Sunday, August 18, 2019

Please welcome guest author Allison Brook aka Marilyn Levinson + book #giveaway

A former Spanish teacher, Marilyn Levinson writes mysteries, romantic suspense, and novels for kids. Her books have received many accolades. As Allison Brook she writes the Haunted Library mystery series. DEATH OVERDUE, the first in the series, was an Agatha nominee for Best Contemporary Novel last year.

Welcome, Marilyn. 

What is your latest book BURIED IN THE STACKS, the 3rd in the Haunted Library Mystery series, about?

Librarian Carrie Singleton is building a haven, but one of her neighbors is misbehavin'. Can resident spirit Evelyn help Carrie catch the culprit who made her a ghost?

You continue to write as Marilyn Levinson. What are a few of your other mysteries?

Other mysteries include the Golden Age of Mystery Book Club series and the Twin Lakes series. Among my YAs and books for kids are: GETTING BACK TO NORMAL, AND DON’T BRING JEREMY, which was a nominee for six state awards, and RUFUS AND MAGIC RUN AMOK, an International Reading Association-Children’s Book Council “Children’s Choice."  

Where do you live?  

In Long Island, where many of my books take place. 

What’s on the menu?

Apricot Chicken is one of my standard go-to recipes when I’m having people over for dinner. Leftovers are easy to freeze or serve the following day—though there usually aren’t any left to save.

This  delicious recipe can be made with apricot or orange marmalade. Please note that when cooking I do not use exact measurements so feel free to add or minimize ingredients to your liking.

Apricot Chicken

4 chicken breasts
1/2 cup of flour
2 eggs beaten
2 t  soy sauce
3/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
Enough olive oil and butter to brown chicken breasts then sauté scallions and mushrooms

3/4 cup of marmalade  I use Smucker's Sweet Orange Marmalade or Apricot Marmalade
1/3 cup dried apricots cut up
2 T water as needed
2 T soy sauce
1 t garlic powder or chips
1 t parsley (dried or fresh)

3 scallions cut up
3 mushrooms cut into pieces

Dredge chicken breasts in flour, dip in eggs and soy sauce, then dredge in panko breadcrumbs. Brown in olive oil and butter on both sides then remove from frying pan.

Sauté scallion and mushroom pieces for five minutes.

Place chicken, scallion and mushroom pieces in baking dish.

Meanwhile, in a saucepan heat marmalade, soy sauce, water, apricot pieces, garlic and parsley and bring to a gentle boil. Cook 2 or 3 more minutes, then pour over chicken.

Bake for half hour 325 degrees uncovered.

prior to baking



Today, Marilyn/Allison is giving away a copy of READ AND GONE to one commenter.  Have you read a mystery about a ghost or a mystery set in a library?  Leave your email so she can contact you if you win.  Winner picked Tuesday.

Twitter: @MarilynLevinson @AllisonBrookML


  1. The chicken sounds amazing! And a book series set in a library is inspired.

  2. Welcome, Marilyn/Alllison. Love having you here. ~ Daryl

    1. Daryl, my dear friend. Thank you for having me back to Mystery Lovers' Kitchen. I'm delighted to be here. I'm so glad that you tried my Apricot Chicken recipe and liked it!

  3. Not yet sounds good

  4. The chicken sounds yummy. I’m going to make it soon. I have read the Library Lovers series

  5. Can't wait for the opportunity to read READ AND GONE. It sounds like a wonderful book and I'm sure I would enjoy it immensely.

    I have read a book that had a ghost cat, but not one with people, and I really enjoyed it. Also think it would be neat to have a library setting because how could being around books ever be wrong. :)

    The recipe for apricot chicken sounds yummy. I'll have to give it a try.

    Thank you for the wonderful opportunity to win a copy of READ AND GONE!
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  6. Yes I've read a series with ghosts in it. I'd love to read your book.

  7. That chicken sounds delish. I have read mysteries w/ghosts, not sure about a library.

  8. I have read a mystery about a ghost before. I'd love to read this!

  9. That chicken looks good! I've read mysteries with ghosts and with libraries, but I don't think I've read any with both. Sounds like a great book.

  10. I'll definitely copy down the recipe for the chicken. I've read Cleo Coyle's Haunted Bookstore mysteries and own most of the cozies that take place in a library, including a library in a lighthouse. I'd love to add your new book to that collection of haunted readings.

    NoraAdrienne (at) gmail (dot) com

  11. I have not read a mystery set in a library but I have read one with a ghost in it. Thank you

  12. Welcome, Marilyn and thanks for sharing your Apricot Chicken recipe -- it looks delicious! I have read books with ghosts in them, and books set in libraries, but never a library with a ghost! Thanks so much for your giveaway ~

  13. Love Jack Shepard in Cleo Coyle's Haunted Bookshop Mysteries.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

  14. I have read Shelved Under Murder. Your book sounds captivating. Thanks for the recipe which I will try. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  15. Geneva, the ghost from Molly MacRae's Haunted Yarnshop Mysteries, is a fun character.
    turtle6422 at gmail dot com

  16. Yes I have read books set in a library. Thanks for sharing and for this contest!

  17. I love mysteries set in libraries and bookshops. This series sounds really good. Thanks for the contest.

    1. Oops! I guess I was supposed to leave my email. ckmbeg (at) gmail (dot) com

  18. Looks like a interesting read.

  19. I love mysteries with ghosts in them.

  20. I have read mysteries with ghosts and ones set in libraries. Thanks for sharing the recipe. I believe my college roommate had made this dish or a very similar one. It was many years ago, and I did not ask for the recipe at the time. Am betting that my mother-in-law will really enjoy it.
    little lamb lst at yahoo dot com

  21. I absolutely love this series so, of course, I would love to win the contest. :)

  22. Maybe it is because I live in a haunted house, but I love stories with ghosts. cheers (at) MarjimManor (dot) com

  23. I have read books about ghosts, but I don't think I have read a mystery set in a library only a bookstore. Saamm7(at)msn(dot).com

    1. libraries are fun. They have lots of activities going on!

  24. That chicken sounds yummy! Yes I have read both! almaj80(at)suddenlink(dot)net

    1. It is! You've read both of my books? Or both something else?

  25. I can't imagine there being any leftovers from this!
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

  26. This recipe looks delicious! I haven't read a mystery with a ghost in it, but I want to! Haven't read one in a library either! Again, I want to! This book looks great!

  27. I have read several mysteries set in a library, most recently Death in the Stacks by Jenn McKinlay. I'm sure I've read some with ghosts too, but none are coming to mind at the moment. mbradeen [at] yahoo [dot] com

  28. I don't remember reading about a ghost in a library, sounds good. The chicken recipe is awesome.