One Feta in the Grave (Kebab Kitchen Mystery Series #3)

One Feta in the Grave (Kebab Kitchen Mystery Series #3)

by Tina Kashian

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As summer comes to an end in her Jersey Shore town, Lucy Berberian continues to manage her family’s Mediterranean restaurant. The Kebab Kitchen also has a food tent at this year’s beach festival. But now a local businessman is under the boardwalk—dead by the sea …
With a sand castle contest and live music, Ocean Crest bids a bittersweet farewell to tourist season. Summer will return next year … but Archie Kincaid won’t. The full-of-himself store owner has been fatally shot, soon after a screaming match with Lucy’s best friend. Katie’s far from the only suspect, though, since Archie had some bitter rivals—as well as some relationships no one knew about. It’s up to Lucy to look into some seedy characters and solve the case before the wrong person gets skewered …
Recipes included!
“Clever and charming … A culinary delight that will have readers salivating over the food and hungry for literary answers.”
RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars, on Hummus and Homicide
“A series that will prove delightful for cozy fans.”
Parkersburg News & Sentinel

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781496713513
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 02/26/2019
Series: Kebab Kitchen Mystery Series , #3
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 91,954
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Tina Kashian, previously published as Tina Gabrielle, is an Amazon bestselling author, an attorney, and a former mechanical engineer whose love of reading for pleasure helped her get through years of academia. Tina spent her childhood summers at the Jersey shore building sandcastles, boogie boarding, and riding the boardwalk Ferris wheel. She also grew up in the restaurant business, as her Armenian parents owned a restaurant for thirty years. Tina’s books have been Barnes & Noble top picks, and her first book, Lady of Scandal, was nominated as Best First Historical Romance by RT Book Reviews. Please visit her website at to join her newsletter, receive delicious recipes, enter contests, and more!

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One Feta in the Grave 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
lghiggins 8 months ago
Welcome to the New Jersey seashore where Ocean Crest is having a beach festival. Lucy has returned to her hometown to take over the family’s Mediterranean restaurant. Her best friend, Katie, is in charge of judging the festival’s sand sculpture contest. That seems like an easy enough job until a contestant insists that one of the judges should be disqualified. Later Lucy finds one of the men involved in the argument dead under the boardwalk. The subsequent cancellation of the festival could mean financial ruin for many in the town. Lucy steps up to try to solve the crime to help her town and to clear Katie from suspicion. Lucy may have taken on an overwhelming task as there are many suspects and leads to follow. As Lucy manages the restaurant and acts as an unauthorized private eye, she is also trying to balance relationships with two charming men. I like the characters and enjoy watching their interactions. I think Lucy and Katie, who is a policeman’s wife, did step over a line as some of their investigative “techniques” were clearly illegal. Their actions put Katie’s husband, Bill, in an obvious conflict of interest when he learns what they have done. Lucy’s moral compass needs a little adjustment, but her heart is in the right place. She is later faced with another issue in which doing what is right hurts other people, but she does it anyway, following it up with an attempt to lessen the difficult consequences. There are references to delicious foods from pita with various flavors of hummus to baklava all through the book. Lucy is an adventurous foodie who enjoys tasting outside her arena of Mediterranean comfort foods. Recipes for date cookies, lentil soup, and Greek salad are included. One Feta in the Grave is not as fast paced as Tina Kashian’s first two books in the series, but is quite enjoyable anyway. I’m looking forward to the next book in the Kabob Kitchen Mystery Series. I would like to extend my thanks to and to Kensington Books for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
Dollycas 8 months ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts Tourist season is wrapping up in Ocean Crest and the beach festival is underway with music, contests, and plenty of food. Things get a little heated when Archie Kincaid was forced to step down as a judge of the sand castles because his nephew was participating in the contest. After Lucy finishes her judging duties and makes sure all the food vendors have everything they need she takes a walk on the beach. She notices something under the boardwalk. That something turns out to be a dead Archie Kincaid. The man wasn’t well liked and have public arguments with several people, including the one with her best friend Katie, when she eliminated him as a judge. Detective Clemmons arrives on the scene and is not surprised that Lucy has found another body, but everyone is surprised when Katie lands on his list of suspects. This means her husband, Officer Bill Watson is unable to be part of the case. He knows Lucy’s reputation for solving cases and asks her to keep her ears open and ask a few questions to help clear Katie’s name. Lucy takes the request and runs with it, sometimes with Katie by her side, going much further than Bill intended. Now they just need to catch the killer before anyone else ends up dead. Lucy Berberian is a fun protagonist and I like it when Katie tags along. This time Katie’s is the one who needs to be cleared. These ladies go to some dangerous lengths to do just that. Lucy is also learning to cook traditional Armenian dishes while taking over managing duties at the restaurant. At the same time, she is trying to rekindle her romance with chef Azad Zakarian while having a friendship with Michael, who runs the bike shop next to the restaurant. Michael and Lucy seem to make a better pair right now, at least in my opinion. With each story, the characters become more fleshed out and relatable. Ms. Kashian has cooked up a great mystery. A first I thought the arguments between Archie and others were typical business things but as we get deeper in the story we see that isn’t the case. The author sets a nice pace and I enjoyed the way Lucy didn’t give up. There was a point where any amateur sleuth would have quit but not Lucy. It is pointed out to her more than once that she is not a cop and needs to back off, but she will run herself ragged to catch the killer. I had honed in the right party a bit before Lucy but the ending was both exciting and funny. I wish I had half of Lucy’s energy. I do love the Jersey shore setting. The boardwalk, shops, and restaurants. All the touristy places and food. Yes, the food, again my mouth was watering. Another fun and entertaining story from Tina Kashian. I look forward to visiting Ocean Crest again soon!
