Sunday, October 1, 2017

Welcome author Allison Brook + book #giveaway

A former Spanish teacher, Allison Brook writes mysteries, romantic suspense, and novels for young readers. She loves traveling, reading, knitting, doing Sudoku, and visiting with her grandchildren, Olivia and Jack, on FaceTime. She lives on Long Island with Sammy, her feisty red cat. This is her FIRST Haunted Library mystery. Allison is also known as Marilyn Levinson.  She writes the Golden Age of Mystery Book Club mysteries and the Twin Lakes Mystery series.

Giveaway below!

Take it away, Allison!


I love making soups! I came to soup-making late in life. I think I used to worry that I’d do something wrong and all that food would go to waste. But now soups are one of my favorite foods to make. The process can be time consuming, but since I make a lot each time, there’s plenty for several dinners. Soup-making is flexible and forgiving. I’ve discovered that after you’ve included the basic ingredients for a particular soup, you can make it truly yours by adding a few ingredients of your choice—either what’s available in your fridge and/or pantry or your favorite veggies. My two favorite additions are red pepper and mushrooms.
Gazpacho is the perfect soup to serve at lunch or dinner on a warm summer day since no cooking is involved. My librarian sleuth Carrie Singleton will be making a batch of it in the third book of my Haunted Library Mystery series, which has yet to be written. I love to serve it not-too-processed, topped with croutons and diced Persian cucumbers.

But let’s start at the beginning:
Ingredients: (remember, this is a soup, not a cake, so you can alter the amounts somewhat. I’m telling you what I used):
1 red pepper
1 Vidalia onion
2 large cucumbers
 a handful of garlic cloves
 half a handful of fresh parsley
 7 large mushrooms
3 teaspoons of red vinegar
the juice of one lime
46 oz can of Sacramento tomato juice
28 oz  can of Red Pack crushed tomatoes with basil, garlic, and oregano
salt and pepper to taste

Process the pepper, onion, garlic, cucumbers, parsley and mushrooms in a large Cuisinart. Pour into a very large bowl and add the tomato juice and crushed tomatoes, vinegar, lime and salt and pepper. Chill in the fridge for at least three hours. Garnish with croutons and diced Persian cucumbers.


 Allison is offering a giveaway today of her new book - in hardcover!  Leave a comment and tell her what you love about libraries...or soup.  Remember to leave your email so she can contact you if you win.  

Here is a tidbit about...
(A Haunted Library Mystery)
Carrie Singleton is just about done with Clover Ridge, Connecticut until she's offered a job as the head of programs and events at the spooky local library, complete with its own librarian ghost. Her first major event is a program presented by a retired homicide detective, Al Buckley, who claims he knows who murdered Laura Foster, a much-loved part-time library aide who was bludgeoned to death fifteen years earlier. As he invites members of the audience to share stories about Laura, he suddenly keels over and dies.

The medical examiner reveals that poison is what did him in and Carrie feels responsible for having surged forward with the program despite pushback from her director. Driven by guilt, Carrie’s determined to discover who murdered the detective, convinced it’s the same man who killed Laura all those years ago. Luckily for Carrie, she has a friendly, knowledgeable ghost by her side. But as she questions the shadows surrounding Laura's case, disturbing secrets come to light and with each step Carrie takes, she gets closer to ending up like Al.

Now it's due or die for Carrie in Death Overdue the delightful first in a new cozy series by Allison Brook. 

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