Books and Food: What Could Be Better? Prizes!

I am absolutely delighted to report that I am now a professional chef!  Okay, that’s not true, but I am officially a published recipe author.

To benefit Mystery Writers of America, more than 100 mystery authors contributed recipes to The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook: Wickedly Good Meals and Deserts to Die For.  I’m so happy with the finished book that I’m giving away copies, with my recipe signed, to FIVE lucky readers on my Facebook page.  To enter, all you have to do is go to the contest post on my Facebook page, “like” the page itself, and then submit a comment in response to this question: “What food or drink would you like to enjoy with which literary character?”

On May 1, I’ll pick five lucky readers to win!

More about this terrific cookbook, edited by Kate White: The very first recipe is mine: “Ellie Hatcher’s Rum-Soaked Nutella French Toast.”  Doesn’t it look delicious?


The final one is Lee Child’s “Coffee, Pot of One.”  And in between, you’ll find things like Mary Higgins Clark’s Game Night Chili, Harlan Coben’s Crab Meat Dip, Scott Turow’s Innocent Frittata, Laura Lippman’s Aunt Effie’s Salmon Ball, and Kathy Reich’s Shrimp Scampi.  It’s a terrific collection!

Remember: head on over to Facebook to enter!  Or if you really, seriously, truly insist on not joining the fun at Facebook, you can enter by posting in the comments and joining my mailing list (see sign up link at top of website; this is so I can find you if you win).

Happy New Year! (from the dogs)

For our Christmas present (only one of many, we hope), the lady who feeds us (known to you as Alafair Burke) let us take over her blog.  Oh, and “us” means Frannie and Double Double and Frannie (correction by Double).  And since you are friends with the lady, you already know who we are.  Some people call us “her” dogs, but we don’t see the need for spec-ist labels.

Anyhoo, we were thankful this year to have found each other.  Even though we were both cool chillin’ on our own, we are totally boss as a combo since Frannie moved to NYC from Anguilla in April.  We plan ways to sneak on the sofa when no one is looking, wrestle 24/7, and absolutely rule at doggy daycare.  Proving our mad mutual respect, we even recognize each other’s food boundaries.  (Click on this adorable VIDEO for proof of how good we are.  We hope to go viral and be famous.)

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What else, what else?  Oh, we are also proud of the lady who feeds us for publishing TWO books in ONE year during 2014.  It’s the first time she has ever done that, and we think it’s because she now has the two of us.  ALL DAY AND A NIGHT is the fifth in her Ellie Hatcher series.  And THE CINDERELLA MURDER is co-authored with Queen of Suspense Mary Higgins Clark.  MHC called us adorable, so we really love her.


Now, the real reason we wanted to take over the newsletter.  We have outfits!  Don’t we look amazing?!  One step further in our efforts to be famous.  (Note from Frannie: Double is the only one who wants elaborate wardrobes and notoriety.  I prefer to be naked and unknown.)

Finally, we promised Alafair that we would wish you a happy, healthy, celebratory holiday season.  And to tell you how much she appreciates your support throughout the year.


Double and Frannie (and Alafair)

THE CINDERELLA MURDER is out November 18!

I’m delighted to report that my first co-authored novel, with Queen of Suspense Mary Higgins Clark, will be out November 18.

cinderellaMary and I had so much fun working together, and, according to early praise, we did a nice job:

“The snappy pace, layered characters, and many plot surprises will keep readers guessing in this fascinating mystery by two talented writers.”- Booklist

“The team behind Clark’s reality TV show Under Suspicion returns to dramatize—all right, solve—another cold case, with welcome help from co-author Alafair Burke…Burke brings a sharp legal eye to the proceedings. …[W]ill satisfy Clark’s legion of fans and may well win her some new ones.”- Kirkus Review

“A dynamic new author duo* adds new verve to a classic.”- Barnes & Noble

If you’re interested in purchasing a signed copy of the book, you can do so through Book Revue in Huntington.

You can also pre-order from your favorite retailer.

I can’t wait to hear what you guys think of The Cinderella Murder!