We have a very special guest visiting Cozy Up With Kathy today. Antonia Bingham is innkeeper and chef, as well as the lead character in the Hamptons Murder Mystery series by Carrie Doyle. DEATH ON WEST END ROAD is the third book in the series and was released earlier this month.
What's in my fridge?
By Antonia Bingham
I absolutely love articles where they ask a professional chef ‘what’s in your fridge?’ Actually, it doesn’t even have to be a professional chef, it could be a home cook or even a celebrity. I’m one of those people who enjoys seeing what other people are eating and cooking. I often take a peek at stranger’s grocery baskets to see what’s on their menu. It’s funny because sometimes you see a total junk food junkie (like my friend Larry Lipper) and other times you see what my mother would have called ‘a health food nut.’ I like to think I’m a blend.
Because I own a restaurant located in my inn, I take most of my meals there, but I do have my own kitchenette in my small ground floor apartment. In my refrigerator I always have the following: parmesan cheese; lemons; brie cheese; dry sausage; dark chocolate; homemade ricotta cheese; avocadoes; some fancy hard cheese; bread; pimento cheese spread; chocolate pudding; an open bottle of white wine that has probably gone bad and Dijon mustard. You can tell there is a theme here: I love cheese. I cannot imagine living in a world without cheese. (I would have included crackers but I keep them in the cupboard not in the fridge.)
I’m sure I would have a lot more if I didn’t have access to my restaurant kitchen. That’s where I do my entertaining also. So if you want to come over for dinner here’s what I will make you this summer: baked shrimp scampi (inspired by a recipe in Ina Garten’s cookbook) with Greek Panzanella salad. Of course we will have started with cheese and crackers and we will have strawberry rhubarb crisp for dessert. Just bring yourself, I will provide the wine!
DEATH ON WEST END ROAD by Carrie Doyle
The Third Hamptons Murder Mystery
It's the height of the summer season in the Hamptons and Antonia Bingham is busy at her inn. When Pauline Framingham pays her a visit, Antonia is compelled to look into the long ago murder of Pauline's friend. Why does Pauline want to bring the murder back into the light? Is it truly to grant the dead girl's dying mother her final wish? To clear her own name once and for all? Or is it some less altruistic reason? The wealthy Pauline always gets her way and Antonia is following all of Pauline's instructions, but in doing so is Antonia setting herself up for trouble?
Manipulation plays a key role in Carrie Doyle's latest Hamptons Murder Mystery. Manipulation, especially coupled with the power of the rich, can be a frustrating reality that "regular folks" encounter. Antonia is faced with it and even though she knows she's being played, she joins in putting herself and her inn at risk. The past comes back to haunt, not only the residents involved in the long ago murder, but Antonia herself as she learns of a family secret and discovers that her abusive ex knows where she is.
DEATH ON WEST END is fast paced and fascinating. A brutal cold case combined with ruthless and some could say soulless characters, a life changing secret from the past, and an unfulfilled fantasy make for a captivating read. Carrie Doyle leaves us with chilling possibilities for future books and I can't wait to discover what will come to pass.a Rafflecopter giveaway