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A delicious new cozy mystery series featuring the Culinary Capers Dinner Club—who are fearless when it comes to cooking up new dishes and putting the lid on crime...
Event planner Jennifer “J.J.” Tanner has a full plate, but that’s the way she likes it. First, it’s her turn to choose the recipe for the next meeting of the Culinary Capers Dinner Club, a gathering of foodie friends who experiment with entrées for their creative and gastronomical pleasure. Second, she’s organizing an Italian princess party for the twenty-one-year-old daughter of a high-tech millionaire.
But one thing J.J. didn’t plan on is that the caterer for the event—hotshot chef Antonio Marcotti—would end up murdered the night of the party. Or that she’d end up being a prime suspect after having had a heated argument with the unscrupulous chef. Now it’s up to J.J.—with help from her fellow Club members and a handsome if mysterious private eye—to turn the tables on the real killer...
Toasting Up Trouble by Linda Wiken is the first book in the Dinner Club Mystery series. I squealed when I saw the approval e-mail from NetGalley, giving me access to an early copy of this book. A brand new cozy mystery series is one of my most favorite things. I love getting to dive into a new setting and get to know new characters who I quickly relate to and think of as friends. Toasting Up Trouble by Linda Wiken did not disappoint.
J.J. is an event planner, and, after an argument with a chef, she winds up a suspect in his murder. She has to become an amateur sleuth to clear her name and find out whodunit. With the help of the other members of the Dinner Club, she works to solve the case and get back to event planning. While the beginning of the book was a bit slow-paced, things picked up around 20% in. I loved the characters and the setting. This cozy mystery had a great plot with just enough twists and turns. I am already looking forward to book two in the Dinner Club Mystery series.