Candy Cane Reindeer

Usually on Thursday I post a recipe. Today I’m mixing it up and posting the directions to make these sweet Candy Cane Reindeer. They’re a perfect place card holder at a party, incorporate beautifully into the ribbon wrapping a package, or just hanging out as these guys are!

They are featured in “Dying for Holiday Tea,” one of the novellas in the anthology in Happy Homicides: Thirteen Cozy Holiday Mysteries.

Candy Cane Reindeer

Makes 1

1 Candy Cane, wrapped 
1 Brown pipe cleaner
2 eyes, size (or proportional to candy cane)
1 Pompom nose, brown or red
Glue (I use Tacky Glue)

Holding the candy cane, wrap the pipe cleaner around the curve and twist. Bend the long ends to make antlers.

Put a dab of glue on the front of the short end of the candy cane to make a nose. Put two smaller dabs of glue above the nose, for the eyes. 

Lay the candy cane down until the glue dries.


This is one of the crafts included in the free bonus pdf file of recipes and crafts for Happy Homicides: Thirteen Cozy Holiday Mysteries. My novella, “Dying for Holiday Tea,” is included in this anthology written by thirteen authors.

Happy Homicides is featured on Ereader News Today!

We are thrilled to have Ereader News Today featuring Happy Homicides: Thirteen Cozy Holiday Mysteries

Happy Homicides: Thirteen Cozy Holiday Mysteries is an anthology written by twelve cozy mystery authors, including me 🙂 The collection is available for pre-sale now, and will be available October 15. 

It is only $.99 (that’s right, less than one dollar), and includes a link to download bonus material: recipes and crafts. 

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Dying for Holiday Tea: A Beach Tea Shop Novella

Tomorrow is the pre-sale date for Happy Homicides: Thirteen Cozy Holiday Mysteries! What’s it all about? 

The description on Amazon, courtesy of Joanna Campbell Slan, says it best: “It’s a huge collection of heartwarming, brain-puzzling, and character-driven traditional mysteries that’ll keep you entertained for hours. (At 213,000 words, this is 627 pages of reading material!) Plus, you can email to get a FREE Bonus File with recipes and holiday craft ideas. Celebrate the holidays with stories by these thirteen bestselling and award-winning authors: Joanna Campbell Slan, Neil Plakcy, Lois Winston, Annie Adams, Jenna Bennett, Nancy Jill Thames, Sara Rosett, Camille Minichino, Nancy Warren, Linda Gordon Hengerer, Joyce and Jim Lavene, and Teresa Trent.”

Fans of Joanna Campbell Slan‘s Kiki Lowenstein and Cara Mia Delgatto will love the two stories in this anthology. Love dogs? Neil Plakcy‘s golden retriever Rochester makes an appearance and solves the crime in “Dog Forbid.” Joanna and Neil are long-time friends and fellow Mystery Writers of America-Florida Chapter members.

“Dying for Holiday Tea” is my story.  Sisters Danielle, Chelsea, and Alexandra Powell rejoice when Alex finds their grandmother’s old recipe book—and plan to bake her gingerbread for their upcoming holiday tea. But someone else wants the recipes and is willing to kill for them. Can the Powell sisters cook up a way to catch a murderer?

Let me know if you love cozy mysteries, or prefer murder with a harder edge.