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Tis the Season for Cranberries
Monday, November 23, 2020 by Sally Jo

Investigating Food Used in Novels

 

This month’s featured food scene comes from my new release of book #2 in the Seasons of Mystery series, Winter Deception.

(The ebook will be on sale for $.99 on Cyber Monday, November 30, 2020.)

The opening scene takes place at a luncheon in the dining room of Topazus, an 1800s antebellum home and Chicken with Cranberry Orange Sauce is served.

Here’s the scene:

 

Rita returned from the kitchen with a steaming platter. Mary Sue, composed but solemn, removed salad plates. “Cameo, please serve yourself and pass the entrée,” Rita said.

Cameo, visibly shaken, tried to accept the dish but almost dropped it. Robert reached for the serving piece and held it for her.

Rita didn’t seem to notice Cameo’s near slip and continued talking. “This is my signature chicken with a special cranberry orange sauce,” she said with flair and returned to her seat.

“Not to brag, but I helped Mother perfect the seasoning on this dish.” James leaned to one side for Mary Sue to clear his plate and clasped his hands in bravo style. “Culinary dabbling is a hobby.”

“James did help me. A man that loves to cook will make a fine catch,” Rita said and sent a smile in Cameo’s direction.

Robert slid two chicken breasts onto his plate and breathed in the warm citrusy bouquet. The scent swirled around and mixed with his investigative juices. The questions of correct utensil use pestered him, but inquiries around mineral leasing, liabilities, and theft, drew him like a Bluetick Coonhound on a track.

                                                                                                                                                       Topazus Chicken with Cranberry Orange Sauce

 

The recipe is under Investigatin’ Recipes tab above.

And Here is more about Winter Deception:

Private Investigators Robert Grey and Jane Carson intend to combine business with pleasure when they arrive at Topazus, their client’s South Carolina antebellum estate.

But the property’s trustee is found dead and when their client’s mother is arrested for the crime, Robert and Jane are pressed into service. This newly formed investigative team is adjusting to private eye status.  Robert is a former lawman who no longer carries a badge and Jane is a kindergarten teacher. 

When the investigators dig into the mysterious happenings in the mansion, they are convinced the police arrested the wrong person.  Topazus, which withstood the ravages of a Civil War, is imbedded with bitterness, deception, and an array of suspects.

It’s a case where the unlikely duo must pool their intuition and unique skills to unravel clues before the real killer gets away with murder.

 

 

 

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