Murder is Brewing in Emmeline Duncan’s Double Shot Death

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In Emmeline Duncan’s Double Shot Death, Sage Caplin is taking her Portland coffee cart on the road to a sustainable music festival, but murder is an unwanted special guest. However, one welcomed guest from the book was too scrumptious to miss. This chia-seed pudding is an essential addition to any breakfast repertoire. This recipe makes an easy, homemade grab-and-go breakfast on busy days. 

Chia-Seed Pudding
Serves: 1
Chia-seed pudding is a must-add to your breakfast or dessert repertoire. Make it in small jars with lids for grab-and-go breakfasts on busy days or for leisurely ones on lazy mornings, or prepare the pudding in a bigger bowl with a cover to enjoy a scoop each day. If you’re making a week’s worth of chia pudding, add the fruit—mango is the best!—when ready to eat versus incorporating it in the beginning. You can use your favorite milk, too! Full-fat coconut milk creates a creamy texture; the consistency of the pudding will vary slightly depending on which milk you choose. Chia-seed pudding is versatile; it can be an excellent source of fiber or a delectable dessert. Adding cocoa and your sweetener of choice to the pudding makes for an undeniably sweet treat!
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • ½ cup coconut milk (or milk of your choice)
  • Diced mango (or fresh fruit of choice)
  1. In a bowl, stir together chia seeds and milk. Let sit for 5 minutes. Stir again, taking care to break up any clumps of chia seeds.*
  2. Once everything is combined, put the pudding in the fridge to set for at least 2 hours, ideally overnight.
  3. Just before serving, top with mango or other fresh fruit.**
*At this point, optional add-ins such as maple syrup or other sweeteners, chopped nuts, cocoa powder, vanilla extract, or nut butters can be stirred in.
**Other optional toppings are nuts, jam, granola, and yogurt.


About the Book

At Campathon, an annual eco-friendly festival held on a farm outside of Portland, fans celebrate the Pacific Northwest’s music scene in quintessential PDX style—with gourmet food carts, reusable utensils…and lots of coffee. How else to get through three days of nonstop entertainment? Sage Caplin has scored a coveted place for her Ground Rules coffee cart thanks to her new-ish boyfriend, Bax, who’s friendly with Maya, one of the musicians performing. 

The festivities begin with a stream of customers, friends, and acquaintances stopping by for Ground Rules’ world-class blends, expertly brewed by Sage and her newest barista. But there are tensions between Maya and her former bandmates, who are on the cusp of making it big, and with Ian, the band’s manager. When Sage stumbles upon Ian’s dead body in the nearby woods—his hand still clutching one of her coffee mugs—it’s clear that someone’s grudge boiled over into murder. Can Sage work out who’s responsible before another innocent life is taken, and the curtain falls on Campathon, and her own future, for good? 


Emmeline Duncan is the Portland, Oregon-based author of the Ground Rules Mystery Series, as well as YA novels written under the name Kelly Garrett. She is a 2020 Oregon Literary Fellow, a board member of the Northwest Chapter of the Mystery Writers of America, and co-organizer of the Friends of Mystery’s Bloody Thursday lecture series. She’s also a member of Sisters-In-Crime, Willamette Writers, and SCBWI. Visit her online at, on Instagram and Facebook as @writeremmelineduncan, and on Twitter as @duncanemmeline. 


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