Stabbed in the Baklava
Lucy Berberian has taken over her family’s Mediterranean restaurant on the Jersey Shore after an unsatisfying stint at a Philadelphia law firm. It’s great to be back in her old beach town, even if she’s turning into a seasoned sleuth . . .
Catering a high-society wedding should bring in some big income for Kebab Kitchen—and raise its profile too. But it’s not exactly good publicity when the best man winds up skewered like a shish kebab. Worse yet, Lucy’s ex, Azad—who’s the restaurant’s new head chef—is the prime suspect. But she doesn’t give a fig what the cops think. He may have killer looks, but he’s no murderer. She just needs to prove his innocence, before he has to go on the lamb . . .
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
Second book in the series, but reads easily as a stand alone. Lucy is preparing for a large catering job, no sweat it’s only her chance to prove she can handle running the business. Divas are tough to work for but their assistants can be vicious as we see in this book, as Lucy and crew get hounded at times. What was a great point in this book was Lucy’s chance to shine for Azad, as he was certain to look like the prime suspect. I liked reading this book and have grown fond of the setting and Lucy.
Lucy’s mom shined in many moments for me in this book. She was outspoken and fun in many scenes. Let’s just say she is an outspoken lady with opinions to make you smile!
I could easily eat the pages of this book if they tasted like the foods mentioned. It makes me hungry just writing about it. I am a huge fan of Greek style food and the ones we get tempted with sound amazing!
Weddings and murder are a perfect mix. Ocean Crest, NJ is one of those charming towns that cozy readers expect and the community, secondary characters make it a home. I love the diva wedding and bad man plot, as it added some spunk to the story in my opinion.
Lucy is evolving into quite the sleuth, and I am eager to see more of her skills! This book had all the makings of a delightful cozy mystery; food, murder, charm. Overall, a good read and one that will have readers ready for more.
I love the family business in this series, have you had a family business or dreamed of one?
**DISCLAIMER: I was provided an opportunity to read this book as an Advanced Reader Copy in return for a fair and honest review.
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