FIRST IN THE SERIES – EVERYTHING BUNDT THE TRUTH – released November 2, 2016
Getting accepted into the dinner club can be murder…She cheated on dessert. A murderer killed before dinner. If she doesn’t dish up the solution, she’ll be banned from the club.
Everything Bundt the Truth tied for FIRST PLACE in the Suspense Novel category of the 2017 IDA Contest. The IDA is sponsored by Oklahoma Romance Writers of America, but is open to all works of fiction in digital format.
A recent widow, Jane Marsh, is determined to recapture a rich, full life. She strives for youthful fun by riding a bicycle downtown on her lunch hour in a suit and heels, smoking cigars, eating at hipster restaurants, and re-entering the dating scene, even if her dates prove to be peculiar. Her most fervent desire, though, is to join an exclusive dinner club. She auditions but is barred when her housekeeper is found murdered, and she and her guest list become the suspect list. Her, a killer? So what if her two late husbands died under suspicious circumstances. It doesn’t make her a killer. Having passed off a store-bought Bundt cake as her own creation, she may have committed a culinary crime, but never murder!
This first in the dinner club murder mystery series is similar to cozies written by authors Jessica Beck, Joanne Fluke, and Leslie Meier. If you like cozy mysteries, tight friendships, and gripping who-done-its, you’ll love Whalen’s Everything Bundt the Truth. Buy the book now to join the dinner club craze today.
Included are menus and ideas for readers to start a gourmet dinner club of their own.
SECOND IN THE SERIES – NOT ACCORDING TO FLAN – released June 9, 2017
A new home in the country. A dead body in the dirt. The newcomer must solve the crime, otherwise, the “for sale” sign is going up.
Jane Marsh wants to shake off the empty nest syndrome, plus the notoriety of the death of her first and second husbands, by starting over in a new place. She sells her family home to move to a far northern suburb of Denver. At the same time, Jane’s dinner club is undergoing a transformation, and a new man–a gourmet chef–enters her life.
But, things turn sour when she discovers a dead body on the day she moves in. She cannot feel at home in this town where she’s surrounded by cowboys, horse pastures, and suspects. Not to mention where a murder was committed practically on her doorstep. How can she focus on romance and dinner clubs when one of her new friends–or maybe even one of her old ones–might be a murderer?
This second in the dinner club murder mystery series is similar to cozies written by authors Jessica Beck, Joanne Fluke, and Leslie Meier. Fans of mysteries centering on food – donuts, cakes, cookies, coffee shops, bakeries, and gourmet cuisine – and a western setting in Colorado – will enjoy Not According to Flan. Buy your copy now for ideas to start your own dinner club.
THIRD IN THE SERIES – NO GRATER EVIL – released November 10, 2017
Nothing puts out the flames as fast as finding a dead body at the campfire.
Jane Marsh plans a reunion for her gourmet dinner club, first camping in the Rocky Mountains with lavish menus and provisions, then a getaway to Estes Park at a luxurious cabin. She’s also hoping to put in some romantic time with her new boyfriend. But gunshots explode in the middle of the night, and Jane discovers the body of the campground host at the amphitheater. Since the club members are packing revolvers to practice at the firing range, her friends become prime murder suspects. Heading into dangerous terrain, Jane explores the dead man’s reckless past. She must solve the crime before their wilderness adventure goes up in smoke.
This third in the dinner club murder mystery series is similar to cozies written by authors Jessica Beck, Joanne Fluke, and Leslie Meier. If you like close-knit friendships, mountain adventures, and western settings, you’ll love Whalen’s No Grater Evil. Buy the book now for a cozy fireside read.
FOURTH IN THE SERIES – A STEWED OBSERVATION – released August 6, 2018
Jane wanted a proposal, instead she got a dead body and a murder mystery.
