Marinating in Murder

  • Author: Linda Wiken
  • Publisher: Berkley
  • Print Length: 300 pages
  • Release Date: March 6, 2018
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Book Summary

The third in a delicious series featuring a dinner club that tries out new recipes–while trying to catch a killer

The Culinary Capers Dinner Club is planning a fall picnic for their next meeting. What could be better than sharing delicious food with friends under a beautiful autumn sky? But when club member Alison Malkovich opens the back of her SUV to load in the picnic supplies, she finds a dead body. To make things worse, it’s the body of her ex-husband, and now she’s the prime suspect. Because Alison is a police officer, she is suspended and warned not to do any investigating of her own. That’s not about to stop J.J. and the Culinary Capers gang though. They know that Alison is innocent, and after all, they do have some experience solving crimes.

<h2><span class="wrap"><span class="inner">About The Author</span></span></h2>

For 14 years, Linda Wiken owned the mystery specialty store, Prime Crime Books in Ottawa, ON. It was with sadness and a sense of anticipation that she closed the store in 2010. Now, she’s embarked on a life of crime between the pages. Her first novel in the Ashton Corners Book Club mysteries, A Killer Read, was published April, 2012 as her alter ego, Erika Chase, and was shortlisted for an Agatha Award for Best First Novel at the Malice Domestic conference. There are now five books in the series.She embarked on a new writing adventure this year as the real Linda Wiken with another series, the Dinner Club Mysteries, also from Berkley Prime Crime.

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Book Review by Bree Herron

Pack up and join the dinner club. And joining this club means you also get to help solve some delicious mysteries. I really enjoyed reading this novel full of good food, great characters, and a mind twisting mystery.


J.J. and the Culinary Capers are on the case in this book. One thing about the characters at the reader can really start to enjoy them all and even decide if they like a caper more than J.J. I really like J.J. but Alison was a neat gal to know as well. Shucks for her that the husband was in her car dead. It happens to the most innocent of people, and the group certainly work to solve this mystery.  

Enjoyable Moments

Not to sound morbid, but finding a body of your husband in the back of your vehicle tops my list of moments in a story. I really think that I would have just dropped dead if that happened to me, but it also sets up for a really good case. I thought that the author created great detours from the truth, we were given lots of routes to the answer.


I would be happy in Vermont. It is a beautiful state, and though it is probably discussed more in the first novel, readers to get an idea for the area in the setting. Adding the picnic and fall season makes me swoon, these two of my favorite things.  The perfect setting to envision is a beautiful fall day and this book gives you that, even with a body.


Readers can read this book as a stand alone, though you might miss some of the budding relationships that are built in other books. I really love J.J. and the club. Though they are a dinner club, they are also sleuthing to solve mysteries and that is something that goes great with good food. Enjoy a glass of sparkling water, and a delightful appetizer while you read and indulge in this book!

I Rate it

Have you ever been part of a dinner club?

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

<h2><span class="inner">Giveaway</span></h2>

One person who comments on this post will win a copy of the book! Good luck, my fellow readers.

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  1. Gloria Browning

    I admit I am not a lobster eater, but I would enjoy starting the series. Thanks for the opportunity.

  2. Autumn Trapani

    I have not been part of a dinner club. Recently I tried to join one, but for a variety of reasons it has not gotten off the ground. Thanks for the giveaway – this sounds like a fun book!

    • Bree Herron

      Congrats Autumn you were the randomly chosen winner! Please check your inbox!

  3. Becky Richardson

    Oh my! This sounds wonderful and I love the cover.

  4. Kay Garrett

    Thank you for your wonderful review on “Marinating in Murder” by Linda Wiken. I have this book on my TBR list and would love the opportunity to read it.

    I have never been part of a dinner club but I think it would be fun to do. I love to cook and bake but with just the two of us (one who thinks if it’s not broken don’t fix it so why try something new 🙂 ) there isn’t much chance to try new dishes that I think you could by having or going to a dinner club event.

  5. Dianne Casey

    Would love to read this book. Sounds like a great read.

  6. Laura F.

    I’ve always wanted to be a part of a supper club. It sounds like so much fun.

  7. Kara Vaughan Marks

    Oh, how I’d love to read this! Ty for the giveaway, [email protected]

  8. Karen Surprenant

    A setting in Vermont? I love that state! The cover of the book is fantastic!
    I plan on reading this book.

  9. Maryann

    This sounds like a book I would enjoy reading. I love the idea of a dinner club!

  10. Faith Creech

    Would love to read this book. The cover is so cute. Thanks for the chance at the giveaway.

  11. Leslie Lawrence

    A dinner club sounds interesting. Love the idea cover. Thanks for the chance.

  12. Jennifer Hansen

    thank you for the giveaway (parkeremma2003 at yahoo dot com)

  13. Bree Herron

    Giveaway is now closed and winner will be contacted shortly.


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