This week I read the first two Merry Muffin mysteries. A couple of weeks ago I read the third one, Death of an English Muffin. You may read my review here.
From Victoria Hamilton's Website:
Merry Wynter didn’t know a lot about her family until she finally made her way to take possession of her inherited castle near the town of Autumn Vale, in upstate New York.
Though she intended to do a quick fix and put it back on the market, she realizes if she is ever going to find out her family history on the Wynter side, this is the place to do it.
Baking muffins, investigating murders, making friends... and enemies... among the quirky residents of Autumn Vale, keeps Merry busy, and local Sheriff Virgil Grace keeps her heart rate high.
Though the widowed Merry still carries a torch in her heart for her late husband, photographer Miguel Paradiso, maybe there is enough room there for a new flame?
With her wonderful friends Pish Lincoln and Shilo Dinnegan, who have joined her at the castle, Merry is starting to find it hard to imagine leaving the ancestral home of her Wynter ancesters. If folks wouldn't keep getting murdered, it would be pretty much perfect!
The first in the series, Bran New Death, introduces us to Merry and her friends. I absolutely adore Merry. She's a very well-developed character, and I feel like I know her. She's the type of girl I like to befriend, and I really want her to find a way to stay in Autumn Vale in her lovely castle. But first she needs to figure out who's vandalizing her property by digging deep holes all over the lawn. Late one night, she finds a body in the bottom of one of the holes, and the victim is the very person she suspects is the vandal! The very handsome Sheriff Virgil Grace is on the case, and he becomes a little annoyed with Merry because of her unsanctioned sleuthing, yet at the same time, he's worried for her as the body count rises on her estate. Unfortunately the murder mysteries leave little time for Merry to renovate the castle and solve the mysteries haunting Merry about the Wynter side of her family.
Plain Buttermilk Oat Bran Muffins
(Makes 12 muffins)
2 cups oat bran hot cereal, uncooked (I used Bob's Red Mill)
1⁄4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1⁄2 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk
1 egg white
2 tablespoons coconut oil
Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees F. Line 12 medium muffin cups with paper baking cups and spray with a nonstick spray. Beat egg, egg white, and buttermilk in a large bowl. Add dry ingredients and coconut oil and stir until moistened. Fill muffin cups 3/4 full. Bake 18 - 20 minutes or until golden brown.
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Until next time…