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A STEWED OBSERVATION
A Dinner Club Murder Mysteries Book 4
BY KAREN C. WHALEN
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 begin to 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. Which one of the sweet-tempered Irish could be a callous killer?
Griffin and Jane proceeded to her rental car. He had the keys in his pocket, so he punched the fob to unlock the doors. She asked him to drive again and remembered to get in the correct side, on the left.
He said with a laugh, “I gave your friends directions for the long way. We’ll beat them home.”
“What’d you do that for?” Jane glanced at him as if he were a stranger. And in spite of the closeness of the night, he was. They’d just arrived on Sunday and this was only Thursday.
“Just a bit of fun. Besides, we need to get there first. I have the key to the castle.” Griff waggled the keys, making a ringing sound like wind chimes, then chuckled as he inserted the key in the ignition.
“How do I know you’re taking me straight home?” She pretended to swoon, like her heart was giving out.
“I guess you’ll need to trust me.” Griff’s blue eyes danced in his handsome face. The moment was suspended in the air for a few heartbeats. Then he leaned over and put his lips on hers. She smelled his scent, like the salty sea and the smoldering peat and the burning malt of the Guinness. His lips tasted like Guinness, too.
Had she fallen asleep into a dream? She murmured, “The Irish are certainly a friendly people.” She turned to stare out the window, aware that Dale might be waiting for his connecting flight from Boston to Denver.
As if reading her mind, Griff asked. “Are you upset about Dale leaving? How serious are you two, anyway?”
Jane lowered her seat back to recline and closed her eyes. “I thought he was going to ask me to marry him on this trip.” Were they even together anymore? They were likely on the outs.
“There’s something you should know.” He was silent for a few seconds as he inspected the steering wheel. “I overheard Dale’s telephone conversation, while I was at the receptionist desk, while you were having breakfast. He was talking to someone called Polly.”
“He was standing right next to me. I couldn’t help hearing it.” Griff turned the ignition switch and pulled out into the traffic. “Dale told Polly he loved her.”
Her breath caught in her throat. “What else did he say?” She wrestled her seat back up, wide awake now.
“When he ended the call, he said, ‘love you.’ It sounded like they’re getting back together, Jane.”
A pang shot through her. How could Dale tell her he loved her, and then turn around and say the same thing to his ex-wife? But then, how could she kiss Dale one day and Griff the next? Was it the same thing? Was she just as bad? She took a deep breath to calm her heart.
At least she knew now. Dale had abandoned her for Polly.
Karen C. Whalen is the author of a culinary cozy series, the “dinner club murder mysteries.” The first four in the series are: Everything Bundt the Truth, Not According to Flan, No Grater Evil, and A Stewed Observation. The first book in the series tied for First Place in the Suspense Novel category of the 2017 IDA Contest sponsored by Oklahoma Romance Writers of America. Her books are similar to those written by cozy authors Jessica Beck and Joanne Fluke. She worked for many years as a paralegal at a law firm in Denver, Colorado and has been a columnist and regular contributor to The National Paralegal Reporter magazine. She believes that it’s never too late to try something new. She loves to host dinner clubs, entertain friends, ride bicycles, hike in the mountains, and read cozy murder mysteries.
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Karen C. Whalen
Author, the Dinner Club Mystery series
Website URL: http://karencwhalen.com
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