Far from a domestic goddess, Sarah Blair would rather catch bad guys than slave over a hot stove. But when a dangerous murder boils over in Wheaton, Alabama, catching the killer means leaving her comfort zone . . .
Things are finally looking up for Sarah Blair following her unsavory divorce. Settled into a cozy carriage house with her sassy Siamese cat, RahRah, she has somehow managed to hang on to her modest law firm receptionist job and—if befriending flea-bitten strays at the local animal shelter counts—lead a thriving social life. For once, Sarah almost has it together more than her enterprising twin, Emily, a professional chef whose efforts to open a gourmet restaurant have hit a real dead end.
When the president of the town bank and city council is murdered after icing Emily’s business plans, all eyes are on the one person who left the scene with blood on her hands—the twins sharp-tongued mother, Maybelle. Determined to get her mom off the hook ASAP, Sarah must collect the ingredients of a deadly crime to bring the true culprit to justice. But as neighbors turn against her family, can she pare down the suspects before another victim lands on the chopping block?
Includes quick and easy recipes!
Sarah’s twin sister has been trying to get a loan to rebuild her restaurant after a fire. When the bank doesn’t agree right away, their mother, Maybelle, gets involved. When the president of the bank is later found dead, Maybelle tops the list of suspects, and Sarah has to find a killer to clear her mother.
I really enjoyed Two Bites Too Many. Sarah was living what she deemed to be a less-than-perfect life (which made her all the more relatable) and I always love a cat companion. One thing that struck me, in particular, was the dialog in this story. It wasn’t anything specific, but I did think to myself that it was a pleasure to read such natural-sounding dialog. Paired with an intriguing crime and interesting characters, it made for a great book.
Two Bites Too Many is the 2nd book in the Sarah Blair mystery series. You can certainly jump in here, but I think I would have liked to have read book one first just to understand what was going on with RahRah and the carriage house right from the beginning. I will definitely be going back to read book one now!
Please read on for a recipe from the book, courtesy of Debra H. Goldstein.
Jello in a Can
In the 1950’s, Jello and Dole Pineapple joined forces to create the Jello in the Pineapple Can recipe.
1 20 oz. can of sliced pineapple
1 3 oz pkg of Jello gelatin, any flavor choice
1 cup boiling water
Open the can and pour off the pineapple juice, but leave the pineapple in the can. Dissolve the Jello in boiling water and permit it to cool slightly before pouring the Jello and water mixture into the can, over the pineapple. Chill until set. To serve, run a knife around the inside of the can and either tip it out or push it through using the bottom of the can. Slice between the pineapple rings and serve.
Note: If your can has a pull-off top, which they didn’t have in the 1950’s, you may have to guide it out more gently with your knife or spatula.
About the Author
Judge Debra H. Goldstein is the author of Two Bites Too Many, as well as One Taste Too Many, the first of Kensington’s new Sarah Blair cozy mystery series. She also wrote Should Have Played Poker and IPPY Award-winning Maze in Blue. Her short stories, including Anthony and Agatha nominated “The Night They Burned Ms. Dixie’s Place,” have appeared in numerous periodicals and anthologies including Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, Black Cat Mystery Magazine, and Mystery Weekly. Debra serves on the national boards of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America and is president of the Southeast Chapter of MWA and past president of SinC’s Guppy Chapter.
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