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09 February 2023

Carmel Conundrum: A Liz Adams Mystery by Stacy Wilder Book Tour with Recipe!

About Carmel Conundrum

Carmel Conundrum: A Liz Adams Mystery
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Setting – California
Wild Hawk Press (December 10, 2022)
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 226 pages
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 979-8985426625
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0BPQXHL7Y

Stolen identities, a cult, a kidnapping, an attempted murder, and a budding romance . . .

Join Private Investigator Liz Adams, and her lie-detecting Labrador, Duke, in the scenic town of Carmel By-the-Sea, as the pair investigate the mystery of stolen identities. Complications arise when Liz becomes romantically entangled with her hot new client, Brad.

Enter Apollo, a charismatic cult leader, whose mission to save the homeless has a dark twist. Why does he continue to trespass on Liz’s property? She’s compelled to uncover the answer.

Tensions mount, as the stakes become a matter of life and death. Will Liz and Duke solve both mysteries before the damage is irreparable?

Travel with Liz from Charleston, SC to Carmel, CA, and back to discover the astounding truth.

 Liz’s Lasagna Casserole

Serves 8-10

 Ingredients for sauce:

2 cans (14.5 ounce) petite diced tomatoes drained

2 large garlic cloves, grated                         

 2 heaping teaspoons Italian seasoning

1/2 teaspoon sugar                                         

 1 can (15 ounce) tomato sauce

1 pinch oregano                                             

 1/4 cup water

1 can (12 ounce) tomato paste                     

   5 tablespoons finely chopped red onion        

1 pound hamburger meat                              

  1/4 teaspoon fennel

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan except for the red onion, meat, and fennel in a saucepan. Add salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a simmer and then turn the heat down.

On medium-high, heat a drizzle of olive oil in a skillet. Saute red onion for thirty seconds and then add one pound hamburger meat and fennel. Add salt and pepper to taste. Once the meat is brown, drain and add to sauce. Cover and simmer on low heat for at least thirty minutes stirring occasionally. An hour is better. Turn off the heat, uncover and allow the sauce to cool down.

Ingredients for the casserole:

1 15 ounce container of ricotta cheese         

 8 ounces of grated mozzarella cheese

1 1/2 cups grated parmesan cheese            

9 ounce package of oven-ready lasagna noodles

Divide the sauce into two bowls. Grease the bottom of a 9x13 inch pan. Layer noodles on bottom and then pour in one bowl of sauce. Sprinkle 3/4 cup of the parmesan cheese on top. Dollop 8 heaping tablespoons of ricotta cheese evenly across casserole. Press down to spread. Finish with one cup of mozzarella sprinkling heavier on the edges. Repeat. Cover with foil and allow to sit in the refrigerator for at least an hour.

When ready to bake, preheat oven to 400 degrees. Bake covered for thirty minutes. Uncover and bake for fifteen more minutes, then broil for approximately two minutes. Watch to ensure the top turns slightly brown and doesn’t burn. Remove from oven and allow to stand for fifteen minutes before cutting. Serve with Caesar salad and garlic bread. Enjoy!

Stacy Wilder has traveled to six out of seven continents Books have shaped her life and her travels. Her love of mysteries began with Nancy Drew.

Carmel Conundrum is the second book in the riveting Liz Adams Mystery series. In addition to mysteries, Stacy writes children’s stories, short stories, and poetry. She and her husband live in Houston, Texas, with a totally spoiled Labrador retriever, Eve.

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  1. Thank you! The lasagna was a hit at the launch party for Carmel. Stacy Wilder



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