Monday, September 14, 2015

Ghosts and Goblins #bookclubweek




It's almost that time of year again. The leaves are turning and your book club might be thinking about ghosts and things that go bump in the night! So today I'm offering THE GHOST AND MRS. MEWER, which takes place at Halloween. That's right! I'm giving away a copy to one person who leaves a comment below.

A team of ghost hunters arrive in Wagtail to investigate the local ghost stories for a TV show. They're particularly interested in a legend that centers around a deserted hotel. But to keep things honest, a ghost debunker is part of the show to expose any fast tricks they might pull.

I have to tell you that researching this story was fascinating. I come from a no nonsense family that absolutely did not believe in ghosts. That is, not until my father died. Every single one of us saw or heard him after his death. So it was particularly interesting to me to delve into fact versus fiction. By including a ghost debunker in the story, I was able to explore both sides of the question do ghosts exist?

I'm including some book club questions here to get the conversation started. I think questions one and two could fill the entire evening and result in some fascinating stories.

Book Club Questions for
THE GHOST AND MRS. MEWER

1. Do you believe in ghosts?
2. Have you ever seen, heard, or felt a ghost?
3. Have you ever taken part in a fake haunted house as a guest or a ghost?
4. Did Eva Chevalier expose some ghost hunting tricks you didn't know about?
5. How did you feel about Eva and her personal problems?
6. Do you have a cat? Would your cat have acted like Mrs. Mewer?
7. What was the spookiest moment in the book for you?
8. How did you feel about Mallory? Did your opinion change as you learned about her past?
9. Did you know who the killer was? Who did you suspect?
10. It has to be asked. What's your favorite Halloween treat?

It goes without saying that you're going to serve something at your book club meeting, so today I'm offering pumpkin cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. These were so yummy that they started disappearing before I even frosted them. So if you're in a pinch, you can just dust some powdered sugar over them and they'll still be delish. But if my friend Betsy is coming, you'd better make the frosting. She claims "the cake is just there to hold the frosting." I bet some of you think so, too.


Krista's Pumpkin Cupcakes
 with Cream Cheese Frosting
(makes 12 cupcakes)

Pumpkin Cupcakes

3/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspooon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
pinch of cloves

1/2 stick (4 tablespoons) unsalted butter (at room temperature)
1/2 cup dark brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup regular sugar

1 large egg
1/2 cup canned pumpkin (NOT pumpkin pie filling)
1 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 and place cupcake papers in the pan.

Mix together the first seven ingredients in a bowl and mix well with a fork. Set aside.

Cream the butter with the sugars. Add the egg and beat well. Add the vanilla and pumpkin and beat. Slowly beat in the flour mixture until smooth. The batter will be thick.

Spoon the batter into the prepared pan, filling each well about 3/4 full. (I spoon some into each well, then go back and top them all off.)

Bake 16 minutes. (The number one complaint about cupcakes is that they're dry. Don't over-bake!)

Cool on a rack. Eat plain (at brunch, maybe?), dust with powdered sugar, or top with cream cheese frosting.


Cream Cheese Frosting

1 stick (8 tablespoons) butter, softened
6 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup powdered sugar

Beat the butter with the cream cheese. Add the vanilla and beat. Add the sugar 1/2 cup at a time, beating in between.

Thick batter.

After baking.



Don't forget to leave a comment if you would like to win a copy of 
THE GHOST AND MRS. MEWER. 
Please include your email address so I can notify you. 
Good luck!

122 comments:

  1. I'm not too crazy about pumpkin pie, but pumpkin cupcakes - that's another story. Yum. I love the title, always makes me think of the old movie. Thanks for the giveaway.
    sallycootie@gmail.com

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  2. I agree with Grandma Cootie- I think about the movie too..which I love!
    the3beersus@yahoo.com

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  3. I am looking forward to trying the pumpkin cupcakes! They look so yummy. Thank you for sharing the recipe and giveaway.
    myrifraf(at)gmail(dot)com

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  4. I love pumpkin and the old movie. At the notoriously haunted Black Swan Inn, I had a ghost apport my purse from one side of a locked door to the other side! The purse strap was still on the doorknob, but the purse itself was left hanging out in the hallway. sssusieq@hotmaildotcom

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  5. Yum! Love anything with pumpkin. Fall is my favorite time of the year. I love this series. I would love to visit or even move to town where I could take my dog anywhere I went. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  6. Your book sounds great & my answer is yes, I do believe in ghosts. Most of my family has experienced ghosts, or as you may prefer to call them spirits.
    I'd be thrilled to win this new book. Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy.
    Also, I love the sound of your cupcakes, I can smell them baking already.

