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Lucy Berberian is busy preparing her family’s Mediterranean restaurant for Easter on the Jersey Shore—but a batch of sweets is to die for…
Bikers are thundering into the seaside town of Ocean Crest for the annual Bikers on the Beach gathering that raises funds for injured veterans. It’s a big boost for the Kebab Kitchen, as well as for local businesses like Melanie Haven’s candy shop. But Melanie is about to find herself in a sticky situation.
When Melanie and Lucy attend a beach bonfire, a local landlord is found dead after apparently choking on a piece of saltwater taffy. Melanie, who was known to have a contentious relationship with the victim, is quickly skewered as the prime suspect. But Lucy is determined to prove her friend’s innocence before the real killer coasts free…
Write What You Know
Thank you for inviting me to chat with your readers about my new release, “On the Lamb.” It’s the fourth book in my Kebab Kitchen Mediterranean mystery series.
People often ask me why I chose to write my Kebab Kitchen cozy mysteries. I’m told other authors are asked this question as well. For me, it was simple. I took the advice of “Write What You Know” to heart and my series was born.
My Kebab Kitchen Mystery series takes place at a Mediterranean restaurant at the Jersey shore. I grew up in the restaurant business where my Armenian-American parents owned a restaurant for thirty years in a small South Jersey town. I loved the delicious aromas of simmering grape leaves, stuffed peppers and tomatoes, and shish kebab. I worked almost every job—rolling silverware and wiping down tables as a tween, to hosting and waitressing as a teenager. I enjoyed working at the restaurant—chatting with the customers, gossiping with the waitstaff, and even the temperamental cooks.
I also have personal experiences at the Jersey shore. Ever since I was a little girl, my parents vacationed there. We now have two young girls, and we still take them to the Jersey shore every summer.
I never would have imagined that I’d be on the fourth book in my series, but here I am. I still love writing each book. Why? I will never admit that some of my characters are people I know or knew. Hush! It’s my secret.
In “On the Lamb,” Lucy is invited to a beach bonfire with friends. I’ve attended more than one beach bonfire myself. The sound of the surf, the sand between my toes, the ocean breeze, and the blazing bonfire all make for a unique experience. But unlike Lucy, I’ve never experienced a murder at any of them. Thank goodness!
Read the blurb to find out what happens when Lucy does find a dead body at a Jersey shore bonfire.
About the Author
Tina Kashian is a bestselling author, an attorney, and a 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 the first book in her Kebab Kitchen Mediterranean mystery series, Hummus and Homicide, spent six weeks on the B&N bestseller list. Please visit her website at www.tinakashian.com to join her newsletter, receive delicious recipes, enter contests, and more!