I was asked by Deb at Mystery Playground blog to participate in the weekly (Friday) “Summer Drink and Matching Book” segment by submitting a few words on a book that I liked and pairing it with a cocktail. My contribution will appear on July 26th, but I couldn’t wait to share it with you because it is soooo delicious, and perfect for this hot weather blanketing most of the United States (and England from what I hear).
The book that I choose was An Appetite For Murder by Lucy Burdette. I am a huge fan of culinary cozy mysteries, and this one, the first in this fun series, is a tasty addition to the genre. This book, however, does it one better, by placing the action in colorful and quirky Key West, Florida. Heroine Hayley Snow flees New Jersey and a hound dog of a boyfriend for warmer climes and a job as a food critic for Key Zest magazine. To her dismay she soon learns that her new boss is the woman who stole her boyfriend. Well, there's good news and bad. The boyfriend stealer gets her comeuppance in the form of murder; the bad news is that Hayley is a suspect.
The descriptions of Key West will have you booking a flight, the food descriptions will leave you licking your chops, not just for the delicious dishes described, but for more of Hayley Snow. A fun book to read on the beach, or to warm your cockles in the dead of winter. Enjoy it with a Key Lime Pie Martini.
Key Lime Pie Martini
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1 ounce heavy cream
2 ounces vanilla vodka
2-3 tablespoons frozen limeade concentrate, undiluted
1/2 tablespoon confectioners' sugar
Graham cracker crumbs
Rim glass with lime juice and dip into graham cracker crumbs. Freeze. Place all ingredients (except crumbs) into a blender with 1-2 ice cubes. (One of those small, bullet-type blenders works great.). Whir until well blended and pour into glass. Garnish with a slice of lime and enjoy.
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