Steamed To DeathGigi Fitzgerald sliced her knife through the onion, then placed the two halves flat side down on her cutting board. She carefully sliced through each half vertically, following the ribs on the onion itself. That completed, she cut across the onion horizontally, making a near perfect dice.

“You make that look so easy,” said Detective Bill Mertz who was standing behind Gigi watching.

“It is easy if you know how.”

Mertz put his arms around Gigi and his hands over hers. “Maybe if I could get some hands on experience…”

Gigi slapped at his arm playfully. “I’ve got to get this risotto in the microwave or we’ll never eat.” She pointed toward a head of lettuce on the counter. “You go clean the lettuce, okay?”

Gigi felt Mertz’s lips tickle the back of her neck, and she giggled. “Seriously. I can’t cook if you keep distracting me like that.”

Mertz sighed. “I didn’t know you could make risotto in the microwave.”

“Don’t tell Carlo or Emilio. According to them, unless you’ve stirred the pot for hours, it’s not really risotto. But it comes out tasting just the same and doing it in the microwave makes for a quick dinner.”

Mertz washed the lettuce while Gigi put olive oil and butter, the diced onion, Arborio rice, some diced ham and sliced mushrooms into a glass bowl. She popped it into the microwave.

“How long does that take?”

“Two minutes, then I’ll add the liquid. Then it will be about another twenty minutes, and dinner will be ready.”

“I can’t wait to try it.” Mertz separated the head of lettuce into leaves and spread them out on a dishtowel to dry. “But frankly, I’m really looking forward to dessert.”

He gave Gigi a look that made the color rise from her collarbone to her hairline. She swatted at him with her oven mitt. “Keep your mind on what you’re doing,” she pointed toward the salad bowl.

“I’m trying.” Mertz gave her a cheeky grin.

Gigi grinned back and sighed. It was the perfect evening—cooking for the man she loved.

steamed_tourThanks to Penguin, I have one (1) copy of STEAMED TO DEATH to give away. Leave a comment to be included in the giveaway. The book will be shipped directly from the publisher. Contest ends June 13; US entries only per publisher’s request.

You can read more about Gigi in Steamed to Death, the second book in the “Gourmet De-Lite” mystery series. The first book in the series is Allergic to Death.

Meet the author
Peg grew up in a New Jersey suburb about 25 miles outside of New York City. After college, she moved to the City where she managed an art gallery owned by the son of the artist Henri Matisse.

After her husband died, Peg remarried and her new husband took a job in Grand Rapids, Michigan where they now live (on exile from NJ as she likes to joke). Somehow Peg managed to segue from the art world to marketing and is now the manager of marketing communications for a company that provides services to seniors.

She has two cozy mystery series out from Berkley Prime Crime— the Sweet Nothings Vintage Lingerie series, written as Meg London, set in Paris, Tennessee and the Gourmet De-Lite series, under her own name, set in Connecticut. She also has two ebooks on Amazon, a mystery, Confession Is Murder and a young adult book Oh, Brother!

Peg has two daughters, a step-daughter and step-son, a beautiful granddaughter, a cat named Frazzle and a Westhighland white terrier named Reggie. You can read more at and

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