Author Deborah Garner’s books are known for memorable characters; some quirky, some fun, some mystical. I was intrigued when her very fun, very flamboyant character from CRANBERRY BLUFF, spun off into another series and I was charmed when I read A FLAIR FOR DRAMA! Sadie Kramer is an “older” sixty-plus woman, which is a refreshing change from the usual late twenties to thirty-something protagonists who populate most cozy mysteries (not that there’s anything wrong with that!). It’s my experience, and Sadie Kramer certainly exhibits this, is that by the time we get to a certain age we really don’t care what people think. As long as we do what pleases ourselves and what we know is the right thing to do, then all social peer pressure vanishes. It can be quite liberating! As a result, Sadie says and does things that entertains the reader, making us chuckle a bit, and admire her pluck.
Sadie’s sidekick, Coco, is an adorable Yorkie. This precocious, pampered pet literally and figuratively steals both the scenes and the show when she is on stage. Coco provides a nice supporting role to Sadie’s sleuthing trying to find out who killed the leading lady in her friend’s stage production. There are plenty of suspects and leads to keep the reader guessing, while the plot has several twists and turns to keep it entertaining. This coziest of cozies is a fun book to while the afternoon away curled up on the couch or enjoy as a beach read on vacation.
Be prepared, though, to be thoroughly craving chocolate while you read this book! Sadie discovers Chocolate Lava Cakes while visiting her friend in Monterey Bay… and she eats them often. I was honored when Deborah Garner asked if I would create the recipe for Individual Chocolate Lava Cakes for the book! Decadent chocolate truffles create a delectable, gooey center for the rich chocolate cakes. Served with whipped cream and raspberries, these are an elegant dessert that will be having your family and guests oohing and ahhing!
When a former schoolmate invites flamboyant senior sleuth Sadie Kramer to a theatre production, she jumps at the excuse to visit the Monterey Bay area for a weekend. With quaint Carmel shops a short drive away and luxurious linens in her hotel accommodations, the excursion promises to be both entertaining and relaxing.
Plenty of action is expected on stage, but when the show’s leading lady turns up dead, Sadie finds herself faced with more than one drama to follow. With both cast members and production crew as potential suspects, will Sadie and her sidekick Yorkie, Coco, be able to solve the case?
A huge thank you to Deborah Garner for providing a winner with the choice of either print or an e-book copy of A FLAIR FOR DRAMA! Contest ends Monday, June 19, 2017 at 11:59 pm PST and is limited to U.S. residents for a print copy. Please use the Rafflecopter box located below the recipe to enter. The winner will be announced on this page and on Cinnamon & Sugar’s Facebook page, as well as notified by email (so check your spam folder!)
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