We are thrilled to welcome back Debra Goldstein, author of the Sarah Blair Mysteries and more! Debra has generously offered to give away a copy of her latest book, A Treat Too Many–read on to find out how to enter.
Love Cozies – Hate Cooking and Crafts
As long as I can remember, I’ve read cozy mysteries. When I decided to write a book, my friends and family all assumed it would be a legal thriller or suspense novel. After all, my legal career as a litigator and then a judge made it a natural fit. But no, I decided to write a cozy mystery that by its very nature would feature a craft, cooking or baking.
There was only one problem. I hate cooking and I’m horrible at crafts. My sister is a gourmet chef having shadowed our mother for years, I watched Perry Mason and managed to empty the dishwasher and set the table during the commercials. When I had to make a skirt in elementary school, I accidentally sewed it to the one I was wearing and cut a hole in both while separating them. When my mother, my Girl Scout leader taught my troop how to knit, there was only one child she had to send to the knit shop for instruction. Yup, me. So, how was I going to write a cozy?
Analyzing the situation with the legal side of my brain, I realized there had to be other people out there who enjoyed reading cozy mysteries, but who didn’t cook or do crafts. From that realization, Sarah Blair was born. Sarah is more frightened of being in the kitchen than she is of murder. If she tries to make a recipe, she’s the type of person who must take a picture of what she needs to the store to make sure she gets the right ingredient. Usually she lives on pre-made foods, take-out, or care packages her twin, a gourmet chef, prepares for her. If she doesn’t eat out of the container from the store, she uses her good dishes – floral paper plates.
Although I’m not an amateur sleuth like Sarah, I identify with her feelings about the kitchen.
For a chance to win an ARC of Three Treats Too Many, tell me if you are more like Sarah or her gourmet chef twin – feel free to leave a recipe and if you ask for it in your answer, Sarah and I will gladly send you a copy of our favorite recipe: Jell-O in a Can.
Judge Debra H. Goldstein writes Kensington’s Sarah Blair mystery series (Three Treats Too Many, Two Bites Too Many, One Taste Too Many). She also authored Should Have Played Poker and IPPY Award winning Maze in Blue. Her short stories, which have been named Agatha, Anthony, and Derringer finalists, have appeared in numerous periodicals and anthologies including Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, Black Cat Mystery Magazine, and Mystery Weekly. Debra serves on the national boards of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America and is president of SEMWA and past president of SinC’s Guppy Chapter. Find out more about Debra at www.DebraHGoldstein.com