Cozy Mystery

Announcement – Daphne McLean Merch

Hi All!

I hope all is well. I don’t have updated pictures to show you of the construction because it basically looks the same. Progress is being made, and we’re chugging along just fine.

As some of you may know, the main character in my cozy mystery series is a True Crime fanatic. It’s actually why she has the base knowledge she needed to solve her first case! I’ve partnered with a designer, who is helping me come up with some adorable True Crime related designs! These are all things Jennifer would love and use daily! So far, I have a sweatshirt out on Amazon, and I’m working on cellphone cases. New products will be added weekly, and I’ll be sure to keep you posted!

Please feel free to shoot me any ideas based on the characters from my series. Maybe Jimmy’s Pembury Acres PD sweatshirt?

Click below to get your free copy of my short story, Murder at the Pawstume Party featuring my rescue pup, Daisy Mae. This book is a sneak peek into the world of my new series!

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Don’t forget to snag your copy of Mysteries, Midsummer Sun and Murders! It’s on pre-order now for $0.99. The price will go up once it goes live. I’m dreaming of sandy beaches, & sun. (and a finished kitchen)

How have you guys enjoyed the book club so far? The links to the first four books have already been sent. SIGN UP HERE to get two free books a month, join book discussions, meet the author & more!

Meet the Author, and discuss cozy books here.

In other news, this is the last weekend for the free book promotions

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Stay cozy!

Daphne

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Cheers to Warmer Weather!

Hi All!

Happy weekend! The weather has been a bit warmer where I live, and it’s giving me life! I’ll take 50 degree weather all day every day. I love it.

Also, thanks to those of you who reached out to let me know what they thought about Murder at the Pawstume Party! It’s never easy to start a new series, and I’m delighted that you enjoyed it!

I had a meeting with the contractors yesterday. I wear my heart on my sleeve, so it was very difficult to mask my displeasure. They have been no call, no show since last Wednesday. We had a discussion. While it was a bit tense, and they knew I was annoyed, I *think* (hope/pray) that they got the message, and that things will be smoother sailing from now on.

Have I mentioned that we initially contacted this company a year and a half ago?

***deep breaths***

Anyway, I’m grateful for my camper kitchen, we’re blessed to have a finished basement, and one day the work will finally be complete. Long story short, I don’t have any new progress pictures for you. (Maybe next week?)

In other news, I’m participating in another free book promo!

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Click below to get your free copy of my short story, Murder at the Pawstume Party featuring my rescue pup, Daisy Mae. This book is a sneak peek into the world of my new series!

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Don’t forget to snag your copy of Mysteries, Midsummer Sun and Murders! It’s on pre-order now for $0.99. The price will go up once it goes live. I’m dreaming of sandy beaches, & sun. (and a finished kitchen)

How have you guys enjoyed the book club so far? The links to the first three books have already been sent. SIGN UP HERE to get two free books a month, join book discussions, meet the author & more!

Meet the Author, and discuss cozy books here.

If you are a Kindle Reader, (Not Kindle Unlimited) I’m going to make your TBR list explode! An author friend of mine is having a promo on her cozy mystery collection. This weekend only, they are FREE.

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That’s not all… (I’m starting to sound like an infomercial!)

Another author colleague of mine is also offering her books free (This weekend only).

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I’m participating in a multi author giveaway. There are upwards of 30 short stories in this promotion.

Including my book, that’s 58 for free! Please feel free to drop me a line any time. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Stay cozy!

Daphne

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February Vibes, Cozy Mystery Reader Tribes

Hi All,

Happy Friday! (It’s Friday, right?) This is a long one, and I promise that you’ll want to scroll to the end.

If you are from an area of the world that has winter, this is the stage where it goes from being this cozy, magical, wonderland… into a cold, muddy, mucky, mess. I’m ready for even slightly warmer temperatures. It would make having to cook in my camper kitchen a tad more bearable. LOL

For those of you who are new, (Welcome!) I’m having construction done on my house. We’ve completely gutted our kitchen, living & dining room. Demo started in early December, and that’s pretty much where we’re still at. I’m hoping a bit more progress is made next week so I can share some pictures. Right now, it just looks like a shack. 🙂

In other news, my kids and I started volunteering for this organization called Lasagna Love. We make a few lasagnas a month, and deliver them to families that we’ve been matched with. We took our little makeshift kitchen to the limit, but it provided for us and we were able to bless people in our community. If you know a family in need, or if you would like to volunteer, click the link below.

