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    Hummus and Homicide

    Funny, romantic and murder to add the spice, a perfect book in my opinion
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    Return Home to Murder

    Lucy Berberian is back in her hometown of Ocean Crest, New Jersey, while she tries to figure out what to do next in her life. While she is reconnecting with family and friends, she is also working at her parent’s restaurant, Kebab Kitchen. Her high school nemesis, Heather Banks, is now the health inspector, and goes out of her way to make trouble for Lucy. However, after eating at the restaurant’s hummus bar, Heather dies in the parking lot. With business declining and Lucy the prime suspect, Lucy begins to search for answers. What happened to Heather? This series is off to a good start. Lucy has a great collection of family and friends, although I did feel that her parents could be better fleshed out. We see hints of more here, something I hope is developed further as the series progresses. The mystery is solid with several believable suspects and plenty of secrets. The ending surprised me and kept me turning pages. NOTE: I received an ARC of this book.
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    Great first in a new series!

    A delicious start to a new series. HUMMUS AND HOMICIDE has me hungering for more! I just love starting a new series, by a new to me author, and before I finish page one, I’m hooked. And by the end of the first chapter, I can’t put the book down. Author Tina Kashian has done that with this first installment in her Kebob Kitchen Mysteries! I love that HUMMUS AND HOMICIDE is set on the east coast. The little town of Ocean Crest, New Jersey reminds me of my summers at the beach in Rehoboth, Delaware. With the book’s opening talking about the smell of funnel cake, seeing the Ferris Wheel on the pier, and the mile long boardwalk, I was yearning to jump in my car and head to the beach! Protagonist Lucy Berberian is a wonderful new cozy lead. Her parents, and friends are a wonderful balance of personalities, that play well off of Lucy. And then there’s the mystery. I was so happy to see this victim get what was coming to her. Of course, Lucy investigates into why Heather was killed. I mean, she died after eating at Lucy’s parent’s restaurant. There are a lot of suspects that wanted the victim dead. But it took the reveal for me to know who the killer was, and why he/she wanted the victim dead. Fast moving, with a great plot, and yummy recipes in the back of the book, HUMMUS AND HOMICIDE is a book you’ll want to add to your reading list!
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    Who says you can’t go home again?

    The first book in the New Kebab Kitchen Mystery series introduces us to Lucy Berberian, who has returned home to the Jersey Shore and her family’s Mediterranean restaurant. After being passed over for promotion, Lucy quits her job as a patent attorney in Philadelphia and heads home to her old life Ocean Crest. It’s like nothing has changed. Her mother is still trying to marry her off, her BFF still lives there, and one of the mean girls from high school, Former cheerleader Heather Banks, Is still in town. Only Heather is now the health inspector who fails her family restaurant in an inspection, and then turns up dead the next day. Maybe you can go home again, but don’t expect that the rules of the game are still be the same. As a prime suspect, and to save her family‘s Business, Lucy‘s parents expect her to solve the mystery by fingering the true murder. As usual, her mother’s expectations guilt Lucy into doing exactly what she’s been asked. Now she needs to find The murder and save the family business. Homicide and Homicide took this Jersey girl right back to the shore of her own youth. Having many Armenian and Greek friends that I grew up with in the area, I felt like I was visiting home myself as well. This is a great start to a new series. I’m looking forward to where the future takes Lucy and her friends and family as the series progresses.
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    First novel in A Kebab Kitchen Mystery series

    Hummus and Homicide by Tina Kashian is the first story in A Kebab Kitchen Mystery series. Lucy Berberian is returning home to Ocean Crest, New Jersey after quitting her job as a patent attorney in Philadelphia. Lucy’s parents own Kebab Kitchen and can certainly use her help in the restaurant since they are down a waitress. Lucy is happy to reconnect with her friend Katie Watson. Lucy is staying with Katie and her police officer husband, Bill while she is in town. Lucy is surprised to learn that her parents are contemplating selling the restaurant. They already have three potential buyers that include Lucy’s former boyfriend, Azad Zakarian. The one thing marring Lucy’s enjoyment at being home is Heather Banks. Heather was the mean cheerleader girl in high school, and now she is the new health inspector. She quickly learns that Heather has not changed one iota since high school. Heather comes to do an inspection of the premises before the restaurant can be listed for sale and, despite the cleanliness of the facility, she lists nitpicky (and bogus) violations. The next day Heather returns to eat from the new hummus bar (which she criticized the day before). After Heather departs, Lucy takes the trash outside and finds Heather dead in the back-parking lot. Detective Clemmons is assigned the case, but he holds a grudge against the Berberian family (thanks to Lucy’s sister). Raffi, Lucy’s father, wants her to investigate Heather’s death and find the culprit before their business is ruined. Lucy, with help from Katie, retraces Heather’s steps the day she was killed and delves into Heather’s life looking for suspects. Who disliked Heather enough to murder her? The bike shop owner, a restaurateur, the mob boss, the suspense author who was dating Heather, or the loan shark? Join Lucy in her investigation in Hummus and Homicide. Hummus and Homicide is nicely written and has a steady pace. I like that the author sets the stage for the series by giving us Lucy’s background and introducing us to her family and friends. The mystery was interesting, but the killer can easily be discerned early in the book (one detail is the key). There are some interesting suspects that Lucy questions. I just wish that there had been more action. If Lucy is going to continue to be a sleuth, she needs to work on her questioning technique. Her queries sounded more like accusations. Lucy also has a temper (triggers easily) and loose lips. You can tell that Tina Kashian (aka Tina Gabrielle) has written romance novels. We have Lucy’s ogling her romantic interests. She admires the attractive and handsome Azad (many times) and appreciates Michael Citteroni’s physique. The family kept pushing Lucy and Azad together trying to rekindle their romance. I prefer romances that progress slowly over the course of a series and for it not to overshadow the mystery element. As usual, there was repetitive information (Cooking Kurt’s show was mentioned five times for example). Hummus and Homicide was a typical cozy mystery where the main character returns home, someone dies, she investigates and solves the crime, there are love interests, potential sidekick, the amateur detective is inept in her questioning, and the main character realizes she likes being home and is going to stay. There are some nice cozy moments in the book. You can tell that Lucy’s family loves her and the mother is especially happy that her daughter has returned to Ocean Crest. My rating for Hummus and Homicide is 3 out of 5 stars. I will check out Stabbed in the Baklava when it releases in August. Hummus and Homicide is just the first book in the series, and I hope Tina Kashian ups her game in the next book in A Kebab Kitchen Mystery series. There are recipes (hummus) at the end of Hummus and Homicide.
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