Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Here Today, Gone Tamale {+ Giveaway}

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Here Today Gone Tamale by Rebecca Adler - Thoughts in ProgressA journalist taking a new career direction and a Tex-Mex restaurant setting are a unique combination for a new series by author Rebecca Adler.

HERE TODAY, GONE TAMALE is the first installment in Adler’s A Taste of Texas Mystery series. This is a delightful story that blends family, friends, good food and small town atmosphere with an intriguing murder mystery.

Josie Callahan has lost her newspaper job in Austin, her fiancé dumps her and he unfriends her on Facebook. Packing up Lenny, her Chihuahua, Josie returns to Broken Boot (Texas) to help out in Milagro, a Tex-Mex restaurant owned and operated by her aunt and uncle.

The town is gearing up for the Wild, Wild West Festival and a tamale making party is held at Milagro. Even a heated discussion between jewelry designer Dixie Honeycutt and committee chairperson Elaine Burnett doesn’t put a damper on the activities. However, that changes when Dixie is found dead a short-time later behind Milagro and the restaurant’s part-time waiter is arrested. Josie’s reporter instincts take over as she becomes determined to find the real killer.

The author has created likable characters that readers will find appealing. The interaction among the characters pulls readers in. The mystery will keep you guessing as the story moves at a steady pace.

With an eye for detail and a taste for delicious dishes, the author blends the search for the killer with the on-going activities of a restaurant. She stirs in eccentric characters and a touch of romance for a well-seasoned story mystery lover will devour.  

HERE TODAY, GONE TAMALE is a sizzling start to a fun new series. Readers are also treated to a number of Tex-Mex recipes mentioned in the story.

Here Today, Gone Tamale by Rebecca Adler, A Taste of Texas Mystery Book #1, Berkley, @2015, ISBN: 978-0425275917, Mass Market Paperback, 304 Pages

FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.


Thanks to Danielle and the great folks at Berkley, I have a print copy of HERE TODAY, GONE TAMALE to giveaway. The giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. only and will end at 12 a.m. (EST) on Wednesday, Dec. 16.

To enter, just click on the Rafflecopter widget below and following the instructions. The widget may take a few seconds to load so please be patient. A winner will be selected by the Rafflecopter widget and I’ll send an email with the subject line “Thoughts in Progress Here Today Giveaway.” The winner will have 72 hours to reply to the email or another winner will be selected. PLEASE be sure to check your spam folder from time to time after the giveaway ends. If you win and you’ve already won the book somewhere else or you just decide for whatever reason you don’t want to win, once again PLEASE let me know.

Thanks for stopping by today. Do you enjoy finding recipes as an added bonus when reading a book? Are you a fan of Tex-Mex food? 

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  1. It sounds like a truly delightful cosy series - and would make a fun gift.

  2. I love first in a series and this one looks great, thanks for the chance!

  3. I miss good Tex-Mex!! I try to create what I can, so a cozy with some recipes and eccentric characters sounds perfect! Thanks for the chance to win!

  4. Sounds like a fun read—thanks for the chance to win a copy!

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  5. Tex-Mex sounds good right now - I'm hungry! grammyd01@comcast.net

  6. I think the title is clever, Mason. And the setting seems to be well-done, too. Thanks for sharing this.

  7. As one that has spent a good amount of time eating Mexican food, this book sounds delicious. Thank you for the chance to win a copy.

    wfnren at aol dot com

  8. Replies
    1. Oops forgot to answer, I love finding recipes in books, especially if it is my taste, and yes, Tex-Mex is a fave of mine.

  9. Love recipes in books and Tex-Mex is always appealing. Thanks.

  10. Tex Mex is one of my favorite type of recipes to make for my family. I usually find recipes off the web or out of books. Thanks for the chance to enter the giveaway. robeader53@yahoo.com

  11. Love Tex mex food and always looking for new recipes. I take photos of recipes in books and save them in a file. jsomers421@gmail.com

  12. Sounds like a good read, and I love Tex-Mex food

  13. This sounds really good. I would love to read this series! Thank you!


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