Jan 042012
 


Welcome to the first Cozy Wednesday of 2012. I am so excited about today’s guest. Paige has been a friend to me and a supporter of my blog for almost the whole two years. She even sponsored a Blogoversary Giveaway. (There is still time to enter.) The real excitement for me today is that yesterday she premiered a whole New Series, The Country Cooking School Mysteries. The first book If Fried Chicken Could Fly had me right from the title. I have been anxiously awaited this book ever since I heard Paige was working on it. It was well worth the wait, it is fabulous, but I’ll post my review at the bottom.

Now please help me welcome the guest of honor. Welcome Paige!!!! I am so glad you are here and so are my readers!!!

Thank you, Lori and your readers, for letting me stop by today. Happy New Year!

Sometimes you don’t even know you’re getting ideas for books.

A few years ago, my son and I were tromping through a small, old cemetery outside Rolla, Missouri, in search of the grave of one of our ancestors. The day was sunny and warm, but the cemetery was shadowed by trees and the long white-washed church building located next to it. It was both wonderfully peaceful and kind of spooky.

This ancestor, my great-grandmother, someone I’d only recently learned about because of a new interest in genealogy, had died a horribly tragic death. Sadly, we didn’t find the grave, but the experience created a foundation for something I would write a few years later – and it published just yesterday.

When I first started If Fried Chicken Could Fly the cooking school in the story materialized in my mind as a long white building that had at one time been a church. It was located out in the country and next to a cemetery that was a hot summer tourist spot because of the infamous criminals who’d been buried there. Honestly, at that point I didn’t even realize I’d plucked the church building and adjoining cemetery from my memory.

However, once I met the ghost (a ghost who wasn’t originally supposed to be a part of the story, by the way) of Jerome Cowbender, infamous dead bank robber who couldn’t shoot straight enough to hit the side of a building, I realized I was putting this story together with other stories – stories I’d heard from my family about my ancestors. Thankfully, they’re a pretty colorful group.

Of course, I should have realized that when I started writing a book about Gram’s cooking school, my subconscious would go to that place where my own grandmother had been. My parents and their parents grew up in and around Rolla, and when I was little that’s where we went for holidays and vacations. My grandmother’s kitchen will always remain the stuff of legend. She cooked fried chicken like no one else, whipped up holiday dinners that I’d start craving in July, knew how to add a little of this and a little of that and somehow bake chocolate chips cookies I’m sure I’ll never taste the like again. Her home and her kitchen were all about good food, good times and family.

Gram’s personality in If Fried Chicken Could Fly isn’t much like my grandmother’s, but they share some of the same cooking and baking ideas. If keeping a container of bacon grease next to the stove or cooking with cast iron skillets sound familiar to you, Gram’s ideas might remind you a little of your grandmother. I hope I’ve at least partially done justice to that amazing generation of women.

So, I’d like to welcome you to Broken Rope, Missouri, and Gram’s Country Cooking School. We’ve got ghosts and a slew of strange and mysterious deaths, but mostly we’ve got Gram and her down home and delicious cooking methods. Come on in and sit a spell.

~Paige

Thank you so much Paige.  I need to mention that, yes, there are recipes in the back of the book.  My son and his friends made the Red Velvet Cupcakes this past weekend and they were so yummy.  As a mom here though I think every recipe should end with “Clean Up Your Mess!”  I am sure Gram teaches that at her Cooking School, whether the mess comes from regular baking, a small fire or a dead body. 

Want to find out how Paige got her start at writing mysteries This is a great article. To find out more about Paige and her books this is a link to her web site.

If Fried Chicken Could Fly (Country Cooking School Mystery)
A Berkley Prime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group
Published by The Penguin Group
A Country Cooking School Mystery
Brand New Series
Cover Illustration by Dan Andreasen
Available Now!

Dollycas’s Thoughts
Everyone loves their grandma’s cooking. My grandma even ran a restaurant for awhile. Gram reminds me a lot of my Grandma Lue. She also made the best fried chicken. The whole idea of a country cooking school fascinates me. I was just a teenager when my grandma passed away so I never really had a chance to learn from her but do have a few of her recipes in my recipe box.

I have to say the appearance of Jerome Cowbender did surprise me but as he became a major player in the plot I couldn’t imagine the story without him. I now understand how sometimes characters just appear in these stories without the author’s control. He was a brilliant addition to a wonderful story.

