Tuesday, January 9, 2024

A Crust to Die For - A Guest Post, Review, & Giveaway

I'm pleased to welcome Hilary Hanson to Cozy Up With Kathy today. You can find Hilary on the pages of the Tiffany Austin Food Blogger Mystery series by T. C. LoTempio. A CRUST TO DIE FOR is the second book in the series and was released last week.

A chat with....Hilary Hanson!

Hello there! My name is Hilary Hanson, and I’m Tiffany Austin’s BFF, sidekick, partner in crime!

Tiff and I have been friends ever since grammar school, when she first treated me to some of her homemade chocolate chip cookies! Man, that girl could cook even at age 7!  It provided the basis for our lasting friendship.  She cooks and I eat!  How more perfect can you get?

I was thrilled when Tiff moved back to Branson (sorry to hear about her romantic troubles, but his loss was my gain).  I  like to think I was instrumental in her getting the food blogger job at Southern Style! Of course, the fact that our editor went to grammar school with us and always had a soft spot for Tiff didn’t hurt?

In Tiff’s latest adventure, A CRUST TO DIE FOR, she helps my sister Arleen out of a pretty big jam. A food critic is killed during a pizza bakeoff and my sister is high if not number one on the suspect list!  Naturally, I’m there to help! 

Does Tiff clear my sister? Well, you’ll just have to read A CRUST TO DIE FOR to find out!  Here’s hoping for many more adventures for Tiff and myself!

Love, Hilary



A CRUST TO DIE FOR by T. C. LoTempio
The Second Tiffany Austin Food Blogger Mystery
Thrilled that Southern Style Magazine is using her pizza contest idea, Tiffany Austin is less than pleased when they are forced to use Bartholomew Driscoll as a replacement judge. Making enemies wherever he goes, the egotistical misogynistic food critic turned restaurateur has never forgotten the poor review Tiffany once gave his restaurant. Upon arrival, Driscoll is his usual surly self and is seen getting into arguments with a variety of people. When he's found dead and her best friend's sister becomes a prime suspect Tiffany promises to do all she can to find the murderer. Will she succeed, or will she once again find herself a target? 

I really like Tiffany and her subtle and not so subtle methods of investigation. She's caring, but sees things with eyes wide open. She's someone with whom you can easily relate. I enjoy her relationship with her friends and I look forward to seeing where her relationship with Bartell goes. 
I really enjoy when a louse gets murdered, as is the case here. There are always a lot of suspects, all with good motives. While I picked up on some things, there were enough surprises to keep me engaged, sometimes even catching me off guard.

A CRUST TO DIE FOR is a smart witty mystery full of friends and good food. Be sure to bring an appetite for pizza and sink your teeth into this delightful read.


 A Crust to Die For (A Tiffany Austin Food Blogger Mystery) by Toni LoTempio

About A Crust To Die For 

A Crust to Die For (A Tiffany Austin Food Blogger Mystery)
Cozy Mystery 2nd in Series
Setting - Georgia
Severn House (January 2, 2024)
Hardcover: ‎ 240 pages

The Bon-Appetempting Pizza Bake-Off has the small town of Branson, Georgia buzzing. Not least its organizer, Southern Style's food critic and blogger Tiffany Austin. But right before the finals one of the celebrity judges falls ill, and to Tiffany's horror the magazine replaces him with none other than handsome TV star and restaurateur Bartholomew Driscoll.

Tiffany once gave his restaurant a poor review, and she's convinced he's only accepted the job to get revenge. She fully expects Driscoll will find a way to ruin the contest . . . but she definitely doesn't expect to trip over his dead body backstage!

Soon, it's clear Tiffany wasn't the only person who had less than positive feelings towards the sharp-tongued Driscoll. She's surrounded by suspects - but which of the motley crew of contestants, family members and scorned friends and colleagues had the guts to commit murder?

With the help of her BFF Hilary and annoyingly handsome detective Bartell, and with cat Lily and puppy Cooper as emotional support, Tiffany investigates, only to discover that revenge is indeed a dish best served cold . . .

About T.C. LoTempio

T. C. LoTempio is the award-winning, national bestselling author of the Nick and Nora mystery series. Her cat, Rocco, provides the inspiration for the character of Nick the cat. She also writes the Urban Tails Pet Shop Mystery Series, as well as the Cat Rescue series. Her latest series is the Tiffany Austin Food Blogger series from Severn House. Check out her and Rocco's blog, www.catsbooksmorecats.blogspot.com, and visit her website, www.tclotempio.net, for more information.

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GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1195684.T_C_LoTempio?from_search=true&from_srp=true  

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