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Saturday, March 10, 2018

Hummus and Homicide

Hummus and Homicide (A Kebab Kitchen Mystery)
by Tina Kashian

About the Book

Hummus and Homicide (A Kebab Kitchen Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Kensington (February 27, 2018)
Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1496713476
Digital ASIN: B071FLH733

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!

What I Thought:

This is the first in a new series, The Kabab Kitchen, and the first that I have read by this author.  I really enjoyed this story because the author described the detail of the book so well, it actually felt like I was there.  Lucy leaves her job at a Philadelphia law firm and goes back home to Ocean Crest.  She is working in her families restaurant, the Kabab Kitchen, when her High School rival, Heather, who is the health inspector comes to inspect the Kabab Kitchen.  Of course, she drops dead after sampling the food, and Lucy is the number one suspect.  Of course she has to clear her name, so she sets out to reveal who the real killer is.  This one was very well wrtten and flowed really well.  I enjoyed the setting and also the characters, who were very likable and very well developed.  There were many twists and turns in this one to keep me guessing and turning the pages.  I look forward to more in this sereis.

I received a complimentary copy of this book.

About the Author

Tina Kashian spent her childhood summers at the New Jersey shore, building sand castles, 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 law cases inspired an inquiring mind of crime, and since then, Tina has been hooked on mysteries. The Kebab Kitchen Cozy Mystery series launches with Hummus and Homicide, followed by Stabbed in the Baklava and One Feta in the Grave by Kensington Books. Tina still lives in New Jersey with her supportive husband and two
young daughters. Please visit and 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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