Author Kathy Aarons is here today to match her new cozy mystery, Truffled to Death, with the perfect drink - the chocolate peanut butter milkshake. Truffled to Death is the second in the Chocolate Covered Mystery series by Berkley Prime Crime. The first in the series, Death is Like Chocolate, was a national best-seller.
AND she's giving away a copy of her new book - if the winner is a US resident, the book can be in e-book or physical form - winners choice. If the winner is outside of the US, it would be ebook. Take it away Kathy...
As you might be able to deduce from the titles, these books are set in a chocolate shop, but not just any chocolate shop. Chocolates and Chapters is the best combination of shops ever – featuring Michelle Serrano’s artisan chocolate and Erica Russell’s books. Together they provide the citizens of West Riverdale, Maryland with delicious truffles and the latest best-sellers – with a little mystery solving on the side.
Hoping to sweeten sales for their shop, Chocolates and Chapters, Michelle and Erica host a reception highlighting a new museum display of ancient Mayan pottery curated by Erica’s former mentor, Professor Addison Moody. The evening has a few hiccups, but the ladies soon smooth things over with ample servings of wine and chocolate.
Yet with the sweet comes the bitter. The very next day, the antiquities from the reception are discovered missing. The professor accuses Erica of having sticky fingers, claiming she wants revenge on him. And she’s only in more trouble after he’s found stabbed to death with one of the artifacts. Now Michelle must help Erica track down the real killer before someone else finds themselves in less than mint condition…
Of course, Michelle’s favorite drink (besides Maryland beers) is a chocolate milkshake. The following recipe is simple, yet delicious, satisfying the urge for chocolate combined with the salty taste of peanut butter.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Milkshake
1 ½ cup Chocolate Ice Cream
2/3 cup Whole Milk
1/4 cup Smooth Peanut Butter
Add ice cream, milk and peanut butter to blender. Adjust thickness by adding or decreasing milk. Blend for 30 seconds or until mixed.
Pour into glass and top with whip cream. You can also add chocolate syrup, chocolate chips, and/or cherries as you like.
You can find Truffled to Death at your local independent bookstore, Amazon or Barnes and Noble, and you can follow Kathy on Facebook, Twitter or www.KathyAarons.com.