Hummus and Homicide, by Tina Kashian, is the first book in the Kebab Kitchen Mystery series. Lucy Berberian is a lawyer who returns to her home town after quitting her big city job. Her family owns a Mediterranean restaurant, where she reluctantly agrees to work. But when the health inspector dies after Lucy served her, all Lucy’s plans go awry.
A Batter of Life and Death is book two of Ellie Alexander’s A Bakeshop Mystery series. It’s Fall in Ashland, Oregon and Jules Capshaw is welcoming a reality baking show to her family’s bakery, Torte. When she’s coerced into participating as one of the bakers, she finds herself in the middle of another murder investigation.
Irish Stewed is the first book in Kylie Logan’s Ethnic Eats Mystery series. Recently fired from her job as a personal chef, Laurel Inwood arrives in Hubbard, Ohio to take care of her Aunt Sophie’s Terminal at the Tracks restaurant while Sophie undergoes knee surgery. Only, Laurel is expecting a quaint bistro, not the hole-in-the-wall greasy spoon she finds.
Joanne Fluke first published the Hannah Swenson Mysteries in 2000, so it’s taken me 18 years to start the long-running series. One of the fun things about reading a mystery written almost two decades ago is watching the technology change over the years. In just that short time, we’ve come a long way.
One of the reasons I enjoy writing book reviews is the chance to read authors I might not have otherwise discovered. Untimely Death by Elizabeth J. Duncan is one such case. The first book in the Shakespeare in the Castskills mystery series, it is written in the gentle pace of an Agatha Christie novel, which slowly draws the reader in while keeping them guessing until the end. Continue reading