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My First Murder has been featured on eBook Daily!

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Eat with Mavis: Truck Stop Enchiladas from The Rex Cafe!

Remember Carl and The Rex Cafe in My First Murder? Here's a recipe for Carl's "Truck Stop Enchiladas", to make and eat while you devour the book!


12 (uncooked/soft) corn tortillas
1-pound mild cheddar shredded
2 cans chile con carne or meat sauce (chili without beans)
1 chopped onion
Preferred oil for cooking
Fresh cilantro for garnish
13 X 9 inch greased baking dish


1. Pour chili into a medium bowl and warm.
2. Heat ¼ inch of oil in a skillet until almost smoking. Using tongs, dip a tortilla into the hot
oil for 5 seconds, turn it over for 5 more, lift and let oil drip back into the pan.
3. Dip tortilla into the warm chile con carne until covered, remove to a greased baking dish.
Put two tablespoons of cheese on the tortilla, roll and place seam side down in baking
dish. Repeat.
4. Pour the remaining chile con carne over the enchiladas, top with shredded cheese and
finely chopped raw onion.
5. Heat in a 400F oven for 10 minutes or until the top is melted and the dish is bubbling.
6. Makes 12 enchiladas, or six servings.

Adapted from, Unorthodox Epicure, Adam Holland

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Book Highlight 1: My First Murder

Back about 30 or so years ago, I had it in my head that I wanted to write romance novels because I enjoyed their escapism and because I saw an article in TV Guide about a romance writer who made $5,000 a book. That was a lot of money back then. Heck, it's a lot of money now! I thought, "Hey, I could do that." I'd been writing in fits and starts for a long time. So I wrote a romance and sent it off. I received a rejection that not only said it was terrible, but to never send her anything again!

Not to be discouraged, I decided I liked to read mysteries and suspense as well. I used to read mysteries from the adult section of the library when I was a child. I was practicing law and came up with an idea for a suspense novel about a female attorney and her client, a serious "Woman in Jeopardy" book, and I submitted it to 50 agents and editors at the same time. While that novel was making the rounds, I decided I'd write a whimsical mystery with an unrestrained female detective who said and did what I often thought and wanted to do but never did. I don't recall where I came up with the name Mavis Davis, but I was goofing around and thought that would be a fun name for a fun detective. I wrote the first chapter, took it to my critique group, and they loved it! 

The actual idea for the mystery itself came from a time when I was unhappy in my personal relationship. My husband had taken the kids on a camping trip, so I had the weekend alone. During that time I got to thinking about running away, and then I got to thinking, "What would make a married woman, an attorney, with two children, leave her family and not tell them where she was going?" The more I thought about it, the more I decided it would have to be something pretty awful. Many women might think of escaping for a while, but not all that want to, actually do it. And if she ran, where would she go? What would she do to make a living? How would she survive without any money, credit cards, her car, with no way for anyone to be able to track her down? So from these questions My First Murder was born with Mavis Davis, a former social worker who had just opened her own office, hired by a café owner who wanted to find out who killed his best waitress.

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