Today is launch day for the second book in my Callie’s Kitchen Mystery series! I’ve always wanted to write a Christmas cozy mystery, so this is a dream come true. Also, what better time of year than now to enjoy a cozy mystery with cold, snowy weather, delicious food and a puzzling mystery to uncover!
Part of the fun of writing Spiced and Iced was the setting. It’s mid-December in fictional Crystal Bay, Wisconsin, and Callie once again finds herself embroiled in a murder. This time, a party at a beautiful waterfront inn turns out to be more than she bargained for. Callie’s got a lot on her plate — in more ways than one! As usual, her quirky family, co-workers and townsfolk create interesting situations for her to deal with.
Wisconsin in the winter is cold, yes — but it’s also beautiful. So I had a lot of fun describing the wintry weather and holiday touches throughout the town.
A favorite Wisconsin tradition I talk about in Spiced and Iced is the Wisconsin supper club. There are so many of these to enjoy throughout the state (and I highly recommend the book, “Wisconsin Supper Clubs: An Old-Fashioned Experience” by Ron Faiola as a great resource.) I had the pleasure of visiting The Duck Inn in Delavan, WI last summer. (Pictured left).
What’s a supper club? Well, basically, it’s restaurant — often old and family run — that serves up hearty, traditional fare like steaks, chops and fish, great cocktails and sinful desserts, all in a warm and homey atmosphere. Often a supper club will have a cozy fireplace, rustic decor and even live music. What better place to go on a cold winter day? My character, Callie Costas, visits a supper club in Crystal Bay and well…I’ll let you read about what happens there!
The holidays are a time of get-togethers and that means food. One of the other fun things about SPICED AND ICED is that I have some great recipes for you to try! You’ll find delicious Greek cookies and savouries, reflecting my amateur sleuth’s heritage, plus some other good stuff. I hope you’ll check out this video of Kim Davis from the wonderful cozy mystery blog Cinnamon & Sugar & A Little Bit of Murder making Greek biscotti from my book. Great job, Kim! I’ve also included a delicious scone recipe courtesy Karen Owen of A Cup of Tea and a Cozy Mystery. And of course, I had to include a Wisconsin supper club classic. There is truly something for everyone.
To learn more about both of the books in my Callie’s Kitchen Mystery Series, and to find out how to buy, follow this link.
One more thing! I have a 12 Days of Spiced and Iced Christmas going on right now on my Jenny Kales Mystery Author Facebook page. Click here to go to the page and join in the fun.
A big thank you to everyone who has embraced The Callie’s Kitchen Mystery series! Your support is very much appreciated. I hope you enjoy this latest adventure.
Have a wonderful holiday season!