Death of a Kitchen Diva: A Hayley Powell Food and Cocktails Mystery

Lee Hollis

ISBN 9780758277664
Publish Date 3/6/2012
Format ePub
Categories Mystery, Kensington Ebooks
List Price: $4.99

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Welcome to Bar Harbor, Maine, one of New England’s most idyllic coastal towns. But as new food writer Hayley Powell is about to find out, the occasional murder can take a bite out of seaside bliss…

Single mom Hayley Powell is barely keeping her leaking roof over her head when her boss at the Island Times gives her a new assignment—taking over the paper’s food column. Hayley’s not sure she has the chops—she’s an office manager, not a writer, even if her friends clamor for her mouth-watering potluck dishes. But the extra income is tempting, and Hayley’s chatty first column is suddenly on everyone’s menu—with one exception.

When rival food writer Karen Appelbaum is found face-down dead in a bowl of Hayley’s creamy clam chowder, all signs point to Hayley. To clear her name, she’ll have to enlist some help, including her BFFs, a perpetually pregnant lobster woman, and a glamorous real estate agent. As she whips up a list of suspects, Hayley discovers a juicy secret about the victim—and finds herself in a dangerous mix with a cold-blooded killer.

Includes seven delectable recipes from Hayley’s kitchen!

“What a delicious debut mystery!” –Laura Levine

“A delicious read that I ate up in one sitting.” –Isis Crawford

More Mouth-Watering Praise For Lee Hollis And Hayley Powell!

“Sleuth Hayley Powell slides down as easily as one of her Lemon Drop Martinis (recipe included) and readers will be calling for a second round from author Lee Hollis.” --Leslie Meier, author of Chocolate Covered Murder

“Delicious and satisfying. Another course, please.” –Carolyn Hart

More Mouth-Watering Praise For Lee Hollis And Hayley Powell!

“Sleuth Hayley Powell slides down as easily as one of her Lemon Drop Martinis (recipe included) and readers will be calling for a second round from author Lee Hollis.” --Leslie Meier, author of Chocolate Covered Murder

About Lee Hollis:

Lee Hollis is the pen name for a brother and sister writing team. Rick Copp is a veteran Hollywood writer/producer and also the author of three other mystery novel series under his own name and Lee Hollis. He lives in Palm Springs, CA. Holly Simason is an award-winning food and cocktails columnist who lives in North Carolina. You can follow them on Facebook (Lee Hollis), Twitter (@leehollisbooks) and Instagram (leehollisbooks).

Photo Credit: Lisa Gizara

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“A Light & Zany Cozy That Will Bowl You Over (Tuesday, July 3, 2012)
Reviewer: Nancy Narma

Hayley Powell, divorced Mom of Teens; Gemma and Dustin, and furry family member/Shih Tzu; Leroy, works as “Office manager” for one of Bar Harbor, Maine’s two newspapers, “The Island Tines”. She had enjoyed her job, but is now bored, and she can hardly make household ends meet. Hayley decides to ask her boss; Sal Moretti, for a raise. Blaming the economy for a decrease in readership, he says no. However, when 96 yr. old Home and Garden Columnist; Harriet Jenkins, retires from her post, Hayley is offered the position. Hayley stews after accepting, as she feels she’s not a writer and asks her brother; Randy (owner of the local hotspot/bar; “Drinks Like A Fish”) and her two best friends; “Forever Pregnant” and Lobster Co. owner; Mona Barnes and “Fashionista of Bar Harbor”; Liddy Crawford for advice. They offer encouragement but, with her first unique “Island Food and Spirits” column comes her Boss’s ire, grumbling from a perhaps jealous co-worker; Bruce Linney and a truly ticked-off cooking columnist from the rival paper; Karen Applebaum. Karen figured when Hattie retired, the Times would drop the column, so discontent and discord started to brew. After a flustered Hayley met an irate Karen in the local bank, Hayley , in her haste to leave the confrontation, hit the tall, hunky groundskeeper for wealthy Edgar Hollingsworth; Lex Bansfield, who was striding across the crosswalk with her car! She whisks him to the emergency room and while waiting as he gets treated, tries the mediocre-at-best hospital fare and decides her Mother’s recipe for New England Clam Chowder would be the highlight of the next column. After coaxing the recipe from her paranoid Mama and writing it on an old lottery ticket, she scurries to the store for ingredients. Whose cart does she run into? Karen Applebaum’s! Everything spills out of her purse, including the prized recipe, which is picked up by Karen and used in her own column. Shocked and upset, Hayley continues to put the chowder recipe in her column as well. The showdown comes at the Library Bake Sale when push comes to shove, complete with a heat of the moment threat. Later, Hayley receives an email from Karen, apologizing and inviting Hayley to her house to discuss their food columns. Hayley is surprised but goes, hoping for a truce. She arrives and finds the house dark, the front door unlocked, and Karen dead in the kitchen, face down in a bowl of clam chowder. Who could have committed this heinous crime? All fingers point to Hayley, noting their public disputes, and especially when evidence is discovered. But did she despise Karen that much? Or was it Karen’s unscrupulous ex-husband; Martin Applebaum? Perhaps Lex Bansfield or Bruce Linney had motives? You’ll especially enjoy Brazilian- Born Police chief/ Randy’s Boyfriend; Sergio Alvares, with his “Ricky Ricardo-ness”. The Author has included recipes in this volume, from Randy’s famous “Lemon Drop Martini” to the highlighted “New England Clam Chowder” and beyond. I enjoyed this light and zany cozy and look forward to Hayley’s next adventure, coming to us in November, 2012--a chapter from which has been included at the end of the book to whet our appetites. Nancy Narma

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