The second instalment in the Tish Tarragon Culinary Mystery Series, coming to ebook & UK hardback 31 May and US/Canada hardcover September 1.
Literary caterer Letitia ‘Tish’ Tarragon is preparing her English Secret Garden-themed luncheon for Coleton Creek’s annual garden club awards, but when she is taken on a tour of some of the top contenders with the garden club’s president, Jim Ainsley, Tish is surprised at how seriously the residents take the awards – and how desperate they are to win. Wealthy, retired businessman Sloane Shackleford has won the coveted best garden category five years in a row, but he and his Bichon Frise, Biscuit, are universally despised. When Sloane’s bludgeoned body is discovered in his pristine garden, Tish soon learns that he was disliked for reasons that go beyond his green fingers. Have the hotly contested awards brought out a competitive and murderous streak in one of the residents?
The first Tish Tarragon culinary mystery, now available everywhere!
Literary caterer Letitia ‘Tish’ Tarragon fights to save her reputation and catch a killer when a murder occurs during a fundraising dinner for the local library. Letitia ‘Tish’ Tarragon has just moved to Hobson Glen and opened a new restaurant and catering business, Cookin’ the Books Cafe. So when her new landlord, Schulyer Thompson, recommends her to Binnie Broderick, the executive director of the local library, Tish is delighted. Binnie needs a last-minute caterer to create a literary inspired three-course dinner for the library’s annual fundraiser, one of the highlights of Hobson Glen’s social season. But there’s a problem: Binnie Broderick is a notoriously difficult woman to please. And when she chokes to death from arsenic poisoning after dousing her main course in hot sauce, Tish suddenly finds herself fighting to save her business – and her reputation. It seems that very few of Hobson Glen’s residents escaped Binnie’s disapproval. But who would want her dead, and why?
Reviews for COOKIN” THE BOOKS
“From the pun-filled title to the literature-inspired food, cozy-mystery fans will love Meade’s newest novel. The full cast of characters creates a robust community that will make bibliophiles want to travel to Hobson Glen, Virginia, and partake in some tasty literary delights. Readers of Rita Mae Brown and Joanne Fluke should be excited by this new series.” – Booklist
“Fans of food-themed cozies full of literary puns will be satisfied.” – Publishers Weekly
“Pleasing characters and a challenging mystery.” – Kirkus Reviews
“A fairly straightforward plot with a neat twist at the end, good characters, and a well-drawn location make for a good read.”- The Bookbag
“A thoroughly enjoyable read, good solid mystery, and interesting characters. I would definitely recommend this book.” – Goodreads Reviewer
“I loved the characters in this! There are so many secrets in this small town. And they are all about to come tumbling out of the closet! I highly recommend this one and I hope there will be more! Well Done! – Goodreads Reviewer