Author Guest Post
The Ultimate in Kitchen Envy
One of the great joys of writing cozy culinary mysteries is, of course, writing about food. But even better is engaging in kitchen envy without any shame. In the Cape Cod Foodie mysteries, our heroine, Samantha Barnes, is a disgraced but resilient ex-chef who has retreated to her hometown on Cape Cod to live in her Aunt Ida’s falling down house – and cook in her equally dilapidated kitchen. But that doesn’t mean a girl can’t dream…
In the latest Cape Cod Foodie mystery, MURDER IS NO PICNIC, here’s Sam falling in love with the kitchen of the great cookbook writer and retired restaurateur, Clara Foster:
“I, um, want, I mean, love your kitchen,” I said desperately but honestly.
The kitchen, divided from the rest of the space by a long marble-topped island, made me salivate with envy. Six-burner Viking gas stove, sleek Miele fridge, acres of countertop. But the best, the absolute best, was the waist-high open-hearth fireplace with an obviously well-used grilling rack. The last time I’d seen open hearths in home kitchens was in Italy, where they are used for cucina rustica, or country cooking. How else would you grill your bistecca alla fiorentina on a cold winter’s night?
Clara saw the open longing on my face, I’m sure. My open longings, as well as practically every other feeling I have, often show on my face. Once, when Jenny scolded her youngest, Evan, otherwise known as Thing Three, for a case of the sulks, I heard him say, “I didn’t mean to do that face out loud.” Well, that’s me. I have an out-loud face. And in this case, my face was saying out loud, Why can’t I have an open hearth in my kitchen? And Clara totally got it.
And, Friends, so do I. In my next life, I am absolutely going to have an open hearth in my kitchen!
About Murder is No Picnic
Murder Is No Picnic (A Cape Cod Foodie Mystery)
3rd in Series
Setting – Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Publisher : Berkley (June 7, 2022)
Mass Market Paperback : 336 pages
ISBN-10 : 0593199189
ISBN-13 : 978-0593199183
Digital ASIN : B09K66BGZF
The Fourth of July is coming, and for professional food lover Samantha Barnes, it’s all about the picnic. Okay, and the fireworks. And the parade. But mostly the picnic. What could be better than a DIY clambake followed by the best blueberry buckle in the world? Sam has finally found the perfect recipe in the kitchen of Clara Foster, famed cookbook author and retired restaurateur, and she’s thrilled when Clara agrees to a buckle baking lesson.
But when Clara dies in a house fire blamed on carelessness in the kitchen, Sam doesn’t believe it. Unfortunately, her doubts set in motion an investigation pointing to the new owner of Clara’s legendary restaurant—and a cousin of Sam’s harbormaster boyfriend. So, in between researching the Cape’s best lobster rolls and planning her clambake, Sam needs to find Clara’s killer before the fireworks really start….
About Amy Pershing
Amy Pershing, who spent every summer of her childhood on Cape Cod, was an editor, a restaurant reviewer and a journalist before leading employee communications at a global bank. A few years ago she waved goodbye to Wall Street to write full time. Murder Is No Picnic is the third of the Cape Cod Foodie mysteries featuring Samantha Barnes, a disgraced but resilient ex-chef who retreats home to Cape Cod where she finds herself juggling a new job as the local paper’s “Cape Cod Foodie,” a complicated love life, a posse of just-slightly-odd friends, a falling-down house, a ginormous dog and a propensity for falling over dead bodies. Elizabeth Gilbert called the first book in the series, A Side of Murder, “the freshest, funniest mystery I have ever read,” and Kirkus Reviews gave the second book, An Eggnog to Die For, a starred review, saying, “A delightful sleuth, a complex mystery, and lovingly described cuisine: a winner for both foodies and mystery mavens.”
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