“Hummus and Homicide” is the first book in the Kebab Kitchen Mystery series. The main character Lucy Berberian just quit her job and decides to head back to her hometown of Ocean Crest to take a break and think about her next move. While at home working at her family’s Mediterranean restaurant, an old enemy of Lucy’s winds up dead at the restaurant, and she’s the number one suspect…
The main reason I picked up the book was because I saw that Lucy used to work in Philadelphia and her hometown was near the Jersey Shore, and I’m from that area so I had to read it. I instantly connected with the setting, the town and the vivid descriptions that just kept giving me nostalgic feelings and memories.
The characters were all delightful and entertaining in their own ways. I instantly bonded with Lucy and her wacky family because they reminded me of my own family. Lucy came off as a very likable and relatable character. Her issues and struggles were things that everyone has experienced or could understand.
The mystery itself took me for an exciting ride! Very captivating and thrilling. I enjoyed everything about it, especially the ending, which surprised me!
Overall, an excellent start to a new cozy series! I had an absolute blast while reading this book! I will definitely be picking up the next one in the series.
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 . . .