Toasting Up TroubleHi everyone. You’ve caught me just in time. I’m almost out the door going to a client meeting. I’m planning a 50th reunion for the 1967 graduating class of Madison High School, to take place next August. That’s what I do – plan events. I work for Make It Happen and my college roommate, Skye Drake is my boss. It’s a long story how I went from college to an uptown ad agency in Montpelier to event planning in the picturesque village of Half Moon Bay, Vermont. I’ll save it for another time. Or better yet, read all about it in Toasting Up Trouble.

But that’s not all that’s happening in my life. My foodie friends and I make up the Culinary Capers dinner club, meeting once a month to wine and dine on recipes we’ve prepared from a cookbook that’s chosen by the host. Coming up is my turn and the book I’ve chosen is Nigellisima by of course, Nigella Lawson. I’m trying to get some tips on substitute ingredients and pairing flavors, so later, I’m off to see my new best friend, Rocco Gates, owner of Rocco G’s, a classy bistro and olive oil bar. It also helps that he’s Italian.

I’ll also have to start planning for a teachers’ conference coming up next summer, a new account that Skye just handed me. That will be the first one I’m doing so I want to get it right.

Did I mention the body?

How could I forget? It happened at the end of the Italian Princess Birthday party I put together. It was a big hit with the birthday girl and her dad but, this led to that, a verbal battle ensued, and now I’ve been asked to stop by the police station to go over my statement, one more time. Am I worried? In a word, yes! We may have to come up with more than recipes and very soon.

Toasting Up Trouble is the first book in the NEW Dinner Club mystery series, published by Penguin Random House, July 2016.

A delicious new cozy mystery series featuring the Culinary Capers Dinner Club—who are fearless when it comes to cooking up new dishes and putting the lid on crime. . .

Event planner Jennifer “J.J.” Tanner has a full plate, but that’s the way she likes it. First, it’s her turn to choose the recipe for the next meeting of the Culinary Capers Dinner Club, a gathering of foodie friends who experiment with entrées for their creative and gastronomical pleasure. Second, she’s organizing an Italian princess party for the twenty-one-year-old daughter of a high-tech millionaire.

But one thing J.J. didn’t plan on is that the caterer for the event—hotshot chef Antonio Marcotti—would end up murdered the night of the party. Or that she’d end up being a prime suspect after having had a heated argument with the unscrupulous chef. Now it’s up to J.J.—with help from her fellow Club members and a handsome if mysterious private eye—to turn the tables on the real killer. . .

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About the author
Linda Wiken is usually found by her alias, Erika Chase, and writing the Ashton Corners Book Club Mysteries. But now, with the release of Toasting Up Trouble, the first in the Dinner Club Mysteries, she’s back to being her real self. A former mystery bookstore owner, she has been short-listed for an Agatha Award for Best First Novel, and an Arthur Ellis Award, Best Short Story, from Crime Writers of Canada. She is a member of those dangerous dames, The Ladies’ Killing Circle and can be found contributing to the Mystery Lovers’ Kitchen, and Killer Characters blogs. She admits to a passion for choral singing, chocolate and Siamese cats!

Giveaway: Leave a comment below for your chance to win a print copy of Toasting Up Trouble. US entries only, please. The giveaway will end July 11, 2016 at 12 AM (midnight) EST. Good luck everyone!

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