A Day in Life of Laurel Inwood by Kylie Logan

Irish StewedWhich Life?

My Old Life

Laurel Inwood here, dreaming about the old days. My old life? Ah, that would be back when I was personal chef to Hollywood megastar Meghan Cohan. Back then, my life was all about travel, all about glamour, all about catering to whims that ranged from arranging an Arabian Nights party on the grounds of Meghan’s Malibu mansion (complete with an oasis and a camel or two) to learning whatever new cooking trend captured her fancy–gluten free, vegan, paleo, Middle Eastern, Lithuanian, South African. Whatever was hot, whatever the beautiful-people crowd was talking about, that’s what Meghan wanted, and I was only too eager to spread my culinary wings and provide it. I shopped at the finest stores, worked with the most expensive ingredients, and got to rub elbows with Hollywood’s movers and shakers.

Not bad for a kid who grew up in the foster system.

But remember how I said that was my old life? Yeah. The whole thing came crashing down when Meghan accused me of leaking personal information to the paparazzi. Just for the record, I didn’t do it, but once Meghan makes up her mind, that’s that. I lost my job and thanks to Meghan’s connections, there wasn’t another actor, producer or five-star restaurant that would touch me.

Good thing I got a call right about then, huh? My foster mother’s sister, Sophie, was having knee replacement surgery and needed help at her elegant restaurant in Ohio.

I’m on my way.

My New Life

Elegant?

Did I really say that about Sophie’s restaurant?

Well, it was what I’d been told over the years. Now here I am in Ohio and reality just hit me square between the eyes. Sophie’s Terminal at the Tracks is a greasy spoon diner along the railroad tracks and it’s losing customers to the trendy places springing up all over town.

Forget matcha, poutine and harrisa! My new life consists of fried baloney sandwiches, meatloaf and meatballs with rice.

The only way I may be able to turn things around is to feature ethnic foods on the menu and I’m starting with Irish.

Why?

Well, let’s just say that it’s hard to resist the pushy, overpowering (and OK, sexy, too) Declan Fury, manager of the Irish gift shop across the street. Between Declan and a family of what seems like thousands, Irish culture and cuisine have pretty much enveloped me. I’m overwhelmed by it all, but I intend to take full advantage.

Which doesn’t mean I’m going to cave completely. After all, I’m pretty street smart, not to mention completely unable to deal with that much family, that much togetherness. What are Declan and his family of Irish Travellers really up to? And after years of meeting the hunks of Hollywood, why does this particular guy (complete with shaggy hair, leather jacket and a vintage Harley) make my blood pump and my heart thump?

There are other surprises in store, too. Including the dead investigative reporter in the restaurant.

Not exactly something I expected to find my first day on the job.

Terminal at the Tracks, huh?

The body in the booth gives the word terminal a whole new meaning!


Irish Stewed is the first book in the NEW Ethnic Eats mystery series, published by Berkley Prime Crime, May 2016.

After flopping as a personal chef to a Hollywood movie star, jobless Laurel Inwood finds herself humbled in Hubbard, Ohio, helping her aunt Sophie run her restaurant. Much to Laurel’s dismay, Sophie’s Terminal at the Tracks is not the cozy bistro her aunt would have had her believe—it’s a run-down greasy spoon in an old railroad station. To save the dingy diner, Laurel cooks up a plan to feature alternating ethnic cuisine as specials.

But first there’s the problem of the body in the booth. Slumped over a table with a receipt spike in his back is Jack Lancer—”the Lance of Justice”—an investigative reporter for local TV news. Assisted by the drop-dead gorgeous owner of the neighboring Irish store—who may or may not be a suspect—Laurel sets out to track down a killer who had no reservations about impaling a newshound. But as she turns up the heat, will she end up in the soup herself?

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About the author
Kylie Logan is the bestselling author of the League of Literary Ladies mysteries (newest is And Then There Were Nuns), the Chili Cook-Off mysteries and the Button Box mysteries. Her newest series is the Ethnic Eats mysteries. Irish Stewed hits stores shelves on May 3. When she’s not writing as Kylie Logan, she writes the Pepper Martin mysteries as Casey Daniels. The tenth book in that series, Graveyard Shift will be published this fall. Kylie is a lifelong resident of Ohio and her League and Ethnic Eats books are set there. When she’s not writing, she enjoys exploring old cemeteries, haunted buildings and (just for a change of pace) a wine bar or two. Connect with Kylie at kylielogan.com.

