Karen’s Killer Fixin’s with DANGER NOTED, The UnMatchables Case 1 #PI #Romantic #Suspense by Teresa LaBella ~ Chef John’s #Recipe for Kelly’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

Karen’s Killer Fixin’s **AUTHOR SPECIAL** with TERESA LaBELLA!

Welcome to my Friday bonus feature called Karen’s Killer Fixin’s **Author Special**!! Today, in lieu of one of my own recipes, I’m going to introduce you to a new author who will share one of her favorite recipes. Not only will you and I occasionally learn how to make something new and delicious, but we’ll get a chance to check out some wonderful authors. Introducing author, TERESA LaBELLA, and her favorite recipe for Chef John’s Recipe for Kelly’s Chocolate Chip Cookies!


The UnMatchables Case 1


A slam dunk case pivots deadly.

Private investigators Eddie Emerson and Kelly Gillespie specialize in deep dive background checks for clients wary of an intimate partner who seems too good to be true. Jacob Malone has fallen in love with the lovely first chair cellist in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Cherise Blanchet’s guidance and friendship helped Jacob’s son master the cello and cope with his parents’ bitter divorce. Jacob hires the PI partners to dig into Cherise’s past.

Gossip leads to intrigue and an international high society celebrity with more than his reputation to protect. Clues and cover-ups connect petty crimes, unsolved sexual assaults and mysterious threats linked to an assassin with a secret vendetta.

The UnMatchables first deep dive case could be their last!


The UnMatchables Case 1


Eddie surveyed the bruise under his chin in his mirrored reflection.

That’s when he heard Kelly scream.

Eddie ran barefoot down the hall toward the opposite end of the penthouse, circled through the kitchen, and grabbed the longest blade from its notched nest in the nearest drawer. Whatever the threat, Eddie wouldn’t go down again without a fight.

Kelly stood in front of the hallway’s open linen closet, one hand over her mouth, the other clutching the front of a borrowed white t-shirt from Eddie’s drawer. A pile of towels lay in semi-folded disarray around her bare feet.

“Kelly? What the …” Eddie inspected the sheets and towels on the shelf.

That’s when he saw it.

Red ink stained white linen, an exclamation point on the ruin of a flat sheet sliced beyond repair.

“Final Warning,” the message read.

About Author Teresa LaBella…

Teresa LaBella grew up in Davenport, Iowa where the Mississippi River runs east to west. The people she interviewed as a journalist and met in her work in the arts and with nonprofits coloured her future fiction writing canvas and sharpened her love for telling a good story. Teresa published her first contemporary romance novel in 2013 and jumped genres with the October 2020 publication of Danger Noted, her first novel in The UnMatchables romantic suspense series. The second novel in the series, Danger Revealed, was released by Purple Porcupine Publishing in July 2023. Capital Strings, the author’s uniquely Canadian political thriller set in Ottawa, published in April 2021. Teresa chose Canada in August 2019 and resides in Nova Scotia with her rescue fur baby family Rosie and Ellis.


Links to Teresa’s website, blog, books, #ad, etc.:

Amazon: https://amzn.to/3GW83ZD

Website: www.storyteller30.com

Email: teresa@storyteller30.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/storyteller30/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7792630.Teresa_LaBella

Amazon Author Central: https://www.amazon.com/stores/Teresa-LaBella/author/B00HH1CC88?ref=ap_rdr&store_ref=ap_rdr&isDramIntegrated=true&shoppingPortalEnabled=true


I hope you enjoy the recipe Teresa is sharing today on Karen’s Killer Fixin’s. Happy Eating!


P.S. We’re at 670 recipes and counting with this posting. Hope you find some recipes you like. If this is your first visit, please check out past blogs for more Killer Fixin’s. In the right-hand column menu,  you can even look up past recipes by type. i.e. Desserts, Breads, Beef, Chicken, Soups, Author Specials, etc.

COPYRIGHT NOTICE: If an author’s favorite recipe isn’t their own creation and came from an online site, you will now find the entire recipe through the link to that site as a personal recommendation. Thank you.



NOTE FROM TERESA: As Danger Noted opens, confessed alcoholic Eddie is at a dive bar in the south side of Chicago staring down a shot of whiskey. Fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies are Kelly’s lure to get him out of the bar, save his sobriety and bring him to her. My late husband would bake his indescribably delicious chocolate chip cookies on those Sunday afternoons that I dedicated to writing my novels. His recipe was included in the cookbook of compiled Recipes from New Life in Love as featured in my contemporary romance series. Here is Chef John’s recipe for Kelly’s Chocolate Chip Cookies.

1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 3/4 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoon instant coffee, slightly crushed
12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips

Cream the butter with the sugars until fluffy.

Beat the egg and the vanilla extract.

Combine the dry ingredients and beat into the butter mixture.

Stir in the chocolate chips.

Drop by large spoonfuls onto a greased cookie sheet.

Bake at 375 degrees F for 8 to 10 minutes, or 10 to 12 minutes for a crispier cookie


Special Giveaway: Teresa will give away an ebook copy of DANGER NOTED to the first two lucky readers who answer the following question on her Karen’s Killer Fixin’s blog.

Question: What 1980s television series inspired my muse for The UnMatchables? Here’s a clue: The characters of Kelly and Eddie were Maddie Hayes and David Addison on TV.

Happy Reading!


Thanks, Teresa, for sharing your book with us!

Don’t miss the chance to read this book!

5 thoughts on “Karen’s Killer Fixin’s with DANGER NOTED, The UnMatchables Case 1 #PI #Romantic #Suspense by Teresa LaBella ~ Chef John’s #Recipe for Kelly’s Chocolate Chip Cookies”

  1. The Bruce Willis series, can’t think of the name…

    Had never thought of putting coffee in my chocolate chunk cookies, good idea

    Thanks, Teresa and Karen…

  2. Welcome to Karen’s Killer Fixin’s, Teresa. Love the premise of the book. Sounds like plenty of conflict and suspense! Can’t wait to read it. Thanks for sharing your book with us today.

    Thanks, too, for sharing the recipe. I can’t wait to try this version of chocolate chip cookies. Adding coffee? Brilliant!

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