Sunday, November 10, 2019

Meet Sarah Blair - the New Character on the Blog



by Sarah Blair from One Taste Too Many, the first in the Sarah Blair mystery series, by Debra H. Goldstein


Being woken by the phone ringing was bad enough, but to hear my twin say, “Bill’s dead and, uh, I’m afraid the police think I killed him,” was worse. 

Why? Because Emily is the perfect cheerleader type who never deviates from the straight and narrow, while the only Bill we both know is my ex-husband, the rat.

My name is Sarah Blair and that’s how my day began –peacefully asleep, with RahRah, my Siamese cat, curled against the back of my knees. That’s why it took me a moment to understand my ex-husband was dead and one of my sister’s rhubarb crisps was the alleged culprit.

In case I didn’t mention it, Emily is a gourmet chef. Her rhubarb crisps are to die for, but not literally. She sets goals and accomplishes them. Me? Married at eighteen, divorced at twenty‑eight, with nothing much to show for the last decade except RahRah and some clumsy domestic skills, we’re polar opposites. I knew starting over would be messy, but things are rapidly falling apart with Emily wanted by the police for murder and would you believe, RahRah wanted by the woman who broke up my marriage. 

Although cooking from scratch frightens me, I need to figure out the right recipe to crack the case before time runs out. Unfortunately, for a gal whose idea of good china is floral paper plates, catching the real killer and living to tell about it could mean facing a fate worse than death—being in the kitchen!

Want to win a copy of One Taste Too Many, the first book  in the Sarah Blair cozy mystery series from the newest contributor to Killer Characters? Leave a comment telling whether being in the kitchen scares you, too.

Debra H. Goldstein’s One Taste Too Many was published in January 2019. Alabama Public Radio
compared it to the Anne George mysteries and Woman’s World named it a Best New Cozy Mystery of the Week. Two Bites Too Many was an October 2019 release.

Feel Free to contact Debra H. Goldstein at:

Website – www.DebraHGoldstein.com
Twitter - @DebraHGoldstein 
Instagram – debra.h.goldstein
Bookbub – https://www.bookbub.com/profile/debra-h-goldstein

















37 comments:

  1. I can't say being in the kitchen scares me but I hate to cook, so spending any time in the kitchen is not a good time for me. As my husband and I are now retired, I find myself having to cook 2 meals every day and meal planning a very difficult task. I refuse to cook breakfast! dbahn(at)iw(dot)net

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  2. Being in the kitchen doesn't scare me, but trying new recipes does. I'm not good at cooking from scratch either. mbradeen [at] yahoo [dot] com

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    1. Trying new recipes frightens me because I always wonder if I have the ingredients or will forget one!

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  3. The thought of being in the kitchen once scared me to death. Although my Mom was a fabulous cook, it seems I never observed anything only to find myself out on my own needing to fed myself. On top of this I've always had somewhat of a fear over flames. (Mom always said it was because I saw a little girl burned in a house fire when I was very young but I don't remember it.) Naturally the stove in my apartment was gas as well as the heater. Back then there was no such thing as automatic pilot light meaning you had to strike a match to start them. It's a wonder I didn't set my own apartment on fire because I'd strike the match and throw it at the burner.

    Eventually my hunger over won my fear and I became the best burger master around. Then came marriage and for some reason men want to eat more than burgers. I started watching and learning from my Mom and through trial and error. Now hubby and I both love to cook/bake and I can't wait to share the kitchen with the love of my life. Talk about complete turn around!

    Thank you for the fabulous chance to win a copy of "One Taste Too Many"! I can't wait for the opportunity to read this fascinating book and learn about Sarah's adventures in the kitchen as well as how she proves her sister is innocent.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

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    1. Sounds like you have come a long way in the kitchen!

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  4. I love being in the kitchen and really believe that it truly is the heart of the house. Welcome to Killer Characters and thanks for your giveaway! bobandcelia (at) sbcglobal (dot) net

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    1. Thank you for the kind welcome.. and I do believe the kitchen is the heart of the home, but in our house, it helps to have something I haven't made to nibble on.

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  5. I'm comfortable in the kitchen but I won't spend time on fancy desserts. And I think floral paper plates are nice! Congrats on the new release and thanks for the giveaway.
    sallycootie(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. I'm even happy with white paper plates... but I particularly like the new colorful plastic ones. Some of them look like they could be real china.

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  6. I love to be in the kitchen.Trying new recipes on family and friends is something that gives me pleasure..vadershepard@embarqmail.com

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  7. I can't say I love cooking or that it scares me but since I have retired I prefer baking to cooking. I figure for most of my adult life I put meals on the table. Time to let someone else cook. 1cow0993(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. I bet since retirement you have more time to spend on measuring, waiting for the ingredients to cook, etc. Baking can be comforting.

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  8. I'm not scared of the kitchen, but I'm also not that great of a cook.
    turtle6422 at gmail dot com

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  9. I cook everyday or else hubby will be starving. I remember a wise saying by this neighbor, ‘If you want to ear, you have to cook’. ( jbas50058@gmail.com)

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  10. I like to cook. Unless I'm under pressure, it's a great meditative artistic activity.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  11. Cooking is soothing and gives me great enjoyment. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. As I mentioned above, for me it is anything but soothing. I really stress at how things will come out.

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  12. I love cooking, but not a great cook by any means, love it more so when I have someone to cook for. trwilliams 69 (at) msn (dot) com

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    1. I often think cooking for one is boring .. all that time and then the meal is over.

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  13. I cook frequently for family and hope that it is appreciated since it is made with love. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. I love your sentiments. At my house, the appreciation comes from not making them eat my cooking.

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  14. Loved the kitchen so much I went to culinary school for a year for fun and loved every minute of it

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  15. When I watch Top Chef or any of the other cooking shows, I marvel at what the contestants learned in culinary school. I bet your kitchen skills are top notch.

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  16. Unless I can throw it in the microwave, pour cereal in bowl or order in I don't cook. My mother impressed on me to stay away from the kitchen unless I poison someone.
    rjprazak6(at)gmail(dot)com

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  17. I grew up helping my Mom in the kitchen. Sometimes cooking is enjoyable, other times it's a chore.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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  18. I love being in the kitchen. When I was in high school my mom worked and had me start dinner. I've passed, or tried to pass, on my love of cooking to my children - who are now adults. Thanks for the chance. ematov (at) comcast (dot) net

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  19. It doesn't scare me. I just don't like to cook. lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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  20. I just don't like to cook for one person. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  21. It doesn't scare me, I'm not to fond of cooking! tWarner419@aol.com

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  22. I don't care too much for cooking (but not scared of) after cooking every night for so many years before I retired. Now I may cook once a week . The rest of the time I leave it to my husband to cook. It's his turn now. 1cow0993(at)gmail(dot)com

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  23. I love being in my kitchen! I learned to cook at a very young age. I love cooking for my family and friends!

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  24. Yes cooking does scare me because I am rubbish at it except for two things. I can make quiche and Omelettes but my sister can cook anything and loves it. I usually put together take out or something simple like cheese, crackers and fruit and call it done.
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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