To any authors/publishers/ tour companies that are looking for the reviews that I signed up for please know this is very hard to do. I will be stopping reviews temporarily. My husband passed away February 1st and my new normal is a bit scary right now and I am unable to concentrate on a book to do justice to the book and authors. I will still do spotlight posts if you wish it is just the reviews at this time. I apologize for this, but it isn't fair to you if I signed up to do a review and haven't been able to because I can't concentrate on any books. Thank you for your understanding during this difficult time. I appreciate all of you. Kathleen Kelly April 2nd 2024

18 April 2024

A Twinkle of Trouble (A Fairy Garden Mystery) by Daryl Wood Gerber Book Tour and Recipe!

 A Twinkle of Trouble (A Fairy Garden Mystery)

by Daryl Wood Gerber

A Twinkle of Trouble (A Fairy Garden Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
5th in Series
Setting – California
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Kensington Cozies (April 23, 2024)
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 304 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1496744934
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1496744937
Kindle ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0CFGF36NM

Carmel-by-the-Sea garden shop owner Courtney Kelly sees things others can’t—like fairies, and hidden motives for murder . . .

Courtney is delighted when her tiny friend Fiona returns from the fairy realm, appearing at the base of a Cypress tree. When her Ragdoll cat, Pixie, emerges from her own portal—aka the cat door—the three set off for a busy day. 

Busier than usual, since Courtney has rented a small plot of land at the Flower Farm, where she hopes to grow her own supplies for her fairy-garden business. Plus, the annual Summer Blooms Festival is coming up, and Courtney has booked a booth . . .

But the murder of Courtney’s friend, Genevieve, casts a pall over the festival. Ever since Genevieve sold her floral business, she’d been building a career as an influencer. She was perennially opinionated—but in her new role she’d become surprisingly vicious, dissing local entrepreneurs with nasty posts and unwarranted bad reviews. That’s landed a couple of Courtney’s other friends on the suspect list—including Flower Farm owner Daphne Flores. 

And when a second victim is discovered, seeds of doubt about Daphne’s innocence sprout in Courtney’s mind. With only a germ of a clue, Courtney will have to overturn every rock to get the dirt on the real killer . . .

Agatha Award-winning author Daryl Wood Gerber is best known for her nationally bestselling mysteries, including the Fairy Garden Mysteries and Cookbook Nook Mysteries. As Avery Aames, she penned the popular Cheese Shop Mysteries

In addition, Daryl writes suspense including the well received The Son’s SecretGirl on the Runand the popular Aspen Adams series. Recently Daryl, who loves a challenge, published a Christmas romance, Hope for the Holidays

Fun Tidbit: as an actress, Daryl appeared in “Murder, She Wrote.” She loves to cook, garden, read, and walk her frisky Goldendoodle. Also, she has been known to jump out of a perfectly good airplane. 

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April 15 – Maureen’s Musings – SPOTLIGHT

April 15 – Teatime and Books – SPOTLIGHT

April 16 – Mystery, Thrillers, and Suspense – SPOTLIGHT

April 16 – Sneaky the Library Cat’s Blog – CHARACTER INTERVIEW

April 16 – The Avid Reader – REVIEW

April 17 – Christy’s Cozy Corners – REVIEW, CHARACTER GUEST POST

April 17 – Literary Gold – SPOTLIGHT

April 18 – Celticlady’s Reviews – RECIPE

April 18 – The Mystery Section – SPOTLIGHT WITH EXCERPT

April 18 – Angel’s Book Nook – SPOTLIGHT

April 19 – View from the Birdhouse – REVIEW

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April 20 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

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April 21 – Cozy Up With Kathy – REVIEW

Thanks to the author we have this amazing recipe for a Chocolate Mousse Pie! Not only does the book look good, but we also have a recipe for it. So, you could really eat the pie and read at the same time! I would. 

What Could Be Better than  Chocolate Mousse Pie?

By Daryl Wood Gerber

Author: A Twinkle of Trouble, Fairy Garden Mystery #5

When I write the Fairy Garden Mysteries, I think about the different foods I want Courtney to serve at the teas that Open Your Imagination serves on weekends, and I also want to share a few recipes that Rhett, Courtney’s boyfriend and owner of Hideaway CafĂ©, will concoct.

However, though Rhett figured out how to make this chocolate mousse pie, it is “not” his original creation. He cajoled the recipe from Sweet Treats, the pastry and coffee shop that is located in the same courtyard as Open Your Imagination.  After all, recipes are meant to be shared, right?

It is so easy to make, you should have no problem doing so. Adding coffee or espresso to a recipe can really enhance the chocolate flavor.  It deepens its intensity. Enjoy the smooth, creamy texture.  

Note: I, Daryl the author, found gluten-free chocolate wafers at whole foods.  So if you need to eat gluten-free, that’s an easy substitution. 

Chocolate Mousse Pie

(Yield: 6 slices)

One 4-ounce package chocolate wafers, broken into pieces (*they do make these gluten-free)

3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

4 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped

¼ cup strong brewed coffee or espresso

¾ cup heavy whipping cream

½ teaspoon vanilla extract

2 tablespoons sugar

Pinch of salt

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  

Butter a 6-inch springform pan. Pulse the chocolate wafers in a food processor until finely ground. Add the butter and pulse 3–4 times.  Press the mixture into the bottom and up the sides of the prepared pan.   Bake the crust for 5 minutes and remove from the oven and let cool.

In the top of a double boiler set over about 2 inches of simmering water, melt the chopped chocolate and the coffee.  Remove the bowl form the heat and let cool for 5 minutes.

In a medium mixing bowl, whip the cream, vanilla, sugar, and salt with an electric mixer on medium-high until the cream holds stiff peaks. With a spatula, fold the chocolate mixture into the cream, in 3 batches, until nicely blended.  Transfer the mixture to the crust and smooth the top. 

Cover and refrigerate for 3 hours and up to 1 day.  To serve, remove the sides of the springform pan and cut the mousse into wedges.

*For a 9-inch springform pan, double the ingredients and prepare as above.

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