Guilty as Charred (A Cook-Off Mystery)
by Devon Delaney
About the Book
Cozy Mystery 3rd in Series
Kensington (June 25, 2019)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
Digital ASIN: B07HVYY7KN
Sherry Oliveri has attained celebrity status after winning the America’s Good Taste Recipe Contest with her delectable New England Crab Cake Sliders. But now that she’s back home in Connecticut, she’s got to deal with something else fishy . . .Sherry’s making a guest appearance on a local radio show when the news comes in: Poppy Robinson has been found dead in the town’s community garden. Sherry was supposed to be taking questions about her win in the national cooking competition, but instead the callers start dishing dirt.Poppy and Sherry were both involved in the vegetable garden, and while Poppy may have been a bit priggish, it wasn’t anything that called for a shovel to the back of the head. There was already trouble brewing, with the owner of the land threatening to renege on their agreement, and this murder has taken tensions to a new level. Now while Sherry’s organizing a Fourth of July cook-off event, she’s also got a murder investigation on her plate . . .Includes Recipes from Sherry’s Kitchen!
The intercom crackled to life. “Ladies and gentlemen. Thank you for your cooperation. We have passed through the rough air and there’s blue sky up ahead. It’s safe to leave your seat, if nature calls.”
“That’s my cue to return to Nine B.” Nolan unbuckled his seat belt and stood as best he could, with limited headspace. Sherry shifted her legs toward the aisle, providing him with an extra few inches to maneuver by.
“It was nice talking to you, Nolan. You made the bumps tolerable.” Sherry waved as he wiggled past her. After a flex of one leg, followed by the other, Sherry yawned, pressed her cheek against the back of her chair, and closed her eyes.
“Pardon me, I hope I didn’t wake you.”
Sherry raised her heavy lids to the sight of the stewardess with her arm around a woman in a beige cardigan and jeans. “This nice lady would like a photo with you before we land, if possible.”
“Patti. You don’t really need another photo of me, do you?”
Patti Mellitt, food journalist and restaurant reviewer, winked at her friend. “No, no. I got hundreds at the awards ceremony. I wanted to tell you, you’re the talk of first class. I admit I might have made the suggestion to the stewardess to alert the captain you were on the flight. Hope you don’t hold that against me.”
“No hard feelings. Wonder how I can get the contest sponsors to upgrade my ticket to first class next time so you and I can sit together.” Sherry returned a wink.
“I had no choice. The plane was nearly booked and the only choices of seats were in first class. I had to follow my favorite cooking contester on her way to further success. You don’t disappoint. Oh, and I emailed a press release on the cook-off and there’s tons of interest in interviewing you.”
“Thanks, I think.” Sherry watched the woman, who’d covered many contests over the years for various media outlets, make her way up the aisle before disappearing behind the curtains that separated the pricy seats from economy class. Sherry stifled a developing yawn and stretched her arms until they slammed into the headrest in front of her.
“The life of a celebrity,” Herb called out from across the aisle. “No rest for the weary.”
“When you get home, dear, try to get some rest. You do look dead tired,” Bea added.
About the Author
Devon Delaney is a wife, mother of three, accomplished cooking contester, recent empty nester, and lifelong resident of the Northeast.
She has been handsomely rewarded for her recipe innovation over the last twenty-plus years, including a full kitchen of major appliances, top cash prizes, and four trips to Disney World. She has also won the Grand Prize in a national writing contest for her “foodie” poem “Ode to Pork Passion.”
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