Monday, February 26, 2018

Review/Tour-Wide Giveaway: Hummus and Homicide (A Kebab Kitchen Mystery) by Tina Kashian (Blog Tour)

Hummus and Homicide (A Kebab Kitchen Mystery)
by Tina Kashian

About the Book 

Hummus and Homicide (A Kebab Kitchen Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Kensington (February 27, 2018)
Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1496713476
Digital ASIN: B071FLH733

 When Lucy Berberian quits her Philadelphia law firm and heads home to Ocean Crest, she knows what she’s getting—the scent of funnel cake, the sight of the wooden roller coaster, and the tastes of her family’s Mediterranean restaurant. But murder wasn’t on the menu . . .
Things are slow in the off-season in this Jersey Shore town, but Lucy doesn’t mind. She doesn’t even mind waitressing at the Kebab Kitchen. Her parents have put in a new hummus bar, with every flavor from lemon to roasted red pepper. It’s fun to see their calico cat again, and to catch up with her old BFF, who’s married to a cop now.
She could do without Heather Banks, though. The Gucci-toting ex-cheerleader is still as nasty as she was back in high school . . . and unfortunately, she’s just taken over as the local health inspector. Just minutes after eating at the Kebab Kitchen—where she’s tallied up a whole list of bogus violations—she falls down dead in the street. Word on the grapevine is it’s homicide, and Lucy’s the number one suspect . . .
Recipes included!

My Review

Lucy Berberian is back home to Ocean Crest, New Jersey after she quits her job at a law firm in Philadelphia. She doesn’t let her family in on her current lack of job status, but offers to help the family run restaurant, Kebab Kitchen.

Unfortunately, she meets up with an old high school enemy, Heather Banks. Heather is the new health inspector and her inspection of the restaurant doesn’t go very well. She presents the Kebab Kitchen with a host of costly violations. Violations Lucy is sure is just Heather’s way to get under her skin. Heather stops at the restaurant for a meal and winds up dead moments later. It’s not long before the restaurant suffers as people assume Heather’s death is related to eating at the Kebab Kitchen.

Lucy is not going to let her parents’ restaurant suffer like this. She is more than a little determined to find out what really happened to Heather. The police think she and her family’s restaurant killed the inspector, but Lucy knows better and will prove it once and for all.

What a charming debut for the Kebab Kitchen Mystery series. I immediately adored Lucy and her family. They are close-knit, despite the time Lucy spend in Philadelphia. The author does a great job of drawing the reader into the story. I felt as if I was in Ocean Crest walking along the boardwalk.

There’s a touch of romance mixed into the mystery, but the main focus of the story is on the mystery. It’s fast-paced with a huge suspect list. It was hard for me to narrow it down to one culprit. I love a story that keeps me guessing as this one did.

I’m looking forward to the next entry into this series. I can’t wait for my next visit to the Kebab Kitchen.  I suddenly have a craving for hummus!

For reading challenges:
Cloak & Dagger Reading Challenge 2018
Cruisin’ thru the Cozies Reading Challenge 2018
Craving for Cozies Reading Challenge 2018

FTC Disclosure: I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.

About the Author

Tina Kashian spent her childhood summers at the New Jersey shore, building sand castles, boogie boarding, and riding the boardwalk Ferris wheel. She also grew up in the restaurant business where her Armenian parents owned a restaurant for thirty years. She worked almost every job—rolling silverware and wiping down tables as a tween, to hosting and waitressing as a teenager.

After college, Tina worked as a NJ Deputy Attorney General, a patent attorney, and a mechanical engineer. Her law cases inspired an inquiring mind of crime, and since then, Tina has been hooked on mysteries. The Kebab Kitchen Cozy Mystery series launches with Hummus and Homicide, followed by Stabbed in the Baklava and One Feta in the Grave by Kensington Books. Tina still lives in New Jersey with her supportive husband and two young daughters. Please visit and join her Newsletter to enter free contests to win books, get delicious recipes, and to learn when her books will be released.

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  1. Congrats on the tour and thank you for your review and giveaway as well.

  2. Thank you for your review and the information on "Hummus and Homicide" by Tina Kashian as well as being part of the book tour.

    I'd very much love the chance to read this book.

    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  3. Replies
    1. You have to try it! It is a great healthy alternative to other dips.

  4. Great review. Hummus, Homicide, Hmmmm....:-)
    sherry @ fundinmental

  5. Yvonne, I love the cover and sound of this cozy (and am a fellow Armenian). Thank you for hosting this generous, wonderful giveaway. I will add it to my blog's sidebar. :)

    1. Pareve, Yvonne! I hope you like the book!

  6. I really enjoyed the synopsis of the book. Sounds like a great start to a new series.

  7. Thank you for the giveaway! Sounds great!

  8. This sounds so fun! Can't wait to read it.

  9. Thank you for the wonderful review as well! I appreciate it.


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