The Gourmet Dinner Club travels to Ireland to enjoy Irish cuisine while staying at a medieval, ivy-covered castle. Jane hopes Dale will ask her to marry him at this romantic dream destination. But her plans are put on hold when the elderly owner of the castle becomes violent, one of the club members tries to restrain him, and he collapses and dies. The police believe the mysterious death is murder and suspect one of the club’s members. Dale leaves for home on a business emergency, and as the lone single gal in the club full of couples, Jane is thrown into the company of the handsome Irishman who stands to inherit the castle. Jane must prove her friends innocent by solving the crime. Certainly, none of the club members would commit murder. So, which one of the hot-tempered Irish could be the callous killer?
FIFTH IN THE SERIES – JUST WHAT I KNEADED released November 5, 2018
Law and order meet sugar and sweet in this cozy courtroom drama.
While shopping for bread to serve at her gourmet dinner party, Jane Marsh overhears the pastry chef’s murder in the bakery’s kitchen. The killer also destroys an elaborate and expensive wedding cake made for a celebrity couple. To recoup the loss, the bakery owner files a lawsuit against its insurance company, a client of the law firm where Jane works. With a murderer on the loose, and Jane as the only potential witness, she must solve the crime in order to defend her client…and take a killer off the streets.
SIXTH IN THE SERIES – PEACHES~N~CREAMED – released June 17, 2019
Catching a murderer wasn’t part of her wedding plans
Jane Marsh and her fiancé visit the wine country on the western slope of Colorado during the Peach Festival to check out a location for their wedding. The dinner club comes along to make a weekend out of it, and they play a murder mystery game as part of the B&B’s getaway package. Unbeknownst to the participants, one of them will not live to see the next day. Jane is horrified when she discovers a body and realizes it’s for real…not just part of the game. The B&B quickly begins to lose business, so the owner begs Jane to solve the crime fast. Another person is murdered and one of the dinner club members confesses. Jane is in disbelief…and even more desperate to solve the murder before someone she cares about goes down for a crime they didn’t commit and the killer strikes again.
If you are looking for new mystery authors, try this collection of sample chapters from the following novels (a sample from book #5 of the dinner club series is included…)
Torn Away by Vincent Morrone
Camelot Games by Oliver F. Chase
The Echo Holders by Lance Hawvermale
Just What I Kneaded by Karen C. Whalen
Disguise for Death by Sylvia Nickels
The Suicide Gene by CJ Zahner
Blood on the Chesapeake by Randy Overbeck
Lily White in Detroit by Cynthia Harrison
Before We Fade Away by June Summers
A Season for Killing Blondes by Joanne Guidoccio
AND…THE FIRST THREE BOOKS IN THE DINNER CLUB SERIES ARE AVAILABLE IN AUDIO…
FINALLY, THE LAST ON THE LIST! COMING SOON….in 2019-2020
SEVENTH IN THE SERIES – WASTED THYME
When her third husband’s ex-wife turns up dead, guess who is the number one suspect?
Twice-widowed Jane Marsh ties the knot for the third time with longstanding fiancé Dale Capricorn. Jane’s ready for a celebratory reception at her uber-trendy condo in downtown Denver with champagne toasts, fancy dress, and her family and dinner club friends. Everyone knows she and Dale’s prettier and younger ex-wife Polly are “frenemies,” but Jane starts fresh and asks Polly to cater the event. However, after the last guest leaves, Jane discovers the ex-wife dead—and Jane’s the obvious suspect. If Jane doesn’t find the real killer, her third marriage certainly won’t be the charm.
What other authors have to say:
“Take one feisty widow and her appealing friends, add a gourmet dinner club, sprinkle with murder and you have a recipe for a delightful read!”
“EVERYTHING BUNDT THE TRUTH is a culinary cozy mystery that dishes up a serving of humor, wit, and a desire to keep turning the pages to find out whodunnit.”
“Whalen will have you simultaneously cooking up recipes for your own dinner club and eyeing everyone suspiciously.”