Posted in Cozy, Giveaway, Guest Post, mystery, Spotlight on September 8, 2016

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Gnarly New Year! Corsario Cove Cozy Mystery
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Paperback: 220 pages


The honeymoon’s not over yet! Kim and Brien’s excellent adventure at the swanky Sanctuary Resort & Spa continues when an unwelcome visitor drops in on New Year’s Eve. An elusive marine GPS device found and lost again, unleashes another wave of murder and mayhem in Corsario Cove! What is it about that thing? Will the secret be revealed when they visit the chamber of heinousness? Stooges, Krugerrands, and monks—oh my! Is it going to be a Gnarly New Year for Kim and Brien?


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Welcome Anna to StoreyBook Reviews!  I’m so excited that you are here and I love food too and always love to hear more…about food of course!

Brien Williams, Eating Machine, Helps Put Food Center Stage

Brien Williams, handsome newlywed and surfer dude, is one-half of the sleuthing duo in my Corsario Cove Cozy Mystery Series. If you’ve already read Cowabunga Christmas and Gnarly New Year, then you know he’s one-of-a-kind. A quirky guy, he’s likable and easy-going most of the time unless there’s a bad guy to be vanquished in true Thor-like fashion. In my mind, he looks much like a young Chris Hemsworth as Thor.

Brien has three major loves in life: his new bride, Kim, of course, surfing, and eating! Kim affectionately refers to him as an eating machine, in fact. “My surfer boy can put it away,” Kim tells us in Cowabunga Christmas. And so he does. Why not? It takes a lot of working out to keep that Thor-like physique and a lot of calories to stoke those workouts.

Brien’s capacity to eat is legendary among his sleuthing buddies in the Jessica Huntington Desert Cities Mystery Series. That’s where Brien first makes an appearance. He’s always at center stage when the eating begins. In both series, food is sometimes a centerpiece of the setting and the action.

That’s also true in a third series I write, the Georgie Shaw Cozy Mystery Series. In that series, she’s an executive in Food and Beverage Management at a Disney-like entertainment conglomerate. Founded on the success of a cartoon cat, Georgie fondly refers to her place of employment as the Cat Factory where she works for the cat. Georgie’s trained as a chef and started her career in the kitchen, so food is still a part of her life even though she’s moved out of the kitchen and into the boardroom at Marvelous Marley World Enterprises.

Why is food such a big deal in all three series I write? I didn’t set out for that to be the case, it just happened. I don’t think it was an accident, though. There are several reasons why the characters in my stories eat so well. The tagline for my website says a lot. That’s where you’ll find me: Snooping into life’s mysteries with fun, fiction, & food–California style!

Food, along with Hollywood, the sunshine, and beaches, is almost synonymous with the California lifestyle. A lot of the emphasis is on a healthy eating, but for better or worse, California is also the birthplace of fast food behemoths like McDonald’s, Taco Bell, Jack in the Box, and others. Brien is a burger aficionado as are many Southern California—SoCal—residents. In fact, according to a post in Mother Jones, SoCal is the fast food Capital of the world! []. It’s not just fast food. Californians take their food very seriously. So, my characters’ foodie tendencies are, in part, an artifact of the culture they inhabit.

The presence of food and its role in the storytelling is also the result of my background intruding into the story. Like, Georgie Shaw, I was trained as a chef and worked for an entertainment conglomerate. Not Disney-like, but Disney. We called it working for the mouse at the Mouse Factory. Hired at Walt Disney World as a culinary assistant with very basic training in food preparation, Disney put me through their chef’s school. I learned a lot from training and apprenticeship at the hands of some terrific chefs. Not the easiest guys to work around—and I do mean guys. In those days, there wasn’t a woman chef in the bunch!

A third reason food is always on the table in my stories–if you’ll pardon the pun–is that I like to appeal to all of the senses. Sight, sound, smell, touch, and taste. Food entails the use of all our senses as it sizzles, delights the eye with color or by design, tantalizes with enticing aromas, warms or chills us at the touch, and transports us with satisfying flavors. Food is a source of comfort, a focal point for social bonding, and provides an almost universal connection between us all as readers. I believe that’s the reason food is so prominent in cozy mystery—sensual, comforting, and social. What better antidote is there to murder and mayhem as sleuths seek out and vanquish evildoers?

So, what do you think? Why is food so much a part of fiction, especially the mystery genre? I’d love to hear from you.

While we’re on the subject of food, here’s a recipe for one of Kim’s favorite dishes: Cheesy Baked Artichoke Dip.



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About the Author

ac burkeAnna Celeste Burke is an award-winning and bestselling author who enjoys snooping into life’s mysteries with fun, fiction, & food—California style! Her books include the Jessica Huntington Desert Cities Mystery series set in the Coachella Valley near Palm Springs, the Corsario Cove Cozy Mystery series set on California’s Central Coast, and The Georgie Shaw Cozy Mystery series set in Orange County, California–the OC. Coming soon: The Misadventures of Betsy Stark that take place in the Coachella Valley.

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