Guest Post: Ruby’s Gluten Free Berry Scones by Melissa Bourbon

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Murder in Devil’s Cove
by Melissa Bourbon

Mystery readers! If you’re like me, reading a mystery and eating something sweet and delicious is the perfect combination and also the perfect way to spend an afternoon.

The Book Magic Mystery series, with book #1, Murder in Devil’s Cove, offers so much. An awesome island village in the Outer Banks; a bookshop called The Open Door; and Devil’s Brew Café, owned and operated by one Ruby Murphy. Because of the café, I get to share recipes at the end of each book, which is something I love doing. Check out some of the other stops on this awesome blog tour to find the recipe for Ruby’s Gingersnaps, and to learn more about this new series. I am SO excited about it!

Ruby likes to have pastries for everybody in town, so she does some gluten free. You’d never know they were without wheat flour.

Without further ado, here is Ruby’s recipe for Gluten Free Berry Scones.

Happy baking, everyone, and happy reading!



Ruby’s Gluten Free Berry Scones

1 3/4 all purpose cup for cup gluten free flour blend
1 tsp xantham gum
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 baking soda
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp sugar
5 T butter
1 cup fresh or frozen berries of your choice. Blueberries are Ruby’s favorite.
3/4 cup milk, plus 2 T (oat milk works too)
Zest from 1 lemon (optional)
1 T fresh lemon juice (optional)

Preheat oven to 400° and prepare a baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper.

In a bowl, whisk together dry ingredients.

Cut butter into small chunks. Using a pastry cutter or knives, mix into flour mixture until flour is crumbly.

Add the milk and lightly mix together until just blended. Do not over mix. Add more milk if needed. If you are including the lemon juice, add now.

Stir in blueberries and lemon zest (optional)

Flour the counter and turn out dough. Gently press into a disk about 7 inches in diameter. Refrigerate for 10-15 minutes

When you’re ready to bake, sprinkle with flour to prevent the dough from sticking to the knife. Divide dough into 6 equal triangles and place on prepared baking sheet.

Brush each triangle with milk and sprinkle liberally with sugar.

Bake 15-20 minutes or until lightly browned.


Long forgotten secrets surface and an old crime comes to light. Pippin must learn how to be a bibliomancer if she is to discover the truth about her father and stop the curse

About The Book:

Two best-selling authors, one magical universe.

In the Book Magic Mystery Series, best-selling authors Melissa Bourbon and Wendy Lyn Watson bring you the story of cousins Pippin Lane Hawthorne and Cora Lane. The cousins live on opposite coasts (Pippin in Devil’s Cove, North Carolina, and Cora in Laurel Point, Oregon), but they share the family gift of bibliomancy: the ability to foresee the future and unravel the past with the help of the books we love. Join Pippin and Cora as they use their otherworldly power to solve mysteries in their respective worlds.


Every book tells two stories—one written on the pages with pen and ink, and one woven into the paper, a story of the soul. The Lane women have the gift of bibliomancy. They can read both.

But Cassie Lane doesn’t see this as a gift. For her, it is a curse because the book magic comes with a price–the Lane women die young and the men are lost to the sea. As soon as she’s able, she leaves Laurel Point, Oregon, running from her past and her fate, ending up in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. There she meets Leo Hawthorne and lives a perfect life with him in an old Sea Captain’s house.

Perfect, that is, until an old book foretells the future, and the curse that has plagued the Lane women comes true for Cassie.

Twenty years later, Cassie and Leo’s children, twins Pippin and Grey, are back in Devil’s Cove. Long forgotten secrets surface and an old crime comes to light. Now Pippin must learn how to be a bibliomancer if she is to discover the truth about her father and continue his effort to stop the curse

Book Link  – Amazon 


About The Author:

Melissa Bourbon is the national bestselling author of nineteen mystery books, including the brand new collaborative Book Magic mysteries, the Lola Cruz Mysteries, A Magical Dressmaking Mystery series, and the Bread Shop Mysteries, written as Winnie Archer. She is a former middle school English teacher who gave up the classroom in order to live in her imagination full time. Melissa, a California native who has lived in Texas and Colorado, now calls the southeast home. She hikes, practices yoga, cooks, and is slowly but surely discovering all the great restaurants in the Carolinas. Since four of her five amazing kids are living their lives, scattered throughout the country, her dogs, Bean, the pug, Dobby, the chug, and Jasper, a cattle dog/lab keep her company while she writes. Melissa lives in North Carolina with her educator husband, Carlos, and their youngest son. She is beyond fortunate to be living the life of her dreams.

Author Links: Website / Instagram / Facebook / Facebook



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