Murder on the Rocks by Shawn Reilly Simmons is the fifth book in the “Red Carpet Catering” mystery series. Publisher: Henery Press, February 2018

Shawn Reilly Simmons has cooked up something rocky this time, and it’s going to be a delicious read.

After surviving a brazen attack at one of her favorite local cafes, Penelope Sutherland is ready to escape the big city and head to her next film set. She and her Red Carpet Catering crew set up their kitchen on location in the tranquil mountains of Vermont.

But peace and quiet aren’t on the menu.

It starts to get hot when a series of accidents befall the celebrity tennis pro consulting on the film. Then mix in an uptight director, an isolated location, and a quirky bunch of locals with secrets of their own and that’s a recipe for disaster.

Penelope soon suspects a connection between the cafe attack and the incidents on set, and you know what comes next. She must uncover the truth before her goose gets cooked.

This page-turner is serving up the coziest of entertainment, and you do not want to miss it.


Another great read in this series where the gang is in Vermont. I love that the pacing was on par with how this story was told. A mystery here to keep me glued to the pages, a sustaining romance to keep me smiling and the ins and outs of the catering industry. Shawn makes it seem so easy as I get wrapped up in all that is happening with Penny and her friends. I love the notion of not having contact with the “outside” world which adds a suspenseful nature to the narrative of this tale. With a comfortable tone making it easy to follow and engaging dialogue, this well-written drama satisfied my reading enjoyment and I’m eager to read the next book in this terrific series.

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