Cinco de Murder By Rebecca Adler: Review/Giveaway

May 5, 2018 | 2018 Articles, Food Fun, Mysteryrat's Maze, Sandra Murphy

by Sandra Murphy

Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of Cinco de Murder, and a link to purchase it from Amazon, and an indie bookstore where a portion of the sale goes to help support KRL.

Ready for some spicy chili? Broken Boot, Texas, is the place to go. It’s the first chili cook-off but the plans are in place and it looks to be a great success. The contestants are getting set up and tourist are arriving for free samples and all the dancing.

Josie Callahan is a waitress at the family restaurant and a part-time reporter. She and her Chihuahua, Lenny, are well-known. They’ll both be in the big parade, dancing folklorico and Lenny’s costume is ever so cute. cinco de murder book cover

Josie’s Uncle Eddie is in charge of the chili cook-off. He’s on the city council now and wants to make a good impression although there are some members who are hoping he fails. When one of the chili makers is found dead in his tent, it could have been a heart attack, a head injury, or plain old murder. Josie and Lenny are ready to help solve the case, partly to get the story but mostly to help Uncle Eddie.

The dead man wasn’t popular with the other chili cooks. It’s decided the cook-off must go on which seems cold-hearted except few people are mourning the death. It’s also a good way to keep all the cooks in town during the investigation.

Josie’s family is a close one, sometimes too close but always out of love. Lenny is, as it should be, a superstar Chihuahua, stealing every scene. A potential romance for Josie with the delectable Detective Lightfoot adds a bit more spice. The behind-the-scenes information on how a chili cook-off is set up and judged along with the rivalries between cooks adds an interesting touch. You may not be ready to sign up for the nearest chili cook-off after reading this, but you sure will be hungry. Luckily, there are recipes—Venison Chili, Jalapeño Poppers, Texas Eggs, Huevos Rancheros with Salsa, Chicken Quesadillas, and Pecan Pralines.

To enter to win a copy of Cinco de Murder, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “cinco,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen May 12, 2018. U.S. residents only. If entering via email please include your mailing address, and if via comment please include your email address.

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Sandra Murphy lives in the shadow of the Arch in St. Louis Missouri. She writes about eco-friendly topics, pets and wildlife for magazines and reviews mysteries and thrillers for KRL. A collection of her short stories, published by Untreed Reads, From Hay to Eternity: Ten Tales of Crime and Deception can be found at all the usual outlets. Each one is a little weird and all have a twist you won’t see coming.

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  1. I love this series & author. Thanks for the chance to win.

  2. thanks for the review.
    kckendler at gmail dot com

  3. nani_geplcs(at)yahoo(dot)com

  4. Broken Boot Texas is hilarious…love it! Texas really does have some unusual names…Chili always a favorite…my Dad was from Texas and made it often.

  5. Always a great mystery when you have a cooking competition and one of the competitors dies during the story line.

  6. This sounds like a book I’d love to read. I enjoy cozy mysteries as well as Tex Mex food! Both are yummy!

  7. The cover is what intrigues me – I want to give it a try!

  8. This book looks really good. Thanks for the review. Also thanks for the chance to win!
    faithdcreech at gmail dot com

  9. New author and series to me. Would like to read “Cinco de Murder”.

  10. We have a winner!


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