Hummus & Homicide

  • Author: Tina Kashian
  • Publisher: Kensington
  • Print Length: 321 pages
  • Release Date: February 27, 2018
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Book Summary

When Lucy Berberian quits her Philadelphia law firm and heads home to Ocean Crest, she knows what she’s getting—the scent of funnel cake, the sight of the wooden roller coaster, and the tastes of her family’s Mediterranean restaurant. But murder wasn’t on the menu . . .
 
Things are slow in the off-season in this Jersey Shore town, but Lucy doesn’t mind. She doesn’t even mind waitressing at the Kebab Kitchen. Her parents have put in a new hummus bar, with every flavor from lemon to roasted red pepper. It’s fun to see their calico cat again, and to catch up with her old BFF, who’s married to a cop now.

She could do without Heather Banks, though. The Gucci-toting ex-cheerleader is still as nasty as she was back in high school . . . and unfortunately, she’s just taken over as the local health inspector. Just minutes after eating at the Kebab Kitchen—where she’s tallied up a whole list of bogus violations—she falls down dead in the street. Word on the grapevine is it’s homicide, and Lucy’s the number one suspect . . .

Recipes included!

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About The Author

Tina Kashian spent her childhood summers at the New Jersey shore, building sandcastles, boogie boarding, and riding the boardwalk Ferris wheel. She also grew up in the restaurant business where her Armenian parents owned a restaurant for thirty years. She worked almost every job—rolling silverware and wiping down tables as a tween, to hosting and waitressing as a teenager.

After college, Tina worked as a NJ Deputy Attorney General, a patent attorney, and a mechanical engineer. Her love of reading fiction for pleasure helped her get through years of academia. Her law cases inspired an inquiring mind of crime, and since then, Tina has been hooked on mysteries. Tina still lives in New Jersey with her supportive husband and two young daughters. And yes, they eat hummus and spend summers at the Jersey shore. Tina loves to hear from readers. Please join her Newsletter to enter free contests to win books, get delicious recipes, and to learn when her books will be released.

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Book Review by Bree Herron

Taking me back to the Jersey Shore this book also fills my senses with delight. I was famished after reading the detailed food, I was enthralled with memories of the boardwalks and I had an eagerness to solve the mystery with Lucy!  This was certainly setting a series off on ոտք (foot).

Characters

Lucy comes home to her wonderful and colorful family. These members are quite the characters, with their zest for life and good food. Azad is Lucy’s former love, and I think there is hope for them. But Lucy is making new connections and friends throughout the book, even unexpected ones.

I really disliked the victim. I won’t share much but the author made me loathe her from the moment I read her. This is usually hard for me. I truly think many readers would say the same, and it will make you want to read the next book to see the victim alone.

Enjoyable Moments

This mystery was very detailed. I truly, felt like I was back in Jersey, taking in all the scents and smells. And enjoying the low-key off season. The food was amazing in my mind and there is plenty for me to try this summer on the grill. I also loved  how the author brought the Armenian culture to life in this book. It was beautifully done.

Setting

As you can see throughout this review I am in love with the setting. Give me a shore setting and the East Coast vibes.

Synoptic

Overall, this not your typical culinary mystery. There is culture, divine setting, family ties and Lucy. No other book has a Lucy like this Lucy. I could keep coming back for more! The mystery takes you for a twist and turn around the boardwalk, I really didn’t see it coming in the end. The author really did an outstanding job making the reader hungry for more!

I Rate it

Have you been to the shore? Where? If not where would you go?

**DISCLAIMER: I was provided an opportunity to read this book as an Advanced Reader Copy in return for a fair and honest review.

Giveaway

Lucky for you there is two ways to win a copy on this blog! You may enter for the tour giveaway here (giveaway 1). To win my giveaway simply comment on this post by 3/12/18.

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11 Comments

  1. Tina Kashian

    Thank you so much for hosting me and the wonderful review! Thanks also for the extra giveaway!

    Reply
  2. Amanda Wilcox

    I’m really looking forward to reading this book! Great review and thanks for the giveaway!

    Reply
  3. Kay Garrett

    Thank you for your review on “Hummus & Homicide” by Tina Kashian and being part of the book tour. I’m really excited about this book and can’t wait for the opportunity to read it.

    Reply
  4. Perrianne Askew

    Texas beaches are not the prettiest but we’ve been to Rockport, Padre Island and Galveston.

    Reply
  5. Caryn

    I have been to the shore, but in South Carolina. This book sounds right up my alley. Thanks for the chance to win.

    Reply
  6. Marla B

    This book sounds wonderful. Thanks for your review and the chance! mbradeen@yahoo.com

    Reply
  7. Kelly Braun

    Noshing on hummus now and enjoying this review. Looking forward to reading the book!
    Cheers~
    Kelly Braun

    Reply
  8. Jana Leah

    I’m looking forward to reading Lucy’s adventure.

    Reply
  9. Laura F.

    Thanks for the chance, Bree! This book looks like a great start of a new series. Great review~

    Reply
  10. Noah

    Looks like a great read! Saw it at the store today and almost got it.

    Reply
  11. Kara Vaughan Marks

    This sounds so good–I’d love to read it!

    Reply

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