Sunday, December 16, 2018

"One Taste Too Many"

Debra H. Goldstein is the author of Kensington’s new Sarah Blair cozy mystery series, which debuts with One Taste Too Many on December 18, 2018. She also wrote Should Have Played Poker and 2012 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.

Goldstein applied the Page 69 Test to One Taste Too Many and reported the following:
A portion of page 69:
…Not many bosses were as kind, understanding, as Harlan had been since Wednesday night. Between rescheduled appointments and a motion docket at the courthouse, today was going to be busy.

She felt guilty about how much time she and Emily had taken away from Harlan’s paying law practice and sleep. From when she woke him two nights ago to meet Emily at the station, Harlan had been a prince. Most lawyers working pro bono would have run as fast as they could in the opposite direction ….
Page 69 is the transitional opening of One Taste Too Many’s thirteenth chapter. It describes how Sarah is trying to get on her boss’s best side because of Harlan’s efforts keeping Sarah’s twin, Chef Emily, from being arrested for the murder of Sarah’s ex-husband. Considering the police think he died after eating a bite of Emily’s award-winning rhubarb crisp, it hasn’t been easy. Now, with RahRah, Sarah’s Siamese cat, wanted by the woman who broke up her marriage and Emily wanted by the police for murder, Sarah needs to keep Harlan on her side while she figures out the right recipe to crack the case before time runs out. Unfortunately, for a gal whose idea of good china is floral paper plates, catching the real killer and living to tell about it could mean facing a fate worse than death—being in the kitchen!
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--Marshal Zeringue