A Stewed OBSERVATION, a Dinner Club Murder Mystery

by Karen C. Whalen

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A Stewed Observation (A Dinner Club Murder Mysteries)
by Karen C. Whalen


About the Book

A Stewed Observation (A Dinner Club Murder Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
The Wild Rose Press, Inc (August 6, 2018)
Print Length: 214 pages

The Gourmet Dinner Club travels to Ireland to enjoy Irish cuisine while staying at a medieval, ivy-covered castle. Jane Marsh hopes Dale Capricorn will ask her to marry him at this romantic dream destination. But her plans are put on hold when the elderly castle owner becomes violent, a club member restrains 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 Griffin O’Doherty, the handsome Irishman who stands to inherit the castle.

Jane must prove her friend’s innocence by solving the crime. Which of the sweet-tempered Irish could be a callous killer?

About the Author


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 TruthNot According to FlanNo 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.

Author Links
Website – http://karencwhalen.com

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GoodReads– https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15891729.Karen_C_Whalen

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A Stewed Observation by— Karen C. Whelen

Jane Marsh, her boyfriend Dale, plus two other couples, all over fifty and members of The Gourmet Dinner Club, have traveled to Ireland to visit one of the members’ relatives and see lots of sights along the way. They stay at a castle which has been converted to a hotel, and right from the start, our heroine locks eyes with the handsome castle owner, Griffin O’Doherty. (How could she!  Isn’t she hoping for a marriage proposal from her boyfriend?  Well, Dale does seem a bit distracted by texts and phone calls home from an ex-girlfriend back home.)

But hey, this is a murder mystery. Not long after they arrive Griffin’s elderly uncle becomes unexplainedly violent and has to be restrained. All the men jump into the fray, leaving the old gent dead at the end.  But who actually killed him? Was it intentional or purely an accident?

Against the wishes of her boyfriend and the other Dinner Club members, Jane dons her sleuthing cap. But this mystery is a hard one to crack. The list of suspects with motive to kill the old man is long, and searching out clues goes first this way and that for Jane.  She perseveres, dodging threats, police accusations, boyfriend troubles, and the Irish Laddie’s advances.

Just WHO did this dastardly deed?  The ending packs punch, so muddle through all the clues, herrings, and confusion to discover it.

Readers will get a taste of Ireland, literal and figurative. Sometimes these excursions and bar hopping don’t seem a part of the mystery, but they certainly add color.

A good read, but I gave A Stewed Observation (i. e. Astute Observation) FOUR STARS because I felt it could have been written tighter, with less back-tracking and repeated dialogue.

 Full Disclosure – I received a digital ARC of this book for review from the publisher 

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