Friday, October 26, 2018

Devon Delaney with Final Roasting Place

Our guest today on Drinks with Reads is author Devon Delaney. In addition to be a writer, she's an accomplished cook and won the first cooking contest she ever entered. Now she's cooking up cozy mysteries and she made us a sparkling drink to match her latest novel, Final Roasting Place. This is the second book in the series, and you can read about the first one here. Now, let's see what she has to say about Final Roasting Place.

In the second book of my cooking competition murder mystery series my main character, Sherry, has returned to her maiden name, Oliveri, with her divorce imminent. She works part-time job helping her father, Erno, with his hooked-rug business, while continuing her full-time passion, competitive cooking. Competing in a cook-off final at her local TV station, she makes short work of her competition. Having her father in attendance makes the victory all the more sweet.

Before Sherry has time to savor the win, events sour as a storm knocks out power to the studio. When the power is restored, the young anchor is found dead at her desk with a sharp object lodged in her neck. The weapon is an unusual tool, used by craftsmen who make hooked rugs, the rugs Erno Oliveri sells at his shop. Someone has made the TV station breaking news and framed Erno in the process. If Sherry’s going to protect her dad and their family name, she has to piece together seemingly insufficient clues to knock her father off the suspect list, while not becoming a victim herself. 

Amaretto Sour - A Cocktail To Die For
When I considered the perfect cocktail to cozy up to while reading Final Roasting Place something sweet and sour came to mind, reminding me of more than a few of the book’s characters. The first sip tastes sweet on the tongue before things turn lemony sour, building up to a bourbon-fueled climatic punch in the gut. Like the ending of a perfect mystery even the unlikeliest parts of the cocktail come together and you can’t wait to go back for another round.

Amaretto Sour
2 ounces Amaretto
3/4 ounce bourbon
1 ounce fresh lemon juice
1 ounce simple syrup
Garnish: Lemon peel and maraschino cherry for garnish
In a shaker filled with ice, add all of the ingredients and shake until chilled. Strain into an ice-filled glass. Top with a lemon peel and a cherry.

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