Click below to get your free copy of my short story, Murder at the Pawstume Party featuring my rescue pup, Daisy Mae. This book is a sneak peek into the world of my new series!

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Don’t forget to snag your copy of Mysteries, Midsummer Sun and Murders! It’s on pre-order now for $0.99. The price will go up once it goes live. I’m dreaming of sandy beaches, & sun. (and a finished kitchen)

How have you guys enjoyed the book club so far? The links to the first three books have already been sent. SIGN UP HERE to get two free books a month, join book discussions, meet the author & more!

Meet the Author, and discuss cozy books here.

If you are a Kindle Reader, (Not Kindle Unlimited) I’m going to make your TBR list explode! An author friend of mine is having a promo on her cozy mystery collection. This weekend only, they are FREE.

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That’s not all… (I’m starting to sound like an infomercial!)

Another author colleague of mine is also offering her books free (This weekend only).

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I’m participating in a multi author giveaway. There are upwards of 30 short stories in this promotion.

Including my book, that’s 58 for free! Please feel free to drop me a line any time. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Stay cozy!

Daphne

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Freezing Temps and Free Books!

Hi All!

I’m in the Northeast, and it’s cold here. We finally got all of our Christmas Decorations down, and I’m enjoying our clean and decluttered home. For me, there is no better feeling than the first day Christmas decorations go up, and the day after they come down. Although, I like to wait until the second weekend in Jan to make that happen. To keep things cozy, I leave up white lights in the living room.
The construction on our Kitchen/Living/Dining area is moving slowly. They just started framing everything, and will hopefully be done with that by the end of next week. I’m still very grateful for our finished basement, and our camper kitchen.

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I’ve been accepted into another anthology that is coming out this summer! It’s on pre-order now for $0.99. The price will go up once it goes live. I don’t know about you, but I’m dreaming of sandy beaches, & sun!

In other news, I got the rights reverted back to me for Murder at the Pawstume Party. I’ll be sending a link to the book to my loyal subscribers this week. If you would like a copy sign up for my newsletter below. This book is a sneak peek into the world of my new series!

How many of you joined the Cozy Mystery book club? The links to the first two books have already been sent. You still may have time to snag the one for 1/15. If you haven’t already done so, SIGN UP HERE to get two free books a month, join book discussions, meet the author & more!

I think that’s all for now. I’ll hopefully have some more progress pictures of the construction to send to you next week.

Until next time, Stay cozy!

Daphne

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Say Cheese

Hi All!

I hope your summer is going well. I can hardly believe that it’s already mid-July! Did any of you see the frenzy online earlier this week about the Kraft Macaroni and Cheese ice cream? Well… GUESS WHO SCORED A PINT?

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I couldn’t stop myself. The site crashed a million times, and I didn’t think that my order had gone through, but it did!

I know some of you might be grossed out, but others might be like me and are curious. So for those of you who were wondering, it tastes exactly like Kraft Cheese sauce, only creamier and frozen. I couldn’t eat more than one bite of it.

Speaking of Macaroni and Cheese, I’m including my recipe for baked macaroni and cheese below.

But first…

Books 1-3 of the Pembury Acres Mystery Series are on sale now for $0.99! (US only)

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Also, I’m participating in another great Book Funnel promo!

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Click Here for Promo

And now for the Macaroni and Cheese…

Jennifer Temple, the main character in the Pembury Acres Mystery series isn’t much of a cook. She’s learning, but the people of Pembury Acres would be very surprised to know that Jennifer’s “famous” baked macaroni and cheese dish really comes from Costco! Between sleuthing and raising a toddler, Jennifer takes all the help she can get.

While I appreciate and take advantage of store-made foods on occasion, I LOVE making my own macaroni and cheese. I choose to use Gruyere for its meltiness, and Cheddar for its flavor. Feel free to experiment with your own cheese combinations.

My kids enjoy it, and I hope you do too!

