A Dash of Death (A Cocktails and Catering Mystery)
by Michelle Hillen Klump
A Dash of Death shakes things up for Samantha with an overabundance of bitters, a fatal flower, a toxic cocktail, a bothersome ex-beau, a fatal flower, a troublesome lawsuit, and a resolute reporter.
~The Avid Reader
I am fascinated with the mixology theme. I am looking forward to more in this series.
~My Reading Journeys
There are quite a few twists, turns, and red herrings throughout this story. It kept me captivated and guessing from page one to the end. It’s a great start to a brand new cozy mystery series. I can’t wait to read more.
~Socrates’ Book Reviews
This was a great debut! This mystery was fun and exciting and I can’t wait to read more. Looking forward to reading book number two to see where it goes from here.
This is the first in this series and I’ll be looking for the next one. An added bonus is the recipe at the end of the book.
~Christa Reads and Writes
I enjoyed this fun story. The premise is unique with the mixed drinks angle and the characters are engaging. You’ll not only want to solve the mystery, but you’ll also become involved in Samantha’s life.
~Nellie’s Book Nook
I think this author and this series have a lot of promise and I am looking forward to wherever she takes her characters next.
~Escape with Dollycas into a Good Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours
So, yes, this is the first in the Cocktails and Catering series. Michelle, you have set yourself a very high bar.
A great choice for cozy fans. I totally loved it so I give it 5/5 stars.
~Books a Plenty Book Reviews
I had never heard of “bitters” before. And it is refreshing to see new hobbies/careers in a book. I was left guessing until the very end of this one. I look forward to more in this series.
~Melina’s Book Blog
About A Dash of Death
A Dash of Death (A Cocktails and Catering Mystery)
1st in Series
Setting – Texas
Crooked Lane Books (February 8, 2022)
Hardcover : 304 pages
ISBN-10 : 1643859374
ISBN-13 : 978-1643859378
Digital ASIN : B094GN846Y
A Houston reporter-turned-mixologist mixes it up with murder in this series debut from Michelle Hillen Klump, superbly catering to fans of Diane Mott Davidson and Lee Hollis.
Bad news for Samantha Warren: The plucky Houston, Texas, reporter lost her job and her fiancé in rapid succession. But Sam has a way of making lemonade out of the bitterest of lemons. At a meeting of the local historical-homes council, she serves up the homemade bitters that she made as gifts for her wedding party. She intends to use that as her “in” to become an in-demand party mixologist. But the party’s over for one of the council members, who keels over dead soon after he sips the bereft bride’s bitter brew.
It turns out that the victim, Mark, was poisoned—his drink spiked with oleander. Since Sam mixed the drink that Mark imbibed right before his demise, she finds herself at the front of the suspect line. Now, she’ll have to use all of her reporter’s wisdom and wiles to clear her name.
Who could have wanted Mark dead? His wife, Gabby? His girlfriend, Darcy? Someone who wanted his seat on the council? Or another citizen of this sweet Texas town that holds some seedy secrets?
Job hunting, building her mixology business, and fending off late-night phone calls from her nearly betrothed don’t leave much time for sleuthing. But if Sam can’t “pour” over the clues to find the killer, it may soon be last call for her.
About Michelle Hillen Klump
Michelle Hillen Klump is a former newspaper reporter who covered government, courts and crime throughout Arkansas and Central Texas. Still a working journalist, she is also a member of Sisters in Crime. Her short fiction has appeared in Crimson Streets and Tales of Texas, volume 2, a Houston short story anthology.
My webpage: https://michelleklump.com/
Facebook Author page: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorMichelleKlump
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