Today we have a visit from bestselling author,Terrie Farley Moran, to celebrate the latest novel in the NOLA-based Scrapbooking Mysteries - Crepe Factor. These books are so much fun. Love the New Orleans setting. Comment below to be entered to win "Whimsical Madam New Orleans", pictured below, a beautiful book of essays on New Orleans and Mardi Gras beads (US residents only).
Every year the mystery community made up of readers, writers, editors and agents, gathers for Bouchercon, a conference I think of as the world’s largest family reunion.
This year it was held in New Orleans. And since the Scrapbooking Mystery Series which I am honored to co-write with Laura Childs is set in New Orleans, well, I was over-the-moon-happy to spend nearly a week wandering around the French Quarter, the Garden District, and Faubourg Marigny. It was such a treat to stroll along the banks of the Mississippi River and to eat delicious food in unique restaurants. Yes, I ate the gator balls. And they were good!
I know we are here to talk about drinks but first let me give you just a wee taste of Crepe Factor, book number fourteen in this cozy-with-an-edge series featuring feisty Carmela Bertrand and her dressed-to-the-sexy-nines best buddy, Ava Gruiex.
The holidays are a busy time for scrapbook shop owner Carmela Bertrand—but not so hectic that she doesn’t have time to enjoy browsing the booths at the Winter Market with her best friend Ava. The last thing the ladies expect to see is a lurching man stabbed by a serving fork, dying in front of them.
|St. Louis Cathedral - Jackson Square, French Quarter, New Orleans|
The victim is loathed restaurant critic Martin Lash, who posted his scathing reviews on the Glutton for Punishment website. And the prime suspect is New Orleans restauranteur Quigg Brevard—who was seen giving the critic a tongue-lashing minutes before someone stuck a fork in him. An old flame of Carmela, Quigg asks for her help, which does not please her current beau, Detective Edgar Babcock, to say the least.
Before her relationship is the next victim, Carmela needs to find a murderer who had no reservations about punishing the culinary curmudgeon...
Sounds intriguing, right?? Here we have double trouble: a murder with Carmela and Ava as prime witnesses plus the possibility of a major romantic problem for Carmela and Babcock. So if you want to dive into Crepe Factor with a refreshing drink at your elbow, may I suggest a cool, enticing Mint Julep?
Mint Julep, you say? But, it’s not Derby Day.
Perhaps not but I can tell you that two short weeks ago in New Orleans it was hotter than 90 degrees with a humidity level of nearly 100%. Any drink that didn’t cool us off, burned us up. So I offer you my favorite refreshing Julep recipe.
- Fresh mint leaves, plus a sprig for garnish
- 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
- Sparkling water
- Crushed ice
- 2 1/2 ounces bourbon
Place the mint leaves in the bottom of a glass and top with the sugar. Muddle these together until the leaves begin to break down. Add a splash of sparkling water, fill the glass 3/4 full with crushed ice, and add the bourbon. Top with another splash of sparkling water, stir, and garnish with a sprig of mint. Serve immediately.
Before I finish up, I have to add that I just love the word “muddle.” Don’t you? It sounds so much nicer than “crush it with a spoon”.
Thanks so much for having us visit today, and I am sure you’ll have as much fun reading Crepe Factor as I had hanging with my mystery family in the Big Easy.
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