Karen’s Killer Fixin’s #Humorous #Cozy: I DON’T KNOW WHY THEY KILLED HIM, A Donna Leigh Mystery Book 3 by Robin Leemann Donovan #Recipe ~ Linguine with Tuna, Olives, & Capers


Welcome to my Friday bonus feature called Karen’s Killer Fixin’s **Author Special**!! Today, in lieu of one of my own recipes, I’m going to introduce you to a new author who will share one of her favorite recipes. Not only will you and I occasionally learn how to make something new and delicious, but we’ll get a chance to check out some wonderful authors. Introducing author, ROBIN LEEMANN DONOVAN, and her favorite recipe for Linguine with Tuna, Olives, & Capers!

He Wasn’t Really That Annoying

A Donna Leigh Mystery Book 3


When your close friend is murdered nothing makes sense. Badly shaken by the news of her friend Ed’s murder, Donna Leigh does not sit idly by in the wake of the tragedy. Aware that he’d been conducting investigations of suspicious behavior within several notable vineyards, the menopausal ad exec enlists the aid of her friends and colleagues to navigate the dangerous underside of the wine industry looking for answers. Donna’s sleuthing leads her through a labyrinth of corruption and deceit that threatens danger at every turn.

I DON’T KNOW WHY THEY KILLED HIM; He Wasn’t Really That Annoying

A Donna Leigh Mystery Book 3

How Have I Killed Thee, Let Me Count The Ways

Robin Leemann Donovan always imagined herself as a humorist, somewhere between Cornelia Otis Skinner and James Thurber, but never had the time to bring this dream to fruition. Her Donna Leigh Mysteries have combined this dream with the ability to kill off those who have annoyed and/or thwarted her through the years, thus providing much needed therapeutic value. She is also president of the advertising agency, Bozell, and has published Menologues, an award winning blog on menopause. She lives with her husband and two French bulldogs, Frank and Ellie.

At this point I’ve killed several people. They all deserved it.

Since I’m too big a chicken to ever face prison, it’s all been in print. But the satisfaction was real.

My first murder victim was a woman* who tried to take control of my business and have me thrown out. My only trepidation in killing her was the fact that I’d likely end up on the suspect list. And that would be inconvenient.

Aside from killing her, I was able to assassinate her fashion sense. She killed her ethics all by herself.

Killing her was cathartic. But the best part about killing her was that it quickly became a mere detail in a body of work that enabled me to share so many other things.

I want to make people laugh, and I do that by telling the truth. I see a whole lot of ludicrous behavior just waiting to be chronicled. People ask why I don’t write a business book – I believe I have. A creative business is infested with overblown egos – even the good guys can appear comical. It’s all grist for the mill.

My hope is always that I’m giving folks a good read, a solid murder mystery. In and around that, I want to make them laugh. And apparently I have some folk wisdom to impart, but none of that is deliberate – it just happens.

My second victim is a woman** who plagued my early work life and preened her puffed up feathers while she did it. My story recounts her Machiavellian manipulation of others – mostly me – through to her ultimate self-destruction.

I waited a long time to kill her. It still felt great! And the humor seemed to evolve naturally from the behaviors that I observed on a daily basis. Sure, I added a few comedic “incidents” to keep things moving, but the real humor is in the behaviors, and that’s not something I imagined. It’s something I documented.

For my third attempt I tried to kill a friend*** and my first male victim. That didn’t work out so well. It wasn’t fun for me and the writing was a mix of stilted and gushy. Apparently, I have to stick to killing people I don’t like. And don’t assume I like men and not women, it’s just that in my long and infamous career more women have been horrible to me than men. But trust me there are some men who should be running for the hills right about now.

With my third book I was forced to twist and turn things in order to kill the bad guys and save the good guys. That has been a true revelation for me. I always figured I could write what I wanted, but I was wrong. There appears to be some divine force that guides and dictates my work. If I stray from my fundamental tenets I can’t make it work.

