Introducing Jolie Tucker, an introverted yet passionate restaurant co-owner of Cast Iron Creations, who, at her best friend Ava’s request, steps out of her comfort zone which leads her into the shade of a killer in the small, cozy village of Leavensport, Ohio. The victim is the villages beloved Ellie Siler who runs the village sweet spot, Chocolate Capers. Jolie finds her grandma Opal is a prime suspect and goes on a search for answers only to find out that her families secret recipes may not belong to the Tucker family at all. Jolie’s job, family, and livelihood are all on the line. The answers are assuredly lethal.
What a great start to a new cozy series. I loved the characters, the town, and the writing style. Jolie and Ava are people you’d want to hang out with in real life, so following along as Jolie tries to clear her grandmother of the suspicion of murder is lots of fun. I can’t wait to read more by this author.
Jodi has been kind enough to share a recipe from Pineapple Upside Down Murder with us today – enjoy!
Grandma Opal’s Pineapple Upside Down Cake Recipe
What you will need:
- 1 stick of butter
- 2 ¼ cups packed brown sugar
- Canned sliced pineapples
- Vanilla cake mix
- Melt one stick of butter in a cast iron skillet.
- Place 2 ¼ cups packed brown sugar on the bottom of the cast iron skillet.
- Drain ½ of a 20-ounce can of pineapple juice and put it to the side to add to your cake mix. Add your pineapples on top of the brown sugar.
- Follow the directions on the vanilla cake mix. (Note: you can also create your vanilla cake mix from scratch.) Add the drained pineapple juice to the batter. Pour the batter on top of the pineapples.
- Bake at 350 for one hour.
- Wait 10 to 15 minutes, then flip the cake onto a plate.
- Add the cherries in the center of the pineapple rings.
Serve and enjoy.
Storage: Cake is best left out and eaten the first two days after baking. After two days, store in the refrigerator and eat cold or microwave for a few seconds to taste.
NOTE: The secret to the family secret recipe is not listed here—although it was embedded in the story! Go to my website and join my newsletter to find the secret ingredient in the January 2019 issue! Link to the newsletter is below.
About the Author
Moving into her second decade working in education, Jodi Rath has decided to begin a life of crime in her The Cast Iron Skillet Mystery Series. Her passion for both mysteries and education led her to combine the two to create her business MYS ED, where she splits her time between working as an adjunct for Ohio teachers and creating mischief in her fictional writing. She currently resides in a small, cozy village in Ohio with her husband and her seven cats.
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