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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  1. The recipe sounds delicious! Thank you for this chance to win! I admire my mom. She's always there for me and does so much for me. My mom is my hero!

  2. The Nut House Series is new for me, and I am looking forward to reading the books. Thank you for the recipe and the giveaway.

  3. I admire my mom, and my good friend Marti. They are both excellent role models for me !

  4. This book sounds great! I admire my mom. She is just the best.

  5. I admire my aunt; survivor of cancer and a strong woman.

  6. Mom, of course! Even if she didn't agree with me I always had her support.

  7. My mom, of course. She is a strong, amazing woman who always gives me her love and support. She is a breast cancer survivor, who at 89 is still trying (and succeeding at) new activities!!!
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  8. Wow--everybody's Mom! What else did i expect? We just got a new grandbaby on Friday--I don't only admire her--I love her like mad! So beautiful--but aren't they all?

  9. Elizabeth, I loved the first Nut House mystery, and look forward to reading this one!

    1. Thanks so much, Linda. I appreciate that. Another one will be out by the end of the year.

  10. All of the older women out there who consider their age to be just a number. I really enjoyed the first book in the series and look forward to this installment.
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  11. I've never read this series before, but it looks excellent and I'm always looking for new books!
    The older woman I admire most is my old art teacher. Her name is Joycelyn, and she lived alone in the woods, did all her own yard work, took care of all the surrounding animals, and was generally an incredible inspiration.

  12. I've only ever had my black eyed peas by themselves. This makes them so fancy.
    Your book sounds terrific. I'd love to read it.
    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  13. Not sure what is worse, losing the contest or poisoning the parson! This sounds like a great series I have somehow missed, full of quirky characters. My mother was quite the character. When my first daughter was born she told her/us "Just so you don't get your grandmas confused you can call me Pretty Grandma." I wouldn't mind being like her or Miss Amelia with a little spunk. When my grandkids and great-grandkids say "You're funny, Grandma" I take that as a compliment. Thanks for the giveaway.

  14. I want to try this recipe. There are two women I admire. My mom and my grandmother. Both have been an inspiration. My mom-mom (which is what we call her) is 97. She is in an independent living apartment however for the last three month in rehab because she can not get rid of this virus. She is still going and refuses to give up. You can't help but love her spunk and zest for life. She said to me the other day.. I will beat this c-diff if it kills me... I told her thankfully it has not yet and her reply was... let it try I will win.

  15. Welcome to Mystery Lovers Kitchen, Elizabeth! I love black-eyed peas. But with nuts and bourbon? Yeehaw! This I *have* to try. Your book sounds delightful. Best of luck with it!

    1. I am so humbled by all of you fabulous women--cooks, kind people, who love all these strong, older women. Hope you all like the books--another is coming out next winter: NUTS AND BURIED. MORE with Miss Amelia and all those friendly people in Riverville, TX.

  16. I have never had black eyed peas..this looks like a must try! And the book looks like a must read!!

  17. My mother. I miss her.

    1. Oh, Karen. Me Too. But I talk to her everyday, even if she's only inside my head. I always know what she would say in any given situation.

  18. love to read this new series I also admire my mom thanks for the opportunity

  19. I sent a copy of the recipe to my older daughter. She's interested in always trying new things. I love the title of the book and would enjoy winning it and adding it to my growing (1823 and growing) library.

    NoraAdrienne AT gmail DOT com

  20. Sounds like a winning Super Bowl recipe. The book sounds like a winner too.

  21. The older woman I would admire would definitely be my Mother. At age 93, she isn't able to get around much. She lives in assisted living now with her younger sister, age 89. At age 13, she to take over the duties of the house and raise her younger sister, as her Mother passed away. She's worked hard all her life, working on the farm with my Father, raising chickens, having a big garden etc.

  22. Looking forward to reading this. I discovered Texas Caviar this past