Wednesday, February 17, 2021


I'm joining Berkley Mystery today
in celebrating the release of  
Book 1 in the Cap Cod Foodie Mysteries
by Amy Pershing

Beautiful Cape Cod, Massachusetts, is known for seafood, sand, surf, and, now…murder.
Samantha Barnes was always a foodie.  And when the CIA (that’s the Culinary Institute of America) came calling, she happily traded in Cape Cod for the Big Apple.  But then the rising young chef’s clash with another chef (her ex!) boils over and goes viral. So when Sam inherits a house on the Cape and lands a job writing restaurant reviews, it seems like the perfect pairing. What could go wrong? Well, as it turns out, a lot.
The dilapidated house comes with an enormous puppy. Her new boss is, well, bossy.  And the town’s harbor master is none other than her first love.  Nonetheless, Sam’s looking forward to reviewing the Bayview Grill—and indeed the seafood chowder is divine. But the body in the pond outside the eatery was not on the menu. Sam is certain this is murder. But as she begins to stir the pot, is she creating a recipe for her own untimely demise?

Being a veracious reader, I couldn’t wait to gobble up, A SIDE OF MURDER. Thankfully, it was as tasty as I had hoped, making this a satisfyingly yummy first installment to the Cape Cod Foodies Mysteries.

The plot of, A SIDE OF MURDER, was so well thought out. You can tell, author Amy Pershing really put a lot of thought and work into this book. From the perfectly executed mystery, which was a real page turner of a puzzle for me, to the everyday lives of the characters and the vibe of their town. I really enjoyed getting to know them all.  Protagonist, Samantha Barnes was so much fun to read. I have no doubt she and I could spend hours talking and cracking up. The supporting cast made the perfect book mates for her character, and I’m looking forward to spending time with and learning more about them in the next book.

And being a foodie book, author Barnes does disappoint. Recipes are included! 

My advice? Add A SIDE OF MURDER to your TBR. You’ll be happy you did.

Amy Pershing -- -- is a lifelong mystery lover and wordsmith who spent every summer of her childhood on Cape Cod. In her previous incarnations she was an assistant editor at Viking Penguin, a restaurant reviewer for Playbill magazine's Restaurant Reporter, and a journalist at the Rome (Italy) Daily American before eventually going on to lead employee communications at a global bank. A few years ago (with the final college tuition bill paid), she waved goodbye to Wall Street in order to write full time (and spend more time sailing on Cape Cod!). A Side of Murder is the first book in the Cape Cod Foodie mystery series featuring Samantha Barnes, a disgraced but resilient ex-chef and the world's most reluctant YouTube star. While Sam tries to balance her new job as the local paper's "Cape Cod Foodie" with her complicated love life, a posse of just-slightly-odd friends, a falling-down house and a ginormous puppy, she also discovers a new talent - a propensity for falling over dead bodies ... and for solving crime.

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  1. Thanks, Lisa. Sounds like a great start to this new series.
    Happy Wednesday!
    Pat T

  2. Thank you for your review on "A SIDE OF MURDER" by Amy Pershing. Sounds wonderful and I've added it to my TBR list. Can't wait for the opportunity to read it.
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