amelia of The Nut House in Riverville, Texas, is straitlaced.  She may be seventy-seven but you’d better not call her “Dearie” or “Sweetie” or “Honey” either, unless you want that special pecan pie of hers to be served upside down in the box.

The Nut House is where a lot of the pecans grown on the Blanchard family ranch are turned into Sassie Tassies, and fried pies, and spiced pecans, and on and on—anything Miss Amelia can come up with, all very good according to the citizens of Riverville.

The thing with Miss Amelia and her granddaughter, Lindy Blanchard, is that when they get mixed up in murder, especially when one of their own family is accused of the killing, high dudgeon comes pouring out, and trickery, and investigative skills enough to rival Sherlock Holmes.

The only trouble with solving crimes, Miss Amelia finds, is that her time in the kitchen is cut way back.  The Nut House could suffer.   She figures she’s got to come up with something fast and wonderful to keep her customers happy while she’s out visiting suspicious new friends and calling on a few old buddies like the ‘girls’,’ a set of twins in their eighties who spend most of their time in the saddle, out shooting rattlers on their spread.  The ‘Girls’ argue like two squirrels in a sack, but have a couple of solid ideas about human rattlers they’d like to take aim at.   

Since Lindy Blanchard, like her meemaw, is creative and driven, the two of them find a way to intrigue and appeal to customers while still hot on the trail of a murdering wretch.  What they come up with is adding a dash of Garrison Brothers Texas Bourbon to some real easy-to-make, do-ahead recipes, and then advertise them as all ‘Pure Texas.’

Nobody’s about to complain.  That would be like turning your back on the Texas flag.

What Miss Amelia will tell you though, if you’re a teetotaler, is to leave out the bourbon in her recipe.   Last thing she wants is your lost soul on her conscience.  But, in fairness, she did add that if you’re having a bad day, maybe you just found a dead body or were out chasing a killer—feel free to go ahead and leave out the rest of the ingredients and just drink the whiskey.

Here’s her recipe for easy-to-make Texas Outhouse Moons.


1 cup soft butter or margarine
1 cup sifted confectioners sugar
2 cups flour
3 tbsp. bourbon
2 cups finely chopped pecans
More confectioners sugar for rolling cookies

Preheat oven to 350

Cream butter and confectioners sugar together until smooth.
Add flour, bourbon, and pecans.
Mix well.
Shape into 2 inch quarter-moon crescents and place on a cookie sheet.
Bake 10-15 minutes.

Keep a close eye on these.  They should be set, but not too brown.
When cool, roll in extra confectioners sugar and get the heck out of the kitchen.

Elizabeth Lee (aka Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli) lives in the north woods, back with the deer and the turkeys and the bear.  She has published prize-winning essays and short stories but loves writing mystery novels.  Her first was Gift of Evil, from Bantam, then Dead Dancing Women, Dead Floating Lovers, Dead Sleeping Shaman, Dead Dogs and Englishmen, and Dead Little Dolly from Midnight Ink.  A Tough Nut to Kill is the first in The Nut House series from Berkley Publishing, part of the larger series: Soup to Nuts.  

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