Mar 302016

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Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!
I am excited to have Linda Reilly visit today!

linda reillyGuest Post by Linda Reilly
(Provided by publicist)

One of the things I love to do is to poke around at a crafts fair. Whether it’s to snag a hand-made gift for the holiday, buy a whimsical pin, or pick up an herb packet from which to make a tasty dip, I find that spending an hour or so at a local crafts event really sparks my creative side.

out of the dying panOut of the Dying Pan, the second book in the Deep Fried mystery series, gave me the perfect opportunity to feature a crafts fair of sorts. Talia Marby, the newly-minted owner of Fry Me a Sliver, has volunteered to sell squares of deep-fried marble cake drizzled with raspberry sauce at the Town of Wrensdale’s annual fundraiser. Armed with a portable deep fryer, she sets up shop in a corner of the community center’s gymnasium, right next to a vintage accessories booth. While the delectable scent of Talia’s deep-fried cakes fills the air, unfriendly vibes drift over from the adjoining booth. Talia can’t imagine why Ria, the woman selling the vintage items, keeps throwing hateful looks at her. Talia doesn’t even know the woman! Then Talia spies a familiar scarf on one of Ria’s displays—it was the very scarf Talia had knitted for her nana eons ago. But how did Ria get her nana’s scarf? Talia tries to buy it, but is soundly snubbed. When Talia later stumbles upon Ria’s body, the scarf knotted around Ria’s slender neck, she catapults to the top of the suspect list. She later learns that the scarf was stained with telltale raspberry sauce . . .

I’m happy to report that I’ve never tripped over a body at a crafts fair. This past December I attended a huge crafts event that had all my favorites – glassware, pottery, baked goods (can’t go without those), and yes . . . knitted scarves. At one booth, a woman was selling gorgeous greeting cards. One set of cards in particular depicted forest animals lining up to visit an adorable Santa figure. It gave me an idea. I purchased the cards, which were blank inside. On my computer, I typed my own holiday greeting in red ink and printed out a bunch of them. Using a tiny paper cutter, I trimmed my holiday message to fit inside each card. A swipe across the top with a glue stick ensured that it would stay in place. What I loved about creating my own holiday message was that I could change the greeting, or even the font, to suit the recipient. Not only was this a fun project, but it gave me a way to personalize each of my cards.

So tell me, are you crafty? Have you ever set up a table at a crafts fair? I love hearing about readers’ creative pursuits!


Thank you so much for stopping by today Linda!! 

You can find out all about Linda Reilly on her Webpage here. Find her on Facebook and GoodReads too!  

out of the dying pan

Out of the Dying Pan: A Deep Fried Mystery
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Setting – Massachusetts
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery (March 1, 2016)
An Imprint of Penguin Random House LLC
Cover Illustration by Dan Craig
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425274149
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For Talia Marby, the sweet smell of success is a lot like the pungent aroma of fried fish and vinegar. Her new business, Fry Me a Sliver, is rapidly expanding beyond fish and chips to become one of the best eateries in the Berkshires. But the nasty owner of a neighboring boutique is making a stink, baiting Talia in a very public fight at a community center fundraiser and nursing an inexplicable grudge.

When the boutique owner is found strangled with Talia’s scarf knotted around her neck, our favorite fish fryer finds herself in hot oil. Needing to clear her name, and fast, Talia’s investigation soon yields some shocking surprises as well as a sizzling suspicion: someone had good reason to want the victim dead—and it’s frying Talia’s nerves…

Includes delicious recipes!

Dollycas’s Thoughts

I read and reviewed the first book in this series, Fillet of Murder earlier this month, and loved it. This one grabbed me that same way.

Taila Marby now owns the restaurant and it has a new name, Fry Me a Sliver. She also has a new, employee, Martha Hoelscher, and she is a bit prickly to be around, but she is a good worker.  Lucas is still there as part time help and his skateboard goes almost everywhere he does.  Talia is working to make the place her own and adding some new items to the menu. She takes part in a fundraiser for the community center and debuts something new. It is a hit with almost everyone. Everyone except the vendor in the next booth. She owns a new boutique in the Wrensdale Arcade and she doesn’t like Talia or her food. By the time Talia starts to figure out why, the woman is dead and Talia is the primary suspect. How is she going to get herself out of this mess?

I liked that this time the murder takes place away from the Wrensdale Arcade and that meant we met several new people. Some nice, some a little weird, and a some that could be trouble. We do spend plenty of time at the Arcade with the cobblestone walks, unique shops and Talia’s eatery. Reilly really describes the scene well. I had a firm picture in my mind.

She also creates full bodied characters with a lot of depth. Some of the back stories are sad and my heart really felt bad for them. But not everyone is who they seem and those twists were so great. I would probably say one really shocked me. Totally surprised.