KTempleton 9 months ago
Lucy Berberian has returned home to help run the family restaurant. When Lucy is roped into helping best friend Katie judge a sand castle contest things start to go a little crazy. Katie is seen having a disagreement with one of the judges, Archie, when she dismisses him as a judge since his nephew is entered in the contest. Later when Archie if found dead Katie becomes one of the suspects so Lucy feels she has to help clear her friends name. This is the third book in the series but my first. I had no problem following the storyline so this book can definitely be enjoyed as a stand-alone mystery. The characters are fun and realistic. The setting of a beach festival was a great addition to making this a fun storyline and adding to the haste Lucy feels about solving the murder quickly. The mystery was well paced with several twists and turns along the way. For cozy fans that love to try out recipes your in luck, this book has a few recipes included at the end. I voluntarily agreed to read a copy of this book supplied by Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own and in no way have been influenced.
MeezCarrie 9 months ago
One Feta in the Grave will have you craving the Berberian family recipes so make sure you have a Mediterranean restaurant close by. The plot is well-layered and it’s not readily apparent whodunit. The dash of romance for Lucy made me swoon & the setting and supporting cast of characters kept me engaged throughout. I love getting a peek into another culture – actually, the blending of several – in this cozy mystery series. The cultural insight fits smoothly in with the mystery plot – enhancing it rather than distracting. Another great read in this series – looking forward to more! (I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book)
VWilliams 9 months ago
Lucy Berberian, a successful Philadelphia attorney, has returned to Ocean Crest, New Jersey, to claim a managerial position with her family's Mediterranean restaurant, Kebab Kitchen. Ocean Crest is gearing up for the annual beach festival. Lucy has organized the food and wine event involving her family's restaurant. Lucy's best childhood buddy Katie is helping with judging duties of the sand sculpture content and confronts a problem with Archie Kincaid, owner of one of the gift shops, when he allows his nephew to enter the competition against the rules. When Lucy takes a break with a walk on the beach, she discovers Archie's body under the boardwalk. Archie was fairly new to the New Jersey shore village and had managed to alienate a number of neighboring merchants. Because Katie was observed in a second altercation with Archie, suspicions immediately begin with her. Officer Bill Watson, Katie's hubby, cannot be on the case and privately requests that Lucy keep her eyes and ears open to any clues that might help with the investigation. All the Greek dishes had me mystified, fascinated, and interested in a taste session, as I do enjoy Mediterranean cuisine. Although this was the third in the series, I feel it could function as a standalone. The well-plotted book takes a while to look at each clue. I found Michael engaging (he rides a Harley), but didn't get into the triangle thing with him, Lucy and Azad. (She definitely has the hots for him. I found him annoying.) I enjoyed Katie (very down to earth), the gypsy, and the stray kitty, Gadoo. The mystery itself took a back seat to the culture and the food, and the ease into the antagonist was not wholly unexpected and did make the most sense. I was given this ebook download by the publisher and NetGalley and appreciated the opportunity to read and review for this book tour. Recommended for those who enjoy an easy, clean cozy mystery. 3.5/5
LisaKsBooksReviews 9 months ago
Murder comes back to the Jersey shore in this third installment of the Kabob Kitchen Mysteries. I so enjoyed the first two books in this series, I could only hope to enjoy ONE FETA IN THE GRAVE half as much. Well, it turned out to be twice as much! I should have known, because author Tina Kashian has a way of pulling me into her stories that keeps my butt firmly planted in my seat as I absorb page after page. I adore the characters in this series. I’ve enjoyed watching them and their relationships grow as the author fleshes them out. The feel of family and friendship rings true to me. There is a warmth I feel when reading them that makes me smile every time. As for the mystery in, ONE FETA IN THE GRAVE, it was top notch! There were plenty of suspects to keep me twisted like a boardwalk funnel cake in my guessing. When I finally had it figured out and was giving myself a pat on the back for being brilliant (that never lasts long), I read the reveal. What a slap to the forehead that was. I was way off! LOL Well, played Ms. Kashian. Fans of this series are going to love this addition. Culinary mystery fans, you’ll delight in the delicious recipes included. And fans of mysteries in general, you’re going to want to add ONE FETA IN THE GRAVE to your reading list!
