Kay Finch is the author of the new Bad Luck Cat Mystery series, with the first of the series, BLACK CAT CROSSING, coming from Berkley in September 2015. Her most recent published mystery, Relative Chaos, features a professional organizer who finds a dead body in a hoarder's garage. Kay grew up on a Pennsylvania farm, but she got to Texas as fast as she could and discovered her favorite vacation spot, the Texas Hill Country, setting of her new series.
Thanks for inviting me to Mystery Lover’s Kitchen. My family is especially delighted because I actually quit writing for a while to bake something. I’ve had fun this year writing Black Cat Crossing, book one of my new series, and defending Hitchcock, the alleged Bad Luck Cat, from characters who believe black cats bring bad luck. As my granddaughter wisely points out, that’s just plain silly. I’ve learned, though, that some people are dead serious about their superstition. I prefer those that claim black cats are good luck. Hitchcock is definitely good luck for me, and I can’t wait to see Black Cat Crossing in print come September.
PECAN TARTS (from the Finch Family Cookbook)
1 stick butter
3 oz package cream cheese
1-1/4 cup flour
Soften butter and cream cheese. Mix together, then add flour.
Chill for 2 hours. Roll into small balls, then press into tart pans.
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons butter, softened
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup chopped pecans
Beat together eggs, brown sugar, butter and vanilla. Stir in pecans. Spoon 1 teaspoon in each crust. Bake at 350 F. for 25 minutes. Makes 24.
Enjoy your tarts. Don’t tell anyone, especially not my thrifty Pennsylvania Dutch relatives, that I bought pecans for this instead of shelling the bushels of pecans we picked up from our own backyard trees.
Black Cat Crossing will be available for pre-order from Amazon soon, and I’ll be shouting that from the rooftops when the time comes. Meanwhile, my Corie McKenna mysteries, Final Decree and Final Cut, and Relative Chaos are available now in print and Kindle versions.
Happy New Year everyone!