Dumpster Dying & Grilled, Chilled and Killed by Lesley A. Diehl

Dumpster Dying & Grilled, Chilled and Killed
by Lesley A. Diehl

The setting is interesting and well-drawn, the characters are a load of fun, and the story moves fast and keeps the reader turning the pages, with just the right amount of peril.
~The Ninja Librarian reviews Dumpster Dying

Lesley A. Diehl is rapidly become a favorite! She has done it again with the Big Lake Murder Mysteries featuring Emily Rhodes…
~The Journey Back

I am loving this series. Book 2 is just as good as Book 1.
~My Reading Journeys

The characters in the book are well-rounded, complex, and interesting. The more I’ve read, the more I’ve started liking them.
~Valerie’s Musings


(Dumpster Dying)…this is wonderful story of friendship and family, and this is a series I would highly recommend to all cozy fans.
(Grilled, Chilled and Killed)This book was just as much fun to read as the first one, if not more so.
~Book Babble

“Dumpster Dying” by author Lesley L.Diehl is Book 1 in the Big Lake mystery series…This book will keep you guessing until the end.

“Grilled, Chilled, and Killed”, is Book 2 in the series. Once again we find Emily Rhodes as a bartender minding her own business. This time when she finds another body in a beer cooler.
~3 Partners in Shopping; Nana, Mommy, &; Sissy too!

(Dumpster Dying) With all the fascinating characters this book has to offer, mystery fans are sure to find this a page turner.
~Texas Book-aholic

(Dumpster Dying) If you never thought of Florida as the Wild West, you will after reading this!
Fires and Gators and murder – oh my! 
~Laura’s Interests

(Grilled, Chilled, and Killed) Spiders and gators and feral hogs all play a role. Some of the topics are quite dark but the author keeps the action moving and adds her brand of humor to keep this an enjoyable read
~Laura’s Interests

The mystery was well written as I was very surprised near the end when the mastermind behind everything was revealed.
~Storeybook Reviews

(Dumpster Dying) – This was one laugh after another. There’s an eclectic cast of character’s and more shenanigans and manipulating going on than you can shake a stick at.

(Grilled, Chilled and Killed) – So much in this book reminds me of me. I live in a small southern town. Tended bar at a local pub, as does Emily. And had friends from all walks of life. I felt right at home in the pages of this book and had a grand time.

(Grilled, Chilled and Killed) I kept going back and forth on suspecting different characters for the murder and their motive. Of course I didn’t figure it out and I was glad that it wasn’t easy to figure out and kept me guessing.
~Storeybook Reviews

This is my first book by Lesley A. Diehl but it will not be my last. I really enjoyed her writing style. I love how she keeps the tempo up, does not fill you with a ton of unneeded description and information, and makes you want to race down the page to find out what will happen next.
~T’s Stuff

Dumpster Dying Book 1: Big Lake Murder Mysteries
I was quickly drawn into this story, any reader would be. It takes off with a great plot and is successfully interesting.
~Bibliophile Reviews

Grilled, Chilled and Killed: Book 2: Big Lake Murder Mysteries
I was finding my humor and my hold my breath moments that keep me engaged in a mystery. Lesley has a great series on her hands.
~Bibliophile Reviews

Grilled, Chilled and Killed:  The dialogue between these three characters is funny and original, and is my favourite part of the book if I say the truth.

In Dumpster Dying, the author was able to write a story that had me guessing the outcome until close to the end of the story. To me, that is the mark of a good mystery.
~Brooke Blogs

Grilled, Chilled and Killed is a fun addition to the series. The setting is just perfect and I can’t wait to read more Big Lake Murder Mysteries.
~Brooke Blogs

Dumpster Dying: Book 1 in the Big Lake Murder MysteriesCozy Mystery
1st in Series
Creekside Publishing (December 31, 2016)
Paperback: 248 Pages E-Book 232 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0997234923

Emily Rhodes came to rural Florida for the cowboys, the cattle, and to do a little country two-step, not to fall head first onto a dead body in a dumpster. Ah, the golden years of retirement in the sunshine state. They’re more like pot metal to Emily, who discovers the body of the county’s wealthiest rancher in the Big Lake Country Club dumpster. With her close friend accused of the murder, Emily sets aside her grief at her life partner’s death to find the real killer. She underestimates the obstacles rural Florida can set up for a winter visitor and runs afoul of a local judge with his own version of justice, hires a lawyer who works out of a retirement home, and flees wild fires hand-in-hand with the man she believes to be the killer.

Grilled, Chilled and Killed: Big Lake Murder Mystery
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Creekside Publishing (December 31, 2016)
Paperback: 330 pages E-Book 224 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0997234930

It seems as if Emily is destined to discover dead bodies. This time she finds one of the contestants at the local barbecue cook-off dead and covered in barbecue sauce in a beer cooler. She should be used to stumbling onto corpses by now and the question of who killed the guy should pique her curiosity, but Emily decides to let Detective Lewis handle this one, at least until she figures his theory of who did the deed is wrong, wrong, wrong. Lewis’ denigration of Emily’s speculations is condescending enough to stimulate her dormant snooping skills. As the two of them go on their separate paths to find the killer, Lewis’ old partner, Toby the dirty, tobacco-spitting cop interferes in the investigation leaving Lewis with the wrong man in jail. Killers, bootleggers, barbecue and feral pigs—it’s a lethal game of hide and seek in the Florida swamp.

About The Author

Lesley retired from her life as a professor of psychology and reclaimed her country roots by moving to a small cottage in the Butternut River Valley in Upstate New York. In the winter she migrates to old Florida—cowboys, scrub palmetto and open fields of grazing cattle, a place where spurs still jingle in the post office, and gators make golf a contact sport. Back north, the shy ghost inhabiting the cottage serves as her literary muse. When not writing, she gardens, cooks, frequents yard sales and renovates the 1874 cottage with the help of her husband, two cats and, of course, Fred the ghost, who gives artistic direction to their work. She is the author of a number of mystery series and mysteries as well as short stories. The third book in the Eve Appel murders (from Camel Press) A Sporting Murder was awarded a Readers’ Favorite Five Star Award and her short story Gator Aid a Sleuthfest (2009) short story first place. She has fired the alligator that served as her literary muse when she is in Florida and is interviewing applicants for the position.

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Tour Participants

May 15 – The Ninja Librarian – REVIEW – Book 1, CHARACTER GUEST POST

May 15 – My Journey Back My Reading Journeys –  REVIEW – Both Books, INTERVIEW*

May 16 – Dee-Scoveries – SPOTLIGHT

May 17 – Valerie’s Musings – REVIEW – Both Books, INTERVIEW

May 17 – Babs Book Bistro – SPOTLIGHT

May 18 – A Blue Million Books – GUEST POST

May 18 – Book Babble – REVIEW – Both Books

May 19 – Sleuth Cafe – SPOTLIGHT

May 19 – Bookworm Café –  GUEST POST

May 20 – Texas Book-aholic – REVIEW – Book 1

May 20 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too! – REVIEW – Both Books *

May 21 – Books,Dreams,Life – SPOTLIGHT

May 21 – Island Confidential – CHARACTER INTERVIEW

May 22 – Laura’s Interests – REVIEW – Both Books, CHARACTER GUEST POST

May 22 –StoreyBook Reviews – REVIEW – Book 1

May 22 – Queen of All She Reads – REVIEW – Both Books

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May 24 – StoreyBook Reviews – REVIEW – Book 2

May 24 – T’s Stuff – REVIEW – Book 1

May 25 – Bibliophile Reviews –  REVIEW – Both Books

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