Wednesday, July 1, 2020

A SPRINKLING OF MURDER is out! Savory Scone #recipe + Book #giveaway by @DarylWoodGerber


From Daryl

A SPRINKLING OF MURDER, the 1st Fairy Garden Mystery, is out!  Have you got your copy?

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What's it about? 

Fairy garden store owner Courtney Kelly believes in inviting magic into one’s life. But when uninvited trouble enters her shop, she’ll need more than a sprinkling of her imagination to solve a murder . . .

Since childhood, Courtney has loved fairies. After her mother died when she was ten, she lost touch with that feeling of magic. A year ago, at age twenty-nine, she rediscovered it when she left her father's landscaping business to spread her wings and start a fairy garden business and teashop in beautiful Carmel, California. At Open Your Imagination, she teaches garden design and sells everything from fairy figurines to tinkling wind chimes and trickling fountains. Now she's starting a book club tea.

But the light of the magical world she's created inside her shop is darkened one night when she discovers neighboring dog-grooming business owner Mick Watkins dead beside a fountain. To make matters worse, the police suspect Courtney of the crime. To clear her name and find the real killer, Courtney will have to wing it. But she’s about to get a little help from an unexpected new friend.
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I love sharing recipes that are included in the book with you. Here is one that I adore. A savory herb scone. Courtney often serves these at the Saturday teas on the patio of Open Your Imagination. Scones are  so satisfying. And they’re quick to make. You can use any of your favorite herbs in this recipe. I like rosemary. These don't have to just be served for tea. They would go beautifully with soup or even scrambled eggs. So many possibilities.



Savory Herb Scones
(Makes 8)

2 cups flour
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh rosemary
6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes
3/4 cup heavy cream
2 large egg yolks, lightly beaten

Glaze:
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 tablespoon milk
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt for sprinkling

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a food processor, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and rosemary.  Add in the butter and pulse until the largest pieces of butter are about the size of peas.

In a small bowl, stir the cream and egg yolks. Add the flour mixture and combine, using your hands to knead the mixture together until the ingredients can be gathered into a moist ball.  Don’t over knead. The dough is supposed to be sticky.

Set the ball in the center of the parchment paper and pat it gently into a 7-inch round, about 1 inch thick. 

With a sharp knife (you might want to wet it), cut the round into eight wedges. Separate them.

Make the glaze by mixing the egg and milk in a small bowl. Brush the scones with the egg-milk glaze. Sprinkle the scones with salt.

Bake until the scones are a deep golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean, about 18-20 minutes.

Cool the scones on a wire rack for 10 minutes before serving.

*If you'd like to make these gluten-free, swap out the gluten-free flour for the regular flour and add a 1/2 teaspoon of xanthan gum. Scones do very well gluten-free!!







GIVEAWAY

Leave a comment to win a copy of A SPRINKLING OF MURDER
plus some recipes cards and a cute notepad. 

Answer one of these two questions: 
Will you tell a friend about the book?  Do you believe in magic? 
Remember to include your email so I can contact you if you win. 
Winner picked Thursday night.

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You can read all about it and order it on various sites 
on my website HERE.


Don't forget to order the 9th book in the  
Cookbook Nook Mystery series,  
in trade paperback and e-book.
You can read all about it and order it on various sites on 
my website, HERE


And here is my latest Aspen Adams novel of suspense...


Order FAN MAIL, the second in series, trade paperback and e-book: HERE


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63 comments:

  1. Lovely cover positive DOT ideas DOT 4you AT gmail DOT com

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  2. The older I get the more U want to believe in magic.
    And, that savory scone looks delicious!
    browninggloria(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Gloria, I believe as you do. I want to believe... :)

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  3. Love the savoury scone recipe, Daryl!
    I have read about half of A Sprinkling of Murder, and I am enjoying it.
    Will spread the word online when I post my review.
    grace dot koshida at gmail dot com

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    1. Grace, thanks so much. I'm so glad you're enjoying the book! :)

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  4. I have told someone about it. I like magic in books and shows but not in real life. I wouldn't trust people with it. ckmbeg (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. Riley, you made me smile. As much as we want to "believe," we don't want to be tricked. Thanks for sharing the news.

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  5. I don’t think magic exists in real life but I like reading about it in books.
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

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    1. Sandy, I like hearing that. I enjoying reading it in books, too. :)

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  6. I belong to a mystery readers book club, so after reading this book, I will definitely be telling the other members of my book club about it. And I do believe in magic. dbahn(at)iw(dot)net

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  7. I believe that there are things that happen that we don’t understand, so the answer is yes. And I always talk about good books with my friends! meeshpsych@aol.com

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    1. How to explain the unexplainable. Yep, Michelle, I agree with that. Magic?

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  8. Omgosh, yes I have told folks about the book and will continue to spread the word! What a cool theme for a series- fairy garden mysteries!! I have several fairy gardens around the outside of my house in various flower/plants displays. And...the scone recipe looks delish! Must try! ladyofshalott03(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Dawn, I'm going to do an Instagram post you fairy garden thing in a week. Keep your eyes peeled if you Instagram.

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  9. I tell all my friends about your books! And your recipes! So delicious. I do believe in magic. Believing is important.
    Tskoffice18@gmail.com

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    1. TSK, great to hear. Believing is the first step, don't you think? :)

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  10. Daryl, your scones look so delicious. I like to believe there's all kinds of magic, and we certainly could use a big dose of some in this world today! lola777_22 at hotmail dot com

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    1. Lynn, if only our magic wands would erase all the pain and suffering. Right? Reading (and writing for me) helps.

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  11. Howdy! You bet your sweet bippy I believe in magic... I have 8 children to prove it! I love sharing my books and recommending them to friends, Thank you for the recipe and opportunity to snag this beauty 💗
    Cheers-
    Kelly Braun
    Gaelicark(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Aw, Kelly, yes, having children can be magical. Thanks for the smile.

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  12. I love the visual transformation between the before baking and after pictures. The finished scones look delicious.
    Cooking magic!
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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    1. Libby, isn't it amazing that a lump of dough can turn into something "magical" after being baked? LOL Yum.

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  13. I love the scones. So enticing and yummy. I do believe in magic which is wonderful. I tell my friends about these books. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Thanks, Traveler. I truly appreciate your support.

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  14. Thank you for the Savory Herb Scone recipe. I love scones, but have never had a savory one before. I'm going to have to try this recipe - and soon.

    Love Daryl Wood Gerber's books and I'm always telling everyone about them. I have "A SPRINKLING OF MURDER" on my TBR list and I've already told friends about it as well. Can't wait for the opportunity to read it. Shared and hoping to be the very fortunate one selected.

    I do believe in magic - of all sorts. Hubby and I did magic tricks when we were clowning. That sort of magic entertains. I also believe in the magic of love like when two people who you would believe would make a great couple meet and become the greatest couple around. I believe hubby and I have that kind of magic.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

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    1. Aw, Kay, not even a question. Some love can be magical. I love that you have that. I had that with my husband, too. XOXO

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  15. The recipe is one which I will be making this summer. Perfect and appealing. Scones are my favorite sweet treat. I give books, tell about books and share my books with all my friends. Magic exists and is very special. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Petite, thanks for sharing the news. And thanks for believing. :)

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  16. Happy Release Week! Already told my mom about this book. It sounds so fun. And yes I believe in magic.
    turtle6422 at gmail dot com

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    1. Jana, I hope you and your mom enjoy the read and share notes.

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  17. I think there is all kinds of magic in the world. Maybe not the pixie dust magic wand type but certainly nature’s magic.
    patdupuy@yahoo.com

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