Friday, August 23, 2013

A Forensic Mystery and A Mud Cooler

Today's summer reads and matching drink guest post is from cozy writer, Amanda Flower. Cozy mysteries are murder novels written in the style of Agatha Christie. In these stories, violence and sex are alluded to, but not expressly described on the page. Amanda suggests a forensic mystery with her beverage below. Forensic mysteries place an emphasis on the science of detection. 

I love mysteries. They are my favorite books to read and favorite to write. As a cozy mystery author, cozies will always be my first love, but it can be fun to read across the genre and find up and coming authors outside of the cozy world. 

One new author I discovered this summer is Jen J. Danna. Danna is real-life scientist by day and forensic thriller author by night. Her debut novel written with Ann Vanderlaan, Dead Without a Stone to Tell It, was released in May 2013. It got an excellent review from Kirkus, which is no small feat for any author. After reading the novel I know why. The science is on point, the two lead characters Trooper Leigh Abbott and Scientist Matt Lowell are compelling, and the action is intense. I highly recommend this novel.

Since the lone bone found at the start on the novel was discovered on the muddy banks of the Essex River in Massachusetts, I found a Mud Cooler to be the perfect companion for this thriller. Extra bonus it is easy to make.

Recipe for Mud Cooler for one

1 cup Chocolate milk
1 cup Root Beer
1 scoop Chocolate ice cream

Learn more about Jen J. Danna on her website or follow her on Twitter at 

Amanda Flower (also writing as Isabella Alan) has three novels releasing in September 2013. To celebrate, she is giving away an authentic Amish Quilt hand-stitched by Amish in Holmes County, Ohio. Click here to enter.

Amanda has social media pages filled with progress on her work, info about the Amish,etc. You can find her on Facebook Twitter Goodreads PinterestHer alter ego, Isabella can be found on Facebook.

Here are all three covers for her novels coming out next month.


  1. Amanda, thanks for highlighting our debut novel. And the mud cooler is the perfect accompaniment!

  2. Thank you for a great post Amanda. Sounds like a great book!

  3. This was fun! I love sharing new authors with the mystery world!

  4. Any drink tht involves ice cream is good with me....and the book sounds good too. Thanks.