A Conversation With Talia Marby by Linda Reilly

Out of the Dying PanI can’t believe this is happening . . . again. Another murder, right here in the quaint little town of Wrensdale, Massachusetts!

Before I start sputtering, I should really introduce myself. I’m Talia Marby, the owner of a new eatery located in a faux Tudor shopping plaza in the Berkshires. Dru was kind enough to invite me here today to chat with you . . . and so I could give my new restaurant a plug. Thanks, Dru! Of course she probably would have thought twice about her invite if she’d known I was going to rant.

But really, another murder? In fewer than two months? Why did I have to find this body, too? Yes, you heard me right. This isn’t the first victim I’ve stumbled upon since I moved back to Wrensdale. Back in October I discovered a local shopkeeper dead in his office . . . murdered with a fillet knife. That little knife was bad news for my friend, Bea Lambert, who owned the plaza’s fish and chips shop with her hubby, Howie. All the other merchants knew that Bea and the victim had bad blood between them. Bea had even been overheard threatening to boil the guy in oil! Fortunately, the real killer was caught in time to keep Bea out of the pokey. (I helped with that, a little). By that time, Bea and Howie had decided to retire (Myrtle Beach, here we come!), so they sold the eatery to me.

Fry Me a Sliver (or Fry Me, as the locals are calling it) is the new incarnation of Lambert’s Fish & Chips. It’s truly an adorable place—cozy and teeming with the tantalizing scents of deep-fried everything. Oh don’t worry, we still serve our delectable fish and chips. But now our diners have a few more choices—deep-fried meatballs drizzled with spicy marinara being one of my special faves.

But just a few days ago poor Ria Butterforth was murdered! It happened at a local fundraiser, where we’d both set up booths to raise money for needy families. I found out that Ria had been carrying a grudge against me for nearly thirty years—since our elementary school days! Sad, but true. Anyway, it was me who found her—stashed in a closet with a scarf knotted tightly around her neck. The same scarf I’d knitted for my nana back when I was a teen . . .

Everyone, including the police, knows I had words with Ria that day. With so many accusatory fingers pointing in my direction, what choice do I have? I have to figure out who the killer is.

Oddly, Ria herself gave me a clue that day. I overheard an argument between her and her mom, and something Ria said stuck in my head. I don’t know what it means yet, but I intend to find out. If I don’t, I might end up working as a fry cook at the women’s correctional institution.

Meanwhile, I have to keep the eatery up and running, so I hope you’ll stop into Fry Me a Sliver for a deep-fried treat! You might even pick up a tidbit of gossip about the town’s latest murder . . .

Out of the Dying Pan is the second book in the Deep Fried mystery series, published by Berkley Prime Crime, March 2016

Revenge is set to sizzle in the tasty new Deep Fried Mystery from the author of Fillet of Murder.

For Talia Marby, the sweet smell of success is a lot like the pungent aroma of fried fish and vinegar. Her new business, Fry Me a Sliver, is rapidly expanding beyond fish and chips to become one of the best eateries in the Berkshires. But the nasty owner of a neighboring boutique is making a stink, baiting Talia in a very public fight at a community center fundraiser and nursing an inexplicable grudge.

When the boutique owner is found strangled with Talia’s scarf knotted around her neck, our favorite fish fryer finds herself in hot oil. Needing to clear her name, and fast, Talia’s investigation soon yields some shocking surprises as well as a sizzling suspicion: someone had good reason to want the victim dead—and it’s frying Talia’s nerves . . .

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About the author
Armed with a degree in Criminal Justice, Linda Reilly once contemplated a career in law enforcement. But life took a twist, and instead she found her niche in real estate closings and title examinations, where the dusty tomes in the Registry of Deeds enticed her into solving mysteries of a different sort. Linda now lives in New Hampshire with her husband, who affectionately calls her “Nose-in-a-Book.” She loves solving mysteries of the cozy type. When she’s not pounding away at her keyboard, she can usually be found prowling the shelves of a local bookstore or library hunting for a new adventure.

