Sunday, January 27, 2013

Mystery of the Month

Grilled, Chilled and Killed by Lesley A. Diehl

This is the second in the Big Lake Mysteries (the first was Dumpster Dying) featuring Emily Rhodes, retired preschool teacher and bartender turned amateur snoop.

It seems as if Emily is destined to discover dead bodies.  This time she finds one of the contestants at the local barbeque cook-off dead and covered in barbeque sauce in a beer cooler.  She should be used to stumbling onto corpses by now and the question of who killed the guy should pique her curiosity, but Emily decides to let Detective Lewis handle this one, at least until she figures his theory of who did the deed is wrong, wrong, wrong.  Lewis’ denigration of Emily’s speculations is condescending enough to stimulate her dormant snooping skills.  As the two of them go on their separate paths to find the killer, Lewis’ old partner, Toby the dirty, tobacco-spitting cop interferes in the investigation leaving Lewis with the wrong man in jail. Killers, bootleggers, barbeque and feral pigs—it’s a lethal game of hide and seek in the Florida swamp.

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Lesley retired from her life as a professor of psychology and reclaimed her country roots by moving to a small cottage in the Butternut River Valley in upstate New York.  In the winter she migrates to old Florida—cowboys, scrub palmetto, and open fields of grazing cattle, a place where spurs still jingle in the post office, and gators make golf a contact sport. 
Back north, the shy ghost inhabiting the cottage serves as her literary muse.  When not writing, she gardens, cooks and renovates the 1874 cottage with the help of her husband, two cats, and, of course, Fred the ghost, who gives artistic direction to their work.    

She is author of several short stories and several mystery series: the microbrewing mystery series set in the Butternut Valley (A Deadly Draught and Poisoned Pairings) and a rural Florida series, Dumpster Dying and Grilled, Killed and Chilled (to be released late in 2012).  She recently signed a three-book deal with Camel Press for The Consignment Shop Murders including A Secondhand Murder.  For something more heavenly, try her mystery Angel Sleuth.  Several of her short stories have been published by Untreedreads including one (Murder with All the Trimmings) in the original Thanksgiving anthology The Killer Wore Cranberry and another (Mashed in the Potatoes) in the second anthology The Killer Wore Cranberry: A Second Helping.  She invites readers to visit her on her blog and website.



  1. Lesley, the new book sounds like a winner. As for your bio statement, whew! I envy your tireless energy. You, too, are a winner!

  2. Like your titles and off to locate some of your books. Hope to read your latest soon.

  3. Lesley,
    I love your titles. Your new book sounds terrific. Hope you have many, many sales.

  4. I'm still catching up on your other series, but this does sound like a winner, too.

  5. Already read it and it was terrific! I can't wait for the next book in this series. Yes, Lesley, you are a woman of many talents.
    Marja McGraw

  6. What a place to find a body! Butternut River Valley mist be beautiful...

  7. Super, super, SUPER! The book sounds great and now I'm hungry for barbecue. I loved Dumpster Dying and I'm sure i'm gonna love this, too.

  8. Your book is on my list and already on my kindle. I can't wait.

    Hello Patricia. (waving!)
    W.S. Gager on Writing

  9. As we say here in the south, y'all are just so kind and supportive. See, I can speak the lingo too. But then I did live in Georgia for three years. Thanks, Pat, for hosting my new book. It was great fun writing it, and I hope everyone will enjoy the read. Go graba beer, some ribs and set down for a read.

    1. Lesley,
      I loved the book. I wish you many, many sales!

  10. I love to read cozies, and yours looks like a lot of fun. I'm putting it next on my TBR list.


  11. So great to see you on Patricia's blog, Lesley. What a title! I'm still reading Dumpster Dying; eventually,I'll get to this, too. Much success to you.