Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Toasting Up Trouble {+ Giveaway}

◊ Series: A Dinner Club Mystery (Book 1)
◊ Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
◊ Genre: Cozy, Mystery, Amateur Sleuths
◊ Publisher: Berkley (July 5, 2016)
◊ Language: English
◊ ISBN-10: 0425278212
◊ ISBN-13: 978-0425278215


          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...

Mix together an event planner, a dinner club, tasty recipes and a mysterious murder and you have the makings of a tantalizing new series featuring feisty protagonist Jennifer ‘J.J.’ Tanner.

Author Linda Wiken’s new Dinner Club Mystery series gets off to a good start with TOASTING UP TROUBLE. The characters are quirky and likable. The protagonist is charming and dedicated. The setting is inviting and holds you spellbound until the end.

The story flows smoothly and at a good pace to keep your attention. Mystery and suspense blended with savory culinary tidbits and fun characters makes for a delightful read. Added touches of humor and a hint of romance rounds out this intriguing story.

Several delicious recipes and a special preview of the next Dinner Club Mystery installment are an added bonus at the end of the story. This is a scrumptious beginning to what promises to be a fascinating new series for mystery lovers.

Toasting Up Trouble by Linda Wiken, A Dinner Club Mystery (Book #1), Berkley, @2016, ISBN: 978-0425278215, 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 the wonderful folks at Penguin/Random House, I have a print copy of TOASTING UP TROUBLE by Linda Wiken to giveaway. The giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. only and will end at 12 a.m. (EST) on Thursday, July 21.

To enter the giveaway, just click on the Rafflecopter widget below and follow 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 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 to make sure the notification email doesn’t end up there. If you win and you’ve already won the book somewhere else or you just decided for whatever reason you don’t want to win (which is fine), once again PLEASE let me know.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Do you enjoy finding new mystery series to follow? Have you ever had any experience attending or planning a dinner club event?


  1. I love new cozy series, this one looks great; thanks for the chance to win :)

  2. A dinner club mystery series sounds intriguing - count me in!

  3. A dinner club might actually be fun.
    I say the cat did it. That's my new theory with these mysteries.

  4. This does sound like fun, Mason. And the context is an an interesting one for a mystery series. Thanks for sharing.

  5. I like that there are recipes at the end.

  6. I love finding new authors of cozy mysteries—thanks for the chance to win a copy of this book!

    skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

  7. Love the cover! Thank you for the chance to win a copy of "Toasting Up Trouble".

    wfnren at aol dot com

  8. I'm just getting into the cozy mrstery books I am loving them. This sounds great thanks for the review
    Penney penneyw(AT)

  9. Sounds like another cozy series that I will enjoy! Thank you!

  10. Delightful cozy that I would enjoy. Thanks.

  11. I love being able to start at the beginning of a new series...if you saw how many I follow you would know that I state the truth, LOL. As for a dinner club I have never attended one, I don't recall ever having heard of one but I think it would be a blast.

  12. Thanks for the giveaway
    Libby Dodd

  13. I always enjoy finding new mystery series to read! I don't really have any experience with planning dinner club parties. Thanks!

  14. I Love Cozy Mysteries and enjoy finding new ones and No on The Dinner Club Parties

  15. I love finding new mystery series to add to my tbr list! I haven't had much experiences with dinner parties, I'm afraid.

  16. This is really cozy. The title intrigues me a lot.


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