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Three Treats Too Many (A Sarah Blair Mystery)
by Debra H. Goldstein

About Three Treats Too Many


Three Treats Too Many (A Sarah Blair Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Publisher: Kensington (August 25, 2020)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-10: 1496719492
ISBN-13: 978-1496719492
Digital ASIN: B082WRV78G

When a romantic rival opens a competing restaurant in small-town Wheaton, Alabama, Sarah Blair discovers murder is the specialty of the house . . .

 

For someone whose greatest culinary skill is ordering takeout, Sarah never expected to be co-owner of a restaurant. Even her Siamese cat, RahRah, seems to be looking at her differently. But while Sarah and her twin sister, Chef Emily, are tangled up in red tape waiting for the building inspector to get around to them, an attention-stealing new establishment—run by none other than Sarah’s late ex-husband’s mistress, Jane—is having its grand opening across the street.

 

Jane’s new sous chef, Riley Miller, is the talk of Wheaton with her delicious vegan specialties. When Riley is found dead outside the restaurant with Sarah’s friend, Jacob, kneeling over her, the former line cook—whose infatuation with Riley was no secret—becomes the prime suspect. Now Sarah must turn up the heat on the real culprit, who has no reservations about committing cold-blooded murder . . .

 

Includes quick and easy recipes!

 

Guest Post by the Author

Cooking from Scratch – why bother? by Debra H. Goldstein

 

When I look at the beautiful made-from-scratch salads, pies, and other dishes pictured in magazines or on blogs, I salivate. Unfortunately, cooking from scratch frightens me. Consequently, I do anything to avoid a kitchen.

 

I attribute my kitchen phobia to an elementary school cooking class. We were divided into groups and tasked with making a rhubarb crisp. Our teacher, who seemed ancient but was probably around fifty years old, explained the recipe and warned us to be careful because part of the rhubarb plant is poisonous. Sadly, by the time we went to make our dish, no one in our group could remember if it was the stalks or leaves that would kill us.

 

We went ahead with our cooking, petrified at taking the required bite of the final product. The four of us shuddered at the thought of dying in school, while wondering if the teacher would be upset. Our first solution, burning our rhubarb crisp, failed to get us an “A” or out of tasting our food. What could we do with the teacher hovering over everyone in the classroom to make sure we each sampled our rhubarb crisp? Perhaps it was foreshadowing of my career to come, but I devised the plan to save us from certain death. Our group each stabbed a forkful of rhubarb crisp under our teacher’s watchful eye, but when she glanced at another group of students, we tossed our tastes under the metal prep tables where we sat.

 

It worked, but from that day on cooking from scratch terrified me. Consequently, when I began writing Kensington’s Sarah Blair series, I not only imparted by fear of the kitchen to Sarah, I worked a rhubarb crisp into the story. I also gave Sarah some of the workarounds I use to feed my family and friends.

 

In One Taste Too Many, the first book in the series, two of Sarah’s recipes are Jell-O in a Can and Spinach Pie made with Stouffers Spinach Souffle. Two Bites Too Many featured Sarah’s Sweet Potato Puffs the Convenient Way and a Howellian Catnip Wine Spritzer. E’s Crock-pot Butternut Squash Soup, found in Three Treats Too Many, by its very title is a Sarah recipe.

Thanks to the pre-made ingredients in each of these recipes, I know I’m not offering anyone anything to eat or drink that will kill them. At least, I think I’m not.

 

The actual proof of this has been, as they say, in the pudding. During the past few months, when I’ve talked to groups about the Sarah Blair series, the snacks served often come from my recipes. Even though none of my featured dishes are made from scratch, I think you’ll agree some, like the pictured Jell-O in a Can, look surprisingly good.

 

Do you have any easy recipes or cooking tips you’d like to share with Sarah (which means me)?

About Debra H. Goldstein

Judge Debra H. Goldstein writes Kensington’s Sarah Blair mystery series (One Taste Too Many, Two Bites Too Many, Three Treats Too Many). She also wrote Should Have Played Poker and IPPY winning Maze in Blue. Her short stories, including Anthony and Agatha nominated The Night They Burned Ms. Dixie’s Place and Derringer Finalist Pig Lickin’ Good, have appeared in numerous publications. Debra serves on the national boards of SinC and MWA and is president of SEMWA.

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