Thursday, April 22, 2021

Celebrate Lit Blog Tour: Cooking up a Mystery by Gail Pallotta


Book:  Cooking Up A Mystery

Author: Gail Pallotta

Genre: Cozy Mystery

Release date: April 24, 2020

Laney Eskridge worked to put her husband through dental school. Then he left with another woman. She’s on edge from the emotional scars and her parents’ deaths. Then she hears unexplained noises in her new tea house, and her anxiety is tripled. Add a budding romance with Eric—a guy with a fear of commitment—and it’s all too much to handle. She cuts ties with Eric and plunges into making her business pay off.

When Eric discovers that Laney’s in danger, he vows to protect her. But can he make a lasting promise? Will she trust him? . . .and when they overhear a threat that could cause national turmoil, will anyone believe them? There’s more brewing than herbal tea in Cooking up a Mystery.


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A Mystery, a Romance and a Tea Shop is definitely a book I want to read. Cooking Up a Mystery by Gail Pallotta has a Synopsis and Book Cover that draws the reader to want to read the book.

Laney Eskridge has had some recent events in her life that would make anyone struggle with life. Her mother passed away recently. Her mom was her best friend. She recently divorced after her ex-husband left with another woman. Eric, her new relationship partner, is going good. He is afraid of committing to the relationship, so she decides to end things with Eric. She is working hard to get her new Tea House up and running. Laney is missing her mom very much these days, as her Mom was supposed to help her with the Tea House Business. She wants to make her mom proud and therefore is putting all her time and effort to make it successful.Laney starts hearing strange noises in her Tea House and becomes frightened. Eric finds out Laney is in danger and wants to protect her. Laney is not sure if she can open her heart and trust him to keep that commitment. Will Eric protect Laney and not back out? Will there be a fresh start to a relationship with Laney and Eric? Will Laney's Tea House be a successful business? 

I dove into this book and it captured me from the very beginning. I was sad for Laney for all her previous struggles and losing her mom. Sad when she ended the relationship with Eric. I really like Eric, he character in the book is very intriguing. I was so happy for Laney when she opened the Tea House and to see her making progress in making the Business successful. Laney shows the reader she is a STRONG woman despite the setbacks in life. I really LOVED the recipes included throughout the book. Tea House food is so delectable and I want to try a few of the recipes from the book. Gail Pallotta has a GREAT writing style and Cooking Up a Mystery is a COZY read! GREAT BOOK! 

Award-winning author Gail Pallotta’s a wife, Mom, swimmer and bargain shopper who loves God, beach sunsets and getting together with friends and family. A 2013 Grace Awards finalist, she’s a Reader’s Favorite 2017 Book Award winner and a TopShelf 2020 Book Awards Finalist. She’s published six books, poems, short stories and several hundred articles. Some of her articles appear in anthologies while two are in museums.


More from Gail

In Cooking up a Mystery running a business with no background or formal training in accounting or management overwhelms Laney, the heroine. George, her assistant, tells her she has him and God, who knows her needs. Then he adds, “You … have your mom’s wonderful recipes and you whip them up like a pro.”


I chose the food industry for Laney, a woman entrepreneur succeeding against the odds, because I have lots of cooking experience. I learned the skill at age ten. The reason, according to my father—I’d know how when I got married. I didn’t marry until I was thirty. By then, I’d received lots of instruction, so I knew how to prepare some pretty good dinners. My husband said, “You could start a restaurant.” I wanted to do other things instead, such as write, but I started one in this book.


Mt first woman entrepreneur appears in Hair Calamities and Hot Cash, a romantic comedy about a hairstylist. It’s set in Eve’s Clips, a salon in Triville, a fictitious town in the North Carolina Mountains where Laney opens Laney’s Delectable Delights.


A section in the back of Cooking up a Mystery, Laney’s Chefs in the Making, features over two dozen recipes. Only Laney’s Pineapple Rice is mine. The rest are from a book, Heavenly Delights, authored by my friend, Pam Nichols Griffin, as a fundraiser for Mission Love Seeds, a charity that helps children throughout the world and responds locally after disasters to demonstrate God’s love.

Laney’s Pineapple Rice



Rice (can be instant, but not boil-in-the-bag)

Cooking oil or spray

One small onion (chopped thin)

Five cloves garlic (or minced gloves equaling five cloves)

One tablespoon fresh grated ginger

One cup fresh pineapple

Small amount of pineapple juice

One teaspoon sugar

One lime


Cook rice according to directions on the box, but substitute a couple of tablespoons to 1/4 cup pineapple juice (depending on taste) for part of the water.


Chill rice


Coat a heavy bottom skillet with oil. Add the onion, garlic, ginger, pineapple and sugar and stir. Add cold rice, break up, squirt with the juice of one lime and stir until heated and blended.

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To celebrate her tour, Gail is giving away  the grand prize of a $40 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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Gail Pallotta said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Kendra,

Thank you for participating in the Cooking up a Mystery Celebrate Lit blog tour and for your wonderful review. Congratulations for your boys!

Lori Smanski said... Best Blogger Tips

thank you for your review. this sounds like a wonderful book

Caryl Kane said... Best Blogger Tips

Excellent review, Kendra! Sounds like one not to miss. Thank you for hosting.

Debbie P said... Best Blogger Tips

This sounds like a fun read. Cute cover!

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