Friday, March 27, 2020

Rum Coolers and Murder at the Taffy Shop

Agatha and Macavity finalist Edith Maxwell, author of the Quaker Midwife Mysteries and award-winning short crime fiction joins us today for Drinks with Reads. As Maddie Day she pens the Country Store Mysteries and the Cozy Capers Book Group Mysteries. With twenty books in print and more in production, Maxwell lives north of Boston, where she writes, gardens, and cooks. Today she's whipping up the Pineapple Run Cooler...and giving away one of her books.

Pineapple Rum Cooler

In Murder at the Taffy Shop, it’s August, full season on Cape Cod, with plentiful sunshine and tourists alike. When Mac Almeida heads out for her early daily walk with her friend, she finds a horrified Gin staring at Beverly Ruchart, an imperious summer person, dead on the sidewalk in front of Gin’s candy shop, Salty Taffy’s.

Lots of people wanted Beverly gone. But when the police find the murder weapon in Gin’s garage, the Cozy Capers book group members put their heads together to clear Gin’s name and to figure out who killed the woman whom almost everyone disliked. Mac’s bike shop is vandalized one night, and when the killer later invades her tiny house to finish her off, Bella, Mac’s African Gray parrot, comes to the rescue.

Mac Almeida’s friend and book group member Zane King owns the only liquor store and distillery in town. He recommends this summer drink to Mac, a perfect cooler for a Cape Cod summer day, using his own King’s Bounty rum. In this version, I use a rum made locally near me north of Boston, but any good rum will do.

Pineapple Rum Cooler

Pineapple juice
Tonic water
Fresh mint

For one drink, mix two ounces each of pineapple juice, a good rum, and tonic water. Squeeze half a lime into the drink. Crush a mint sprig and swirl it through the drink. Add more juice if you like it sweeter, or substitute seltzer water for the tonic if you prefer it less sweet.

Murder at the Taffy Shop, releasing March 31, is available exclusively in paperback from Barnes & Noble for the first year, then it will be re-released on all platforms and formats. I’m happy to send one commenter here a signed copy of the book(US residents only)!


  1. Looking forward to reading this! Congratulations on #20! jeaniedannheim (at)ymail (dot)com

  2. Even without it being summer I could definitely have a rum cooler any day or night right about now. Congratulations on 20 book birthdays and I hope you’re aiming for many more and 100 is a good goal ! Right? I love Cape Cod so this series is one great location to keep me interested along with great stories of course! Taffy shops and fudge shops are some of my favorite places to stop when on the Cape. Congratulations for all your accomplishments.

    Thank you for your generosity and kindness.
    Stay safe!
    Cynthia Blain

    On Facebook as Cynthia Bayer Blain

  3. Thank you for the chance the drink looks refreshing! I really want to read Murder at the Taffy Shop here's hoping 📚

  4. That looks delicious! I really enjoy your books and would love a chance to read this one. Thank you! nancyleedwinell at gmail dot

  5. Can't wait to read Murder At The Taffy Shop. The Pineapple Rum Cooler sounds really good right about now.

  6. I am looking forward to Murder At The Taffy Shop. After seeing your Pineapple Rum Cooler I might try making a virgin one. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

  7. Rum and one of your books - can't go wrong - thanks for the chance to own one - trwilliams69(at)msn(dot)com

  8. A good book and a rum and coke is my favorite way to spend a great afternoon or evening. lindalou64 (at)live (dot)com

  9. Thank you for the chance to win this...loved the first one in the series, can't wait for this one and more...

  10. I really enjoyed the first book in this series and have been waiting for the follow up. So glad it's almost here! Plenty of time to read right now.

    1. Malena, picked you as winner. Congratulations, and please check your email!

  11. Such a cute cover on Murder at the Taffy Shop. I am looking forward to reading it when it is released. Thank you for a chance to win. I hope you are safe and well. Doodlesink(at)hotmail(dot)com

  12. Malena E is our randomly selected winner. Congratulations, Malena, and thanks to you all for stopping by!