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Slashed Potatoes and Grave-y Blitz

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Slashed Potatoes and Grave-y Blitz

Author: Joann Keder
Series: Honeypie Mysteries, #1
Publication date: February 14th 2024
Genres: Adult, Cozy Mystery

Honeypie Sweetwater’s life is a recipe for disaster—her culinary career in San Francisco is burnt to a crisp, her sterling reputation tossed out like last week’s leftovers, and now her home is slipping through her fingers like fine sand. Just as she’s about to surrender to fate, a ghost from the past delivers a bombshell—her beloved grandmother didn’t die; she was murdered. Clutching the deed to a quaint diner on the rugged coast, Honeypie whisks back to the salty sea air of her youth to unravel a mystery that’s been marinating for years. In a town bubbling with secrets, every friend could be a suspect, and every enemy, a clue. As the plot thickens and an enigmatic blast from the past steps out of the shadows, Honeypie must face a bitter truth: the most dangerous ingredients in this simmering scandal are her own buried secrets.

an excerpt

She found a twenty-dollar bill in a coat pocket that morning. Honeypie Chiffon Sweetwater took that as a sign that it was time to come clean with her son. This surprise money would buy her a dozen raised glazed peace offerings to soften the blow.

“Nosedive” was the term she’d used when explaining to Dex that they’d have to leave California. A skinny kid, Dexter Jenkins had his mother’s thick, wavy hair, except his was chestnut in color, his father’s deep blue eyes and a smirk that was all his own. 

Dex sat hunched at the table in his vintage t-shirt with his dark curls drooping over his eyes. It was hard to tell whether he was mid-morning or mid-evening because of his perpetual state of wrinkle.

“So, like I was saying, we’re going to move to Washington State. I found a bunch of skateboard parks.” Honey shoved a rumpled paper in front of him. She had to give her electric can opener to their upstairs neighbor in exchange for two printed pages, which didn’t seem like a fair trade. 

“Those are in Seattle.” He shoved the papers back towards her and slouched against the back of his chair, folding his thin arms across his abdomen. “NOT in Misty Cove.”

H.P. bent down and kissed the top of his head, drinking in what was left of his little boy smell. 

Ever since fourth grade, when his best friend went through a growth spurt, Dex smelled like a combination of Axe body spray and his lunchbox when he’d forgotten it in his backpack during spring break. Definitely rancid, but with sweet undertones. 

“Don’t!” He shoved her hand away.

about the author

USA TODAY bestselling author, Joann Keder spent most of her years in the Midwest, growing up and raising a family on the Great Plains of Nebraska. She worked for sixteen years as a piano teacher before returning to school to receive a master’s degree in creative writing. A mid-life move to the Pacific Northwest led her to re-examine her priorities. She now creates stories about life and relationships in small towns while her ever-patient husband encourages her on.

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