Murder in the Genes by J.M. Roberts – Marilyn’s Mexican Shrimp Cocktail + Giveaway

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Murder in the Genes: A Peggy Rector Mystery
by J.M. Roberts

About Murder in the Genes

Murder in the Genes: A Peggy Rector Mystery
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Setting – Stinky Springs, Texas (imaginary town)
Daylily Press (August 1, 2023)
Print length ‏ : ‎ 283 pages
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0C5TY5LKV

Writer and amateur sleuth Peggy Rector returns home to a full plate following a star-studded vacation in the English countryside. She needs to finish her latest book and plan her wedding to the hunky Jess Carson, all while her children plot to convert her rambling Victorian house into a B&B.

When Velma Whittaker, a local genealogist, dies under mysterious circumstances, Peggy must puzzle out who wanted Velma dead and why? Was it her multi-million-dollar lottery win or something more? A search for Velma’s will turns up a cryptic clue left for her heirs, but are they up to the challenge?

Peggy and her gang, members of the Stinky Springs Ladies Social Club, are on the trail. They must outfox a crafty killer while dodging Velma’s hapless relatives, who are determined to get their hands on her money.

Miss Marilyn Monroe is a high-powered Houston lawyer with a flair for cocktails, both liquid and edible. She loves Chocolate Martinis and this fabulous shrimp cocktail.

Marilyn’s Mexican Shrimp Cocktail

This is a delightful, refreshing shrimp cocktail. It can be a light lunch or served as an appetizer.

1 lb large wild caught gulf shrimp in the shell
¼ cup tequila
¼ cup fresh lime juice
¼ cup fresh orange juice
2 Tbsp ketchup
2 Tbsp hot sauce, green tabasco or jalapeno hot sauce
Salt and pepper to taste
2 cups tomatoes, diced
2 avocados, pitted and diced
1 bunch scallions, thinly sliced
1 small white onion, finely diced
Lime wedges for garnish

Cook the shrimp (grill or boil) until just pink. Let cool. Peel and cut into large pieces.

Mix tequila, juices, ketchup and hot sauce. Add shrimp. Cover and refrigerate for one hour.

When ready to serve, fold together the tomatoes, avocado, scallions, onions and the shrimp mix. Spoon into serving glasses or bowls. Garnish with a wedge of lime. Serve immediately.

About J.M. Roberts

L. M. Roberts is a nurse turned writer, much like her main character in the Peggy Rector Mystery series. She lives in an over-55 development outside of Houston, Texas that provides endless ideas for her murder mysteries. When not taking notes on her friends and neighbors, she can be found in her garden, cooking, or reading.

Author Links

Purchase Link – Amazon

Previous Books in the Series


August 1 – The Mystery Section – RECIPE

August 1 – Guatemala Paula Loves to Read – SPOTLIGHT

August 1 – Cassidy’s Bookshelves – SPOTLIGHT

August 2 – Christy’s Cozy Corners – CHARACTER GUEST POST

August 2 – Baroness Book Trove – SPOTLIGHT

August 3 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

August 3 – Ascroft, eh? – CHARACTER INTERVIEW


August 4 – MJB Reviewers – SPOTLIGHT

August 5 – Maureen’s Musings – SPOTLIGHT

August 5 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – AUTHOR GUEST POST

August 6 – #BRVL Book Review Virginia Lee – SPOTLIGHT

August 6 – Sapphyria’s Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

August 7 – Literary Gold – SPOTLIGHT

August 7 – Brooke Blogs –RECIPE

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