A chance to win $10,000 by writing a fast food slogan seems like a no-brainer to Zukie Merlino, but things go disastrously wrong when one of her co-competitors is murdered at the hotel where they’re all staying for the final round. Confined to quarters but still able to cause chaos, Zukie discovers something nasty in the fish pond, shares her bedroom with a strange man and worst of all, is forced to eat someone else’s cooking.
About the Author
Cynthia E. Hurst is the author of the R&P Labs Mysteries, featuring five Seattle scientists with a talent for solving mysteries matched only by their ability to stumble over them in the first place. The Zukie Merlino Mysteries are a spinoff of these, with the main character first appearing in the R&P short story 'Halfbaked'.
Like her characters, Cynthia grew up in Seattle, then earned a degree in journalism and worked on several newspapers and magazines in the US and UK. The R&P books are based on her time spent in the small research lab where her parents both worked, and many of the R&P staff's projects are ones actually undertaken by the lab. The Zukie books were inspired by her Italian relatives. In both cases, the murders remain fictional.