Friday, March 17, 2017

Cold Pressed Murder {+ Giveaway}

◊ Series: An Olive Grove Mystery, Book 2
◊ Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
◊ Genre: Thriller, Suspense, Cozy, Mystery
◊ Publisher: Berkley (March 7, 2017)
◊ Language: English
◊ ISBN-10: 0425277232
◊ ISBN-13: 978-0425277232

Eva Knox and her quirky Southern family are back in the second in the “intriguing”* culinary mystery series.
It’s the pits for the attendees of the annual Farm Family Fare in Abundance, Georgia, when olive oil farmer Eva Knox finds herself in the middle of a murder case...
Eva and the residents of Knox Plantation are oozing with excitement over the activities planned for the Farm Family Fare. The weekend event consists of two days of tours, exhibitions, music, tastings, and, most important, cooking demonstrations with celebrity chefs from the Chow Network. The enthusiasm, however, begins to dribble away after one of the star chefs goes missing—and is later found dead in the back of a refrigerated truck.
The scandal gets messier after the police discover that Eva’s sister Daphne spent the night with the victim right before he died, making her the prime suspect for his murder. It’s up to Eva, with the help of her other sister, Pep, and her best friend, Precious, to track down the real killer before Daphne finds herself squeezed into handcuffs...


Author Kelly Lane pulls you into COLD PRESSED MURDER with her quirky characters and the charm of a small-town setting.

The story flows smoothly and at a good pace. The twists and turns will keep you on your toes until the killer is revealed. The charming setting is inviting and captivating. The author’s vivid descriptions make you feel you’re there with the action.

The zany characters are likable and well-developed. The protagonist is easy to relate to and the supporting characters add depth to the story. The author’s blend of humor with family loyalty makes for a well-balanced tale. The author also weaves in a bit about olives and includes several tempting recipes to enhance this culinary mystery.

An enticing tale you’ll enjoy from beginning to end.

Cold Pressed Murder by Kelly Lane, An Olive Grove Mystery (Book #2), Berkley, @2017, ISBN: 978-0425277232, Mass Market Paperback, 352 Pages

FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher. 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 COLD PRESSED MURDER by Kelly Lane to giveaway. The giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. only and will end at 12 a.m. (EST) on Sunday, March 26.

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Thanks so much for stopping by. Do you enjoy stories that include recipes? Do you usually try the recipes or just add them to your list of dishes to prepare later?


  1. When I first saw the title I had a sinking feeling about how the victim died. I am glad that I am (probably) wrong.
    I do like recipies with my cozies, but rarely make them.

  2. The Chow Network. Funny name.
    We have a bunch of cookbooks, and yet we are always using a recipe we found online.

  3. Are the recipes olive related? I love olives and olive oil.

  4. I think this is such an interesting context for a mystery series! It's one I'd not thought of before. Thanks for sharing, Mason.

  5. I love these food-related mysteries.

  6. I love this cover, reminds me of our dog, lol.

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  7. Cozies with recipes are appealing and special.

  8. I love recipes in cozies, I figure that if I don't enjoy the story then at least I have some good recipes, LOL. I have actually tried a couple one was a big hit with the family (hard to say no to a cookie recipe) another one was okay but probably will not make again, I have a couple others in line to try next.

  9. I do like recipes in cozies but rarely make them. Love the cover.

  10. Thanks for bringing this book to my attention
    Libby Dodd

  11. I do like books with recipes. I've made some and some are still waiting to be made!

  12. Since I love olive oil, I'm charmed the the book title, and I am hooked on mysteries with quirky characters. This sounds like a good read.

  13. This sounds like a fun story and I love that cover! Books like these are such pick-me-ups, always fun to read.

  14. New author/series for me. Sounds intriguing!


  15. These types of mysteries are my favorite! Can't wait to read it.

  16. Fascinating I know little about and am eager to read the mystery as well as any information about olives and olive oil.

  17. I try the recipes if the dish is something that I am keen on eating. It is fun.
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