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24 August 2022

A Shot in the 80% Dark (Bean to Bar Mysteries) by Amber Royer Book Tour, Recipe and Giveaway!

About A Shot in the 80% Dark 

A Shot in the 80% Dark (Bean to Bar Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Golden Tip Press (July 15, 2022)
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 268 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1952854148
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1952854149
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0B4FFZDWH

Felicity Koerber’s bean to bar chocolate shop thriving. Despite everything she’s been through with the murders she’s helped solve, Felicity is ready to take on new challenges. So when a local museum offers her a contract to create a chocolate replica of a gigantic sailing ship sculpture for a gala celebrating Galveston’s history, she jumps at the chance to combine chocolate-crafting with art.

The project is fun – right up until there’s not just one but two dead artists on the scene, and Felicity has to change gears back to detective. Logan, Felicity’s business partner and previous bodyguard, and Arlo, Felicity’s ex who is now the cop investigating the case, are split on which victim they think was actually the intended one. Felicity may have to take some chances, both emotionally and in luring out a killer, to determine the truth.

Can she find out how Galveston’s history relates to the murders, unmask a killer, and prepare 2,000 chocolate desserts for the gala all at the same time?

About Amber Royer

Amber Royer writes the CHOCOVERSE comic telenovela-style foodie-inspired space opera series, and the BEAN TO BAR MYSTERIES. She is also the author of STORY LIKE A JOURNALIST: A WORKBOOK FOR NOVELISTS, which boils down her writing knowledge into an actionable plan involving over 100 worksheets to build a comprehensive story plan for your novel. She blogs about creative writing technique and all things chocolate at She also teaches creative writing and is an author coach. If you are very nice to her, she might make you cupcakes.  Chocolate cupcakes, of course.

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Sandwiches in the Bean to Bar Mysteries: Cajun Reuben Sandwich


A Shot in the 80% Dark Bonus Recipe  

I have discovered over the course of several books in my Bean to Bar Mysteries that my protagonist, Felicity, is fond of sandwiches.  It isn’t all she eats – obviously since she’s got a developed palate for chocolate making.  But sandwiches are laid-back, on-the-go foods which can still be delicious and support a variety of flavor profiles.  Felicity’s taste varies – from the diner club sandwich she eats leisurely in the first book, to the cruise ship roast beef sandwich she has standing up because sleuthing has caused her to miss a meal.  (The recipe for that one – including how to make the roast beef – is on the bonus page of my website.
In Book 4, A Shot in the 80% Dark, Felicity winds up grabbing sandwiches with one of her love interests to bring to the other love interest, who is in the hospital getting checked for a concussion.  This is slightly less awkward than it sounds.  In the scene, Felicity reveals that one of her favorite sandwich is a local restaurant’s Cajun-style Reuben.  This makes sense for Felicity – who has a Cajun side to her family, and to the setting, Galveston Island, which has embraced Cajun culture in a number of restaurants.

You can either heat the corned beef wrapped in foil in the oven, or covered with a wet paper towel in the microwave.  The remoulade itself isn’t that spicy, so control the heat level in the sandwich with the amount of minced jalapeno you add.  (Omit them entirely if you don’t like spicy things.)  As written, the recipe has a bit of a kick.

Cajun Remoulade:

½ c. mayonnaise

1 Tbsp. spicy brown mustard

1 clove garlic, minced

1 tsp. paprika

1 tsp. Cajun seasoning

1 tsp. lemon juice

1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper

1 tsp. dried parsley

In a medium bowl, stir together mayonnaise, spicy brown mustard, garlic, paprika, Cajun seasoning, lemon juice, Worchester shire sauce and parsley. Adjust seasoning to taste.  Set aside.


2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

4 slices marbled rye bread

1 Tbsp. jalapeno, minced

½ lb. deli sliced corned beef, warmed

1 c. sauerkraut, warmed and drained

4 slices Swiss cheese

Preheat oven to 350°F. 

Brush one side of each slice of bread with butter. Heat a large cast iron skillet over medium heat and add bread, butter side down.  Toast about two minutes, or until the toasted side turns golden brown.  Place the slices of bread on a baking sheet, untoasted side up.

Spread Cajun remoulade generously on the untoasted side of each bread slice. Top two of the bread slices with the minced jalapeno. Layer those two slices with the corned beef and then the sauerkraut.  Place a Swiss cheese slice on top of the sauerkraut on each of those two slices.  Place the other two cheese slices on top of the other two remaining remoulade -coated bread slices.

Transfer the partially constructed sandwiches to the oven and cook until cheese is fully melted, about 3 minutes. Close sandwiches, making sure the cheese is hot enough to melt together.  Cut each sandwich in half and serve immediately.


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1 comment:

  1. Thanks for letting me share a bit about A Shot in the 80% Dark. Putting together the recipes for food I've imagined in the books is one of the most fun parts.



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