I was missing Bea, the previous owner of the restaurant. I was thrilled when she made a cameo appearance!

I have to mention that kitty on the cover, his name is Bojangles, Bo for short and he has not only captured Talia’s heart but mine too.

You will be craving fish and other fried goodies throughout this entire story so prepare according, We had fish for dinner. 🙂

Another delectable delight from this author. I am ready to place my order for the next installment today. FRY ME!!!

perfect 2016


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  64 Responses to “Cozy Wednesday with Linda Reilly – Author of Out of the Dying Pan – #Giveaway too!”

  1. I’ve heard a lot about this series. I’m looking forward to reading it.

  2. The book cover makes the story seem even more fun.

  3. Hi Linda!

    I’m not a very successful crafty person. I usually end up Super Gluing my fingers together. Do believe I avoid any project that requires a saw or blowtorch.

    I loved Fillet of Murder and am looking forward to reading Out of the Dying Pan. Congratulations!

    • Thank you for the kind words, Jeanne. Gluing can get very messy, but I use a tacky kind of craft glue that’s pretty good, and works extremely well on paper and felt. No blow torches for me, either!

  4. I adore Linda, and her series!

  5. Just started reading Fillet of Murder and have enjoyed it so far. And I am looking forward to another great read from this author. Was Ria jealous of Talia’s having a better relationship with nana than she did or something? Be interesting to find out. So I am hoping to do so sooner rather than later. Thanks for the chance to do so

  6. This would be a great book to add to my cozy challenge list. Thanks for a chance to win a copy.

  7. Thanks for the givewaway–haven’t read this one yet and can’t wait to!

  8. I love the cover of this book. It is so eye-catching and would make me stop and pick up the book to check it out. Thanks for including it on your blog.

  9. This book sounds wonderful — I love the cat on the cover; actually I love everything about the cover!

  10. A delightful and intriguing cozy. Thanks for this feature.

  11. Cool Cover.

  12. Can’t help but love that cover

  13. Love the cover of course as cozy mysteries have the best covers. Would love to read and review on 2 sites.

  14. I can’t wait to read this book. Thanks for the giveaway.

  15. I haven’t read this series yet but it sounds great! Definitely adding it to my list! Thank you!!!

  16. Such fun books. Thanks for the chance to win.

  17. Fun read! I am not a crafter outside some gifts or projects in class or with my nieces wen they were young, but generally I like other people’s craftness.

    • I love other people’s crafts, too. People are so creative! A woman in NH makes birdhouses from gourds, and they’re magnificent. Good luck in the giveaway, Kathleen!

  18. I love the cover! Not much of a crafter. I do knot a little and I am trying to learn to crochet. I love going to craft shows. The book looks really interesting.

    • I never learned to crochet, although one of my grandmothers made wonderful crocheted afghans. Good luck in the giveaway, Gail!

  19. Cute book cover. Sounds like a good book.
    Sue B

  20. I loved the first book and can’t wait to read this one. Thanks for the chance to win.

  21. I really enjoyed the first one and can’t wait to revisit Talia and everyone! Thanks!

  22. Storyline sounds Awesome ?? Would Love to read and review for you ? Thank you for a chance to win !

  23. Cozy mystery books with cats are just the best 🙂 This sounds great!

  24. When I was much younger, I used to do a lot of needlework. After developing carpal tunnel and a few other upper extremity chronic disabilities, I gave that up long ago. Now I just play on my computer and read books.

    • I’m sorry to hear of your difficulties, Linda. Decades ago I learned to do cross-stitch, and it was very relaxing. Best of luck in the giveaway!

  25. This is an awesome series and each one of the books is fabulous. You really need to read them if you havent!! I am definitely not artsy. But I do love looking at and buying other people’s work

  26. I need to start this series asap. The book sounds great and I love the cover.

  27. Sounds like a awesome cozy, and the cover art is adorable.

  28. I’m looking forward to reading this series! Thank you Lori & Linda for a chance to win!

  29. I’m not crafty but I admire people who are.

    • I’m not terribly crafty either, Caitlin. I think that’s why I love going to crafts fairs, so I can buy things from people who are! Good luck in the giveaway ~

  30. Looks like an interesting read! Good luck with the release!

  31. I’m not very crafty–but I have embellished a few balsam wreaths during the holidays. I haven’t even burned myself too bad with the glue gun.

  32. Great cover. I have the first book and I love cats. I have five. I’m not always so good at crafts but I can do some embroidery (only the stamped kind with X’s). I’ve also done scrapbooking and some rubber stamping. I even tried to emboss the image with embossing powder and it does work. That takes a heat gun. Can’t do knitting. Tried once but couldn’t even get started.

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