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Fry Another Day

With a few loyal friends in tow—including her handsome attorney, Miguel, and her cat, Crème Brûlée—Zoe drives the Biscuit Bowl to Charlotte, North Carolina, to enter a nationally televised food truck race. The contest features challenges across the Southeast, and with a fifty-thousand-dollar grand prize, competition isn’t just fierce—it’s killer. As everyone gears up for the first challenge, another food trucker from Zoe’s hometown is found dead. The race rolls on, but when the body count rises, police begin to suspect Miguel. Now Zoe must race to catch the killer before her attorney needs an attorney.

(Food Truck Mystery #2)

Berkley (Prime Crime), February 2015


Fry Another Day: A Biscuit Bowl Food Truck Mystery. Berkley Prime Crime. Feb. 2015. 304p. ISBN 9780425263464. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9781101600153. With $50,000 on the line, Zoe Chase knows that taking the Biscuit Bowl to Charlotte, NC, for a national food truck competition could spell the end of her problems. Except just as the first challenge begins another rival is announced dead. As the competitors roll into the next town and challenge, an additional body turns up. Will the money be worth it in the end, especially when Zoe’s boyfriend, Miguel, is suspected in the killings? ­VERDICT This fast-paced, fun sequel to Death on Eat Street is a tasty culinary cozy, with Zoe serving up some delicious recipes. ~ Library Journal


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Gator Bowl 

A Biscuit Bowl E-novella prequel

After making the perilous journey from Mobile, Alabama into the backcountry, Zoe finds her uncle embroiled in a cook-off with his neighbor—with the life of Saul’s albino alligator, Alabaster, in the balance. Once again, the gator has eaten chickens that didn’t belong to her. So Saul and his neighbor will each prepare a meal for a church social, and if Saul wins, the gator lives.

Now it’s up to Zoe to prove herself in the kitchen and come up with something no one has seen before—the biscuit bowl!

Available January 2015 


“This was an enjoyable tale and a great prequel to the Biscuit Bowl series. We meet Zoe at the beginning of her dream and get a better understanding of what drives her. On the way, we are introduced to characters that are featured in the series, such as her Uncle Saul and Ollie. It was fun how she accidentally came upon her signature dish – the biscuit bowl. A fast-paced and entertaining read in which I look forward to Fry Another Day, the next book in this delectable series.” ~ Dru’s Book Musings

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A Biscuit Bowl Novel #1

Zoe Chase always wanted to own her own restaurant but first, she'll have to serve up a heaping helping of meals on wheels, with a side of mystery.

When she's once again passed over for a promotion at work, Zoe decides to take the big leap and go for her dream. She quits, gives up her fancy digs, and buys a fixer-upper diner in a shady part of town. To keep above water during the renovation, she buys a used food truck to serve the downtown and waterfront of Mobile, Alabama.

Zoe starts to dish out classic Southern food but her specialty is her deep-fried biscuit bowls that blow traditional bread bowls away.

After a promising start, things start to go downhill faster than a food truck without brakes. First, someone tries to rob the cash register. Next, Zoe is threatened by the owner of a competing food truck for taking their spot. And when the owner ends up dead inside Zoe's rolling restaurant, Zoe and her sole employee, Ollie, find themselves hopping out of the frying pan into the fryer. They need to find the real killer, before both of them get burned.


This is a fantastic new culinary cozy series with a feisty, determined protagonist who I look forward to watching make her dreams come true. ~Melissa’s Mochas, Mysteries and Meows