Authors in the Kitchen: Sheila Boneham

Please join me today in welcoming Sheila Boneham, a mystery author whose work focuses on animals. Just in time for spring, she shares a lovely salad recipe :


Janet MacPhail, animal photographer and protagonist of Sheila Webster Boneham’s Animals in Focus mystery series from Midnight Ink, isn’t much of a cook. Luckily for Janet, her next-door-neighbor and BFF Goldie Sunshine is. More than that, Goldie is always coming up with interesting new combinations, often using vegetables, fruits, herbs, and flowers (yes, flowers) from her fantastic organic backyard garden. Since Janet is STILL trying to lose those last ten pounds (okay, twenty), Goldie has stopped pushing her addictive breads and cookies at Janet and has been trying some new salad combos. Extra bonus - if Janet can’t finish the big bowl of salad, she has no qualms about letting her Australian Shepherd, Jay, have a bit since it’s sugar free. Goldie would love to know what you think if you try this!

 Goldie’s Bright Summer Salad


 6 cups mixed spring greens (Bibb lettuce, romaine, arugula, etc.)

2 cups fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves

½ cup chopped fresh mint

1 cucumber

6 tender young asparagus spears

1 cup fresh blueberries

½ cup (1 ear) cooked & cooled sweet corn kernels

1/4  cup toasted sunflower seeds

raspberry balsamic vinegar to taste

optional: extra virgin olive oil to taste



  1. Tear washed-and-dried greens into bite-size pieces and place in large bowl.
  2. Chop parsley and mint, and slice cucumber. Add to greens.
  3. Wash asparagus spears, then snap the tough bottoms off. Cut into 1-inch pieces and add to greens.
  4. Add blueberries, corn, and sunflower seeds.
  5. Gently toss ingredients to mix.

 Serving Suggestions:

 Goldie allows her guests to dress the salad themselves. It’s delicious with just a splash of the raspberry balsamic vinegar, or that plus a little olive oil. This salad can become a more substantial side or light meal by mixing with two cups of cooked couscous (or a grain of your choice).

 Author Bio

 Sheila Webster Boneham can cook, but she’d rather be outdoors or writing. Luckily, her husband, Roger, does most of the cooking at their house. Okay, all of it. Sheila has put her free time to good use writing the first three Animals in Focus mysteries, including Drop Dead on Recall (2012), The Money Bird (2013), and Catwalk (coming fall 2014), all based on Sheila’s many years of experience showing, rescuing, breeding, training, writing about, and loving dogs and cats. Drop Dead on Recall won the 2013 Maxwell Award for Fiction from the Dog Writers Association of America and was an NBC Petside Top Ten Dog Book of 2012. Sheila has also published 17 nonfiction books about dogs and cats, six of which have won major awards. She currently lives on the coast of North Carolina with Roger and Labrador Retriever Lily, and is at work on book four.

 Learn more online at the following sites:

Website and blog -

Writers & Other Animals blog -

Facebook - and

Money Bird_90dpi_200x300 Sheila’s books are available from all the usual places in paperback, ebook, Audible, and large-print format. Sheila also works with her local independent bookstore to offer personally autographed copies of her books - find out more at