MURDER IN A CAPE COTTAGE is the fourth book in the Cozy Capers Book Group Mysteries by Maddie Day. In this newest release, ‘Mac’ MacKenzie Almeda is preparing for her nuptials to baker Tim Brunelle. What should have been a week filled with bridal activities and fun turns into a nightmare when a skeleton is found inside a walled in space in Tim’s hundred-year-old cottage. To up the creepiness factor, the skeleton was dressed in an old-fashioned bridal gown and had been chained to the wall. With only a few days until her wedding, Mac decides she must find out what happened to the bride and find justice before she says her vows.
This brings a sense of urgency to the storyline. With a fast-paced plot that starts from the very first page, Ms. Day pens an intriguing cold case murder mystery. Using her connection to the community, Mac chats with elderly townsfolk, and researches old newspapers hunting for clues of the identity of the dead bride. I’m always in awe of writers who can successfully navigate putting together a cold case mystery and provide enough clues and twists to make it interesting. And Ms. Day does not disappoint. Adding to the enjoyment are the supporting characters, from Mac’s dear grandmother, her African gray parrot (who provides moments of levity), to her Cozy Caper’s book group who helps suss out clues. As they track down information, it becomes apparent that someone in town has a vested interest in keeping the crime unsolved. With the suspect list growing and the days counting down to Mac’s wedding, I felt the need to read faster and faster to find out what happens next. I, for one, can’t wait for the next book in this delightful series!
As in all of Maddie Day’s books, you can count on delicious mentions of food throughout the story. And, of course, lots of wonderful recipes are included at the back of the book for the home cook to try. Mac’s fiancé, Tim, bakes up yummy blueberry scones for the wedding morning family breakfast. Using a food processor also speeds up the time it takes to get the scones into the oven and onto the table. Flaky, rich, and with the yummy sweetness of the blueberries, I’ll be making these year-round thanks to being able to use either fresh or frozen blueberries, depending on the season.
ʼTis the day after Christmas, following a wicked-busy time of year for Mac’s bike shop. It’s just as well her Cozy Capers Book Group’s new pick is a nerve-soothing coloring book mystery, especially when she has last-minute wedding planning to do. But all pre-wedding jitters fade into the background when Mac and her fiancé, Tim, begin a cottage renovation project and open up a wall to find a skeleton—sitting on a stool, dressed in an old-fashioned bridal gown . . .
As Mac delves into the decades-old mystery with the help of librarian Flo and her book group, she discovers a story of star-crossed lovers and feuding families worthy of the bard himself. Yet this tale has a modern-day villain still lurking in Mac’s quaint seaside town, ready to make this a murderous New Year’s Eve . . .
A special thanks to Maddie Day for providing a print copy of MURDER IN A CAPE COTTAGE! Contest ends October 5, 2022 at 11:59 pm PST and is limited to U.S. residents only. Please use the Rafflecopter box located below 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!)
Tim makes these for the wedding morning breakfast.
- 2 cups all-purpose flour, spoon & leveled, plus more for hands and work surface
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) cold butter
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1 large egg
- 1-1/12 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1 heaping cup fresh or frozen blueberries (do not thaw)
- 2 tablespoons whole milk
- Coarse sugar
Line a dinner plate with parchment paper.
Pulse flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt together in a food processor.
Cut the butter into inch cubes. Add it to the food processor and pulse until the mixture comes together in pea-sized crumbs.
Place in the refrigerator or freezer as you mix the wet ingredients together.
Whisk 1/2 cup sour cream, the egg, and vanilla extract together in a small bowl. Drizzle into food processor and mix for only a few seconds until it starts to clump.
Turn onto a floured counter and, with floured hands, mix in the blueberries, forming a ball. Dough will be sticky. If it’s too sticky, add a little more flour. If it seems too dry, add 1-2 tablespoons milk.
Transfer to the lined dinner plate and press into an 8-inch disk. Refrigerate for at least 15 minutes.
Preheat oven to 400°F.
Transfer disk and parchment paper to a baking sheet. With a sharp knife or bench scraper, cut into 8 wedges.
Arrange chilled scones two inches apart. Brush with milk and for sprinkle with coarse sugar (or regular granulated if you don’t have coarse).
Bake for 22-25 minutes or until golden brown around the edges and lightly browned on top. Remove from the oven and cool for a few minutes.
Serve hot or at room temperature.
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I was provided with an advance copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Yes, I do have a fascination with cold case murders. It is a huge challenge to solve a murder from long ago!
