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Saturday, November 11, 2017

Heading into dangerous terrain - No Grater Evil (The Dinner Club Murder Mysteries #3) by Karen C. Whalen

Nothing puts out the campfire like finding a dead body at the cookout.
Jane Marsh plans a reunion for her gourmet dinner club, first camping in the Rocky Mountains with lavish menus and provisions, then a getaway to Estes Park at a luxurious cabin.

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Published: November 10th, 2017

Nothing puts out the campfire like finding a dead body at the cookout.

Jane Marsh plans a reunion for her gourmet dinner club, first camping in the Rocky Mountains with lavish menus and provisions, then a getaway to Estes Park at a luxurious cabin. Before they can break their boots in, gunshots explode in the middle of the night, and Jane discovers the body of the campground host.

Since the club members are packing revolvers to practice at the firing range, her friends become prime murder suspects.

Heading into dangerous terrain, Jane explores the dead man’s reckless past to solve the crime before their wilderness adventure goes up in smoke.

EXCERPT

The three friends soon emerged from the piney woods and paused at a rock outcropping near a bend in the trail. Jane’s chest expanded as she took in a deep breath of the crisp mountain air. “Someone lives over there.” She shielded her eyes with one hand and pointed with the other across the narrow box canyon to a log cabin nestled in a fluttering aspen grove.

Smoke puffed in white clouds out of the short chimney stack and sailed to the east. A lone man with a German Shepherd lumbered out the door.

She waved both arms above her head in greeting, but the man was staring the other way, down into the short ravine.

“What’s he looking at?” Jane’s gaze fell to the bottom of the gully just a few more steps down the path. Next to the shallow, winding creek, an amphitheater with rows of gray, splintered wooden benches encircled a smoldering fire pit.

That’s when she saw the campground host lying with his head near the pit and his legs crumpled underneath his body.

Jane’s heart went into her throat as she screamed out, “Are you okay?” and raced down the steep trail with her friends on her heels.

She came up sharp. Libby drew in an audible breath and Wes mumbled, “What the heck?”

Dark red blood stained the man’s light jacket and pooled out from under his back. Several large animal prints were tracked in the blood.
Don't miss the other books in the The Dinner Club Murder Mysteries series:
Jane Marsh, a widow and empty nester, decides to try something different by joining a dinner club. Part of her new life adventure seems to be stumbling across dead bodies, too. She manages to stir up trouble while serving up one dinner party after another.
Karen C. Whalen is the author of a culinary cozy series, the “dinner club murder mysteries.” The first three in the series are: Everything Bundt the Truth, Not According to Flan, and No Grater Evil. Her books are similar to those written by cozy authors Jessica Beck and Joanne Fluke. She worked for many years as a paralegal at a law firm in Denver, Colorado and has been a columnist and regular contributor to The National Paralegal Reporter magazine. She believes that it's never too late to try something new. She loves to host dinner clubs, entertain friends, ride bicycles, hike in the mountains, and read cozy murder mysteries.

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4 comments:

KATE SARSFIELD said...

Sounds grate! My sincere apologies but I couldn't resist!

Wendy Hutton said...

love the cover, very catchy title

One Woman Juggler Dawn said...

Love Cozy Mysteries!!! Thanks!

CindyWindy2003 said...

I'm always interested in checking out a new mystery series.