Friday, July 29, 2016

Read to Death, Cool Lemonade & Giveaway



Agatha Award-winning author Terrie Farley Moran is back with us today to match her third book in the Read 'Em and Eat series, Read to Death, with the perfect drink. And there's a giveaway for the beautiful journal featured at the end of the post. Details below.

- Deborah Lacy


The story opens:
"In the parking lot of the Read ’Em and Eat Café and Book Corner, I stood by the side of a sky blue van with oversized white letters advertising the “Gulf Coast Cab and Van” etched on the center door panel. I mentally counted the members of the Cool Reads/Warm Climate Book Club as they settled in. All six were present. My BFF and business partner, Bridgy Mayfield, was busily stowing thermoses of sweet tea and pastry boxes in the carrier right behind the driver."

Sassy Cabot and Bridgy Mayfield, proprietors of the Read ‘Em and Eat Café in Fort Myers Beach, are taking the “Cool Reads/Warm Climate” book club on their annual field trip. This year they are visiting the Edison and Ford Winter Estates. Chatty Oscar Frieland is their driver. Besides flirting with the ladies, Oscar tells them all about the history of the estate—with stories about Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and Harvey Firestone.

When they come back from the field trip, Sassy and Bridgy make fresh lemonade, and here's their recipe. But be careful when you drink it, because while the book club ladies drink their lemonade at the table named after Dashiell Hammett, Bridgy begins calling for help. She found Oscar's dead body slumped across the seat of the van. Now Bridgy is quickly becoming the prime suspect so she and Sassy decide they must find out who the real killer is.  




Read 'Em and Eat Lemonade

2 cups sugar
2 cups water
1 gallon cold water
Juice of 8 lemons
1 sliced lemon
Ice

First you make the simple syrup by combining the sugar and water in a small sauce pan over low heat. Bring to a boil. Stir the syrup until the sugar completely dissolves. Remove the pan from the heat. Wait until it cools. 

While you're waiting, juice 8 lemons taking care to remove the seeds. Slice the 9th lemon for garnish. 


Add a gallon of cold water and the lemon juice to a large glass pitcher. Add the simple syrup and the lemon slices. Stir well. Pour lemonade over ice. 

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To enter to win the colorful journal below, simple comment about why you want to read Read to Death. US Residents only. We'll announce the winner here next week.



You can find Terrie Farley Moran on Facebook page or on her website. You can see her Drinks with Reads post for the first two books in the Read 'Em and Eat Series - here's Well Read, then Dead, and here's Caught-Read Handed

43 comments:

  1. Reading this book would be entertaining and provide me with great enjoyment, something my life has been sadly lacking lately and for the past few years. The journal which is beautiful and which I would treasure would be used to record my thoughts and experiences which are important. thanks for this lovely feature and giveaway.

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  2. I am also part of a book club and we have taken field trips to movies, plays, etc. But thank goodness no dead bodies! Both the book and the lemonade sound terrific and so perfect for a summer's day.

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  3. Would be great to pass the time with a broken ankle. Just got major surgery last week!

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    1. Ouch!! I hope your recover is nearly effortless.

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  4. I am so happy to visit Mystery Playground once again. Thanks so much for inviting me along with Sassy, Bridgy and the Read 'Em and Eat gang!

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  5. I enjoy reading Terrie's Read Em' and Eat series and want to continue the series. Also I enjoy mysteries with recipes never know when I'll find one my picky 2 will enjoy. Thanks for great series

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  6. Fun post and fun giveaway too! Congrats as always on your fine writing and great success. :-)

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  7. The first book in this series was so enjoyable (and I did a review of it awhile back) and so I would love to continue with the follow up books. My reading has been slower due to cataracts, but I will be having surgery very soon, so will be back to reading galore again. The latest release sounds wonderful but what else would I expect with Terrie's proven history of great cozies?? You rock girl. Keep the pace.

    Thank you for including me into this giveaway.

    Sincerely,
    Cynthia B.

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  8. I have so enjoyed this captivating series which is unforgettable and special. After wrist surgery and now hand therapy this would be the nicest and best treat by far. Many thanks.

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  9. I want to read Read to Death because I love Sassy and Bridgy and their escapades, their cafe just fascinates me, and I lived in FL for a few years so this series brings back good memories. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  10. want to read the book because it is a new author to me. I would like to add her name to my list of authors I read. It is a treasure to find a new author in one of my favorite genres.