Ingredients:

1lb Macaroni of your choice. I like using Cavatappi or Medium Shells

Cheese Sauce

1.5 cups Gruyere Cheese (shredded)

1.5 cups Sharp Cheddar Cheese (shredded)

1 cup Half and Half

4 Tbsp. Butter

¼ cup flour

¼ Tsp. Nutmeg

Salt & Pepper to taste

Topping

 1 cup Panko Breadcrumbs

½ cup parmesan cheese

1 Tbsp. garlic

4 strips thick cut bacon cooked until crispy and chopped into bits. (Optional)

2 Tbsp. Olive Oil

¼ cup cheddar cheese

¼ cup Gruyere cheese

¼ cup fresh parsley chopped (for garnish)

1.    Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease bottom and sides of a good size casserole dish.

2.    Cook pasta. Make sure to drain the pasta 2 minutes before the recommended cooking time.

3.    Make rue. Melt the butter (on Medium-Low) in a saucepan and add the flour. Cook stirring constantly until slightly brown and bubbling.

4.    Add half and half to rue. Whisk until fully incorporated.

5.    Add the Gruyere and Cheddar cheese to the hot milk mixture stir continually until fully melted.

6.    When pasta and cheese sauce are done, mix them together, and pour into prepared baking dish.

7.    Mix all topping ingredients together, (except parsley). Sprinkle on the macaroni and cheese.

8.    Bake at 325 degrees F for 15-20 minutes or until topping is a golden brown.

9.    Let sit for 5-10 minutes before serving. Top with parsley and serve!

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A Puuuurfect Feature

Hello All,

I’ve been busy at work finalizing Death at a Dinner Party. I cannot wait to share Jennifer’s next case with you. Many of you joined me because you downloaded Body in the Begonias. I’d love to hear from you. Drop me a line to let me know what you thought of it.

Also, I’m in the process of outlining book 4, (title not yet released) I need help naming a very important witness in the story. She’s a wealthy socialite living in an elite beach town…  Send me your suggestions!

In other news, I’m excited to announce that I’ve been featured in the August Cozy Crate box. What is Cozy Crate box? It’s a monthly subscription box filled with cute little treasures and BOOKS! If you’re interested in finding out more, click on the link below.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/CozyCrateBox

That’s all for this week.

Stay well and stay cozy!

-Daphne

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Searching for your next cozy mystery? 50 FREE books are waiting for you…

Hi All!

I’m participating in an awesome Amateur Sleuth & a Flowers and Gardens promo on book funnel.

I was blown away by all of the awesome books in this list. My TBR (to be read) list just got even longer!

https://books.bookfunnel.com/amateursleuthscozymystery/ievi5tq59v

https://books.bookfunnel.com/flowersgardens/4m4ij3r743

 

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Free Book Friday!

Hi All!

I’m excited to share that I am a part of this awesome promotion going on right now. Click on the link below, and you’ll have access to 12 FREE books! Claim one or claim them all. I’ve already loaded up my e-reader!

https://books.bookfunnel.com/freecozymysteries/k7yasejyar

Have a great weekend!

Stay Cozy,

Daphne

 

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Cover Reveal…

Hi All,

It’s been a while. The end of the school year is no joke when you’re a mom of two school-aged children. I was lost in a sea of little league playoffs, moving up ceremonies,  and end of year celebrations. My oldest has now only been out of school a week, and that week was a complete blur.

We had a lovely 4th of July celebration at my house on Thursday.  Our whole neighborhood came out to celebrate, and we ended the evening with a fantastic fireworks display at our local ballfield. I will say it’s only the beginning of July, and I’ve had my fill of hamburgers, hotdogs, and macaroni salad!

I’ve picked up three books by Mary Kay Andrews and I’m sneaking in reading time when I can. Her books make for some wonderful summer reading!!!

Other than that, I’ve been slowly plugging away at my own books. Going forward, I’m not going to be giving out any timelines until I’m absolutely sure that I have a solid date. Life and the creative process are often times unpredictable. Rest assured though, I’m writing and progress is being made.

What recently ignited the fire for some very productive writing sessions was my cover designer sent me the proof for book two! I’m in love! Please let me know what you think!

 

I present to you…

Death at a Dinner Party

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