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When Lucy Berberian quits her Philadelphia law firm and heads home to Ocean Crest, she knows what she’s getting—the scent of funnel cake, the sight of the wooden roller coaster, and the tastes of her family’s Mediterranean restaurant. But murder wasn’t on the menu . . .
Things are slow in the off-season in this Jersey Shore town, but Lucy doesn’t mind. She doesn’t even mind waitressing at the Kebab Kitchen. Her parents have put in a new hummus bar, with every flavor from lemon to roasted red pepper. It’s fun to see their calico cat again, and to catch up with her old BFF, who’s married to a cop now.
She could do without Heather Banks, though. The Gucci-toting ex-cheerleader is still as nasty as she was back in high school . . . and unfortunately, she’s just taken over as the local health inspector. Just minutes after eating at the Kebab Kitchen—where she’s tallied up a whole list of bogus violations—she falls down dead in the street. Word on the grapevine is it’s homicide, and Lucy’s the number one suspect . . .
Hummus and Homicide
By Tina Kashian
Lucy removed her apron and hung it on a hook in the storage room. Grabbing her purse with one hand and the trash bag with the other, she exited through the back door. It was cool outside and early evenings at the Jersey shore were always her favorite time of day to jog. Nothing calmed the tension of a hard workday like a run on the boardwalk, the sound of the ocean waves, and the smell of salty air.
She hefted the trash bag toward the Dumpster in the back of the parking lot, spotted Gadoo, the outdoor calico cat, walking past a red Lexus with its distinctive BANKS1 license plate, and frowned. Did Heather have car trouble and have someone pick her up? Lucy adjusted the trash bag over her shoulder and continued her trek to the Dumpster, eyes still on the shiny, red Lexus. Halfway to her destination she tripped, dropped the trash bag and her purse, just catching herself from sprawling flat on her face. She looked down to see what she’d stumbled over.
On the blacktop lay Heather Banks, faceup, mouth agape, eyes wide open and unfocused…
About The Author
Tina Kashian spent her childhood summers at the New Jersey shore, building sand castles, boogie boarding, and riding the boardwalk Ferris wheel. She also grew up in the restaurant business where her Armenian parents owned a restaurant for thirty years. She worked almost every job—rolling silverware and wiping down tables as a tween, to hosting and waitressing as a teenager.
After college, Tina worked as a NJ Deputy Attorney General, a patent attorney, and a mechanical engineer. Her law cases inspired an inquiring mind of crime, and since then, Tina has been hooked on mysteries. The Kebab Kitchen Cozy Mystery series launches with Hummus and Homicide, followed by Stabbed in the Baklava and One Feta in the Grave by Kensington Books. Tina still lives in New Jersey with her supportive husband and two young daughters. Please visit www.tinakashian.com and join her Newsletter to enter free contests to win books, get delicious recipes, and to learn when her books will be released.
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