Love scones, and these are wonderful looking, so I will make them. Thanks for the recipe…and for the opportunity to win this last book in the Cozy Capers series…awesome!!!!
Yes, I used to watch the TV show Cold Cases.
Always happy to see someone looking into a cold case
and solving it. Techniques change so much over time
and the culprit can be found with the improved tests.
Looking forward to reading the book. thanks
Yes i do since the who done it may or may not be revealed.
I absolutely am interested in cold cases. Some of my favorite to read about.
Love all Maddie books
I don’t finding cold case to be especially interesting in general though might be depending on details.
This will be a great recipe to try! I have some blueberries from my local Farmers Market that I bought last month & froze. They’ll be perfect to use in this recipe!
I find them interesting, but I wouldn’t say I am fascinated by them.
I don’t have fascination with cold case murders.
I jump around to different genres and I’ve read a few cold case mysteries.
Yes, I do. I watch television shows and read books that deal with cold cases. It’s so interesting to see how they can solve them with new technology.
Yes, I love reading about Cold Case murders, hoping someday they will be resolved.
I do find them very, very interesting! And think about how any remaining family members/friends would find closure when the cases are solved. LOVE the recipe for scones!
I do like to read about cold case murders.
I definetely love that people are into solving these cold cases. I love that they get their answers finally.
Only in fiction.
Yes, not so much in reality, but in fiction and on TV shows.
I have enjoyed blueberry scones in the past. Think I’d like to have more, but not sure I’m up to making them myself. This recipe looks good, but I do not have a food processor. I’ve saved the recipe so I can make it later when I have one.
I do enjoy cold case mysteries, both in fiction and nonfiction. The question of why the case was not solved when the crime happened and what later helped solve the crime always fascinates me.
Yes it’s interesting. Cold cases are intriguing. The scones look amazing. Thank you for the chance
Yes, I do.
Personally, I love cold case files. It gives me hope that the victim gets justice and that eventually the criminal gets caught. It’s kind of like you can run, but you can’t hide – at least not forever.
Thank you for the fabulous blueberry scone recipe. It combines two things I really love. I’ll be trying it – soon.
can be interesting
A cold case is so much more intriguing because most of the leads are gone and it usually happened a long time ago making it seem almost unsolvable. And that makes it irresistible! Thanks for this great opportunity to win! The scones sound irresistible too!
No I don’t but occasionally I will watch Keith Morrison on NBC on one of his cases.
Cold case stories intrigue me and am definitely going to make the scones. I have frozen berries in the freezer just waiting for this recipe. Thanks for sharing with us.
Yes. I always like watching the crime drama shows.
I love watching shows about cold case. These scones look delicious!😋😊
Well some of them scare me but yes I do like the cold cases that they solve. Thank you for giving us a recipe for scones also offering a print book for a prize as you know I can only do print due to battling RSD and you had said that you don’t giveaway your print books. I am excited that Kim snagged one from you and that one has a chance to read one of your books. I just love to read and review them.
I actually watch the re-runs of Cold Case on tv at night.
I’m interested somewhat but not fascinated, my daughter is though.
I can’t say that I’m fascinated by cold cases but I do love when they are solved. I also love that some police departments have specific departments dedicated to cold cases and only cold cases. The scones look delicious and I am going to have to try that recipe. Thank you for the giveaway!
I definitely have a fascination with cold cases!
They are definitely interesting to read about and watch on TV. My husband is a Cold Case Detective for the sheriffs department. He is working on a case now. Lots of hours and resource goes into trying to solve the case.
I do like reading about cold cases. It’s fascinating to me what is being accomplished with DNA evidence.
Cold case murders are intriguing! I love to see how new investigative techniques can help shed new light on old evidence.
I think cold cases are interesting and I like to read about them always find interesting information
No, I am not a TV watcher.
These scones look delicious! I haven’t ever made any but I think that is about to change!
Love Cold Case Murder books. Thanks for your great generosity.
Yes I do like to hear cold case murder mysteries have been solved.
Yum!! Blueberry scones.
I do enjoy cold cases, especially in cozy mysteries.
Thank you for the recipe!
I think cold cases should always be looked at by fresh sets of eyes. Maybe someone new will see the clue that e paws missed and the case will be solved.
I don’t particularly have a fascination with cold-case murders, but I have the utmost respect for those who keep looking for the answers to give justice to the victims and families involved. Truth should always be sought.