Visit Linda at lindasreilly.com and on Facebook.

Giveaway: Leave comment below for your chance to win a signed copy of Out of the Dying Pan and Fillet of Murder. US entries only, please. The giveaway will end March 18, 2016 at 12 AM EST. Good luck everyone!

All comments are welcomed.

41 responses to “A Conversation With Talia Marby by Linda Reilly

  1. Doward Wilson

    Great interview and post. Thanks for the chance to win. I have this series on my wish list.

  2. An other series I am wanting to read but haven’t gotten too. Thanks for giveaway.

  3. Out of the Dying Pan sounds like a great read. Thank you for the giveaway.

  4. Barbara Jones

    It’s making me hungry…. Thanks for the chance to win!

  5. Sounds like another fun read. Count me in.

  6. I would love to read this book—thanks for the chance to win a copy!

  7. Love the idea of a mystery set in the cozy hills of the Berkshires.

  8. I love cozy mysteries set in a bakery or restaurant! Thanks for a chance to enter.

  9. Looks like two fun cozy reads, thanks for the chance 🙂
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  10. Sounds terrific – thanks!

  11. Sue Crowther

    The first book was such fun, I can’t wait to read this one!

  12. elainehroberson

    These would be great books to add to my cozy challenge list. Thanks for a chance to win autographed copies.

  13. This book sounds like a lot of fun. I love the cover! Thanks for the giveaway.

  14. A delightful and intriguing cozy. Thanks for this lovely giveaway.

  15. Mary Jane H.

    Another amazing book with delicious undertones! Can’t wait to read it.

  16. Such a fun blog post! I love these books. I’m half-way through Out of the Dying Pan and enjoying every second I spend with Talia and friends. These books are truly a delight.

  17. Deep fried meatballs? I hadn’t thought of that.

  18. I love this series and can’t wait to read this one. Thanks Dru Ann for including Linda Reilly’s series in your blog. robeader53@yahoo.com

  19. Wow! I would love to read both of these cozies. I have been wanting to try this series, the covers are cute! A woman has to investigate when she is the suspect!


  20. Love the sound of it!

  21. Sounds like a great series, would love to win and read both to catch up, ty for the chance

  22. What a delightful series!

  23. Celia Fowler

    This series sounds charming! Thanks for the chance to win, Dru Ann!

  24. Oh Talia, I have to say I’m so very happy there’s another murder! Thanks for the chance to win!

  25. Looking forward to reading both books in this series. Thanks for the chance to win!

  26. Looks like great cozy mystery. Thanks for having such great giveaway.

  27. Ooooh I would la la LOVE to win and read this! Thanks for hosting 🙂

  28. Vicki Highley

    Thanks for the chance to win a copies of the two books in this series.

  29. Cynthia E. Blain

    So happy to see another book in this series. I would really love to be included in the list for the giveaway. This write up sounds so enticing; looking forward to reading it one way or another. Thank you so much.

    Cynthia Blain

  30. Enjoyed the post – added to my TBR list.

  31. wendynewcomb

    What an intriguing title!

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  32. I’m excited to read this series. I checked out the first book from the library recently and want to dive into it pretty soon.

  33. Please don’t enter me. I already own and have read both books in this series. I love them!!!!! I can’t wait to read more books in this series.

  34. This sounds great.
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  35. I love the idea of a sizzling mystery. I really want to win this one.

  36. Love fried food! Think I’ll like this series.

  37. What an exciting sounding series…looking forward to reading this series…love the titles!

  38. Margaret Patricia Lafferty

    Would like to read this series. Love cozies! And new authors!! Thank you for opportunity.

  39. I Just love cozy mysteries and this one looks Great Thanks for the chance to win iamabho (at) gmail.com

  40. There’s nothing better than a mystery and fried food–this looks like a winner

  41. Another murder? Unfortunate for Ria (obviously) as well as for Talia, but it’s fortunate for those of us who want to dive into life in Wrensdale. Thanks for the chance to win.