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Hummus and Homicide (A Kebab Kitchen Mystery) Mass Market Paperback – February 27, 2018
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Fast moving, with a great plot, and yummy recipes in the back of the book, "Hummus and Homicide" is a book you'll want to add to your reading list!
--Lisa K's Book Reviews
About the Author
Tina Kashian, previously published as Tina Gabrielle, is an Amazon bestselling author, an attorney, and a former mechanical engineer whose love of reading for pleasure helped her get through years of academia. Tina spent her childhood summers at the Jersey shore building sandcastles, boogie boarding, and riding the boardwalk Ferris wheel. She also grew up in the restaurant business, as her Armenian parents owned a restaurant for thirty years. Tina’s books have been Barnes & Noble top picks, and her first book, Lady of Scandal, was nominated as Best First Historical Romance by RT Book Reviews. Please visit her website at www.tinakashian.com to join her newsletter, receive delicious recipes, enter contests, and more!
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Lucy is one great character. I loved that she came home to her parents when things didn't work out for her as a lawyer. It felt comfortable for her to be back home and be surrounded by an amazing family. Her parents were so sweet and gracious that I wanted them to adopt me. Rumors start to swirl that the family business is being put up for sale. I think that kind of shocked Lucy and made her start thinking of how important the restaurant is to the family.
As in every cozy mystery there is always a murder and I try to figure out who the victim will be. The hints are there in the story but it sure does start an avalanche of trouble for Lucy and her family. I know if I had an inspection coming up, I would make sure everything was so clean you could eat off the floor. The inspection should be no worries for the Kebab Kitchen since they always pass with flying colors. What they are not prepared for is someone dying after eating at the restaurant. Lucy is determined to get her name off the suspect list and keep the restaurant open.
I wont go into more details because you need to read the book to see how gifted the author is.I do want to mention one thing. The details of a poison in the story was like hearing it from an expert. The author's research is profound and I learned a lot about the subject. It was extremely fascinating and valuable to the story line. Her writing is outstanding as the murder investigation heats up. I really thought I knew who did it, but was so surprised when the guilty person was revealed. It is an adventure that takes you behind the scenes of how a restaurant works to the different shops in town that made the town so quaint. Is someone trying to give Kebab Kitchen a bad name? Will Lucy escape harm as her life is put in danger? I did really enjoy the hint of several interested men that have taken a shine to Lucy. It is a bit of a cliffhanger for me which I will be anxiously awaiting to be answered in the next book. I leave you with a high recommendation to grab this book, settle down with some snacks and get ready for an exciting journey. Don't miss the recipes at the end of the story.
I received a copy of this book from The Great Escapes Virtual Book Tour. The review is my own opinion.
Lucy and her family felt like very real people, and I enjoyed following along in Lucy’s footsteps as she searched for a killer. It was a good start to a new series with just enough personal drama to add to the mystery, but not distract from it.
I also really enjoyed the food descriptions in this one. I love hummus, and would love to find a place with a hummus bar like the Kebob Kitchen!
There’s a little romance along the way but the book focuses mainly on the mystery, which draws you in with an appealing cast of central characters and a growing list of suspects. I loved it!
I had not heard of and did not know what hummus was until I think I was in my 20's. Up until my husband developed a taste for hummus in all its glorious flavor possibilities did it become a staple in our kitchen. (I think we have three varieties in the fridge right now!) Up until recently, the majority of my experience with hummus was from the movie You Don't Mess With the Zohan, where hummus (which the movie mostly pronounced "hoo-moose") was at least equal to gorilla tape in versatility. So this is what goes through my head each time I see, read about or eat hummus! :D
The recipes and the story of Hummus and Homicide both had my mouth watering! Although, unlike Lucy, who had a perfectly good reason for leaving a good job in a big city, I probably would have left the job and gone home, just because it was in a big city. (Yup, I'm a small-town gal.)
And that Heatther Banks is a piece of work, isn't wasn't she? Giving Lucy's family's restaurant a particularly spurious health inspection because of a high-school rivalry? If she weren't, you know, dead, I'd like to wag my finger at her and say, "Grow up, already!" And then, she has the gall to come in to eat at the restaurant the next day, bellying up to the hummus bar and sampling every variety. I'd be whipping my phone out and setting up a video recording (complete with time and date stamp) to show Heather eating there after giving the restaurant a bad inspection as proof against her report. Or, maybe she was just setting up the family in order to extort money from them to change the report. It wouldn't be the first time.
I also l.o.v.e.d. the fact that Lucy had not one, but TWO men interested in her. The first was an ex-fiance who had broken up with her several years previously (to the start of the book), and the second was the Harley-riding son of the business owner (the dad being rumored to be involved with the mob) next door. I really didn't know whose team to be on (Team Ex or Team Biker) until the ex became huffy when Lucy said she was thinking of hanging around and taking over the restaurant herself. I don't know about Lucy, but I was firmly on the back of the motorcycle then!
Hummus comes to a great conclusion for the first book in a new series. The resolution of the murder is well done, and enough open questions are left for many stories to come! In fact, just sitting here thinking, I think Ms. Kashian has done one of the better jobs I've seen at providing enough information to satisfy reader appetites for a good story, while keeping enough in reserve to have readers wanting seconds (thirds, etc....)
Two more books are in the works for this series so far, Stabbed in the Baklava and One Feta in the Grave (LOVE those titles!). I think I'll warm up some pita bread and whip me up a couple hummus recipes before then...*wink* *wink*.
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