Death of a Kitchen Diva by Lee Hollis, a joint pseudonym for the writing team of Rick Copp & Holly Simason, is the 1st novel in their Hayley Powell Food and Cocktails series of cozy foodie mysteries, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Kensington.
The series is set in Maine and stars a food columnist for the local newspaper. This installment embroils her in an investigation as she becomes the chief suspect when a rival food columnist is killed, and must work to clear her name. Recipes are included.
Offered in the US, available at multiple retailers.
This appears to be free in the US only thus far, but sometimes freebies from this publisher also show up in other countries later.
Welcome to Bar Harbor, Maine, one of New England’s most idyllic coastal towns. But as new food writer Hayley Powell is about to find out, the occasional murder can take a bite out of seaside bliss. . .
Single mom Hayley Powell is barely keeping her leaking roof over her head when her boss at the Island Times gives her a new assignment–taking over the paper’s food column. Hayley’s not sure she has the chops–she’s an office manager, not a writer, even if her friends clamor for her mouth-watering potluck dishes. But the extra income is tempting, and Hayley’s chatty first column is suddenly on everyone’s menu–with one exception.
When rival food writer Karen Appelbaum is found face-down dead in a bowl of Hayley’s creamy clam chowder, all signs point to Hayley. To clear her name, she’ll have to enlist some help, including her BFFs, a perpetually pregnant lobster woman, and a glamorous real estate agent. As she whips up a list of suspects, Hayley discovers a juicy secret about the victim–and finds herself in a dangerous mix with a cold-blooded killer.
Includes seven delectable recipes from Hayley’s kitchen!