Anonymous 9 months ago
CozyUpWithKathy 9 months ago
A compelling mystery, good food, loyalty, and a little romance... ONE FETA IN THE GRAVE by Tina Kashian The Third Kebab Kitchen Mystery It's beach festival week for the Jersey Shore town of Ocean Crest and Lucy Berberian and her best friend, Katie, are working to make it a success. With a myriad of entertainments including a sand sculpture contest and wine and food tasting event, visitors and residents alike have plenty of activities to choose from and enjoy. Tempers flare with the heat however, as trouble making newcomer Archie Kincaid gets into public arguments not only with his business rival, but Katie as well. When Lucy finds Archie's body under the boardwalk, she realizes she has more on her plate than baba ganoush and moussaka. With Detective Clemmons eyeing Katie as a prime suspect, Lucy begins to subtly search for the real killer, all while managing the Kebab Kitchen and dealing with her developing relationship with her hunky chef. A compelling mystery, good food, loyalty, and a little romance are the key components to a Kebab Kitchen Mystery and ONE FETA IN THE GRAVE has them in spades. I love, not only the developing relationship between Lucy and Azad, but Lucy's friendship with Michael...and smirk at how the two males deal with it. Angela never fails to make me giggle, especially when it comes to her infatuation with Cooking Kurt, the celebrity chef. It's these characters, their foibles as well as their goodness, that pulls me in and makes me want to spend time with them. I enjoyed the mystery, though I shook my head at one of Lucy's schemes to get evidence. Still, there were plenty of suspects, lots of red herrings, and a fantastic chase scene. All in all ONE FETA IN THE GRAVE is great fun keeping me not only entertained, but filled with happiness from this big happy Kebab Kitchen family. Recipes Included. FTC Disclosure – The publisher sent me a digital ARC provided through NetGalley, in the hopes I would review it.
Carstairs38 9 months ago
It’s mid-August in Ocean Crest, New Jersey, and Lucy Berberian is on the planning committee for this year’s beach festival. Unfortunately, Archie Kincaide is proving to be a pain during the week. He owns a shop on the boardwalk, and he and his neighbor have been feuding since Archie moved to town. He’s also been causing problems for Lucy’s friend Katie, not only at the festival but also at her job at city hall. Taking a break one afternoon, Lucy is walking on the beach when she discovers Archie’s body under the boardwalk. It’s clear he’s been shot, but who did it? With Katie among Detective Clemmons’s suspects, Lucy jumps in to figure out what really happened. This is another fun mystery. While we have two obvious suspects before Lucy finds Archie’s body, we quickly get more, and I enjoyed how the plot unfolded. The climax was a lot of fun. I do wish the supporting cast of the series were better developed; I like them, but I feel like most are still not as developed as they could be. That isn’t true for Lucy or the suspects, who manage to keep us guessing. And I loved the location. I can easily picture myself enjoying an annual vacation in Ocean Crest, and the added fun of the beach festival made me long to go stick my feet in some warm sand myself. There are 3 delicious sounding recipes to be enjoyed once you’ve finished the book.
CozyOnUp 9 months ago
As Ocean Crest wraps up the Summer season with a beach festival, Lucy Berberian has her hands full running the family restaurant in addition to judging the sand castle contest and managing the food tasting event. When she finally gets a chance to get off her feet and take a stroll on the beach Lucy finds the body of a local business owner who seems to have rubbed a lot of people the wrong way all over town. The festival is cancelled, the entire town is upset since this is their last big hurrah to earn enough money to get through the off season. With a murderer loose, tourists just won’t feel safe and Lucy really wants the festival to continue. But it is having her BFF Katie named a suspect that forces her to break her no involvement rule and begin digging around to find out who did the deed. In typical Lucy fashion that means getting more involved than she should and that puts both Azad and Michael into protective male mode. With things finally starting to heat up between Lucy and Azad, this could put an end to their new beginning just as the murderer could put an end to Lucy. Love this series. Being a Jersey gal who grew up going to The Shore, this book takes me back to the water and boardwalk. You can almost smell the food and salty air. The characters are well developed and the writing and mystery are solid. Enough red herrings to keep you guess right up to the end.