Giveaway: Leave comment below for your chance to win a print copy of Irish Stewed. US entries only, please. The giveaway will end May 10, 2016 at 12 AM EST. Good luck everyone!

All comments are welcomed.

39 responses to “A Day in Life of Laurel Inwood by Kylie Logan

  1. Doward Wilson

    I love all of Kylie Logan’s books and can’t wait to read this new series! Great review and thank you for the chance to win.

  2. I love cooking cozies Dru, toss my name into the magic hat please.

  3. I am a fan of Kylie Logan’s League of Literary Ladies Mysteries series, and I have been wanting to read more books by this author. I am so glad to see she has a new series. Thank you for the giveaway.

  4. Looking forward to reading this new series. Kylie Logan’s other series are great. Thank you for the giveaway.

  5. I love her series and looking forward to this one.

  6. Donna Gantt

    I love the culinary cozies? Thanks for a chance to win.

  7. A favorite author so I’m anxious to read book 1 in her new series! Terrific review by the way.

  8. Patty Allen

    Sounds like a really good book, can’t wait to read it. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

  9. Sounds good! I’ll have to check out her other series as well.

  10. Barbara Hackel

    Mo doubt Kylie will have another hit series! What an interesting collection of characters-sounds great! Thank you Dru for the introduction! Thanks to Kylie for the opportunity to win a copy. 🙂

  11. Kylie Logan is sure to have another smash hit on her list of books. Thanks for including her on your blog. Thanks for the opportunity to enter this giveaway. robeader53@yahoo.com

  12. Sounds good, thanks for the chance to win.

  13. Peggy Hyndman

    I haven’t read any of Kylie Logan’s books yet. Irish Stewed sounds great. Thank you for this chance!

  14. Ms. Logan is new to me but this books sounds great. I love a foodie mystery. Thanks for the giveaway.

  15. This cozy would be delightful and enjoyable. Thanks for this lovely giveaway.

  16. elainehroberson

    Sounds like a wonderful book to add to my cozy challenge list. Thanks for a chance to win a copy.

  17. Hi. all! Kylie here. Dealing with a brand-new computer so please forgive any crazy mistakes! So nice to hear from all of you. Good luck–and enjoy “Irish Stewed.”

  18. Sounds like another great cozy, would love to win, ty

  19. There’s nothing better than a mystery and food, and a mystery about food is so much the better. Looking forward to this.

  20. I would love to win a print copy of Irish Stewed. It sounds like an interesting book. Thank you

  21. Kristin A.

    Sounds like a great new series! Thanks for the chance to win!

  22. Rags to riches to middle class. Gotta admit I love anything Irish being married to my own Irishman.

  23. rosemary pfeiffer

    cool book..thanks for the chance

  24. Looking forward to read KylieLogan’s Irish Stewed. Great review and giveaway.
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  25. Sandy Todd

    Irish Stewed sounds like a fun read & I love reading the debut of a new series! Thank you Dru for your intro & review today. Kylie/Casey is one of my fave authors!

  26. Sounds like Laurel leads a very interesting life. I wonder how she solves the problem of the body in the booth.. Thanks for the contest.
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  27. Cheryl Corbitt

    I’ve just recently discovered two of Kylie’s series and would love to begin this new series. Thanks for an intriguing review and a chance to win!!

  28. Vicki Highley

    What a great sounding book for a new series.

  29. Sounds like a fun rewd.

  30. Ruth Nixon

    I love reading books from the first one. I’v enjoyed all her other books and would like to read this new one.

  31. I love books about food
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  32. I am always looking for new authors to read. You write the kinds of books I enjoy reading.

  33. Sounds like such a fun series. thanks for the chance

  34. Have Irish Stewed on my library hold list.

  35. Jackie Wisherd

    I would love a chance to read your book. I think I would enjoy reading it.

  36. Barb Bristol Wiesmann

    So far, I’ve loved everything I’ve read by Kylie/Casey!

  37. Great post. Looks most interesting. Have not had the pleasure of knowing of this author or her books and look forward to becoming acquainted with both. And I am hoping this will be the start. Thanks for this chance to do so

  38. MUST.READ.!!!!!
    Thank you for the giveaway…..