"Sliced, Diced, and Dead" by J. C. Eaton: Review/Giveaway

 Review by Sandra Murphy 

Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win an ebook copy of the book and a link to purchase it.

Chef Katie Aubrey specializes in charcuterie boards—the meat and cheese platters that go beyond a cheese ball and salami and cream cheese pinwheels. Shes so much in demand, shes thinking of hiring another employee.

The current job is a challenge with Edith Ellory, the ghost of a food critic, still being critical. Tambra, the client, is another problem as she changes her mind when a whim strikes which feels like every five minutes. She seems to have no idea that food must be ordered ahead of time.

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Lilly-Ann and Matt are Katies helpers, and she couldnt do it without them. Too bad Lilly-Ann and Tambra have a past they cant get beyond.

When Tambra takes one bite of a pancetta rose and drops dead, it not only ruins the event but puts Katies business in jeopardy until all the food can be tested. While they wait to serve again, they can at least look into Tambras death which wasnt by natural causes.

Charcuterie boards are more than just unusual meats and cheeses. Theres a pattern to follow for the design and flavors to consider. Tartness for plums and nectarines can be balanced with candied walnuts, for instance. Katie says that goes well with fig jam and blackberries, two kinds of mild salamis, prosciutto, and cheeses like brie, gouda, and mozzarella. Stemmed cherries and raspberries, breadsticks, crostini, and flatbreads fill the boards, add color, and are popular with guests.

For a puzzling murder, a lot of food talk, and enjoyable characters, this is a twist on a usual food mystery. J. C. Eaton (husband and wife team) have also written the Sophie Kimball books which Ive enjoyed and reviewed here (11), the Wine Trail mysteries (9), the Marcy Rayner series (3) and the first charcuterie book, Laid Out to Rest. Enjoy the read and have your own carefully arranged snacks on hand.

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Sandra Murphy lives in the shadow of the Arch in St. Louis Missouri. She writes about eco-friendly topics, pets and wildlife for magazines and reviews mysteries and thrillers for KRL. A collection of her short stories, published by Untreed Reads, From Hay to Eternity: Ten Tales of Crime and Deception can be found at all the usual outlets. Each one is a little weird and all have a twist you won't see coming.

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  1. I like a good charcuterie board. Count me in!

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  3. I would love to read this book. thank you for the contest

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  5. We have a winner!
    Lorie Ham

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