"All the best stories in the world are but one story in reality -- the story of escape. It is the only thing which interests us all and at all times, how to escape."
--Author Christopher Benson



Thursday, September 9, 2010


Since starting this blog I have met many wonderful people and some of those people are very talented authors.  I have always loved to read and never could have imagined in my wildest dreams I would be doing what I am today.  Authors to me now are kind of like rock stars were to me a long, long, long time ago.  It takes a unique talent to put thousands of words together into a story that brings many people a tremendous amount of joy to read those words after they are published. Wendy Lyn Watson is one of those truly unique people, I devour her words like a big hot fudge sundae, and then like the urchins in Dickens' novel "Oliver Twist" I am saying "please... may I have some more."

Her latest book SCOOP TO KILL was released on Tuesday and it quite the tasty treat.

I am pleased to welcome Wendy Lyn Watson to Dollycas's Thoughts today.

Thanks for having me guest post today!

With the first two Mysteries a la Mode (I SCREAM, YOU SCREAM and SCOOP TO KILL) on the shelves, I’m frantically putting the finishing touches on the third book in the series, A PARFAIT MURDER (June, 2011). 

Obviously, I don’t want to give too much away, but I thought I’d give Dollycas’s readers a little sneak peak.
The third book in the series finds ice cream entrepreneur Tally Jones sitting pretty: she’s got a man in her life, business is picking up, and no one has been murdered for several months! But when the Lantana County Fair gets underway, Tally’s life is as topsy-turvy as a carnival Tilt-a-Whirl. Her cousin’s ex (#2) rolls back into town,disavowing paternity of his 17-year-old daughter; Tally’s spitfire Grandma Peachy visits, bringing her own brand of trouble; and Tally’s sucked into a nasty allegation of cheating in the fair’s Creative Arts Competition.

Writing this third book has been a hoot. I have a soft spot in my heart for county fairs. I love everything from the haunted houses to the funnel cakes, from the butter sculptures to the prize pigs. What’s more, the fair turns out to be an amazing location for a murder. There are so many fascinating places and methods for murder on hand, so many potential witnesses and yet enough chaos for a bad guy to get away clean . . . oh boy!

As a child, one of my favorite fair treats was fresh lemonade. Strawberry and Raspberry Lemonade were an even bigger thrill. These days, I don’t get to the fair all that often, but I found this great recipe for raspberry lemonade that conjures the sounds of the carousel and the scent of cotton candy all year long.

Raspberry Lemonade
From Cooksillustrated.com
10-12 medium lemons, well scrubbed, halved “pole to pole,” sliced thin
1 1/2 cups frozen/thawed raspberries
1 1/4 cups sugar
5 cups cold water

Combine lemons, raspberries, and sugar in a large, deep bowl or saucepan. Mash with a potato masher or wooden spoon until the lemons give up their juice, the sugar is dissolved, and the liquid becomes syrupy (about 4 minutes). Working in two or more batches, strain the lemon mixture through a large sieve set over a bowl or saucepan, pressing the solids to release as much liquid as possible. Discard the solids. Pour the liquid into a serving pitcher, stir in water, and chill well. Stir again before serving; garnish with curls of lemon peel, lemon slices, or fresh raspberries. (Makes about 1 1/2 quarts.)

How about you? What’s your favorite fair food?


Thank you so much Wendy for stopping by to visit, I hope you'll return again soon and I will have the lemonade ready.  If you want to read my review of SCOOP TO KILL just click here.

Be sure to check out Wendy's website at

She is also part of the Fatal Four Book Tour 
with Maggie Sefton,  
Hannah Reed, Jenn McKinlay in Texas.

September 30 at 7 p.m.
Barnes & Noble, Round Rock

October 1 at 6:30 p.m.
Murder By The Book, Houston

October 2 at 2 p.m.
Barnes & Noble, San Antonio
(La Cantera Parkway)

October 3 at 2 p.m.
Barnes & Noble, Fort Worth
(S. University Drive)


Jeanne C. said...

Fantastic post! I love it! My favorite fair food is fried dough. On Long Island we always called it zeppolis... that's the Italian name for it.... so good all warm and sticky from th powdered sugar!

Wendy Lyn Watson said...

Oh yes! I think this is the same as a treat I first had in Minnesota, where they call it "fry bread" or "fried bread" -- such lovely empty calories. :)

dollycas aka Lori said...

CREAM PUFFS!! Definitely the cream puffs!!