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A Brew To A Kill (#11 Coffeehouse Mystery) At the Village Blend, a Dash of Murder Makes For a Potent Brew…

Sit down and relax with a good cup of Joe while you cue up the latest Coffeehouse Mystery audiobook, A Brew to a Kill.

Greenwich Village coffeehouse manager Clare Cosi has branched out, garnering even more devoted customers with a coffee truck that sells her brew throughout New York City’s five boroughs. But a fatal hit-and-run—and a coffee bag full of contraband—tells Clare it’s time to catch a killer before she winds up in some seriously hot water…

Coffeehouse Mysteries Links:

View the delectable Village Blend Recipes & meet the Coffeehouse Mystery Characters:  Click Here

View the Official Coffeehouse Book Trailer:  Book Trailer

Murder By Mocha’s featured recipes:  Click Here (PDF)

Other Coffeehouse Mystery Audiobooks Available:

On What Grounds

Through The Grinder

Latte Trouble

Decaffeinated Corpse

French Pressed

Murder By Mocha


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Elliott’s Katama Kirs Recipe from Steven Raichlen’s New Audiobook Island Apart

It has been a pleasure sharing the recipes that have made cameos in Steven Raichlen’s novel Island Apart and the exclusive audio companion piece Steven Raichlen’s Martha’s Vineyard: Stories and Recipes from Island Apart.  We couldn’t think of a better way to end the week than with a cocktail that looks decadent and is refreshing to drink (and easy to make!)

Steven Raichlen interviewed on King 5 News in Seattle, WA

You can also watch an interview with Steven discussing his novel and making this cocktail on air.

Katama Kirs Recipe

Serves 2 and can be multiplied as desired.

3 tablespoons wild blueberry syrup (see note below)

12 ounces (1-1/2 cups) champagne or prosecco 

6 to 8 fresh blueberries

Pour the blueberry syrup into the bottom of 2 champagne flutes. Gradually add the champagne or prosecco, gently swirling the glass to blend the ingredients. Add the blueberries and serve at once.

Note:   A kir is a French aperitif consisting of crème de cassis (black current liqueur) topped off with dry white Bourgogne Aligote wine.  Elliott gives the beverage a New England twist by using blueberry syrup and Champagne.  The drink takes its name from Katama Bay off Chappaquiddick’s south shore where the Hermit often goes clamming and fishing.  Blueberry syrup is available at natural foods stores and most supermarkets.  Two good brands are Walden Farms and Stonewall Kitchen. 

© Steven Raichlen, 2012.   All rights reserved.

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Claire’s Cranberry Walnut Bread Recipe From Steven Raichlen’s Martha’s Vineyard: Stories and Recipes from Island Apart

AudioGO is delighted to share recipes found in Steven Raichlen’s novel Island Apart and discussed in detail in the exclusive audio companion piece Steven Raichlen’s Martha’s Vineyard: Stories and Recipes from Island Apart.

Stay tuned for more recipes and surprises throughout the week.

If only you could smell the cranberry walnut bread scented with cardamom when you click play!

Claire’s Cranberry Walnut Bread Recipe

Makes 1 loaf, enough to serve 6 to 8.

1-1/2 cups fresh cranberries

1 cup walnut halves

1-1/2 cups all-purpose unbleached flour, 

plus flour for the loaf pan

1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup light brown sugar

3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted,
plus 1 tablespoon for the loaf pan

2 eggs, lightly beaten with a fork

The grated zest of 1 orange (about 1 tablespoon)

2/3 cup fresh orange juice (from 2 to 3 oranges including the one grated
for the zest)

 (1) 9- x 5-inch loaf pan
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.    Pick through the cranberries, removing any stems or shriveled berries.

Toast the walnuts in a dry cast iron skillet over medium-high heat until fragrant and lightly browned, 3 to 5 minutes.   Let cool.

Brush the loaf pan with melted butter, chill, brush it again with butter, and lightly dust it with flour.

Sift the flour into a bowl, followed by the spices, salt, baking powder, and baking soda.   Whisk in the brown sugar.   Add the butter, egg, orange juice, and orange zest, and whisk until thoroughly mixed.   Fold in the cranberries and walnuts.   Spoon the batter into the loaf pan and tap a couple times to dislodge any air bubbles.

Bake the bread until puffed and browned and sounds hollow when tapped, 40 to 60 minutes.   (When done, an inserted skewer will come out clean.)

Unmold the cranberry bread onto a cooling rack and cool for 30 minutes.  Serve right away, or wrap in plastic and let “ripen” overnight at room temperature before serving.

Slice with a serrated knife.

© Steven Raichlen, 2012.   All rights reserved.