The story has a perfect mix of cozy fixings, with a “surprise ingredient”, blended expertly to make a culinary masterpiece for our reading pleasure.

The town of Broken Rope seems to have more than it’s share of quirky residents, which means plenty of fodder for future installments of this new smokin’ series!!!!


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  34 Responses to “Cozy Wednesday With Author Paige Shelton! (Giveaway too!!)”

  1. I recently heard of this book and can’t wait to read it!

  2. You had me at Jerome Cowbender, lol. Can’t wait to read it!

  3. My mouth started watering at the remembrance of that good old fashioned country cooking that my gram’s used to make…and yeah, you had me too at Jerome Cowbender, LOL!!

    I can’t wait to read this book. My tummy still hurts from laughing already =)

    I can’t wait to see what 2012 has in store for you, Paige!

  4. I love mysteries…especially mysteries with ghosts (and recipes), so I can’t wait to try this one.

  5. What a clever title and story. Thanks for being willing to give away this awesome read. Blessings for this year!

  6. I’ve been looking forward to this series – mystery, cooking and grandmothers? Three of my favorite things.

  7. Welcome Paige! I have fond memories of my granny’s cooking and know I will love your new book! Have enjoyed the Farmer’s Market mysteries too!

  8. Love the title of this book, anything to do with ‘fried chicken’ has got to be good.

  9. I had heard of the book awhile ago but after this I know I HAVE to read it and that I will LOVE it!!!!!

  10. Thanks so much, everyone! Here’s to a wonderful 2012 for us all.

  11. I can’t wait to read this. Been anxiously awaiting it.

  12. This sounds like such a fun book to read.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  13. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to read books that have anything to do with FOOD!!! I love to cook, bake and EAT! Congrats on the release Paige. What is your favorite thing to make? I am a huge fan of any casseroles or soups and I love to make bread. The smell of the yeast and watching it rise, I don’t bake often enough. Hi Lori! Thanks for having Paige on your blog 🙂

  14. I remember visiting grandparents and great aunts many years ago and loving their cooking on the old fashioned stoves. We also visited the family cemeteries so your book will bring back many memories!

  15. Thanks for the giveaway. I would love to read this awesome book. Please enter me. Tore923@aol.com

  16. I love southern fried food, I love mysteries and old time family stuff.

  17. I have this book waiting its turn to be read. Great post.

  18. Interesting how the author grabs ideas for books from her long forgotten memories. Thanks for the giveaway.

  19. Paige – this sounds like a good new cozy mystery. I will definately be reading this book.

    Thanks Lori for the chance to win this book.

  20. I can’t wait to Paige’s books! The titles are so fun!

  21. another new cozy mystery to start from the beginning!!! YAYS!!

    thank you for the giveaway!!!

  22. This book looks great, Paige! 🙂 I’ve enjoyed your Farmer’s market mysteries, and I can’t wait to try this series!

  23. This sounds like a great book. I loved my grandmother’s cooking as well – she knew just how to make the right things, and her fried chicken was out of this world. Thanks for the giveaway!

  24. I really enjoyed my Grandmothers cooking, especially her Fried Chicken! =)
    and..her Raisin Cream pies!

    This new book sounds very interesting, and I cant wait to read it!

  25. cant wait to read this new series of yours!

  26. Bacon grease goes in a clean empty tin in the refrigerator. My mother and of course, grandmother used to have a collection of them. But my Aunt Garnet was the best chicken fryer.
    I am hoping that heaven will have her fried chicken because there has never been any better.

    Sadly, the bacon grease is gone in trying for better health but that fried chicken will never leave my memories.

    CarolNWong(at)aol(dot)com

  27. This sounds like a book I would really enjoy! I love stories with ghosts!

  28. OOh, this sounds just like a book I would like. Crossing my fingers that I win a copy 🙂

  29. I like that you used your relatives as the basis of characters in the book.

  30. I love cozy Wednesdays! If Fried Chicken Could Fly sounds awesome and I can’t wait to read it. I do miss my grandma’s cooking, it always had that little touch of something 🙂 Thank you for taking the time to share with us today and for the lovely giveaway opportunity.

  31. That was an interesting post and my grandmother did keep a container of bacon grease in the kitchen.

  32. Hi Paige, Looking forward to reading your great cozy. I love mysteries and cozy’s are so much fun to read.

  33. I have really enjoyed the Farmer’s Market series and look forward to reading this new one, too!

  34. Does remind me of my grandmother’s cooking! My doctor will be sad.

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