Cooking Up Crime
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Beat Until Stiff
by Claire M. Johnson
At work very early one morning, pastry chef Mary Ryan steps on a laundry bag stuffed with the dead body of one of her employees. The investigation soon exposes all the dirty secrets that the food business would like to keep secret. Events begin to spiral that in time take out the restaurant's celebrity chef and force Mary to use her unique skills to uncover a poisonous scheme.
Death by Darjeeling
by Laura Childs
Charleston resident Theodosia Browning is caught in mystery when a garden party she is catering turns into a murder scene.
Death is Semisweet
by Lou Jane Temple
When Heaven Lee's longtime friend starts a new business as a chocolatier after a divorce, Heaven is surprised and delighted to find out that Stephanie is getting back to her family roots with her new enterprise. The pair's excitement turns suspicious when a giant blimp advertising the 50th anniversary of the rival chocolate store is shot down almost directly on top of Stephanie's new store, its pilot dead before he hits the ground. Is this terrible event a direct threat to Heaven's friend's new business? Or is it all just a big coincidence?
by Diane Mott Davidson
Catering a holiday breakfast for the local library staff, Goldy Schultz is shocked to see a supposedly dead woman who is believed to be Goldy's ex-husband's killer, an encounter that precedes the murder of a high-end map dealer.
The 27 Ingredient Chili Con Carne Murders
by Nancy Pickard
Widowed Eugenia Potter is cooking in her Maine cottage when she receives an urgent call from her ranch manager, Ricardo Ortega, requesting her immediate return to Arizona. Upon her arrival the following day, both Ricardo and his granddaughter Linda are missing and no one knows why Eugenia was summoned.