I'm happy to welcome Nancy J. Cohen to Cozy Up With Kathy today. Nancy writes the Bad Hair Day Mystery series. Easter Hair Hunt is the sixteenth book in the series and was released last week.
Roast Leg of Lamb by Nancy J. Cohen
Meats roasted in the slow cooker
always come out tender and flake off the fork. Roast leg of lamb is no
exception. Hairstylist Marla Vail makes this for Easter dinner in between work
at her salon and investigating murder suspects in Easter Hair Hunt, my latest title. Here’s a brief excerpt showing Marla
in the kitchen followed by the recipe.
Sunday rolled around, Marla’s prediction came true. Dalton left early to get
caught up on paperwork. Marla started preparing the leg of lamb to put into the
slow cooker. Kate—Dalton’s mom—had bought the pot for her as a holiday gift.
She said Marla would be super busy once the baby arrived, and putting in a meal
to simmer all day might be helpful.
As per the recipe
she’d found, Marla cut slits into the meat and inserted sprigs of rosemary and
garlic cloves. After drizzling olive oil over the roast, she placed it into the
slow cooker. Next she squeezed cut halves of lemon over the top and dropped the
rinds into the pot. With the temperature on low, she set the timer for eight
She considered what to
do next. A spinach salad would start off the main meal. That was Dalton’s
domain. He’d put all the ingredients together when he got home. Rosemary red
potatoes and fresh asparagus were the accompaniments, but she wouldn’t fix
those until later.
Marla’s mother, Anita,
was bringing a carrot cake for dessert, while Dalton’s parents, Kate and John,
were bringing wine. Brianna had called dibs on making garlic cheese biscuits.
Soon the house was
filled with delicious aromas. Brianna, after segregating the ingredients she
would use later, went to her room to finish her homework. Marla assembled the
stuffed mushrooms and chili dip she’d serve for appetizers and refrigerated
them to bake later.
SLOW COOKER ROAST
LEG OF LAMB
3 to 4 lb. boneless
leg of lamb
4 peeled cloves
garlic, cut in half
0.75 oz. package fresh
1 lemon, halved
1 jar mint jelly
Using a small knife,
make several incisions in the lamb. Stuff a half clove of garlic and a few
rosemary sprigs into each cut. Drizzle a small amount of olive oil over lamb.
Place the meat in the slow cooker. Squeeze the lemon over the lamb, and drop
the lemon shells into the slow cooker. Cook the lamb on low for 8 hours or
until the meat easily pulls apart. It should register at least 135 degrees on a
Uncover and discard
lemon shells and rosemary sprigs. Transfer meat to cutting board. Cover with
foil and let rest for 15 minutes. Slice and serve warm with mint jelly on the
side. Serves 6 to 8.
Hair Hunt, #16 in the Bad Hair Day Mysteries by
Nancy J. Cohen
An Easter egg hunt at
historic Tremayne Manor leads hairstylist Marla Vail to discover more than just
dyed eggs. The dead body in the bunny costume is definitely not having a good
hare day. Marla and her husband, homicide detective Dalton Vail, make an eggcellent team. He knows Marla finds
solving mysteries and hare-raising adventures to be irresistible, but she may
have found a basketful of trouble this time. Can Marla pull a rabbit out of her
hat and crack the case of the body in the bunny suit? Recipes Included!
Edition Coming Soon
Nancy J. Cohen
writes the Bad Hair Day Mysteries featuring South Florida hairstylist Marla
Vail. Her books have won numerous awards, including the instructional guide, Writing the Cozy Mystery. A featured
speaker at libraries, conferences and community events, Nancy is a past
president of Florida Romance Writers and Mystery Writers of America Florida
Chapter. When not busy writing, she enjoys cooking, fine dining, cruising, and
visiting Disney World.
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Easter Hair Hunt (The Bad Hair Day Mysteries)
by Nancy J. Cohen
About Easter Hair Hunt
16th in Series
Publisher: Orange Grove Press (March 10, 2020)
Print Length: 233 pages
Hare today, dead tomorrow… Can a stylish sleuth pull a rabbit out of her hat to solve an Easter murder in this to-dye-for cozy mystery?
When hairstylist Marla Vail attends an Easter egg hunt at historic Tremayne Manor, she’s only there to fix hair for a client, Bonnie “Blinky” Morris. But when she’s asked to comb the grounds for leftover goodies, Marla discovers more than just a few dyed eggs. The dead body in the bunny costume is definitely not having a good hare day. And Blinky seems to have disappeared down a rabbit hole.
When trying to solve a murder, everyone needs a friend who’s all ears. For Marla, that’s her husband, homicide detective Dalton Vail. They make an eggcellent team. Dalton isn’t the kind to leap to conclusions, but with his wife seven months pregnant, and knowing Marla finds crime-solving to be irresistible, he worries about her running off on another hare-raising adventure.
Marla’s peeps are hoping for a happy ending, but she may have found a basketful of trouble this time. Can she crack the case before Blinky becomes the next victim?
About Nancy J. Cohen
Nancy J. Cohen writes the Bad Hair Day Mysteries featuring South Florida hairstylist Marla Vail. Titles in this series have been named Best Cozy Mystery by Suspense Magazine, won a Readers’ Favorite gold medal and a RONE Award, earned first place in the Chanticleer International Book Awards and third place in the Arizona Literary Awards. Nancy’s instructional guide, Writing the Cozy Mystery, was nominated for an Agatha Award, earned first place in the Royal Palm Literary Awards and the TopShelf Magazine Book Awards, and won a gold medal in the President’s Book Awards. A featured speaker at libraries, conferences, and community events, Nancy is a past president of Florida Romance Writers and Mystery Writers of America Florida Chapter. She is listed in Contemporary Authors, Poets & Writers, and Who’s Who in U.S. Writers, Editors, & Poets. When not busy writing, she enjoys cooking, fine dining, cruising, and visiting Disney World.
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