My favorite season of the year has finally arrived! There's a wonderful chill in the evening air, and it's the perfect time to grab a pumpkin spice latte, sit down in a comfy chair, and read a cozy mystery. Cozy mysteries usually involve amateur sleuths in a small town setting. Often times, the main characters are a part of the local community, and can be lawyers, librarians, shopkeepers, bakers, etc. But...since it is October and the Halloween Holiday is just around the spooky corner...let's take a look at some cozy mysteries with characters that have that extra special kind of magic!
Two Wicked Desserts Lynn Cahoon
When the daughter of a warlock, an actress looking for her big Hollywood break, plays with magic, she becomes the number one suspect in a murder investigation, and caterer and cooking instructor Mia Malone must conjure up the real killer.
An Incantation of Cats Clea Simon
When two new clients seek Becca's professional services, the fledgling witch detective is overjoyed. Finally, she can use her skills to help her magical community. But as the young witch finds the new cases intertwining, things grow more complicated. Becca's three cats - the ones with the real power - can smell something is wrong with these clients.
Hexes and Hemlines Juliet Blackwell
When the head of a rationalist society who was devoted to discrediting superstitions is found murdered next to some items believed to be unlucky, Lily Ivory, witch and vintage clothing store owner, investigates this strange case.
Spell Booked Joyce and Jim Lavene
To pass on their cherished spellbook, Molly, Elsie and Olivia must recruit and train three new witches, but when Olivia is murdered and the spellbook is stolen, Molly and Elsie must call upon all of their powers to stop a dangerous young witch.
If The Haunting Fits, Wear It Rose Pressey
When Cookie Chanel lands a dream assignment of providing vintage hats for a high-society Kentucky Derby party, she's brimming with excitement. Leaving her mother and best friend to mind the store at Its Vintage Y'All, Cookie packs up her psychic cat and races to Kentucky. But before she can hang her hat, her enthusiasm is dampened when the rider of the potential Derby-winning horse is put out to pasture. Now she's saddled with the jockeys ghost, who insists she find his killer.
Congratulations for reading my first blog for the year! In honor of this Samhain season, I am adding a delicious recipe for Soul Cakes courtesy of Food.com. Traditionally Soul Cakes were baked and given to the poor on All Hallow's Eve, in exchange for prayers. This might well be the origin of "Tricks or Treats". Enjoy! And have a Blessed Samhain!
Buttery Soul Cakes
- Two sticks butter, softened
- 3 1/2 C flour, sifted
- 1 C sugar
- 1/2 tsp. nutmeg & saffron
- 1 tsp each cinnamon & allspice
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsp malt vinegar
- Powdered sugar
Cut the butter into the flour with a large fork. Mix in the sugar, nutmeg, saffron, cinnamon and allspice. Lightly beat eggs, and add to flour mixture. Add malt vinegar. Mix until you have a stiff dough. Knead for a while, then roll out until 1/4" thick. Use a floured glass to cut out 3" circles. Place on greased baking sheet and bake 25 minutes at 350 degrees. Sprinkle with powdered sugar while the cakes are still warm.