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Double or Muffin (A Merry Muffin Mystery) by Victoria Hamilton


About Double or Muffin


Cozy Mystery 7th in Series  
Publisher: Beyond the Page (February 23, 2021) 
Paperback: 234 pages ISBN-10: 1950461971  
ISBN-13: 978-1950461974 Digital ASIN: B08TF432RL 


In the new Merry Muffin Mystery, baker Merry Wynter must solve a disturbing crime among opera singers before the culprit decides it’s curtains for her . . .

When a reality TV show for aspiring opera singers descends on Wynter Castle, Merry’s got her hands full catering to the endless demands of the distinguished judges and ambitious contestants. Then mysterious rumors about the cast and crew begin to surface, suggesting that some of their performances may be filled with false notes. When a dogged reporter with an eye for scandal who’s been covering the competition is attacked and left for dead, Merry’s determined to discover who orchestrated the heinous deed.

Her long list of suspects is filled with eccentric personalities, including a promiscuous tenor known for making unwanted overtures, a pampered young prodigy and her meddlesome mother, and a quiet up-and-comer whose shadowy uncle may have ties to the underworld. As the musical contest and Merry’s investigation near their finale, she’ll have to act fast to keep a conniving contestant from plotting out her final act . . .


~ Recipe ~

Fit for the King Muffins

From: Muffin But Murder (Book #2 of the Merry Muffin Mysteries)

Banana Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Muffins

Yield: 12

Prep Time: 10 min.

Cook Time: 13-15 min.

Total Time: 23-25 min.


1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 ripe bananas, mashed
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup white sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 egg
1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup milk chocolate chips
1 tbsp turbinado sugar


Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Coat a muffin tray with cooking spray.

Mix together the flours, baking soda, baking powder, and salt together in a small bowl. In a second bowl beat sugars and softened butter. Add the mashed bananas, peanut butter, vanilla, and egg. Stir the flour mixture into the banana mixture until just combined; add 3/4 cup of chocolate chips to the batter and mix. Spoon batter evenly into the prepared muffin cups.

Sprinkle the tops of each muffin evenly with the remaining chocolate chips and turbinado sugar.

Bake in preheated oven for 13-15 minutes, until a tester inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean. Remove from the oven and let cool for a few minutes before removing from the tray and placing on a wire rack to finish cooling. Enjoy.


About Victoria Hamilton


Victoria Hamilton is the bestselling author of several mystery series including the national bestselling Vintage Kitchen Mysteries and Merry Muffin Mysteries. She does, indeed, collect vintage kitchenware and bake muffins. She drinks tea and coffee on writing days, and wine other times. It doesn’t do to confuse days. She crochets (a little), paints (a little) and reads (a lot). A solitary being, she can be coaxed out of her writing cave for brownies and cat videos.

She started her writing life as Donna Lea Simpson, bestselling author of Regency Romances, paranormal historicals and historical mysteries, and still has a soft spot for the Regency period.

If you Google ‘Victoria Hamilton’, you will find listed first a famous actress who starred as the Queen Mother in the series The Crown and as Charlotte BrontΓ« in ‘In Search of the BrontΓ«s’. That’s not the Victoria who writes mysteries.

No, really, it’s not!

You can find her buried in a good book, (entombed in a good tome?) or online at:  
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