Sunday, August 5, 2012

Welcome, Guest author Kate Carlisle! BIBLIOPHILE MYSTERIES

Séance Sundaes from Kate Carlisle, Author of 
Kate Carlisle is the New York Times bestselling author of the Bibliophile Mystery series. The latest Bibliophile Mystery is PERIL IN PAPERBACK, available now wherever paperbacks or ebooks are sold. The Bibliophile Mystery series follows book restoration expert Brooklyn Wainwright as she attempts to restore classic texts to their former glory, and to solve the contemporary murders that are linked to each book.

PERIL IN PAPERBACK takes place in the mountains outside Tahoe, at a weeklong house party hosted by eccentric billionaire Grace Crawford. Grace, like every good hostess, wants to be sure that her guests don’t get bored, so she has arranged a few surprises. Games… multi-course meals prepared by a fabulous chef… a séance… and to top it all off, she’ll do a reading from the tell-all book she’s written that reveals her family and friends’ darkest secrets.

But on the first night of the party, during the séance, a storm hits and the lights go out. Heavy footsteps pound outside the door. A glass shatters. At first, Brooklyn Wainwright thinks it’s all part of the show. But when the lights flicker back on, one of the guests is dead.
And now they’re all trapped by the snowstorm with a murderer… and a corpse.

When I was invited as a guest here at Mystery Lovers Kitchen, I thought about that séance, and I asked myself, If I were dead, what would tempt me back from the dead?

The answer, of course, is chocolate. More specifically, brownie sundaes with a special kick of heat that might just jolt your heart back to life. I served these recently to a foodie friend – a woman with a very sophisticated palate – and she said it was the best dessert she had ever eaten. She was shocked when I told her that it started with a box mix. What can I say? I don’t cook!

Séance Sundaes with Resuscitation Brownies and Hot-as-Hell Hot Fudge

Resuscitation Brownie ingredients:
Your favorite brownie recipe… mine was a box of Duncan Hines. You can make yours from scratch if you want (show off)
1 t cinnamon
1 jalapeno, seeds removed
Half of a 12-ounce bag of dark chocolate Hershey’s Kisses

Mix the brownie ingredients as normal, then stir in the cinnamon, minced jalapeno, and the Hershey’s Kisses, each cut in half. (You could use dark chocolate chips, to save yourself the trouble of unwrapping each Kiss and cutting it in half. However, I have a soft spot for Hershey’s Kisses, since they were responsible for saving Brooklyn’s life in ONE BOOK IN THE GRAVE.) Bake according to package – I mean recipe – directions.

Hot-as-Hell Hot Fudge Ingredients:
Half of a 12-ounce bag of dark chocolate Hershey’s Kisses
2 T butter
¼ t cayenne pepper
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 t vanilla

Melt the Kisses and butter in a double boiler. Or if, like me and the rest of the regular world, you don’t have a double boiler, then melt them in the microwave on low power at 30-second increments. Stir in cayenne and sweetened condensed milk. Heat, stirring constantly, until thick. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.

To make the Séance Sundae, put a warm brownie in each bowl. Top with ice cream, hot fudge, and chopped nuts.

Enjoy!  So who likes what on a sundae???


  1. Hi Kate, welcome to our kitchen! so excited about the new book! I like hot fudge just fine, and this recipe looks amazing...but my biggest weakness is caramel sauce on vanilla ice cream...mmmmmmmm

  2. Resuscitation Brownies! I love it. I knew brownies had a medicinal purpose. I have to admit that I love both chocolate and caramel sauce, but my favorite is raspberries over vanilla ice cream -- which would go very well with brownies . . .

    ~ Krista

  3. Kate, I love the title. Seance Sundaes. Resuscitation Brownies. What fun!!! And I love your new book cover. Can't wait to read this one starting Tuesday! Whee.

    ~Daryl aka Avery

  4. Lucy, I think caramel sauce might just make this so delicious that my head would explode! Mmmmmmmmmm!!!!!!

    Thanks for the sweet words about PERIL IN PAPERBACK. I'm really looking forward to hearing what readers think. I've got DEATH IN FOUR COURSES on pre-order!

  5. Krista, there are days when chocolate is the only thing that keeps me going. LOL!!! Definitely has medicinal powers. Raspberries would be really good with the brownies and ice cream. You'd get that wonderful sweet-tart combination. And it's fruit, so it's good for you, right?


  6. Hi Kate! Thanks for visiting the kitchen. I LOVE a little spice with my chocolate and can't wait to try both the brownies and the sauce. Maybe I can add the caramel factor with dulce de leche ice cream? But vanilla is such a classic. Yum!

  7. Thanks, Daryl! I love the cover of PERIL IN PAPERBACK, too! So many fun things to look at. Cozy mystery covers are the BEST! We rock!!!!!!

    I gotta warn you, when you eat a Seance Sundae, you go into a trance... no operating heavy machinery for at least an hour!

  8. I am more of a chocolate traditionalist, with plain hot fudge, nuts, whipped cream and a cherry on top. Jalapenos are not my friend. I am looking forward to reading PERIL IN PAPERBACK.

  9. I've enjoyed your books, Kate, but I too have to admit that when I want a sundae, I can do without the pepper. The problem is that I can also do without the whip cream and the ice cream. I'll just take a bowl of hot fudge, thanks!

  10. Gayle, if you don't like a spicy kick, then the hot fudge recipe would work for you if you eliminate the cayenne. And of course, the brownie recipe would work, since you're using your favorite recipe. If you like cinnamon, though, add that for a little bit of Mexican chocolate pizazz.

    I hope you'll love PERIL IN PAPERBACK!

  11. Or perhaps a tub of hot fudge that you can swim in? (Maybe warm fudge rather than hot.) LOL!!!!

  12. This sundae would DEFINITELY tempt me back from the dead, Kate! I'm so right there with the spicy kick.

    Best of luck on your release tomorrow!