05 July 2016

Today's Read & Giveaway: Toasting Up Trouble by Linda Wiken

What would you do if you were accused of a murder you didn't commit? If you were a character in a cozy mystery, you'd turn to your friends and a cute PI, just like J.J. Tanner did:

"You know, it doesn't count if you eat a truffle on Friday. Calorie-wise, that is. Especially if it's the first Friday of the month."

J.J. Tanner grinned at her friend and colleague, Skye Drake, then popped the chili dark chocolate truffle into her mouth. She closed her eyes as she chewed and finished it off with a long sigh. "What about eating two truffles?"
Toasting Up Trouble by Linda Wiken (Berkley Books, 2016, p. 1)

Quick Facts
  • Setting: Vermont, modern times
  • Circumstances: Event planner Jennifer (J.J.) Tanner is heard arguing with a snooty chef over the bill and their contract in the wee hours while J.J. was cleaning up after a successful party for a rich client. The next morning, she's taken to the police station, accused of murder. As J.J. works to prove her innocence—helped by a cute private detective—some of her friends are marked as potential suspects. Meanwhile, J.J.'s organizing events for other clients as well as hosting a meal for her Culinary Capers dinner club. Will she manage to get everything done, find the real killer, and not become a victim herself?
  • Genre: cozy culinary mystery; first in a new series
  • Characters: J.J., accountant turned event planner; Skye, her friend and new boss, Ness, her ex-policeman neighbor; Ty Devine, a private investigator; her friends and fellow members of the dinner club; various clients, townsfolk, and police officers
  • What I liked: Fun culinary cozy with good characters who have each other's back. I enjoyed getting to know the people in J.J.'s life, and I loved all the food references. There is a lot of setup in this book because it's the first in a series, but the plot moved along well. The murder mystery itself was complex while still being light, and I liked the tie-in to the local Italian community. I also liked the hint at a possible relationship for J.J. in future installments in the series.
  • Recommendation: Perfect for beach reading, though you might end up being a little hungry by the time you finish. Fortunately, Wiken includes a few recipes at the end of the book, so you can head to the kitchen and make your own Italian dinner. Toasting Up Trouble is a promising start to the new Dinner Club mystery series and a good choice for cozy fans who like to cook.
The Giveaway

Thanks to the nice people at Berkley Prime Crime, I can offer one of my readers a copy of Linda Wiken's Toasting Up Trouble. All you need to do to be entered for a chance to win is to fill out the following form and have a USA mailing address. I'll pick a winner via a random number generator on July 15. Once the winner has been confirmed, I'll delete all personal information from my computer. Good luck!


Verushka 7/5/16, 8:05 AM  

I am forever curious about cozies. I need to start reading them lol!

bermudaonion 7/5/16, 8:42 AM  

Sounds like a fun cozy. Thanks for the giveaway!

Unknown 7/5/16, 8:53 AM  

I love the opening! I am all for cozies!

Kathy Martin 7/5/16, 9:02 AM  

I totally agree with this teaser. It sounds like a fun cozy. My teaser this week comes from the thriller Dark Road Home by Anna Carlisle. Happy reading!

Harvee 7/5/16, 9:04 AM  

Just love the cover!

rhapsodyinbooks 7/5/16, 9:07 AM  

Another thing to look forward to about Fridays!

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea 7/5/16, 9:08 AM  

I make up these kinds of rules all the time LOL - sounds fun.

Laurel-Rain Snow 7/5/16, 9:28 AM  

I do love how cozies bring us into a community of characters that support each other. Amateur sleuths all, but delightful.

Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

Anonymous,  7/5/16, 9:33 AM  

Sounds like a fun read!

Heather M. 7/5/16, 9:50 AM  

This looks like loads of fun!!

Daryl 7/5/16, 10:54 AM  

sounds like a good light reading escapist beach/airplane reading, thanks

Kathy Reads Fiction 7/5/16, 11:26 AM  

I love cozy mysteries and the lightness of them while still having depth in the storyline. This looks like a good one for summertime, too.

debbie 7/5/16, 12:37 PM  

I would love to read all these books if I can find I haven't been able to find some of them at my library

Unknown 7/5/16, 1:21 PM  

I wish Friday Truffles didn't count! Happy Reading!

Anonymous,  7/5/16, 2:12 PM  

Thanks! for the great give-a-way.

Paulita 7/5/16, 2:47 PM  

Sacrilege! I would never eat a truffle in one bite. I'd definitely take 2 or 3 to savor it.

Alice Audrey 7/5/16, 3:12 PM  

Even if it's not a cozy, that second truffle could be deadly.

Great teaser. My teaser is from Second Paradigm

Emma Litttlefield 7/5/16, 3:54 PM  

I need to try a cosy and this might the one. It had me laughing so yes, I'd give it a go.

Catherine @ Book Club Librarian 7/5/16, 4:38 PM  

Sounds like a fun new series. If only truffles were calorie free. . .

Literary Feline 7/5/16, 4:57 PM  

I can agree with her logic. Can we stretch it to the entire weekend? :-) This sounds like a fun read.

Girl Who Reads 7/5/16, 6:37 PM  

I love cozy mysteries and then one sounds like a winner. Girl Who Reads

Margot 7/5/16, 7:53 PM  

I'm ready for a nice cozy - they make good summer reads.

Cleopatra Loves Books 7/6/16, 12:47 AM  

This does sound like a good cosy - I love the fun opener and the fact that the accused has friends to watch her back.

karen 7/6/16, 2:14 AM  

This definitely sounds like one I'll enjoy! Thanks for the heads up :)

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