Cookin’ the Books. By Amy Patricia Meade. Mar. 2019. 208p. Severn, $28.99 (9780727888495); e-book (9781448301829)

Starting a second career by founding a catering business is not simple; mix in murder, and Tish Tarragon is in for a rocky introduction to the tight-knit community of Hobson Glen. When Tish is asked to cater the biggest library fund-raising event of the year by the finicky director, Binnie, she thinks her Cookin’ the Books Café and catering business is off to a great start. But things sure turn sour when Binnie dies in the middle of the event after eating her meal! With strong, supportive friendships and a budding romance, Tish races to solve the murder before her business dreams burn up in the frying pan. 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.