Wednesday, August 29, 2018

The Connecticut Author Trail 2018

I was thrilled to be asked to be part of the Connecticut Author Trail and visiting my "stop" was so much fun.
The wonderful librarians at the Saxton B. Little Library in Columbia, Connecticut invited me to speak a bit about mysteries, my writing journey, and the things that have inspired me. The best part was being able to chat with fellow mystery readers and I had a chance to do that while munching the delicious treats that the library had provided.
The Trail wraps up with a stop at the Mohegan Sun Casino Cabaret Theater on September 20. The event kicks off with a talk by best-selling author Amy Bloom at 6:30 p.m. and signings from all the authors who have been on the trail will follow. Stop by and say hello!

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Event Calendar

Please stop by and say hello! I'll be signing my latest Lobster Shack Mystery, Against the Claw!

Sunday, August 6, 1-3 PM
Bank Square Books Signing
53 W. Main Street
Mystic, CT 
860- 536-3795

Tuesday, August 7, 6:30 PM
Connecticut Author Trail appearance
Saxton B. Little Library
319 Route 87
Columbia, CT 06237

Sunday, August 12, 2-5 PM
Barnes and Noble Signing
12193 Fair Lakes Promenade Drive
Fairfax, VA 22033

Saturday, June 2, 2018

A Perfect Summer Dessert - Pavlova

Time for a sweet treat. I love desserts and this is one my friends who are gluten intolerant can enjoy, too. It’s called a pavlova, in honor of the great ballerina, Anna Pavlova. It makes a delicious sweet base that’s perfect with any kind of summer fruit. The best part is that it looks fancy but the ingredients are all ones you probably have in your kitchen already.


4 egg whites
1 cup sugar (superfine is best but you can use what you have)
1 tsp grated lemon rind
1 tsp almond extract
½ tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp cornstarch
Preheat oven to 200 degrees

Use hand mixer to beat egg whites until soft peaks appear

Add sugar and lemon zest until stiff peaks appear
Add almond extract and beat until stiff peaks appear - really stiff. Make sure it clings to the beaters.
Fold in cream of tartar and cornstarch

Spread mixture onto nonstick parchment paper in a 8-9 inch circle. Make a dip in the middle – that’s where your fruit and cream will go when it’s baked.

Bake about 90 minutes then allow to cool in oven. It will be crisp on the outside - a little bit brown at the edges is okay - and soft and marshmallowy inside.

Now the fun part - fill the dip with any fruit and whipped cream you like. Slice and enjoy!
Full disclosure: I used a stunt baker, my daughter Charlotte, who is a baker extraordinaire. She recommends candied lemon peel and blueberries for the fruit topping and I have to agree it's delicious.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Cover Reveal!

Once again the artists at St. Martin's have put together a fabulous cover for Allie Larkin and the crew at the Lazy Mermaid Lobster Shack. The story's a bit darker than Book One - you'll have to let me know what you think when the book comes out on July 31, 2018.

If you'd like to preorder, please click here.
Thanks for visiting! See you at the Lazy Mermaid!
Praise for Curses, Boiled Again!

"Delightful! A fun whodunit full of New England coastal charm and characters who feel like friends. Warm humor, a delectable plot, and clever sleuthing will keep you turning the pages." - Krista Davis, New York Times bestselling author of the Domestic Diva Mysteries

"Randall's first in her brand-new Lobster Shack Mystery series is a delicious cozy with deadly outcomes and plenty of probably culprits....The quaint, fictional Connecticut village and snappy title set the perfect scene, while the good flow and tight Murder She Wrote-type storyline keep the pages turning until the bombshell ending. - RT Reviews

"Suspenseful and entertaining! Left me longing to visit the Lazy Mermaid Lobster Shack - even though I'm allergic to crustaceans!" - Donna Andrews, author of the Meg Langslow series

"As richly layered as a real Connecticut lobster roll." - Liz Mugavero, author of the Cat About Town series

"Curses, it's over already! Shari Randall introduces a lively cast of characters who had me dancing through this book. Allie Larkin charmed me with her sense of humor when faced with a heartbreaking injury. The climactic scene was like nothing I've ever read or seen and I loved it!" - Sherry Harris, author of the Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mysteries

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Many thanks to everyone who came out to my book signing and launch party and panel. Now I know what it feels like to be a "celebrated" author!

Reviews are rolling in and I'm thrilled - and relieved - that they've been great. Many thanks to everyone who has taken the time to read my little book baby and posted an honest review on Amazon or Goodreads. It's a small thing, but every time you post a review, tell your friends about a book, or request that your library carry an author's book, it helps keep that book alive.

I'm a people person, so although I love creating my world of Mystic Bay and the Lazy Mermaid Lobster Shack, feedback is priceless. What am I saying, human contact is priceless, so stop by my Facebook page and say hello!

But now the parties are over and it's time to go back into writer mode. I'll emerge from writer's jail this spring, blinking into the sun, with Book Three winging off to my editor.

And I forgot to mention Book Two of the Lobster Shack Mystery Series, Against the Claw, will be published this summer! Here's a look at the cover - it's a hoot! Click to visit its Amazon page and get a taste of what's next for Allie and the crew at the Lazy Mermaid.

Thank you for making my dreams come true,