Inspiration Valley, North Carolina, is bubbling with excitement for the Taste of the Town festival, and Lila is right in the middle of it all. Along with her coworkers at the Novel Idea Literary Agency, Lila is organizing a grand celebrity chef event, featuring food television's biggest stars, complete with cooking demonstrations, cookbook giveaways, and even a culinary writing contest.
But just as the celebration is about to start, the demo kitchen blows up, taking one of the star cooks with it. With all the explosive egos of the cook’s colleagues, it’s hard to find someone who didn’t have a motive to eliminate the competition. Now Lila will have to scramble to figure out which of her clients is a killer—before someone else gets burned.
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“[A] smart whodunit filled with well-drawn and interesting characters.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch
“Cheer up—there’s no middle-aged malaise for Lila. This cozy debut, written by a pseudonymous duo, excels at describing bucolic North Carolina. Think Kate Carlisle for her intergenerational ensemble style or Mark de Castrique’s series for regional Tar Heel flavor.”—Library Journal
“This is a terrific Novel Idea Mystery with its contemporary literary crowd mingling with residents of a small North Carolina town…Lucy Arlington provides an entertaining thriller.”—Genre Go Round Reviews
“Will appeal to anyone who loves reading, especially anyone who loves discovering a new author.”—The Mystery Reader