Saturday, September 28, 2019


Two Bites Too Many (A Sarah Blair Mystery) by Debra H. Goldstein



Cozy Mystery 2nd in Series
Kensington (September 24, 2019) 
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages 
ISBN-10: 1496719484
ISBN-13: 978-1496719485
Digital ASIN: B07MB4779P

Far from a domestic goddess, Sarah Blair would rather catch bad guys than slave over a hot stove. But when a dangerous murder boils over in Wheaton, Alabama, catching the killer means leaving her comfort zone . . .

Things are finally looking up for Sarah Blair following her unsavory divorce. Settled into a cozy carriage house with her sassy Siamese cat, RahRah, she has somehow managed to hang on to her modest law firm receptionist job and—if befriending flea-bitten strays at the local animal shelter counts—lead a thriving social life. For once, Sarah almost has it together more than her enterprising twin, Emily, a professional chef whose efforts to open a gourmet restaurant have hit a real dead end.
When the president of the town bank and city council is murdered after icing Emily’s business plans, all eyes are on the one person who left the scene with blood on her hands—the twins sharp-tongued mother, Maybelle. Determined to get her mom off the hook ASAP, Sarah must collect the ingredients of a deadly crime to bring the true culprit to justice. But as neighbors turn against her family, can she pare down the suspects before another victim lands on the chopping block?
Includes quick and easy recipes!

Sarah Blair – Two Bites Too Many – Debra H. Goldstein

My name is Sarah Blair. I married Bill, the rat, at when I was eighteen. Now, I’m twenty-eight, divorced, working as a law firm receptionist, and living in Wheaton, Alabama with my chocolate pointe Siamese cat, RahRah. RahRah is the only thing I got out of our divorce. Although I knew starting over would be difficult, I never expected Bill’s bimbo to try take RahRah away from me or for my twin sister, Emily, a gourmet chef, to be accused of killing Bill with a taste of her award-winning rhubarb pie.

With the help of family and friends, things were finally looking up for all of us until the bank recently turned down Emily’s request for a loan to rebuild her restaurant. Don’t ask. You can imagine it didn’t sit well with Emily, but when our mother, Maybelle, as she likes to be called, got involved, I knew the bank president was in for it. I didn’t think he’d end up dead, with mother, I mean Maybelle, standing behind him with his blood on her hands.

I’m not much of a detective, but I can assure you I’ll leave no stone unturned trying to find out who really killed him. My mother may be sharp-tongued and opinionated, but she’s mine and I don’t think she is a murderer.
Hopefully my investigative techniques are better than my culinary skills. Let’s just say I’m a cook of convenience. To me, cooking from scratch is scarier than murder. My best dishes are restaurant take-out or the recipes I make from already prepared items. People may be being polite, but they seem to like when I serve my Stouffer’s spinach pie, Jell-O in a Can or Catnip Wine Spritzers.
I have no idea why I fall apart at the idea of cooking. Whether it’s taking Emily’s place at a food expo, putting out snacks for a meeting, or thinking about doing more in a kitchen than filling RahRah’s food bowl, I break out in a cold sweat. Luckily, most of the time I need something cooked for company, Emily helps me out. I pity my guests when she doesn’t.

The person I pity the most when it comes to my limited skills is my boss, Harlan Endicott. He’s been a saint with some of the mix-ups my typing and filing have created in his law office. I’m may not be improving in the kitchen, but at least I’m somewhat better at hiding my mistakes from him.

Tell me, are you more comfortable in the kitchen, the office, or strategically planning a murder?
Know any easy recipes for any of these activities? 

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About Debra H. Goldstein

 Judge Debra H. Goldstein is the author of Two Bites Too Many, as well as One Taste Too Many, the first of Kensington’s new Sarah Blair cozy mystery series.
She also wrote Should Have Played Poker and IPPY Award-winning Maze in Blue.
Her short stories, including Anthony and Agatha nominated “The Night They Burned Ms. Dixie’s Place,” have appeared in numerous periodicals and anthologies including Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, Black Cat Mystery Magazine, and Mystery Weekly.
Debra serves on the national boards of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America and is president of the Southeast Chapter of MWA and past president of SinC’s Guppy Chapter.

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  1. The first book in this series was so good. Love that little RahRah. ckmbeg (at) gmail (dot) com

  2. Thank you for your kind words. Hope you have an opportunity to enjoy Two Bites Too Many.

    BTW, I'm delighted to be visiting Laura's Interests today. Appreciate you being part of my tour!

  3. I'm definitely more of an office person. The kitchen and recipes are not my thing. This book looks so cute! mbradeen [at] yahoo [dot] com

  4. I love the cover! This is a new series to me! I'm most comfortable in the kitchen. :)

    1. Thank you.. Kensington does a great job on the covers. Sarah's twin is comfortable in the kitchen, but she isn't.

  5. I am more comfortable in an office. Looks like a fun book and series!
    marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com


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