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Steven Raichlen’s Martha’s Vineyard: Stories and Recipes from Island Apart

Steven Raichlen on location at The FARM Institute

Recently, AudioGO ventured out of the recording studio and into the vineyard—Martha’s Vineyard, that is—to create an exclusive, one-of-a-kind audio experience: Steven Raichlen’s Martha’s Vineyard. To celebrate the release of Raichlen’s debut novel, Island Apart, we joined the acclaimed food writer and PBS TV host as he took us on a historical and culinary tour of his beloved island and prepared the delicious food that plays a central role in his novel for this original cooking show on audio.

Our first stop was The FARM Institute, a non-profit teaching farm that engages children and adults in sustainable agriculture by letting them get hands-on with the daily operations of a working farm. We met with Jon Previant, who educated us on how organic chickens are raised, what the different breeds are, and how you can be more knowledgeable about buying your own chickens from the grocery store.  He then gave us a guided tour including a visit with a massive steer (who luckily had a very good disposition!) and several dozen baby turkeys. But we had no time to dote over the furry creatures, as we were then off to our next stop.

Morning Glory Farms, started in 1975 by James and Deborah Athearn, grows about 55 acres of vegetables and small fruits. It is a food lover’s haven only to be rivaled by our next destination, Edgartown Seafood, where we chatted with proprietor, Danny Larsen. Edgartown Seafood is a family-owned and -operated fish market, whose sole purpose is to provide customers with the freshest, highest quality fish and shellfish available on Martha’s Vineyard.

With a couple dozen Bay Vineyard scallops and little neck clams in hand; we headed off to Steven’s home on the island of Chappaquiddick to cook up a storm. Buy the download of Steven Raichlen’s Martha’s Vineyard to listen along as Steven prepares five mouth-watering meals, complete with step-by-step preparations so you can make these fabulous feasts at home. Stay tuned for recipes posted on our blog throughout the week!

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Celebrate the Life and Works of Charles Dickens Via Audio

Today marks the anniversary of the death of Charles Dickens in 1870. If you’ve never read Dickens, you haven’t experienced one of the world’s greatest novelists.  Perhaps you’ve always intended to, but can never seem to find the time. Now it’s easier than ever to catch up on the classics by downloading and listening anywhere. Whether you’re on the go or sitting at the beach, exercising or working in the yard, with AudioGO’s great selection of Charles Dickens titles, you can finally cross him off your list.

Some of Dickens’ best-loved works are available as audiobooks from AudioGO, including  David CopperfieldA Christmas Carol, A Tale of Two CitiesThe Adventures of Oliver TwistBleak House, and Little Dorrit. Also available are BBC Radio full-cast broadcasts of Charles Dicken’s Our Mutual Friend, Part I, Charles Dicken’s Our Mutual Friend, Part II, The Pickwick Papers (Classic Drama), and Charles Dicken’s Our Mutual Friend, Women’s Hour Drama.  AudioGO also carries dramatizations of Little Dorrit and A Tale of Two Cities.

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Science Fiction Legend Ray Bradbury Dies at 91

Ray Bradbury, author of sci-fi classics such as Fahrenheit 451, The Illustrated Man, and The Martian Chronicles, died yesterday at the age of 91 after a long illness. Bradbury’s work has been adapted into films and TV shows many times over, including episodes of The Twilight Zone and Alfred Hitchcock Presents. He was a great proponent of books and libraries, believing that they allowed those who could not afford formal schooling a chance to educate themselves. His writing heavily influenced the sci-fi and fantasy genres, and he will be greatly missed.

“You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.”  ~Ray Bradbury

Listen to a clip from Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles.





Available as a digital download, 2010 by AudioGO.

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Bad Faith: The New Must-Read Thriller from Robert K. Tanenbaum

Bad Faith, the newest installment featuring fan-favorites Butch Karp and Marlene Ciampi, combines two gripping storylines of religion and medical ethics that could have been torn out of today’s headlines.

In the first, Butch battles to convict the parents of a deceased boy for failing to seek medical attention for their son, who believed, wrongly, that prayer was the answer for healing his rare but treatable brain disease. At the same time, Marlene investigates the charismatic demagogue Reverend McCord, who has an undeniable grasp on the parents. Meanwhile, a beautiful but deadly Russian incarcerated assassin, Nadya Malovo, works with Karp from behind bars to prevent a violent attack on New York City. But she harbors a secret vendetta against Karp for interfering in her past crimes, and can’t be trusted. This action-packed, edge-of-your-seat thriller will leave fans turning pages into the night.

Available on CD June 5, 2012 by AudioGO.

Listen to an audio sample

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