The Big Chili

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The Big Chili

An Undercover Dish Mystery, #1

Cooking mysteries have become a dime a dozen so it takes a special premise to have one stand out. “The Big Chili” by Julia Buckley cooks up an outstanding take on the catering mystery series. Lilah Drake provides home cooked dishes to her clients for them to pass off as their own creations. While Lilah would love to start her own catering company, right now she’s happy to be cooking up a storm for people who are too busy to cook or just inept in the kitchen. But when somebody drops dead at a church bingo night after eating some of Lilah’s secret chili, her future cooking career is threatened. Lilah must track down the killer before her budding business is killed, or worse yet, she ends up dead herself.

This was a highly enjoyable book, especially with the constant soundtrack to Lilah’s life going on in her head. This first book, in what will hopefully be a long line of books, introduces a wide cast of interesting characters, along with a variety of tasty-sounding dishes. By the end of the book I found myself wanting to be part of Lilah’s family, and I’m eagerly looking forward to Julia Buckley’s next entry in the Undercover Dish Mystery series.


Book Blurb for The Big Chili

First in a delicious new mystery series filled with casseroles, confidences, and killers...

Lilah Drake’s Covered Dish business discreetly provides the residents of Pine Haven, Illinois, with delicious, fresh-cooked meals they can claim they cooked themselves. But when one of her clandestine concoctions is used to poison a local woman, Lilah finds herself in a pot-load of trouble…

After dreaming for years of owning her own catering company, Lilah has made a start into the food world through her Covered Dish business, covertly cooking for her neighbors who don’t have the time or skill to do so themselves, and allowing them to claim her culinary creations as their own. While her clientele is strong, their continued happiness depends on no one finding out who’s really behind the apron.

So when someone drops dead at a church Bingo night moments after eating chili that Lilah made for a client, the anonymous chef finds herself getting stirred into a cauldron of secrets, lies, and murder—and going toe to toe with a very determined and very attractive detective. To keep her clients coming back and her business under wraps, Lilah will have to chop down the list of suspects fast, because this spicy killer has acquired a taste for homicide…


Night Owl Reviews Dec, 2015 4.50