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  11. I enjoyed the first two very much. Found another author to follow
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    Karen

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  12. I want to read this because I like the author and enjoy this series very much.
    jademoss17@gmail.com

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  13. I want to read it because i love the title! thanks

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  14. I recently started this series. My favorite cozy mysteries have a food theme. My first of this kind was book 5 of Diane Mott Davidson Goldy series. The Main Corpse. My husband took me camping and picked it up as a little surprise. I wanted to go home and start baking and cooking!!!! The first one I made was a cherry coffee cake!!! Have found the best recipes in mystery books!!! Did I mention I was hooked for life and love it when I find a new series!!!!! Recently found this series and faithfully follow!!!!!
    Oneponychick66@hotmail.com

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  15. I want to spend several enjoyable hours wrapped up in this cozy mystery. Escape from the reality of life. Bobbipad@gmail.com

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  16. Awesome giveaway I would love to we in this, it woulkwoulkd give me some relief on reading this while of is so hot outside, I could curl up on the comfortable bed and escape into the book!

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  17. Awesome giveaway I would love to we in this, it woulkwoulkd give me some relief on reading this while of is so hot outside, I could curl up on the comfortable bed and escape into the book!

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  18. I have actually never made lemonade. I think I will try this recipe today. Thanks for the chance!
    moonbay7399@gmail.com

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  19. Dear Everyone, you will SO Enjoy this 3rd book by our wonderful writer friend Terrie Farley Moran! The first two "cozys" were page-turners and this one is just like those. I totally love Sasy & Bridgy with their life of fun, family, books, and mysteries. When I finished the last page of Book 3, I said to myself: Someday I hope there will be a Book 4 with Sassy & Bridgy sleuthing in Key West where they are set to go on vacation. They can stay at the Lighthouse Inn which is directly across the street from Hemingway's home. Hm-m-m, maybe....

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  20. Terrie's books are so entertaining and this one appears to be the same. Cozy mysteries are such easy, quick reads that leave you with a good feeling when you read them.

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  21. I would love to read this book. I love learning about new (to me) authors and their stories. It is so very much work and determination to get a book written, submitted and published I really admire the end product. I also love cozy mysteries and ones based in book stores or coffee / tea shops. Thank you so much for sharing your story.

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  22. Terrie Farley Moran's books have the best covers. They invite the reader to pick up a book and check it out. I would love to win a copy of Terrie's latest book to keep up with this series. robeader53@yahoo.com

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  23. Because I love to read and your stories have me hooked!

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  24. I want to read "Read to Death" because I really enjoy this series and have enjoyed the excerpts I have read online. Thanks for the chance.

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  25. Read To Death sounds like a wonderful book. I love cozy mysteries and this is a book I would really enjoy. Thank you for this chance!

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  26. I haven't read your books yet and would love to read them.I am always looking out for good books and youra sounds like it would be a great read. Thank you for this opportunity.

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  28. I just HAVE to read it!! It's sitting on my bookshelf calling my name! Can't wait to find out what happens with Sassy and Bridgy and another murder! njcar22@aol.com

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  30. I need to read this series!! I love mystery books about books!! Thanks for the chance

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  31. I like your style of humor...I know there's a murder, but you make it fun. Is that weird? I also like the setting. Several family member live in Naples, Florida...just done the road. Well, I'm looking forward to continuing my reading journey.
    kat8762@aol.com

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  32. Finally, beautiful southwest Florida provides a delicious backdrop to a delightful mystery series. Bravo!

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  33. Finally, beautiful southwest Florida provides a delicious backdrop to a delightful mystery series. Bravo!

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  34. Finally, beautiful southwest Florida provides a delicious backdrop to a delightful mystery series. Bravo!

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  35. Finally, beautiful southwest Florida provides a delicious backdrop to a delightful mystery series. Bravo!

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  36. The Read Em and Eat is a great series and beautifully written. I've been following Terri Morans books for a while. I truly enjoy her books and I'm excited for a new book in her series

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  37. The Read Em and Eat is a great series and beautifully written. I've been following Terri Morans books for a while. I truly enjoy her books and I'm excited for a new book in her series

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  38. Hi All, thanks so much for participating. The giveaway is closed and the winner has been notified.

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