It’s All In A Day with Penelope Sutherland by Shawn Reilly Simmons

Murder on a Designer DietMy name is Penelope Sutherland and I’m a chef who works behind the scenes on movie sets. My job is to keep the cast and crew fed while the crew films on location, wherever that location might be. Sometimes we get to borrow a well appointed restaurant kitchen where everything is clean, shiny and stored in its own special place. A lot of the time we’re cooking outside under our tents, with our mobile kitchen/food truck nearby. And sometimes we’re in less than desirable places, like the basement of an old hotel in Lower Manhattan that has been closed down for renovations. This place is creepy and nothing works quite right.

Cooking for movie stars can be challenging, but I’ve got a knack for making people happy with my food. Most of the time I get to work with my best friend and housemate, Arlena Madison. She’s an up-and-coming actress and the daughter of screen legend Randall Madison. Arlena’s been snagging much better roles lately, really building up her acting career after coming close to getting typecast as a “scream queen” in a string of hacky slasher movies. She always puts a good word in for my company, Red Carpet Catering, whenever she gets a new gig. Arlena’s got an A-list boyfriend now, too, and a bunch of half-siblings from various marriages and flings her dad has had over the years.

The one she’s closest to is her half-brother Max Madison. Max is an actor too, currently starring on a popular reality TV show alongside other children of the rich and famous. I’ve watched Max’s show a few times and I can’t tell how much “reality” is involved. He’s got a new girlfriend now, too. They’re together full time on the show, and part time in real life, or maybe I’ve got that backwards. I’ve met Hannah Devore once or twice. She’s a cute girl, but I still can’t work out where their relationship begins and ends in the real world.

Not that it’s any of my business. Until it becomes my business when I get a panicked call from Max in the middle of the night. I’m convinced he’s in trouble and needs help, so I wake up my boyfriend, Detective Joseph Baglioni, and we rush to find him. We don’t find Max, but we do find the worst kind of reality, which is not good for Max if it turns out he had anything to do with the dead body on the floor.

Max lives and works in Manhattan with the other actors on his show. The city is huge and at the same time can be very isolating. It’s easy to get lost, disappear, or just become anonymous. Now Max is missing, and they’re saying he committed murder in a jealous rage over Hannah Devore. I can’t believe he would kill anyone, for any reason, much less over a girl he may not even be seriously involved with. Max has everything going for him and too much to lose.

Whatever happened, I’m determined to figure it out. I just hope I’m not too late.

Murder on a Designer Diet is the third book in the Red Carpet Catering mystery series, published by Henery Press, June 2016.

Penelope’s life revolves around cooking and keeping her Red Carpet Catering business afloat, and she’s just landed a hearty new job for her and her staff. Just when Penelope thinks life couldn’t be sweeter, a panicked late-night phone call from Max, her best friend’s brother, ends abruptly with shots fired on his end.

The next morning, a handsome model and club promoter turns up dead, and when the police serve up Max as their main suspect, Penelope risks it all to prove his innocence (and find him before the police do). With her relationship as sturdy as a soup sandwich and her own life being threatened, it’s up to Penelope to find the truth before anyone else is eighty-sixed.

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About the author
Shawn Reilly Simmons is the author of the Red Carpet Catering mysteries published by Henery Press. Murder on a Designer Diet, the third book in the series, was released on June 7, 2016. For more info on Shawn and her books, please visit

Giveaway: Leave a comment below for your chance to win a print copy of Murder on a Designer Diet. US entries only, please. The giveaway will end July 7, 2016 at 12 AM (midnight) EST. Good luck everyone!

All comments are welcomed.

40 responses to “It’s All In A Day with Penelope Sutherland by Shawn Reilly Simmons

  1. Linda Herold

    I love the book cover! Thanks for offering this! I’d love to win this book!! Happy 4th of July!!

  2. Marilyn Watson

    Movie Sets are right up my alley. The Book sounds good. Thanks for the contest. Marilyn

  3. I love this series. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

  4. This cozy mystery sounds like a fun read! Thank you for the chance to win it.

  5. Donna Gantt

    I like books set around movie stars. Thanks for a chance to enter.

  6. Thanks everyone! Happy July!

  7. Gail Arnold

    This sounds like an interesting series. Thanks for the chance to win.

  8. Wow, love the books cover. Looks like a Great
    Cozy read.

  9. Love cozy mystery . Can’t wait to read it.

  10. Sounds like a winner.

  11. elainehroberson

    This would be a great book to add to my cozy challenge list. Thanks for a chance to win a copy.

  12. Barbara Hackel

    I read the first book in this series and missed book 2. Thanks for reminding me, Dru! I will need to catch up. 😉 Thanks to Shawn for the opportunity to win #3 in the series. 🙂 Happy July Shawn!

  13. It would be an interesting job to cook for a movie star but I believe it could be a challenge too. Thanks for including Shawn Reilly Simmons on your series. robeader53@yahoo.comm

  14. Nancy Roessner

    Somehow I missed knowing about this series. Looks like a good one!

  15. This is a new series and author to me. Would really like to read, enjoy culinary mysteries. Great cover!

  16. great cpver, sounds like a good read, would love to win

  17. I just finished the first book in this series–very enjoyable!! Thanks for the chance to win a print copy of Murder on a Designer Diet.

  18. Susan Slovinsky

    New to me series, thanks for letting us know about it. Food and a mystery – aaaah!

  19. Doward Wilson

    Sounds like a good series, thanks for the chance to win.

  20. Sounds deliciously exciting. I am all for food, mysteries and figuring them out. Happy 4th of July weekend!

  21. A delightful cozy. thanks.

  22. I’m not familiar with this series but it grabbed my attention from the description!

  23. Sounds interesting. I’d love to give it a try.
    Always looking for new (to me) series.

  24. My, this does sound good.

  25. Thanks again for your comments! You guys have made my day.

  26. Janet Senk

    Cooking, murder and mystery. How good can this get? I would love to win a print book. Thank you.

  27. Emilie Davis

    This sounds like it is right up my alley!
    I would love to read this series. Thank you for the opportunity.

  28. Peggy Hyndman

    This cozy mystery sounds great. Thank you for the chance to win a print copy of Murder on a Designer Diet.

  29. carlrscott

    What an interesting job, you’d have to be a special kind of chef to do that well. Thanks for the chance to win the book.

  30. I love the colorsa of the covers in this series…..

    Thank you for the giveaway….

  31. Sounds like a good book with interesting characters. I haven’t read anything by this author, sounds like I need to catch up on this series .

  32. Thank you all so much for reading and for your comments! Good luck on the giveaway! Shawn

  33. This is a fantastic series! The stories capture you from the beginning and make you want to keep reading, even when you have other things that you should be doing. The characters are interesting and the descriptions of the food will make you hungry.

  34. Sounds so fun. Thanks

  35. MaryAnn Forbes

    Murder on a Designer Diet sounds great, would enjoy reading it.

  36. Ellen Hardin

    Thanks for the opport… You are a new author to me… Have to summary grabbed my attention immediately

  37. This looks like a most intriguing read. New author/book is always so exciting. so hoping to read sooner. Rather than later

  38. Since it seems like I’ve been on my diet FOREVER I think I’d enjoy this book. Thanks for the giveaway.

  39. The series is new to me. It sounds like it’s right down my alley.

  40. I can’t believe I missed this series! Definitely adding it to my list of books to read