Recipes & Mystery Book Giveaways For Father’s Day

Jun 11, 2016 | 2016 Articles, Food Fun, Mysteryrat's Maze

by Karen Rose Smith,
Mary McHugh &
Barbara Ross

This week we have some more recipes from mystery novels, and this time we were looking for some great recipes for your Father’s Day dinner! We have one from Silence of the Lamps by Karen Rose Smith, and one from Bossa Novas, Bikinis, and Bad Ends by Mary McHugh, and finally one from Fogged Inn by Barbara Ross. We will also be giving away copies of Silence of the Lamps and Fogged Inn (we just gave away a copy of the other book last week.) Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win, and a link you can use to purchase the books.

Get cooking for Dad and enjoy some fun mysteries!

From Silence of the Lamps by Karen Rose Smith


2 16-ounce bags frozen lima beans, thawed book
8 slices fried, crumbled bacon
¾ cup chopped fresh onion
¾ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
¼ melted butter
½ cup water
8 ounces finely grated cheddar cheese
6 tablespoons Italian bread crumbs
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Combine thawed lima beans, crumbled bacon, onion, salt, pepper, butter, water, and grated cheese. Turn into a two-quart casserole sprayed with no-stick cooking spray.
Bake covered at 400 degrees for 45 minutes. Remove cover and sprinkle with bread crumbs. Bake an additional 10 to 15 minutes or until bread crumbs are browned and beans are tender.
Serves six to eight.

About the Book:
Business has never been better for home stager Caprice De Luca, but her personal life could stand a few renovations. Just when she thought things were getting serious with her boyfriend Grant, his pretty ex-wife swoops into town and nabs his attention. Uncle Dom is living with her parents and desperately needs a new job. And her sister Nikki’s catering business is threatened when rival Drew Pierson starts eating away at her share of the market. Things could not possibly get more chaotic when Drew is found bludgeoned to death by one of his grandmother’s antique Tiffany lamps–and Nikki is the number one suspect. Now, Caprice must act fast to illuminate the truth and clear her sister’s name–before a cold-blooded killer puts her lights out next…
About the Author:
Karen Rose Smith has written over twenty romance novels, and lives in the Susquehanna Valley of Pennsylvania with her husband and three rescued cats. For more about Karen, please visit her website

From Bossa Novas, Bikinis, and Bad Ends by Mary McHugh


3 pounds large shrimp, peeled and deveinedbook
2 cups chopped onions
3 cloves garlic, chopped
½ cup olive oil
1 35 oz. can whole tomatoes
¼ cup chopped cilantro
2 cups coconut milk
¼ cup palm oil
Salt and pepper to taste
Sauté the onions and garlic in olive oil, then stir in half of the cilantro and tomatoes. Add in shrimp and cook about 15 minutes.
Add coconut milk, the remaining cilantro, and palm oil. Season with salt and pepper, and serve with cold beer.

About the Book:
The fancy-footed Happy Hoofers–Tina, Janice, Pat, Mary Louise, and Gini– are kicking off Carnival by entertaining posh guests at the most elegant hotel in Rio de Janeiro. Stunning beaches and spectacular views abound. But the party is cut short for the fab five when their alluring Brazilian companion is found dead in her room, without a clue as to what killed her.
As the samba-loving sleuths sift the evidence, they realize that even in beautiful Rio, murder can set the stage–and steal the show…
About the Author:
Mary McHugh has published 26 books and was an editor for several national magazines. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Good Housekeeping, and Family Circle.

From Fogged Inn by Barbara Ross


Ingredients book
1 meaty ham bone
12 cups water
1 small onion, chopped roughly
2 carrots, chopped roughly
2 stalks celery, chopped roughly
1 clove garlic, minced
2 14oz. package of yellow or green split peas
Optional: 2 additional carrots, diced
Remove as much visible fat and tough skin from the ham bone as possible. Carve off and dice larger pieces of meat clinging to the bone. Set aside.
Place ham bone into large stockpot with the water.
Add chopped onion, two chopped carrots, celery, garlic, and a liberal sprinkling of salt and ground pepper. Add split peas to the pot.
Bring water to a boil and then turn down to a simmer. Cook gently for 1-1½ hours until the peas are thoroughly softened. Stir frequently. Continue cooking for another hour. Remove pot from heat source and let soup cool
Remove ham bone and the chunks of celery, carrot, and onion.
Optional: put soup through food processor for a smoother, creamier texture.
With the pea soup in the pot, add chopped ham and the optional two diced carrots.
Season to taste with salt and pepper.

About the Book:
An autumn chill has settled over Busman’s Harbor, Maine, but Julia Snowden is warming up the town by offering lobster stew at the local diner. When her landlord discovers a dead body in the walk-in refrigerator, Julia must figure out who ordered up a side of murder.
Nothing’s colder than a corpse—especially one stashed inside a sub-zero fridge. The victim spent his last night on earth dining at the restaurant bar, so naturally Julia finds herself at the center of the ensuing investigation. Lost in the November fog, however, is who’d want to kill the unidentified stranger—and why. It might have something to do with a suspicious group of retirees and a decades-old tragedy to which they’re all connected. One thing’s for sure: Julia’s going to make solving this mystery her early bird special…
About the Author:
Barbara Ross is the author of the Maine Clambake Mysteries. She and her husband own the former Seafarer Inn at the head of the harbor in Boothbay Harbor, Maine.

Happy Father’s Day!

To enter to win a copies of Silence of the Lamps and Fogged Inn, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “father’s day recipes,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen June 18, 2016. U.S. residents only. If entering via email please include your mailing address, and if via comment please include your email address.

Check out other mystery articles, reviews, book giveaways & mystery short stories in our mystery section.



  1. I love books written by Karen Rose Smith and Barbara Ross. Thank you for this chance.

  2. Wonderful reviews thank you, both sounds very good.

  3. All three recipes fit in with things we like. So we will be giving them a try. They do look good. And so do the books. Great covers and the blurbs are most intriguing. Would love to read them. So hoping

  4. That’s something my hubby would really enjoy. The book sounds good, too. ?

  5. Thank you for the chance to win these two mystery books for they sound like great reads.
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  6. WOW!! What delicious choices for a cozy read!! Thanks for the possible opportunity!

  7. As soon as I am done typing, must wipe the drool off the keyboard….these recipes look wonderful.

  8. Thanks for the recipes and the giveaway! Would love to read and review.

  9. All three look interesting. Would love to read them.

  10. Oh wow so Barbara Ross actually owns an Inn. How fun. Both of these books sound wonderful. I would like to read both of them. Marilyn

  11. contest Entry

  12. Contest entry

  13. My husband loves lima beans! Thanks for the chance to win!

  14. I love mystery stories & these sound fascinating, Thanks for this generous giveaway.

  15. I love cozy mysteries with recipes and I love Barbara Ross’ Busman’s series and am always looking for new authors to fall in love with!!!!!

  16. I love cozy mysteries! Those with recipes is a bonus!!! Always looking for new books to read.

  17. We have a winner!


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