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One Taste Too Many (A Sarah Blair Mystery)
by Debra H. Goldstein
About the Book
One Taste Too Many (A Sarah Blair Mystery)
1st in Series
Kensington (December 18, 2018)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
Digital ASIN: B07CDCZXLP
For culinary challenged Sarah Blair, there’s only one thing scarier than cooking from scratch—murder!
Married at eighteen, divorced at twenty‑eight, Sarah Blair reluctantly swaps her luxury lifestyle for a cramped studio apartment and a law firm receptionist job in the tired hometown she never left. With nothing much to show for the last decade but her feisty Siamese cat, RahRah, and some clumsy domestic skills, she’s the polar opposite of her bubbly twin, Emily—an ambitious chef determined to take her culinary ambitions to the top at a local gourmet restaurant . . .
Sarah knew starting over would be messy. But things fall apart completely when her ex drops dead, seemingly poisoned by Emily’s award-winning rhubarb crisp. Now, with RahRah wanted by the woman who broke up her marriage and Emily wanted by the police for murder, Sarah needs to figure out the right recipe to crack the case before time runs out. Unfortunately, for a gal whose idea of good china is floral paper plates, catching the real killer and living to tell about it could mean facing a fate worse than death—being in the kitchen!
Includes quick and easy recipes!
Character Guest Post
All About Me by RahRah as told to Debra H. Goldstein
When William Taft Blair came home and told me he wanted a divorce, I was stunned. Glancing around the living room of our large home, which we were still decorating because he wanted everything to be just right, I barely took in his words. How could he be in love with another woman? He told me her name was Jane Clark, but ever since that day I only call her Bimbo.
My name is Sarah Blair. I married Bill at eighteen. Now, I’m twenty-eight, divorced, working as a law firm receptionist, and living in an efficiency apartment in Wheaton, Alabama with my chocolate pointe Siamese cat, RahRah. RahRah is the only thing Bill let me keep after our divorce. He probably wouldn’t have done that, but cats are one of the many things Bill is allergic to. When his mother died before our divorce was finalized and Bill inherited RahRah, he had to quickly find someone to keep him. I was a no-brainer. He knew as much as I adored his mother and RahRah, I wouldn’t say “no.”
He was right. My twin sister, Emily, thought I was crazy doing anything to help Bill out. But, if I hadn’t, it would have been RahRah who suffered. I’m glad to have him as company. I knew starting over would be difficult, but I never envisioned quite how hard it would be even with the wonderful support I get from my mother, Emily, and my kind boss, Harlan Endicott.
Considering I’ve been learning on the job, Harlan has been a saint. The truth is that some of my office and domestic skills need improvement. I’m getting a handle on the typing and filing, but I’m still a disaster in the kitchen. Let’s just say I’m a cook of convenience. My best dishes are take-out ones I bring in or things I make from already prepared items. If I don’t say so myself, my Stouffer’s spinach pie is pretty good.
My cooking is another thing about me Emily can’t understand. She’s a gourmet chef who knew that’s what she wanted to be from a young age. She couldn’t wait to graduate high school and study at the Culinary Institute of America. Since she completed her training, she’s worked hard to move up the ranks at fine dining establishments in major cities like New York and San Francisco. I never expected her to come back home, but when her friend, Chef Marcus, opened a white table-clothed restaurant in Wheaton, she came back to help him. Her goal is to be named his sous chef.
Because Emily has lots of competition, including Bimbo, she’s worried. She shouldn’t be. Emily is the most talented chef in the group. I keep assuring her that after the big food expo and competition at the civic center this weekend, everyone will know.
There’s only one slight problem. Last night, at the civic center, Emily found Bill dead. The police think she did it. I’m going to find out who really killed him. I must. Not only is she my sister, but if I can’t find the killer, I may have to take her place during the food competition. For me, being in a kitchen is a fate worse than death.
About the Author
Judge Debra H. Goldstein’s new Sarah Blair cozy mystery series debuts from Kensington Press debuts with One Taste Too Many. She also is the author of Should Have Played Poker: a Carrie Martin and the Mah Jongg Players Mystery and the 2012 IPPY Award-winning Maze in Blue. Besides novels, Debra writes short stories. Her short story, The Night They Burned Ms. Dixie’s Place, Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine (May/June 2017) is an Agatha Award Short Story Nominee. In addition to being the Sisters in Crime Guppy President, Debra serves on the national Sisters in Crime board and is Vice-President of the Southeast Region of Mystery Writers of America.
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