Sunday, September 17, 2017

Welcome to Our Guest Alexia Gordon

Mystery Lovers' Kitchen is delighted to welcome author Alexia Gordon! For those of us with busy lives (uh, isn't that all of us?) she gives a simple strategy for quick and tasty meals.

Gethsemane Brown spent years traveling the US and the world touring with orchestras and giving concerts. Now she’s busy solving murders, directing an honors orchestra, and keeping a high-spirited ghost in check. Not much time to cook.

I don’t cook much, either. As a single woman juggling writing novels with a full-time day job, cooking for myself seldom seems worth the effort. Heat-and-eat and a variety of quality dining establishments within walking distance make take-out and dining out my default meal options. However, my budget and waistline demand I cook for myself on occasions.

Enter the pasta. I love pasta. Throw it in a pot for ten minutes or less, toss with some add-ins, drizzle with some olive oil and you have a meal. And pasta is perfect for the “some” method of cooking—throw some in a pot with a pinch of this and a bit of that—well-known to home chefs too busy dealing with life to measure ingredients by the milligram.

Here’s a gnocchi recipe I cooked up a couple of weeks ago:


1 package gnocchi
Vegetables of your choosing in amount you desire
Olive oil


Choose some vegetables. Chop them.

Put some olive oil in a skillet.

Put the chopped vegetables in the skillet and cook. If you used onions, cook until translucent. If you used squash, cook until soft. Vegetable hack: use mushrooms, peppers, and olives from the grocery store olive bar and heat until warm.

Set aside.

Boil water. Put a pinch of salt and some olive oil in the water first.

Prepare gnocchi according to package directions.

Put the pasta on a plate. Top with vegetables.

Top with olive oil.

Take a photo to post on Instagram to impress your friends and family with your culinary skills.

Eat! Enjoy!

A writer since childhood, I continued writing through college but put literary endeavors on hold to finish medical school and Family Medicine residency training. My medical career established, I returned to writing fiction. I completed SMU's Writer’s Path program in Dallas, Texas. Henery Press published my first novel, Murder in G Major, book one of the Gethsemane Brown mysteries, in September 2016 and book two, Death in D Minor, in July 2017. Book three, A Killing in C Sharp, is scheduled for March 2018.

I am a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, and the Writers’ League of Texas. I listen to classical music, drink whiskey, and blog at

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Death in D Minor (Gethsemane Brown Mystery #2)

Gethsemane Brown, African-American classical musician and expatriate to an Irish village, solved a string of murders, led a school orchestra to victory in a major competition, and got used to living with a snarky ghost. She can rest easy over the Christmas holiday. Right? 

Wrong. The ghost has disappeared, her landlord's about to sell her cottage to a hotel developer, and her brother-in-law is coming for a visit—with one day’s notice. She scrambles to call her spectral roomie back from beyond and find a way to save the cottage from certain destruction. 

But real estate takes a backseat when her brother-in-law is accused of stealing a valuable antique. Gethsemane strikes a deal with a garda investigator to go undercover as a musician at a charity ball and snoop for evidence linking antiques to a forgery/theft ring in exchange for the investigator’s help clearing her brother-in-law. At the party, she accidentally conjures the ghost of an eighteenth-century sea captain, then ends up the prime suspect in the party host’s murder. 

“The captivating southwestern Irish countryside adds a delightful element to this paranormal series launch. Gethsemane is an appealing protagonist who is doing the best she can against overwhelming odds.” – Library Journal (starred review on Murder in G Major

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  1. I like your recipe with gnocchi. I too love pasta and the way you add some vegetables and you have a meal. I look forward to reading your series. Sounds very intriguing.

  2. Dee,
    I'm all about quick and easy when it comes to cooking.

  3. I like your vegetable hacks, and I especially love gnocchi. Thanks for the easy recipe for a lovely dish!

  4. This looks delicious and a great quick dinner that's also healthy! Thanks for being with us today!

  5. Great post. The turn the case takes is most intriguing Would love to read. Hope it will be sooner rather than later. Love the recipe. We are all about quick and easy here. My daughter loves anything with pasta Della at deepotter at peoplepc dot com

  6. I can get frozen and shelf stable Gnocci in my area. Thank you for the quick dinner idea.

    NoraAdrienne (at) gmail (dot) com

  7. As another single woman working full time and doing lots of other stuff, I also use the get stuff to heat up method for a lot of my cooking! I love gnocchi, I usually eat it with pesto sauce!

    cozyupwithkathy @ gmail dot com

  8. That looks and sounds amazing. will have to try it for sure! And I love gnocchi! Thanks