Tuesday, February 25, 2020

On the Lamb - A Review & Giveaway


ON THE LAMB by Tina Kashian
The Fourth Kebab Kitchen Mystery

An early springtime bonfire on the beach with friends is just the thing Lucy Berberian needs to celebrate the annual Bikers on the Beach fundraiser and the upcoming Easter holiday. The mood is seriously dampened when Lucy's friend, Melanie, finds her landlord dead on the beach shortly after he crashed the party and started an argument with her. Things look even worse when a piece of Melanie's taffy is found lodged in his throat. Managing the Kebab Kitchen and settling in to her new apartment still leaves Lucy plenty of time to satisfy her curiosity, especially when Melanie asks for her help. Plenty of people could have wanted the man dead, but who actually did the deed? The wife he was in the midst of divorcing? It couldn't be his feisty, but elderly, aunt who happens to be Lucy's new landlady...or could it? The more people Lucy meets who knew the man, the more people with motives she finds...including two of Michael's motorcycle friends. Lucy wants to believe that Melanie is innocent, but she's hiding something. Is it the fact they she really did kill her landlord?

Compelling characters and a variety of relationships add flavor and nuances to this fourth Kebab Kitchen Mystery. I love how both of Lucy's parents are dealing with their semi-retirement and their reactions to celebrity Chef Kurt make me smile. Perhaps he'll have a starring role in an upcoming book?! The relationships between sisters as well as aunt and nephew also play important roles here. Don't get me started about Lucy and Azad...I can't stop smiling. Although I worry that Lucy may be playing with fire with her friendship with Michael.

I generally like it better when the murder victim is a louse. Landlord Gilbert Lubinski is absolutely despicable and I am glad he was murdered, especially if what what another tenant said about him was true! Having a horrible person killed also greatly increases the number of suspects making for a trickier puzzle to solve. I love how Lucy and Katie subtly, and at times not so subtly, investigate all the possible murderers, yet still stay in contact with the police. I also love how Mrs. Lubinski gets involved and look forward to seeing more of her and Cupid in the future.

An intricate mystery, an abundance of motives, a large dollop of intriguing characters, and a pinch of romance blended with a hint of salt from the Jersey Shore blend together to make ON THE LAMB a fun heartwarming story.


On the Lamb (A Kebab Kitchen Mystery) by Tina Kashian

About On The Lamb

Cozy Mystery 4th in Series  
Publisher: Kensington (February 25, 2020)  
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages 
Lucy Berberian is busy preparing her family’s Mediterranean restaurant for Easter on the Jersey Shore—but a batch of sweets is to die for . . .
Bikers are thundering into the seaside town of Ocean Crest for the annual Bikers on the Beach gathering that raises funds for injured veterans. It’s a big boost for the Kebab Kitchen, as well as for local businesses like Melanie Haven’s candy shop. But Melanie is about to find herself in a sticky situation.
When Melanie and Lucy attend a beach bonfire, a local landlord is found dead after apparently choking on a piece of salt water taffy. Melanie, who was known to have a contentious relationship with the victim, is quickly skewered as the prime suspect. But Lucy is determined to prove her friend’s innocence before the real killer coasts free . . .
Recipes included!

About Tina Kashian

Tina Kashian is a bestselling author, an attorney, and a mechanical engineer whose love of reading for pleasure helped her get through years of academia. Tina spent her childhood summers at the Jersey shore building sandcastles, boogie boarding, and riding the boardwalk Ferris wheel. She also grew up in the restaurant business, as her Armenian parents owned a restaurant for thirty years. Tina’s books have been Barnes & Noble top picks, and the first book in her Kebab Kitchen Mediterranean mystery series, Hummus and Homicide, spent six weeks on the B&N bestseller list. Please visit her website at www.tinakashian.com to join her newsletter, receive delicious recipes, enter contests, and more!

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  2. Thank you for your review on "ON THE LAMB" by Tina Kashian and for being part of the book tour.

    Can't wait for the opportunity to read more about Lucy's adventures and Easter on the Jersey Shore. Definitely on my TBR list.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  3. Sure would love to win - thanks for the chance

  4. Sure looks like an intertaining cozy. Thanks for this opportunity.


  6. Wonderful review thank you.

  7. Thank you for the giveaway. Love cozy mysteries.