Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Review Tour + #Giveaway: Cornbread, Ribs, and Murder by Brenda Whiteside and Joyce Proel @GoddessFish


Brenda Whiteside and Joyce Proell

GENRE: Mystery


It’s a rib cookoff…with a recipe for murder.

Nicole Earp and Emma Banefield are celebrating another birthday at the Dulce Inn with the added fun of a rib cookoff in the park. Not only are chocolate martinis in their plans, Nic has her heart set on winning the cornbread contest. But as the excitement bakes, someone is stirring up trouble for the inn and its employees.

Strange occurrences at the Dulce are on the rise. Slashed tires, menacing phone calls, and unsavory characters add a vibe that threatens the sisters’ anticipated fun-filled stay. When the hot-headed hotel owner is caught wielding a bloody letter opener over a dead coworker, the sisters are embroiled in a caper to help the one person who finds their sleuthing as welcomed as a rattlesnake in her bed. But is she innocent?

The Chocolate Martini Sisters are primed to find out. First, they’ll have to eliminate a host of suspects that includes a dishonest restaurant owner, a jilted girlfriend, an ex-wife, the barkeeper, and a masseuse with a crush. If they can stay off the radar of the surly chief homicide detective long enough, they can put out the fire…unless the killer burns them first.

The third book in this amateur sleuths, cozy mystery series will have you chuckling and on the edge of your seat as the sisters solve the murder.

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Oh, gawd,” her sister said. This time Em nudged her back toward the elevator.

Not too far.” She tugged on Em’s sleeve. She wanted to be within hearing distance when he detectives reached the administrative hallway.

Detective Guthrie hadn’t changed in the six months since they’d been instrumental in solving a murder in the inn. His tawny-amber eyes appeared all-seeing, even from this distance. He still wore his mix of brown and silver hair in a close cropped, military style. His suit was obviously well-tailored and expensive. An open-neck Oxford shirt in pale yellow completed his professional appearance. He was a handsome early to mid-fifties man—in a conservative, tight-ass sort of way. Her sister had gone toe to toe with the irascible detective they’d nicknamed Dawg on more than one occasion and enjoyed coming out the victor. “Why so reluctant for an encounter with Dawg?”

Not in the mood.”

This had been a rollercoaster day for Em: the mess at her house had her down, the expectant fun and the cornbread contest had her up, the discovery of a bloody body threw her back down. “Well, pull up your big girl panties because we’d have to do this sooner or later. We’re smack in the middle of another murder mystery.” Could she feel awful for Leo, for Jillian, yet still feel pumped to dive into an investigation? And they would, wouldn’t they? She peered at Em, wondering if this one was too grisly.

How could I not expect to see the sisters at yet another Dulce Inn mystery?” Guthrie quirked a brow. “If I didn’t know better, I’d think the Dulce is your permanent residence.”

She swore a chuckle rose and died in Em’s throat.

My Review:

Cornbread, Ribs, and Murder is the first book I have read in the Chocolate Martini Sisters Mystery by authors Brenda Whiteside and Joyce Proell. I had no problem reading Cornbread, Ribs, and Murder but I would like to read the first two books in the series as I would like to get to know Emma and Nic more. I would also like to read about the other murders they have solved.

Cornbread, Ribs, and Murder drew me in from the first page. It had me on the edge of my seat wanting to know who did it and why. I also loved getting to know the sisters as they both seem to have great personalities and work well together to solve crimes.

The sisters celebrate Emma’s birthday at the Dulce Inn in Wyatt, Arizona. Nic has entered her famous cornbread recipe in the cornbread contest at the rib cookoff in the park. The sisters are ready to party but their plans are interrupted.

Someone is murdered and the hotel owner is the number one suspect. She asks the sisters for their help in proving her innocence. Let the sleuthing begin. The sisters are reluctant to investigate because the local law reinforcement is not too keen on the sister's involvement. But you know what I think the sisters love the mystery and the sleuthing. Yeah, I think they love it very much.

They have a lot of suspects to weed through but once they do hopefully they will find the one responsible for the murders. Can the sisters find the killer before the killer finds them?

I can’t wait to check out books one and two in the Chocolate Martini Sisters Mystery to see what they have in store for Nic and Emma.

I highly recommend Cornbread, Ribs, and Murder to all mystery fans! Grab a copy of Cornbread, Ribs, and Murder today!

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

After hearing countless stories as a mental health professional, Joyce retired to create her own tales. As an award-winning author, she writes historical romance and cozy mystery where all endings are guaranteed happy. She shares her home on the prairie with a husband and a little dog with a big personality. When she isn’t reading or writing, she likes to swim and finds baking almost as relaxing as a day at the spa.

Visit Joyce Proell @ her Website or on Facebook

Brenda Whiteside is the award-winning author of romantic suspense, romance, and cozy mystery. She writes children’s books under the pen name, Brenda Sue. After living in six states and two countries—so far—she and her husband have settled in Central Arizona. They admit to being gypsies at heart and won't discount the possibility of another move. They share their home with a rescue dog named Amigo. While FDW fishes, Brenda writes.

Visit Brenda @ her Website on Facebook



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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

We appreciate you reviewing CORNBREAD, RIBS, AND MURDER today.

Marcy Meyer said...

I enjoyed the excerpt. Sounds like a good mystery.

Brenda whiteside said...

Thanks Marcy. We're so glad you liked it.

And thanks Avid Reader for hosting us and reviewing our book. We so appreciate it!

Rita Wray said...

Sounds like a book I will enjoy reading.

Joyce said...

I hope readers enjoy reading the book as much as Brenda and I enjoyed writing it. Thanks for the fine review.

Brenda whiteside said...

Thanks, Rita. I know you will.

Sherry said...

This sounds like a good book.

Cali W. said...

Great excerpt and giveaway. :)

Edgar Gerik said...

"Cornbread, Ribs, and Murder" is a delightful cozy mystery by Brenda Whiteside and Joyce Proell. It's full of suspense, humor, and delicious food. I highly recommend it for a fun and entertaining read!

Daniel M said...

looks like a fun one

Brenda whiteside said...

Thanks, Sherry, we hope you check it out!

Brenda whiteside said...

Cali, thanks and you're welcome!

Brenda whiteside said...

Edgar, we appreciate your comment, like a short review. Thanks.

Brenda whiteside said...

Daniel, it is!