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  7. These look delicious and a cozy with ghosts? Count me in!
    karen.kenyon(at)rogers(dot)com

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  8. Great recipes, ghosts and a great Cozy story. Who could ask for anything better !! joytheforgottenone@yahoo.com

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  9. Great recipes, ghosts and a great Cozy story. Who could ask for anything better !! joytheforgottenone@yahoo.com

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  10. This book sounds great and the recipe looks awesome. Thanks for the chance!!
    Moonbay7399@gmail.com

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  11. This book sounds like a lot of fun as do all of your books! But, the excitement is the pumpkin cupcakes because, well isn't it always about the food going along with the reading? I have all the ingredients here at the house except for the cream cheese so I will be going and getting that. My son is going to go nuts because he loves all things pumpkin.crossing my fingers for the win.

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  12. I love holiday themed books! This one sounds great! :)

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  13. Your book sounds great! I would love to win! The cupcakes look great also.

    ElaineE246 at msn dot com

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  14. Love the cute Halloween photo of you and your kitty! I read (and loved) The Ghost and Mrs. Mewer (and Murder She Barked)...looking forward to Murder Most Howl.

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  15. I have been wanting to read this book. I know what you mean about family not believing in Ghosts but I do and have seen them. When I stayed at my daughter's house there was a little mischievous little girl ghost and I.was home all alone went to.bathroom.came.back.and.all my medicine bottles were stacked on top.of one another. I.took.them down.and lin ed them up as.before and went to.kitchen.came.back and they were stacked on top of one another.again. one.of many experiences there. I will be.trying the cupcakes too but with gluten free flour. Thanks for recipe
    lhxp73@yahoo.com

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  16. I'd love to read this, it looks awesome!

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  17. I have been wanting to read this book. I know what you mean about family not believing in Ghosts but I do and have seen them. When I stayed at my daughter's house there was a little mischievous little girl ghost and I.was home all alone went to.bathroom.came.back.and.all my medicine bottles were stacked on top.of one another. I.took.them down.and lin ed them up as.before and went to.kitchen.came.back and they were stacked on top of one another.again. one.of many experiences there. I will be.trying the cupcakes too but with gluten free flour. Thanks for recipe
    lhxp73@yahoo.com

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  18. Your recipe sounds super delicious! I love pumpkin ANYTHING but have never tried pumpkin cupcakes so will have to bake these soon. Thanks for the chance to win your book! kimdavishb@gmail.com

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  19. I love anything pumpkin. The cupcakes look very yummy. Halloween is our favorite holiday and I love Halloween themed or mysteries that place around the holiday. Thanks for the giveaway.
    scarletbegonia5858@gmail.com

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  20. I would love to win a copy of the ghost and Mrs. Mewer. Love your cozies. jchizmar01@windstream.net

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  21. I love the tastes of fall---and these pumpkin muffins look just perfect to start my fall baking. Thanks for the contest. suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  22. Pumpkin cream cheese muffins/cupcakes are one of my favorite fall treats - thanks for sharing your recipe, Krista! :-) nicolev.girldetective@yahoo.com

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    1. Ummmm, apparently it's too early for me because I don't even know my own email address - lol! Sorry!!! nicolev.girldetective@gmail.com

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  23. I love fall and this looks like a wonderful book. Thank you for having this contest! pfistersk@yahoo.com

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  24. Along with such delightful covers, one of the things I love about "cozy" mysteries is the titles. I LOVE THIS TITLE! I "judge books by their cover" and know this must be great! kat8762@aol.com

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  25. I do believe in spirits and that people who have passed on can give you signs they're there for you. I don't watch any horror movies though. The title of the book is adorable! Joan. jsomers421@gmail.com

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  27. I would love to win this book! The older I get, the more I just want to read mysteries with dogs, cats and food in them. The rest are too much like the news. :( stclairck@gmail.com

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  28. Do you trick or treat with your cat? You look adorable.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  29. I'm a sucker for cozy mysteries. Thanks for this opportunity. robeader53@yahoo.com

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