Monday, March 5, 2018


Hummus and Homicide (A Kebab Kitchen Mystery) by Tina Kashian

About the Book

Hummus and Homicide (A Kebab Kitchen Mystery)
Cozy Mystery 1st in Series
Kensington (February 27, 2018)
Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1496713476
Digital ASIN: B071FLH733

When Lucy Berberian quits her Philadelphia law firm and heads home to Ocean Crest, she knows what she’s getting—the scent of funnel cake, the sight of the wooden roller coaster, and the tastes of her family’s Mediterranean restaurant. But murder wasn’t on the menu . . .
Things are slow in the off-season in this Jersey Shore town, but Lucy doesn’t mind. She doesn’t even mind waitressing at the Kebab Kitchen. Her parents have put in a new hummus bar, with every flavor from lemon to roasted red pepper. It’s fun to see their calico cat again, and to catch up with her old BFF, who’s married to a cop now.
She could do without Heather Banks, though. The Gucci-toting ex-cheerleader is still as nasty as she was back in high school . . . and unfortunately, she’s just taken over as the local health inspector. Just minutes after eating at the Kebab Kitchen—where she’s tallied up a whole list of bogus violations—she falls down dead in the street. Word on the grapevine is it’s homicide, and Lucy’s the number one suspect . . .
Recipes included!

 I always look forward to a first in series. I enjoy getting a feel for the setting and learning a bit about the protagonists, their outlook on life and how they handle relationships and the inevitable obstacles. You know that being unofficial investigators they are bound to irritate someone in law enforcement.
Well, Tina Kashian has does an outstanding job with this first novel.
Her characters are developed and the mystery is not overly simplified. It is not predictable or trite.
She gives us more than enough suspects with motive, means and opportunity.
Not only was Heather, the victim, one of the mean girls in high school, she wields her power as health inspector to get her desired ends. Sadly, there are good people around her that allow her to get away with her actions.
Lucy is at a crossroads in her life. Passed over for a promotion at her law firm and not seeing her life plans falling into place, she returns home to find out her parents are ready to retire and sell her childhood home, the family restaurant. Lucy has to figure out where her loyalties fall and what her new plan and direction will be. Her mother wants to see Lucy married and settled before they retire.
So you can tell there is more going on here than a simple murder mystery. It is a well rounded story and the series has potential for excellent growth.

About the Author

  Tina Kashian spent her childhood summers at the New Jersey shore, building sand castles, boogie boarding, and riding the boardwalk Ferris wheel. She also grew up in the restaurant business where her Armenian parents owned a restaurant for thirty years. She worked almost every job—rolling silverware and wiping down tables as a tween, to hosting and waitressing as a teenager.
 After college, Tina worked as a NJ Deputy Attorney General, a patent attorney, and a mechanical engineer. Her law cases inspired an inquiring mind of crime, and since then, Tina has been hooked on mysteries. The Kebab Kitchen Cozy Mystery series launches with Hummus and Homicide, followed by Stabbed in the Baklava and One Feta in the Grave by Kensington Books.
Tina still lives in New Jersey with her supportive husband and two young daughters.
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  1. Thank you for your wonderful review and information on "Hummus and Homicide" by Tina Kashian as well as being part of the book tour!

    I'd love the opportunity to read this book.
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  2. Hi Laura! Thank you for hosting me and for the wonderful review!

  3. Mary Angela YoungMarch 5, 2018 at 12:04 PM

    I can't wait to read this book! Thanks for the giveaway!!


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