#NewBook: The Steaks Are High: A Karnie Cleaver #Mystery (Karnie Cleaver Mysteries Book 2) by Judi Lynn @judypost
Hi everyone. It gives me great pleasure to host fellow author and blogger Judi Lynn. Judi has a fun new cozy mystery novel out, and I can’t wait for her to tell us all about it! >>>
I met Harmony through Story Empire. I was so impressed with her blogs and short fiction on Vocal that I started to follow her. And I’m glad I did. Her Amazon page: Harmony at Amazon. Her Story Empire page: https://storyempirecom.wordpress.com/harmony-kent/ . So, I was thrilled when Harmony invited me to her blog. And I hope she feels comfortable whenever she wants to visit mine. I’ll always have room for her! [I sure do, Judi!!!]
I’m here to promote my newest cozy mystery, THE STEAKS ARE HIGH. It’s my second Karnie Cleaver mystery, and Karnie’s married now, excited about helping her new husband Matt, raise his two young children, Chelsea and Jackson. Matt and Karnie would have never paid attention to each other if not for Matt’s daughter, Chelsea, close to three. Matt had gone to school with Karnie and her older brother Chuck. He was one of Chuck’s best friends. They played football together. Both guys were good-looking and had no trouble finding girls. In fact, girls flocked to them. Matt thought of Karnie as Chuck’s geeky, little sister.
Karnie didn’t get any of the good looks in their family. She knew she was plain. And smart. And probably anal. She considered Matt a player, especially once he hooked up with the gorgeous cheerleader, Renee. They married soon after high school and had two children. But Renee didn’t like being a farmer’s wife. She liked the glamour of marrying the high school football star, not the man who raised grassfed Angus cattle. And children were a bore. So, she left when their daughter Chelsea was only six months old, and Matt was left to raise the two kids himself.
When Matt brought Chelsea into Karnie’s family’s butcher shop, his daughter took one look at Karnie and raised her arms. She wanted Karnie to hold her. Karnie would never know why, but Matt’s little girl had decided she wanted Karnie to be her new mommy. Karnie had seen herself as forever happy and single. Matt had decided he didn’t have time to date. But Chelsea changed all that. She threw the two of them together, and good things happened.
Of course, no mystery would be complete without a murder, so that’s thrown into the mix, too. And Karnie finds out that life is more than work and downtime. Romance and kids take up time, too. But it’s all worth it. If you try The Steaks Are High, I hope you enjoy it. And thanks for hosting me, Harmony! [I’m so happy to have you over to visit, Judi, and wish you all the best with your latest book!] 🙂
About the Book:
Karnie Cleaver works in her family’s butcher shop. Things have changed in her life lately. She married her brother’s best friend, Matt Roeback, and is happy to help him raise his two kids. Once his farmhouse is renovated, they’re moving into it, and she’s selling her cozy bungalow. Add to that, her older brother is moving back home to work in the family’s shop. Porter’s always been the golden boy who could do no wrong–a hard pill to swallow. She has a lot on her plate, and then Jethro Thromm–one of her favorite customers–asks her to help prove that his brother, Earl, didn’t kill Glandale’s councilman, even though Earl was bending over his body in the alley, holding the knife that killed him.
Recent Review for The Steaks are High:
Reviewed in the United States on July 30, 2022
The second entry in the Karnie Cleaver cozy series has Karnie settling into married life with her husband, two cute step-kids and their border collie, Jolly. Karnie has her hands full juggling married life, and maintaining her station at the family butcher shop, plus recording a local popular cooking show. Naturally, there is a murder to solve—that of a councilman of low morals and business practices–with plenty of suspects.
There are quite a few characters to keep track of between the suspects, the customers who frequent the butcher shop (most all of whom I developed a soft spot for–particularly Mrs. Sprunger), and Karnie’s family. Her older brother, long favored by her parents returns home and inserts himself into the butcher shop for initially prickly friction. I did like the way Porter’s character adjusted, and Karnie and her other brother adjusted to him.
This is a fun breezy read with plenty of family dynamics and warmth to round out the mystery-solving elements. A nice follow up in the series. 4.5 stars rounded up to 5 for review purposes.
Judi Lynn lives in Indiana with her husband, a bossy gray cat, and a noisy Chihuahua. She loves to cook and owns more cookbooks than any mortal woman would ever need. That’s why so much food sneaks into her stories. She also loves her flower beds, but is a haphazard gardener, at best.
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