On the Lamb

· A Kebab Kitchen Mystery Book 4 · Kensington Cozies
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Lucy Berberian is busy preparing her family’s Mediterranean restaurant for Easter on the Jersey Shore—but a batch of sweets is to die for . . .

Bikers are thundering into the seaside town of Ocean Crest for the annual Bikers on the Beach gathering that raises funds for injured veterans. It’s a big boost for the Kebab Kitchen, as well as for local businesses like Melanie Haven’s candy shop. But Melanie is about to find herself in a sticky situation.

When Melanie and Lucy attend a beach bonfire, a local landlord is found dead after apparently choking on a piece of salt water taffy. Melanie, who was known to have a contentious relationship with the victim, is quickly skewered as the prime suspect. But Lucy is determined to prove her friend’s innocence before the real killer coasts free . . .

Recipes included!

“Clever and charming . . . A culinary delight that will have readers salivating over the food and hungry for literary answers.”
RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars, on Hummus and Homicide

Ratings and reviews

2 reviews
Kristina Anderson
February 28, 2020
On the Lamb by Tina Kashian has Lucy Berberian enjoying a bonfire with her friends until a scream rings out. They find Melanie Haven, the local candy maker, standing by the prone body of Gilbert Lubinski. Melanie and Gilbert had a small altercation earlier in the evening which puts Melanie at the top of the detective’s suspect list. Melanie asks that Lucy use her sleuthing prowess to find the guilty party. Gilbert was not liked in the community, not even by his aunt who he was trying to oust from her home. Lucy has her work cut out for her if she is to prove Melanie’s innocence. On the Lamb can be read as a standalone for those new to A Kitchen Kebab Mystery series. Everything a new reader needs to know is included in On the Lamb. Lucy has been working hard at the family’s Mediterranean restaurant which she manages and is looking forward to evening with her friends enjoying the first bonfire of the season. I like the descriptions of Ocean City, New Jersey. I especially enjoy hearing about the boardwalk, the tram and the various shops. The word imagery brings the scenes alive in my mind. There is a nice balance between mystery and time spent with Lucy, her friends, family and boyfriend. The main characters are established, and a unique new character is introduced. Lucy finally moves into her own apartment. It is right on the beach much to her delight. Her new landlord, Eloisa Lubinski is delightful with her eccentric clothing and zest for life. Eloisa is hoping having Lucy live there will keep her nephew, Gilbert from pestering her about moving into an assisted living facility. Of course, Gilbert ends up dead. Lucy, with assistance from her best friend, Katie Watson, sets out to find the real culprit. They talk to numerous suspects, verify alibis, and do a little illegal searching (when the opportunity strikes, you cannot pass it up). It will depend upon your sleuthing level on whether you solve this whodunit. The clues are there for you to find. Lucy is trying to bring the family restaurant into the twenty-first century, but her father is stubborn (if it has worked for thirty years, why change it now is his philosophy). It is a good thing that Lucy is equally tenacious. Her romance with Azad is moving forward (personally, I prefer Michael). I enjoyed the mouthwatering descriptions of the food and there are recipes included at the end of the book. On the Lamb is a charming cozy mystery that will have you wanting to visit the Jersey shore. On the Lamb has terrific taffy, a blazing bonfire, a snappy shih tzu, mouthwatering meals, a ghastly landlord, surfeit of suspects, and a conniving killer.
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About the author

Tina Kashian, previously published as Tina Gabrielle, is a bestselling author, an attorney, and a mechanical engineer whose love of reading for pleasure helped her get through years of academia. Tina spent her childhood summers at the Jersey shore building sandcastles, boogie boarding, and riding the boardwalk Ferris wheel. She also grew up in the restaurant business, as her Armenian parents owned a restaurant for thirty years. Please visit her website at www.tinakashian.com to join her newsletter, receive delicious recipes, enter contests, and more!

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