Mousse and Murder (An Alaskan Diner Mystery)
by Elizabeth Logan
About Mousse and Murder
Mousse and Murder (An Alaskan Diner Mystery)
1st in Series
Publisher: Berkley (May 5, 2020)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
Kindle ASIN: B07WCZPZY7
A young chef might bite off more than she can chew when she returns to her Alaskan hometown to take over her parents’ diner in this charming first installment in a new cozy mystery series set in an Alaskan tourist town.
When Chef Charlie Cooke is offered the chance to leave San Francisco and return home to Elkview, Alaska, to take over her mother’s diner, she doesn’t even consider saying no. After all–her love life has recently become a Love Life Crumble, and a chance to reconnect with her roots may be just what she needs.
Determined to bring fresh life and flavors to the Bear Claw Diner, Charlie starts planning changes to the menu, which has grown stale over the years. But her plans are fried when her head cook Oliver turns up dead after a bitter and public fight over Charlie’s ideas–leaving Charlie as the only suspect in the case.
With her career, freedom, and life all on thin ice, Charlie must find out who the real killer is, before it’s too late.
About Elizabeth Logan
Guest Post by the Author
by Camille Minichino/Elizabeth Logan
How many times have we been asked: Which authors have inspired you?
The question can be posed to both writers and readers. I’m responding here as both: Louisa May Alcott and Eve Curie, two authors who may seem to have nothing in common, but have inspired me in ways none have since.
Most of my writer friends tell of how they were read to as a child, or that they were hooked on Nancy Drew as preteens, or they went to the library every week if not more often.
But Little Women was the first and only book I read that wasn’t a schoolbook, until I was in college. Reading was discouraged in my house unless it was homework. Neither of my parents had the luxury of even a grade school education. To them, reading was a sign of laziness; you’d be better off doing something productive, like washing the kitchen curtains or airing out the rugs. I’m not even sure how I happened upon a copy of the book.
Whatever critics or scholars have said is the theme/message/quest of Little Women, Alcott taught me that words and stories could move the reader to emotion as surely as a real-life drama.
I’m sure I wasn’t the first to dissolve into tears at Beth’s death, or to root for Jo as if she were my BFF whom I’d known all my life. It’s strange to me now that I didn’t learn from that experience. It took several years for it to dawn on me that other books might be similarly rewarding.
I was in college and came across a biography of Marie Curie in the science library. It was written by her younger daughter, Eve (the daughter who was not a radiation scientist, and who lived to 103!). Eve’s book became the second book I read that wasn’t a schoolbook.
In Madame Curie, Eve Curie gave us her mother’s story, in words, without equations, and I found it fascinating. So what if she included only the most flattering, romantic picture of her parents, their life in the laboratory, and their great successes in science. There would be many other biographies to give a more complete picture of their personal life.
This second “unrequired reading” set me on the path, finally, to seek other stories, until now my bookcases overflow and my list of “favorite authors” is endless.
But it was Louisa May Alcott and Eve Curie who taught me that books could provide not only information, but interesting stories, and valuable emotional connections.
Only a few decades later, I decided to try writing my own stories.
The first book in my new series, The Alaskan Diner Mysteries, is my 26th published cozy mystery. I still haven’t come close to Alcott and Curie, but I’ll keep trying.
Camille Minichino is turning every aspect of her life into a mystery series. A retired physicist, she’s the author of 28 mystery novels in 5 series, with different pen names. Her next book is “Mousse and Murder,” May 2020, by Elizabeth Logan. She’s also written many short stories and articles. She teaches science at Golden Gate U. in San Francisco and writing workshops around the SF Bay Area. Details are at www.minichino.com.
Website – http://www.minichino.com
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/camille.minichino
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