Wicked Wednesday: Happy Double Book Birthday!

We’re so excited about the dual release of Maddie Day’s Death Over Easy and Cate Conte’s Purrder She Wrote! Here’s a little about both books:

Death Over Easy (1)

Restaurateur Robbie Jordan is ready for the boost in business a local music festival brings to South Lick, Indiana, but the beloved event strikes a sour note when one of the musicians is murdered . . .
June’s annual Brown County Bluegrass Festival at the Bill Monroe Music Park in neighboring Beanblossom is always a hit for Robbie’s country store and café, Pans ‘N Pancakes. This year, Robbie is even more excited, because she’s launching a new bed and breakfast above her shop. A few festival musicians will be among Robbie’s first guests, along with her father, Roberto, and his wife, Maria. But the celebration is cut short when a performer is found choked to death by a banjo string. Now all the banjo players are featured in a different kind of lineup. To clear their names, Robbie must pair up with an unexpected partner to pick at the clues and find the plucky killer before he can conduct an encore performance . . .

cover REVISED - Purrder She Wrote

Purrder She Wrote is second in the pawsitively charming new feline mystery series set off the New England coast, where curiosity leads to some killer small-town secrets….

It’s the grand opening of Daybreak Island’s cat café, where customers can get cozy with an assortment of friendly felines―and maybe even take one or a few home. Co-owner Maddie James is purring with excitement over her new warm-and-fuzzy venture. . .until she becomes entangled in a petty drama between one of her volunteers, an ardent animal-rights activist, and a wealthy woman who insists on adopting a calico kitty―right this instant. The catfight that ensues is bad enough for business. But when the snubbed socialite is found dead with a tell-tale catnip toy on the scene, suspicion lands squarely on Maddie’s staffer. Now, with her reputation and her career prospects on the line (to say nothing of her budding romance with a handsome pet groomer) Maddie must do whatever it takes to solve the crime―before her nine lives are up.

Wickeds: Both these books are set in eating establishments. What’s your favorite café or breakfast and lunch restaurant? What do you like to order?

Jessie: Because I live in such a small community I don’t really have a local breakfast place or even a cafe. I do love to visit cafes whenever I travel, especially if there is a view of the street or outside tables to enjoy a spot of people-watching! I order a double espresso and enjoy taking my time sipping it and watching the world go by.

Sherry: Congratulations on the new books! We have a locally owned restaurant called Spartans. They have everything from great Greek food, to pizza, to all kinds of sandwiches, and beyond. I love their chicken souvlaki which comes on pita.They only serve breakfast on Saturday and Sunday but you can’t go wrong.

Barb: I am in book jail and have been pining to go out and explore more establishments in our new city of Portland, Maine. So far, I have lots of favorites. The Blue Spoon is a place where we’ve taken lots of visitors. My favorite dish there is chicken-under-a-brick.

Edith: Thanks dear Wickeds! Of course, I’d prefer to eat at Pans ‘N Pancakes, Robbie Jordan’s place. But since it’s fictional, I’ll opt for Market Square Bakehouse a block from my house in one of the former mill buildings. You can sit outside and people watch, enjoy a good coffee and pastry, and even do some work. I also love any breakfast joint that makes really good crispy shredded hash browns.

Congrats, Maddie and Cate!

Readers, join our celebration and tells what your favorite café or breakfast and lunch restaurant is.

33 Thoughts

  1. Congratulations to you both, Liz and Edith! These sound like two great reads. I love breakfast diners. Right now we are in Gloucester MA – Charlie’s on Bass Rocks, George’s or Two Sisters on Washington Street. I went to Two Sisters yesterday with my own sister and discovered that Two Sisters was being sold. I was sad until I found out that it was being sold to . . . two more sisters.

  2. Book birthdays are so exciting, and a double one among friends–all the better! For book related breakfasts here in Florida, I usually meet writer-friends at any Panera. For a serious, real breakfast and maybe a bit more caloric one, it’s the Frog Pond on Gulf Boulevard. Redington Beach.

  3. There’s a place called The Egg and I, it’s delicious and full of character!

  4. For those of limited means, soup kitchens and/or senior centers are the only options.

  5. Forge Village Breakfast in Westford makes the greatest Irish Benedicts we have found, and we tried many.

  6. Happy release day to both Maddie Day on “Death Over Easy” and Cate Conte with “Purrder She Wrote”! Both amazing sounding books by to great authors. <3

    I'd have to say my favorite restaurant is Outback purely because we have to be traveling to eat at one since the nearest one is 2 hours away. So it means we not only get great food we love but that we are enjoying some away time as a couple.

    On a more local bases, it would have to be The Rainbow Cafe here in town. They are a Mom and Pop operation that still cooks with local ingredients when possible and things are cooked as you order. Definitely not fast food but well worth the wait. Can't think of anything on the menu that we don't love. It's the only place I know that I can still get the fried dill pickle spears instead of slices, fried grits and chocolate gravy on Sunday. 🙂
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  7. Congratulations to you both!

    I love breakfast out and am not picky about the location. My favorite is anyplace with good, crispy, shredded, hash browns! Let’s hear it for Denny’s!

  8. We occasionally go to a local diner for breakfast after Sunday church and my husband goes there frequently to meet up with a friend – Freedom Diner. But if I could go anywhere, it would definitely be Pamela’s for their wonderful soft middle/crispy edge pancakes swimming in butter and syrup!

  9. Hi Barb. My family is from the Portland area and I visit as often as I can. There is a wonderful Middle Eastern restaurant called the Babylon. Amazing food! On Fridays and Saturdays they have an all you can eat buffet. Their address is 1192 Forest Avenue. If you want authentic Middle Eastern food this is the p,ace to go! 😃

  10. I love going out to breakfast. Among my favorites are Hill Street Cafe and The Dish, both in La Canada, CA. But hometown has to be Casa del Rey in Temple City before they closed and moved two towns away.

  11. Happy Double Birthday!! Both books have been added to my TBR list.

    We have so many wonderful choices of “neat” places to eat here in Lancaster. One of our favorites is Cafe Chocolate in Litiiz. It’s across the street from our favorite indie bookstore, Aaron’s. The cafe has wonderful all organic, delicious small entrees for both breakfast and lunch. Many items incorporate chocolate into them in surprising ways. Comfy, cozy, and quirky.

  12. Happy Double Birthday!!! Both books were sitting on my front porch when I got home yesterday!
    I love breakfast and will quite often get it when we go out for dinner. The Village Inn always makes me happy, but I am not opposed to iHOP!!

  13. I don’t tend to go out for breakfast or lunch. There is such a cafe near me I keep thinking about checking out, but there is usually a long wait when I stop that shopping center by for other reasons.

    I love omelette. And anything to hold maple syrup, although it needs to be real maple syrup.

  14. Congrats on your new releases!
    I no longer live near my favorite cafe. It’s Literati Cafe in Los Angeles. I haven’t found a new favorite yet, but I’ve had fun searching for a new place.

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