Friday, May 28, 2021

Four Cuts Too Many - Recipes, Review, & A Giveaway

I'm pleased to share recipes for FOUR CUTS TOO MANY by Debra H. Goldstein. This book is the fourth in the Sarah Blair Mystery series and was released this week.

Stained-Glass Jell-O

This can be made with up to four different colors of Jell-O or store brand gelatin.

4 small boxes (3 ox. Each) or 2 large boxes (6 oz. each – if only using two flavors) of Jell-O or store brand gelatin.

1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk (Don’t use evaporated milk!)

2 envelopes unflavored gelatin


Dissolve each small box of Jell-O in one cup boiling water (keeping flavors separate). If only using two flavors, prepare the two flavors from the large boxes separately. Chill at least three hours, until firm (Overnight works well).

After chilling the flavors, cut them into small blocks. Carefully mix the small blocks or cubes of Jell-O in a 9-by-13-inch pan, using your hands to gently toss the colors.

In a separate bowl, measure ½ cup cold water. Sprinkle the 2 envelopes of unflavored gelatin on top. Let the gelatin thicken for a few minutes. Once thickened, add 1 ½ cups of boiling water. This will dissolve the gelatin. Add the can of condensed milk. Stir and allow to cool to room temperature.

Make sure the milk gelatin is cooled to room temperature and then pour it over the colored Jell-O cubes. NOTE: If the milk gelatin mixture isn’t cooled enough, it will cause the colors to run.

Chill overnight. Cut into blocks and serve.

Emily’s Egg Salad

6 large hard-boiled eggs

4 tablespoons mayonnaise

1 teaspoon white vinegar

1 teaspoon yellow mustard

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon finely grated Vidalia onion

Peel the eggs and place them in the food processor. Pulse a few times, stopping when the eggs are finely chopped. In a medium bowl, mix the other ingredients. Once they’re mixed well, add the chopped eggs and mix until just combined. Can be garnished with a touch of paprika. Makes 3-4 servings.



FOUR CUTS TOO MANY by Debra H. Goldstein
The Fourth Sarah Blair Mystery

When Sarah Blair agrees to meet sous chef Grace at the community college, she has a feeling it has something to do with her nemesis, Jane. But Grace, also an adjunct professor at the school, deems the reason for the secret meeting no longer relevant after what happened. After describing a run in with the interim chairman of the culinary program, Grace asks Sarah to accompany her back to her classroom so she can clean up. When they return they find their entry to the classroom barred and the chairman dead inside. Seeing the writing on the wall, as well as hearing Grace being called the murderer, Sarah not only gets Grace a lawyer, but starts to do a little digging on her own. With the nickname Malevolent Monster there must be plenty of other people who wanted the man dead! Sarah begins snooping while also sorting out her love life, caring for her two beloved pets, and figuring out what Jane has up her sleeve now.
Sarah knows that Grace couldn't have murdered the Malevolent Monster...couldn't she? What's an amateur sleuth to do when she's not completely positive her friend isn't the murderer? Look deeper. I love how Sarah keeps things real. While she believes Grace couldn't be a murderer, there's still a sliver of doubt that she's willing and able to acknowledge. There's a well thought out mystery in FOUR CUTS TOO MANY with enough twists to keep things interesting.

I like most of the characters found in the Sarah Blair Mystery series, from Sarah, the men in her life, even Mom, Maybelle. I despise Jane. I really hope she'll be a murder victim at some point, but in order to maintain conflict, I suppose I'm stuck with this woman. I love Rah Rah and Fluffy and am especially pleased at the awareness brought to shelter animals.

FOUR CUTS TOO MANY is a delicious mystery dealing with ambition and greed delectable for both foodies and those inept, or at least not too adept, in the kitchen.

 Four Cuts Too Many (A Sarah Blair Mystery) by Debra H. Goldstein

About Four Cuts Too Many

Four Cuts Too Many (A Sarah Blair Mystery)
Cozy Mystery 4th in Series
Publisher: Kensington (May 25, 2021)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages 

Sarah Blair gets an education in slicing and dicing when someone in culinary school serves up a main corpse in Wheaton, Alabama . . .

Between working as a law firm receptionist, reluctantly pitching in as co-owner of her twin sister’s restaurant, and caretaking for her regal Siamese RahRah and rescue dog Fluffy, Sarah has no time to enjoy life’s finer things. Divorced and sort-of dating, she’s considering going back to school. But as a somewhat competent sleuth, Sarah’s more suited for criminal justice than learning how many ways she can burn a meal.

Although she wouldn’t mind learning some knife skills from her sous chef, Grace Winston. An adjunct instructor who teaches cutlery expertise in cooking college, Grace is considering accepting an executive chef’s position offered by Jane Clark, Sarah’s business rival—and her late ex-husband’s lover. But Grace’s future lands in hot water when the school’s director is found dead with one of her knives in his back. To clear her friend’s name, Sarah must sharpen her own skills at uncovering an elusive killer . . .

Includes quick and easy recipes!

About Debra H. Goldstein

Judge Debra H. Goldstein writes Kensington’s Sarah Blair mystery series (Three Treats Too Many, Two Bites Too Many, One Taste Too Many). She also authored Should Have Played Poker and IPPY Award-winning Maze in Blue. Her short stories have been named Agatha, Anthony, Derringer finalists. Debra serves on the national boards of Mystery Writers of America and is president of SEMWA. She previously was on Sisters in Crime’s national board and president of SinC’s Guppy Chapter.

Find out more about Debra and sign up for her newsletter at Follow her on Twitter (@DebraHGoldstein), Bookbub (, and Facebook ( 

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  2. This looks like it would be a great read. I love foodie cozies.

    1. Although it fits the culinary cuisine definition, the Sarah Blair books have a weird twist - Sarah Blair is more afraid of the kitchen than she is of murder.

  3. Thank you for having me today. Appreciate the kind review.

  4. Thank you for hosting me today and for your review.

  5. Love this author. Boy would I love to read and review print format of book. Love the book cover and excerpt. Book and sounds looks very intriguing, interesting, mysterious and like it's a best seller. The book cover and excerpt makes me want to buy this book and series right away. Love books like this.
    Thanks for recipes.
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  6. Sounds like a book I will enjoy reading.

  7. Sounds like an exciting book.

  8. I have read a few print books in this series and they are so good so would love to read this one and review. peggy clayton

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