Posts Tagged ‘Hallie Ephron’

Posted on April 20, 2013 - by

TOPPED CHEF tour coming soon

I received my author copies of TOPPED CHEF last week which means the book’s launch is barreling down at us! I’ll be making quite a few tour stops, both online and in person and would love to visit with you at one or more.

Today, by the way, I’m talking about reality in fiction at TYPE M FOR MURDER.






Visit me on the Cozy Mystery tour at these stops:
May 1, 2013 – Socrates Book Review
May 2, 2013 – Book Lady’s Book Notes
May 3, 2013 – Traveling with T
May 4, 2013 – YA Book Nerd
May 5, 2013 – Cozy Up with Kathy
May 6, 2013 – Read Your Writes
May 7, 2013 – Mochas, Mysteries & More
May 8, 2013 – Girl Lost in a Book
May 9, 2013 – Vixen is Reading
May 10, 2013 – Melina the ReaderShelley Reads & Reviews & Dru’s Book Musings

And on May 2 and May 9, recipes from TOPPED CHEF will be featured on Mystery Lovers Kitchen.

And we’ll be throwing a big book launch party on May 7 at Jungle Red Writers.

As for real places, you can find me here:


May 3-4 MALICE DOMESTIC, Bethesda MD


North Carolina Mini-Tour…

The Unusual Suspects — Hallie Ephron, Lucy Burdette, and Jennifer McMahon tour Raleigh-Durham with Molly Weston
5/15, 2:00 East Regional Library, Knightdale, NC
5/15, 7:00 North Regional Library, Raleigh
5/16, 11:30, Carolina Club, UNC-Chapel Hill (luncheon)
5/16, 7:30, Southeast Regional Library, Garner
5/17 , 10:30 Cameron Village Library, Raleigh
5/17, 2:00 West Regional Library, Cary
5/18, 2:00 McIntyre’s, Fearrington Village, Pittsboro
5/19, 2:00 Halle Cultural Arts Center, Apex
5/20, 2:00 Eva Perry Library, Apex
5/20, 7:00 Page-Walker Cultural Arts Center, Cary

May 29 WILBRAHAM, MA Library panel for Sisters in Crime with Steve Ulfelder and Edith Maxwell

More to come after that–stay tuned!

Posted on September 20, 2012 - by

Catching up with Lucy Burdette

DEATH IN FOUR COURSES is now officially launched! Here are some of the stops along the way. (And trust me-this last few weeks has been hectic!)

I enjoyed writing this piece about where ideas and books come from for the New Haven Register’s blog.

Here’s a fun interview done by Susan Boyer at Get Lost in a Story:

And Ed Irvin of the Florida Book Review said of DEATH IN FOUR COURSES: “In a crowded cozy market, Lucy Burdette’s Key West Food Critic series stands out among its peers.”
Mixed in among the book events and blogs over the last couple of weeks, I had great fun as part of the Sisters in Crime publishers summit team, chatting with publishing gurus across New York about where our industry is headed. Here’s a photo in the Penguin offices, with my editor at NAL, Sandy Harding, author Laura DiSilverio, Berkley editor Natalee Rosenstein, and me.



I also just completed the annual Seascape “Escape to Write” workshop in Chester CT with my fellow authors and teachers, Hallie Ephron and Hank Ryan. This weekend is a wonderful opportunity to meet with other serious aspiring mystery writers and work on a manuscript. We’ve already had our first reservation for next year’s workshop, September 27-29, 2013.

And just in case anyone’s interested in reconstructing the past (and who would be??), my Ph.D dissertation is now online.

Posted on April 30, 2012 - by

Mystery Writers as Pack Animals

I am just back home from five days of traveling for the annual MWA Edgars week followed by a booksigning at Salt and Pepper Books in Occoquan, VA, and then the Malice Domestic convention in Bethesda. And the party continues without me today at the Mystery Lovers Bookshop in Oakmont, PA. These events are exhausting, but wonderful–such fun to meet with fans, spend time with author friends that I usually only ‘see’ online, and have face time with my editor and agent and lots of other publishing folks. I promised myself two things this year–I would get some work done on the road, and take more pictures. Zero for zero:(.

Anyway, the picture on top is me with fellow Jungle Red Writers bloggers Rosemary Harris and Hallie Ephron, who was a nominee for the Mary Higgins Clark award for NEVER TELL A LIE. The next photo is from the culinary mystery booksigning with Sheila Connolly, Avery Aames, and Krista Davis at Salt and Pepper Books in Occoquan, VA. If you are a cookbook and food writing nut, this adorable store is not to be missed!

My  story, The Itinerary, had been nominated for an Agatha award for best short story–here are the five nominees after our panel discussing the hows and whys of short mystery fiction. (Left to right, Krista Davis, Avery Aames, Barb Goffman, moderator Melodie Johnson Howe, Dana Cameron, and me.)

Dana was awarded the prized Agatha teapot on Saturday night–but believe me, it really was an honor to be nominated in the first place. And besides, how could I feel badly when my sweet friend Krista had already given me a miniature teapot, just in case, because we all deserved to be winners?

And that’s what I love about this business–the friends I’ve made, both readers and writers. It’s a marvelously generous and interesting community–hanging out with these people makes all that time at the computer feel like a breeze.

Well, not exactly, but close!

Posted on April 1, 2012 - by

Seascape: Escape to Write workshop

Intensive weekend workshop with a small group of other dedicated writers, and teachers including Hallie Ephron and Hank Phillippi Ryan. More on the weekend right here

Posted on November 21, 2011 - by

Making Gnocchi

As my husband would gladly tell you, I’m a sucker for gnocchi. I almost always order it if it’s presented on a menu and about half the time, it’s a disappointment. So when I was invited to help cook an Italian extravaganza with Nikki Bonnani and Hallie Ephron, I jumped at the chance.

By the time I reached Hallie’s kitchen, a good bit of the work was already done. We were using Nikki’s grandmother’s recipes, beginning with escarole soup, studded with homemade croutons and tiny little meatballs. Next came the made-from-scratch red sauce crammed with big meatballs and delicious Italian sausage. And then the potato gnocchi–Nikki was kind enough to share the family recipe. And we finished up with flash-fried bow ties drenched in powdered sugar. I’ll save that story for another time!


Potato Gnocchi


  • Boil potatoes with skins. Cool. Peel. Put through ricer.
  • Make a well with ~4 cups of flour
  • Break eggs into the middle of the well one at a time (use ~3-4)
  • Add salt
  • Add potatoes a little at a time (~4-5 potatoes)
  • Beat eggs and little by little incorporate the flour until you have a ball of dough
  • Add more flour as necessary and knead until not sticky
  • Roll into long logs about 1/2 inch in diameter and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • To make gnocchi, push down on each little piece with 2 fingers and roll the dough into hollow logs. Drop them into boiling, salted water without crowding. They should finished shortly after they rise to the surface.

All I can say about this is call Nikki if you get stuck! it was a lot of work but oh my, were they delicious! Here they are floating in that heavenly red sauce….I’m pretty sure you’ll find a scene like this in book three of the Key West food critic mystery series…