Now don’t get me wrong. Just because there’s divine intervention, does not mean I think my work is divine. It’s just that I’m starting to realize its less about me and more about a message in need of delivery for some reason, and I’m just the delivery tool.

I guess that about sums it up.

About Author Robin Leemann Donovan…

Robin lived and worked in Connecticut for a number of years before moving to Nebraska in 1999. Starting her career as a high school English teacher, she moved into advertising in the early 80’s where she worked on accounts such as: Duracell, Stanley Tools, IBM, Konica Royal, Merck Pharmaceutical, etc.. In early 1999 she accepted a job offer from Bozell, an Omaha based ad agency. In late 2001, she and three colleagues purchased the Omaha founding office of Bozell from its New York based parent company Interpublic Group. She has been president of Bozell since 2012.

Robin has served on the Business and Professional Ad Agency and Ad Club boards while working in Connecticut. After moving to Omaha, she has served on the Omaha Children’s Museum, YWCA and Alzheimer’s of the Midlands boards.

Robin was the author of the blog, Menologues, a humorous yet informative look at the trials and tribulations of menopause by someone who’s been there. Menologues has been republished on two commercial sites: Vibrant Nation and Alltop, and has won regional honors for social media at the AMA Pinnacles and PRSA Paper Anvil awards.

She has also published three humorous murder mysteries in the Donna Leigh Mystery series, which can be found on Amazon. Her first book, Is It Still Murder Even If She Was a Bitch? Is a recipient of an AMA Pinnacle award.

Robin also serves as a Nebraska and Iowa site visitor for the Chicago regional of WBENC and she is a recipient of the 2021 Enterprising Women of the Year Award through the national magazine Enterprising Women.

Robin lives with her husband Joe, and Frank and Ellie, her French Bulldogs.


Links to Robin’s website, blog, books, #ad, etc.:

*Is It Still Murder Even If She Was A Bitch?

**I Didn’t Kill Her But That May Have Been Short Sighted.

***I Don’t Know Why They Killed Him He Wasn’t Really That Annoying.

Website: https://www.rldonovan.com



I hope you enjoy the recipe Robin is sharing today on Karen’s Killer Fixin’s. Happy Eating!


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[Serves 4]

Note from Robin about her favorite recipe: This recipe comes straight off the De Cecco linguine box.

1lb Linguine
1/2 cup Olive Oil
3clv Garlic pressed or 2 teaspoons from jar
1sm can Chopped Black Olives
1 tbs. Chopped Capers
1 tbs. Chopped Parsley
1can Tuna shredded with a fork

Cook the Linguine in salted water.

Sauté the chopped Garlic, Capers and Olives in the Olive Oil
Add a few spoonfuls of the boiling pasta water and cook for a few minutes.

Add the Parsley & Tuna and keep well-heated.

When the Linguine is ready, drain thoroughly and add it to the sauce.
Mix well and serve.

Calories 2875
Fat 130
Pro 94
Carb 344


Special Giveaway: Robin will give away a print copy of I DON’T KNOW WHY THEY KILLED HIM to one lucky reader who comments on her Karen’s Killer Fixin’s blog.

Happy Reading!


Thanks, Robin, for sharing your book with us!

Don’t miss the chance to read this book!


7 thoughts on “Karen’s Killer Fixin’s #Humorous #Cozy: I DON’T KNOW WHY THEY KILLED HIM, A Donna Leigh Mystery Book 3 by Robin Leemann Donovan #Recipe ~ Linguine with Tuna, Olives, & Capers”

  1. Luv the title! Reading about wine might be almost as enjoyable as drinking it. And the recipe sounds yummy. I have a similar recipe so I will need to try this variation on a theme.

  2. Good morning, Robin, and welcome to Karen’s Killer Fixin’s. I love your sense of humor and know the books will be great. Who doesn’t dream of offing someone truly obnoxious? Better to write it out and get it out of your system, right? The book promises to be a fun read. Thanks for sharing your book with us today.

    Thanks, too, for sharing the recipe. Sounds yummy,

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