ABOUT THE BOOK:
Freelance photographer and Yeast of Eden bakery assistant Ivy Culpepper has just scored the job of a lifetime shooting the Dickensian dress-up X-mas party thrown by It Girl film actress Eliza Fox . . . until an unwanted guest appears.
A holiday costume party in the sleepy coastal town of Santa Sofia could be just the boost Ivy needs for her fledgling photography business. At the party, Ivy enters a Victorian fantasy come to life, all courtesy of the fabulous Ms. Fox. Ivy gets to play shutterbug while hanging with Scrooge, Marley, the Cratchits, and more classic Dickens characters. But what begins as the best of times turns out to be the very worst for one of the party guests—a tabloid journalist with more enemies than Ebenezer himself.
When the man’s body is found sprawled across the jagged rocks below the house, the fingers begin pointing at Eliza. Meanwhile, Ivy gets roped into helping prove the starlet’s innocence. Her festive photos are now official evidence—and the Ghosts of Christmas Present could mean the party for Eliza is over, once and for all.
My dear readers, I am pleased to offer a recipe that the author has provided. This is a recipe that can be read from the book. Enjoy!
- 5 cups 100 percent cranberry juice (cranberry juice cocktail)
- 2 bottles very dry sparkling wine (champagne, cava, or prosecco)
- 2 cups apple cider
- 11⁄2 cups diet ginger ale
- 11⁄2 cups dark rum or brandy
- 2 oranges, thinly sliced into rounds
- 1 cup fresh cranberries
1. Chill all ingredients.
2. Fill a large punch bowl with ice. Top with the cranberry juice, sparkling wine, apple cider, ginger ale,
3. Stir to combine. Garnish with the orange slices and fresh cranberries.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Winnie Archer is the nationally bestselling author of the Bread Shop Mystery series, and the Magical Dressmaking Mystery series written as Melissa Bourbon. A former middle school English teacher, lives in North Carolina with her educator husband, Carlos, and the youngest of their five children. She can be found online at MelissaBourbon.com.Purchase Links - Amazon