I am thrilled to feature Slayed by Souvlaki
(A Callie’s Kitchen Cozy Mystery)
by Jenny Kales today!
About Slayed by Souvlaki
Slayed by Souvlaki (A Callie’s Kitchen Cozy Mystery)
5th in Series
Setting – Greece / Wisconsin
Independently published (October 30, 2021)
Paperback : 267 pages
ISBN-13 : 979-8750257041
Digital ASIN : B09H56VYN7
Greek vacations can be murder! Recipes are included in this cozy mystery set in the Greek Islands.
Callie Costas can’t believe she is finally traveling to Greece with her significant other, Detective Ian Sands. However, this isn’t your average voyage: Callie’s father has invited a slew of colorful family members to his beautiful childhood village to celebrate his recent marriage. Callie is especially delighted to be reunited with her Greek “Aunt Sweetie” aka Glykeria.
The Costas family’s Greek getaway turns to Greek tragedy when murder turns up on the menu at the seaside restaurant of her father’s friend, Dimitrios. A restaurant employee has been killed and Dimitrios is a prime suspect.
With a hodge-podge group of tourists and villagers to round out the suspect list, can Callie help her father clear his friend’s name before the killer skewers her?
Callie Costas’s father George is not taking a typical honeymoon trip with his new bride. No, he is taking his whole family including Callie’s boyfriend, Detective Ian Sands on the trip of a lifetime. He is so excited to take them to his childhood village in Greece where they will meet his best friend and experience his restaurant. It also allows them to catch up with “Aunt Sweetie” who had recently visited them in the States. Everyone is looking forward to viewing the historical sights and eating the amazing food.
Tragedy strikes though after enjoying their first authentic Greek meal when one of the restaurant’s employees is found dead. Callie’s father is shocked when his friend since childhood, Dimitrios, is arrested for the crime. Her father is beside himself with worry, so Callie decides to do something she does best . . . snooping. She comes up with a nice list of suspects and soon Ian figures out what she is up to, and dives in to help her in any way he can because he knows she isn’t going to stop until she finds the real killer.
It has been a while since Ms. Kale released a book in this series but let me tell you it was well worth the wait. These characters are so memorable it was very easy to pick up right where we left off. Plus she takes us along with these fantastic characters to Greece. It really is a family affair. I loved that the family members could split up and do their own things. Trips to the ruins, the beach, and the pool filled the days but everyone came together for the evening meal. Traveling with a big family isn’t easy but the Costas family pulled it off along with a little amateur investigation and a treasure hunt for a lost piece of jewelry.
The author’s descriptive writing style took me on a wonderful virtual vacay of my own. I so enjoyed traveling the streets and checking out the shops. The special date Ian put together for he and Callie really warmed my heart. All the places they traveled were easily cast in vivid pictures in my mind. My only issue was missing out on the gelato and other delicious food. There are recipes at the end of the story but I could never do them justice.
The other part of my vacation that I enjoyed was tagging along with Callie as she sorted out clues. We met a few tourists, shopkeepers, and residents of the village as Callie tried to mix together and make sense of everything she was learning about the victim and his connections with others around the town. She really went all out to find the answers she needed. I really felt for Ian. Out of jurisdiction, he was unsure if he could keep Callie safe or get her out of trouble with the local authorities if that need arose. One thing is for sure. They do make a great team when they work together. At one point I thought I had the killer skewered but within a few pages, my theory fell apart. As I continued reading I must say I had that edge-of-the-seat feeling and that was evidenced by how quickly the pages started to fly.
I have to thank the author for transporting me to an idyllic place with such genuine characters. Of course, I enjoy the stories set in my home state of Wisconsin but would never turn down taking a trip with some of my favorite characters. Callie has come so far from the first book in this series, On The Chopping Block. The loving relationship she has with her dad always makes me miss mine. Oh, and the ending of the book was just plain sweet.
Slayed by Souvlaki was a Perfect Escape. I hope we don’t have to wait too long for the next book in the series. I implore the author to write quickly. I can’t wait to see what happens next.
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About Jenny Kales
Jenny Kales is the author of The Callie’s Kitchen Mystery Series, featuring Greek-American Calliope Costas, a feisty food business owner and amateur sleuth, who lives in a scenic Wisconsin town with colorful characters — and a high murder rate! Each book contains several delicious recipes, both Greek and American. Callie’s latest adventure, SLAYED BY SOUVLAKI is the 5th Callie’s Kitchen Mystery series and was released in October 2021.
Jenny is an avid reader, cook, and baker and she’s addicted to reading and British TV mysteries. She lives just outside of Chicago with her husband and is the mom of two daughters and one cute but demanding Yorkshire terrier. She’s hard at work on additional writing projects including more Callie’s Kitchen Mysteries and a new series releasing in 2022.
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