01 December 2020

The Secret on Rum Runner's Lane: A Book Magic Mini Mystery Book Tour and Giveaway! With Recipes!

The Secret on Rum Runner's Lane: A Book Magic Mini Mystery by Melissa Bourbon

About The Secret on Rum Runner's Lane


The Secret on Rum Runner's Lane: A Book Magic Mini Mystery 

Cozy Mystery Mini Mystery #1 

Publisher: Lake House Press (November 10, 2020) 

Print length: 104 pages 


The Lane women are bibliomancers, but Cassie sees her divination not as a gift, but as a curse--one from which she desperately wants to escape. It turns out, though, that running from her fate isn’t as easy as she thought it would be. When a woman goes missing, and a neighbor turns up dead, Cassie turns to the books she’s always avoided to help her find the truth.

About Melissa Bourbon

Melissa Bourbon is the national bestselling author of nineteen mystery books, including the brand new collaborative Book Magic mysteries, the Lola Cruz Mysteries, A Magical Dressmaking Mystery series, and the Bread Shop Mysteries, written as Winnie Archer. She is a former middle school English teacher who gave up the classroom in order to live in her imagination full time. Melissa, a California native who has lived in Texas and Colorado, now calls the southeast home. She hikes, practices yoga, cooks, and is slowly but surely discovering all the great restaurants in the Carolinas. Since four of her five amazing kids are living their lives, scattered throughout the country, her dogs, Bean, the pug, Dobby, the chug, and Jasper, a cattle dog/lab keep her company while she writes. Melissa lives in North Carolina with her educator husband, Carlos, and their youngest son. She is beyond fortunate to be living the life of her dreams.

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December 1 – Celticlady's Reviews – SPOTLIGHT WITH RECIPE

Several years ago, I was invited to attend The California Strawberry Commission’s fabulous blogger event in Dallas. 

One of the things on their menu was Mahi Mahi tacos (straight from the California strawberry cookbook). 

There is a scene in The Secret on Rum Runner’s Lane which takes place in the fish market. All that fish had me thinking of fish recipes. This one is my absolute favorite. I am simply in love with Mahi Mahi tacos.

There are things that make these tacos so delicious:

    •    The blackened fish

    •    The Chipotle Avocado Sour Cream

    •    The Strawberry Salsa

First, the fish.  It’s seasoned with cumin, paprika, oregano, salt and pepper. You dredge the fish in the blackening spices, then pan grill them.

Next, Chipotle Avocado Sour Cream.  This just entails sour cream, chopped up avocado, and a teaspoon of chipotle chili in adobo sauce (comes in a can in the International/Mexican food section of your market).  Mash it all together or blend in a blender to a smooth consistency.

The Strawberry salsa is made up of chopped red onion, strawberries, mango, papaya (I use frozen mango and papaya), pineapple (optional), and cilantro. It's a sweet salsa, and my absolute favorite thing.  Extra cilantro on my portion. The red onion and cilantro with the fruit is the perfect combination.


Mahi Mahi Tacos with Strawberry Salsa and Avocado crema

4 Mahi Mahi pieces, patted dry with a paper towel

Blackening spices (1 1/2 tsp paprika, 1 tsp cumin, 1 tsp dried oregano, salt, and pepper. Add ground chili powder, if you like)

Dredge the Mahi Mahi pieces in the blackening spices. Spray olive oil into a large frying pan or grill pan. Preheat.

Lay the Mahi Mahi pieces in the pan. You should get a nice sizzle. Cook for a few minutes on each side, taking care not to overcook. Fish should be flaky.

For the Strawberry Salsa

1 cup strawberries, diced

1/2 cup mango and/or papaya, dice

1/2 cup pineapple, diced

1/2 cup red onion, diced

1/4 cup chopped cilantro

Mix together. Adjust different fruits and onion to taste.

Avocado Crema

1 avocado

1 cup sour cream

1/4 chopped cilantro

Mash or blend together in a blender. Add buttermilk or more sour cream to adjust the consistency of the sauce.

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  1. Thank you for spotlighting The Secret on Rum Runner's Lane!

  2. I like the idea of a mini mystery. Sounds like an interesting storyline.



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