Thursday, March 8, 2018


I'm thrilled to be a stop on the 
blog tour for author
Tina Kashian
and her new book
Book 1 in the Kebob Kitchen Mysteries

When Lucy Berberian quits her Philadelphia law firm and heads home to Ocean Crest, she knows what she’s getting—the scent of funnel cake, the sight of the wooden roller coaster, and the tastes of her family’s Mediterranean restaurant. But murder wasn’t on the menu . . .
Things are slow in the off-season in this Jersey Shore town, but Lucy doesn’t mind. She doesn’t even mind waitressing at the Kebab Kitchen. Her parents have put in a new hummus bar, with every flavor from lemon to roasted red pepper. It’s fun to see their calico cat again, and to catch up with her old BFF, who’s married to a cop now.
She could do without Heather Banks, though. The Gucci-toting ex-cheerleader is still as nasty as she was back in high school . . . and unfortunately, she’s just taken over as the local health inspector. Just minutes after eating at the Kebab Kitchen—where she’s tallied up a whole list of bogus violations—she falls down dead in the street. Word on the grapevine is it’s homicide, and Lucy’s the number one suspect . . .

Recipes included!



Winner will be chosen after March 11
at the end of the tour

One (1) lucky reader will win a their choice of a

$10.00 Amazon Gift Card

One (1) Print copy of


USA only

Enter using the Rafflecopter form at the end of this post.

This giveaway is through Great Escape Book Tours, not Lisa Ks Book Reviews.



A delicious start to a new series. HUMMUS AND HOMICIDE has me hungering for more!

I just love starting a new series, by a new to me author, and before I finish page one, I’m hooked. And by the end of the first chapter, I can’t put the book down. Author Tina Kashian has done that with this first installment in her Kebob Kitchen Mysteries!

I love that HUMMUS AND HOMICIDE is set on the east coast. The little town of Ocean Crest, New Jersey reminds me of my summers at the beach in Rehoboth, Delaware. With the book’s opening talking about the smell of funnel cake, seeing the Ferris Wheel on the pier, and the mile long boardwalk, I was yearning to jump in my car and head to the beach!

Protagonist Lucy Berberian is a wonderful new cozy lead. Her parents, and friends are a wonderful balance of personalities, that play well off of Lucy.

And then there’s the mystery. I was so happy to see this victim get what was coming to her. Of course, Lucy investigates into why Heather was killed. I mean, she died after eating at Lucy’s parent’s restaurant. There are a lot of suspects that wanted the victim dead. But it took the reveal for me to know who the killer was, and why he/she wanted the victim dead.

Fast moving, with a great plot, and yummy recipes in the back of the book, HUMMUS AND HOMICIDE is a book you’ll want to add to your reading list!


Tina Kashian’s Award-Winning Hummus Recipe

This is my own secret recipe and I make it weekly at home for the kids and the husband. It can be served as a dip with wedges of pita bread or vegetables, and goes well with broiled or grilled meat. It can also be used as a healthy alternative to mayonnaise on sandwiches.

1 can (15 ounces) chick peas
3½ teaspoons tahini (sesame seed puree)
3 cloves minced garlic (1½ teaspoons)
1 teaspoon salt
5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice

Drain can of chick peas and reserve ¼ cup fluid. Mix tahini thoroughly before using to incorporate oil that separates during storage. Using a food processor or blender, combine and blend all ingredients until smooth. If hummus is too thick, add a few tablespoons of reserved fluid from chick peas and blend again. Pour into serving platter. Enjoy!




One (1) lucky reader on my blog will win thier 
choice of a Print or Digital copy of

Leave your email address in the comments for 
your chance to win!




  Tina Kashian spent her childhood summers at the New Jersey shore, building sand castles, boogie boarding, and riding the boardwalk Ferris wheel. She also grew up in the restaurant business where her Armenian parents owned a restaurant for thirty years. She worked almost every job—rolling silverware and wiping down tables as a tween, to hosting and waitressing as a teenager. After college, Tina worked as a NJ Deputy Attorney General, a patent attorney, and a mechanical engineer. Her law cases inspired an inquiring mind of crime, and since then, Tina has been hooked on mysteries. The Kebab Kitchen Cozy Mystery series launches with Hummus and Homicide, followed by Stabbed in the Baklava and One Feta in the Grave by Kensington Books. Tina still lives in New Jersey with her supportive husband and two young daughters. Please visit and join her Newsletter to enter free contests to win books, get delicious recipes, and to learn when her books will be released. Author Links
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  1. Thanks, Lisa. This sounds great! Happy Thursday, to you.

  2. Thank you for your review and information on "HUMMUS AND HOMCIDE" as well as being part of the book tour.

    I'd love the opportunity to read this book. Love cozies and this one intrigues me. Love the adorable cover.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

    1. Hi Kay! I'm happy you like the cover. I was happy the publisher included the cat. I love animals!

  3. I'd love to win a print copy!

  4. Thanks for sharing your review, Lisa. I too loved this book and am looking forward to the next book.

    1. Hi Mary! I'm happy you enjoyed the book. "Stabbed in the Baklava" comes out in August.

  5. I absolutely love getting in on the beginning of a new series! Good Review, Lisa!

  6. Thanks for your review of what sounds like a fun book, Lisa!

  7. This sounds like an interesting read. Thanks for the chance.

  8. Thank you for hosting me, and for your review!

    1. Thank you also for the extra giveaway! I appreciate it!

  9. I'm ready to try out this recipe. I've never made my own hummus before.

    1. Hi Jana! You have to try the recipe. It's easy to make and I promise it's good!

  10. This book sounds fantastic--I'd love to read it!

  11. Thanks for the extra giveaway! aut1063(at)gmail(dot)com

  12. I love hummus. I will definately try your recipe. Thank you for the chance. Lamonicaks(at)gmail(dot)com