Like Erin Murphy in the Food Lovers’ Village Mysteries and Pepper Reece in the Spice Shop Mysteries, I love to cook and eat! Erin’s heritage is half Italian—from her mother Francesca, better known as Fresca—and much of Erin’s cooking has an Italian accent. But after living in Seattle for a decade, working as a buyer for SavClub—an international warehouse retailer and a major competitor of Costco—she’s developed a taste for almost anything yummy.

Each Food Lovers’ Mystery includes a festival, and in the recipe section, Erin shares recipes and tips to help you recreate the festival food and drink at home.

Pepper took a more round-about route to the food biz. After fifteen years as an HR specialist in a major Seattle law firm, she lost her job in a management fiasco that rocked the legal community—barely a year after she found her husband, a Seattle bicycle patrol cop, and a parking enforcement officer practically plugging each other’s meters. Despite the nickname her grandfather gave her as a child, she never imagined finding solace in bay leaves. But life is full of surprises.

Every recipe has a story. Here are a few of mine. 
Hail to the Shrimp Salad Summer comes slowly to the mountain valleys of Northwest Montana, but it is worth the wait. Here’s a great dinner salad that’s perfect on the back deck, or for a summer potluck.
Fettucine with Minted Tomato Sauce aka Fettucine a la Fresca The dish that unlocks a mystery for Erin will be a new family favorite for you-I promise!
Tarragon Chicken with Cannellini and Tomatoes A taste of sparkling summer, perfect all year round.Huckleberry Chocolate Mousse You know how much Erin loves huckleberry chocolates. And when Chef Max Fontaine makes Huckleberry Chocolate Mousse, Erin is first in line.

Chocolate Cabernet Sauce Ice Cream is just the excuse.

The Huckleberry Martini Erin and her sister Chiara run a taste test, in CRIME RIB.

And you can find me on Mystery Lovers’ Kitchen, sharing recipes and fun on the 1st, 3d, and 5th Tuesdays. Stop by any day for an illustrated recipe and kitchen tips from the me and the rest of the crew: Krista Davis, Cleo Coyle, Daryl Wood Gerber aka Avery Aames, Roberta Isleib aka Lucy Burdette, Linda Wiken aka Erika Chase, Sheila Connolly, Peg Cochran, and Denise Swanson.

Recipe corrections: The recipe in Death al Dente for Fettucine with Minted Tomato Sauce is missing the amount of mint. Use 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, chopped.

And in Treble at the Jam Fest, the recipe for Omelet Muffins calls for baking powder in the ingredients and baking soda in the instructions. Use baking powder.