KrisAnderson_TAR 9 months ago
One Feta in the Grave is the third installment in A Kebab Kitchen Mystery series and each book can stand on its own. I thought One Feta in the Grave contained good writing with steady pacing. Lucy finds herself roped into helping at the beach festival courtesy of her best friend, Katie Watson who is responsible for the event. Unfortunately, Archie Kincaid and his rival, Harold Harper manage to cause trouble right from the beginning. Tina Kashian gives readers lovely descriptions of the town, the beach, and the various shops which brings the setting alive. Lucy has left behind her career as an attorney to run Kebab Kitchen and she has rekindled her romance with head chef, Azad Zakarian. Michael, who manages the bicycle rental shop for his uncle, is interested in Lucy and takes her out for long rides on his motorcycle. I must admit that I am partial to Michael over the hot-headed, jealous Azad. I like the various characters in the series as I find them likeable and relatable. I am especially fond of Lucy’s cute niece. There are luscious descriptions of the food cooked and served at Kebab Kitchen. Readers get to learn more about the food related to the Armenian culture. The mystery intrigued me since it could not be solved immediately (I love a good puzzle). There are multiple suspects who have good motive for harming Archie (at least in their eyes). There are recipes at the end of the book for lentil soup, date stuffed cookies, and Greek salad with feta cheese. One Feta in the Grave is a fun, light cozy mystery that will have you longing for a sunny day at the beach. Join Lucy at the Jersey shore in One Feta in the Grave.
Shelly9677 9 months ago
One Feta in the Grave is fun, enjoyable and engrossing. Lucy runs her family’s Mediterranean restaurant on the Jersey Shore. The tourist season is winding down and the Ocean Crest sand sculpture contest is in full swing. When a body of a local business owner is found under the boardwalk during the festivities suspicion falls on Lucy’s best friend Kate, who was seen arguing with the surly merchant before his demise. Although he had many enemies, the police seem intent to zero in on Kate, causing Lucy and Kate to engage in some crafty sleuthing to catch the real culprit. The Kebab Kitchen mystery series is a clever culinary cozy mystery. The cast of characters feel like old friends. The recipes are mouthwatering. Bring on the next in the series!
ganderson523 9 months ago
One Feta in the Grave is a another hit in the Kebab Kitchen series set in Ocean Crest on the Jersey shore. But be warned, do not read on an empty stomach! From the great sounding food from the Kebab Kitchen comes a array of hummus, baklava, date cookies, kebabs, soup and more and then from Cutie's Cupcakes, lemon meringue pie and more...then the Coffee Shop. You get the drift. Food is just a part of the series. Lucy Berberian manages her family's Mediterranean restaurant, Kebab's Kitchen, after a time of working in a Philadelphia law firm. Lucy seems to have a way of finding dead bodies but with the help of her best friend, Katie, she also finds a way to solve the cases. Unfortunately, Detective Clemmons doesn't appreciate her skills. At the start of this story, there is a beach festival going on at the boardwalk. Lucy is overseeing the vendors selling food and wine. Katie is overseeing the judging of the sand sculpture contest, in which Lucy is a judge. While Lucy is taking a break, she discovers the murdered body of local businessman, Archie Kincaid. Katie is also taking a break, unbeknownst to Lucy nor is Katie aware of Lucy taking a break on the beach. Because of a dispute between Katie and Archie, she is a suspect in the murder. Lucy sets out to prove she is innocent with the blessing of Katie's husband and police officer, Bill. Of course, the investigation shows that Archie is not liked by a lot of people and there are surprises that pop out about his personal life that no one knew. Their undercover work brings on danger and stress but it is always fun to see what they turn up. Poor Lucy has two tall, dark and handsome fellows interested in her. Azad is head chef in the restaurant and an old flame of Lucy's. Can the flame be rekindled or can she trust him not to hurt her again? Michael manages his father's bicycle shop next door and is a great friend in a bad boy motorcycle riding guy. Either one gets my vote. Mystery and romance make this another great read by Tina Kashian. I received a complimentary ARC from Kensington Books through NetGalley. All thoughts expressed are mine only.
BeagleGirl123 9 months ago
It's the end of summer, and the small seaside town of Ocean Crest, New Jersey is celebrating with a week long beach festival, but when Lucy Berberian finds one of the merchants shot to death under the boardwalk the celebrations come to a screeching halt, and she needs to investigate whodunit when her bestie, Katie, is suspected of the dastardly deed! One Feta in the Grave, Tina Kashian's third Kebab Kitchen Mystery, is a traditional culinary cozy mystery complete with likable recurring characters, unlikable suspects, yummy recipes, and a little bit of romance. It's quite an enjoyable read, and this cozy lover highly recommends it. A+