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One Taste Too Many–deadly rhubarb crisp

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One Taste Too Many

by Debra H. Goldstein

One Taste Too ManySarah Blair may be the amateur detective featured in One Taste Too Many, but she shares the spotlight with her twin sister Emily who unfortunately is suspected of murdering Sarah’s wheeling, dealing, skirt chasing ex-husband, Bill. Also claiming top billing is RahRah, her ex-mother-in-law’s Siamese cat. When Mrs. Blair passed away, the cat happily ended up in Sarah’s loving care. Three years later, why would a co-worker claim the cat is legally hers? Who would want to murder Bill, Sarah’s ex? Well, lots of people, but who would actually perform the deed?

Emily is a line cook working in a restaurant and displaying her talents at a Food Expo in Alabama. Sarah is a receptionist for lawyer, Harlan, who comes to the legal rescue for the twins several times.

Things are very complicated with a number of cooks involved in murderous scenarios. Sarah tries to unravel personal, professional, and business interests before her sister is arrested for murder and further crimes occur. The ending was a surprise to me when the murderer was revealed. The complex plot and interesting characters assure that the first book in the new series by Debra H. Goldstein will not be the last!

I would like to extend my thanks to and to Kensington Books for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 5/5

Category: Mystery 

Notes: 1.  #1 in the Sarah Blair Mystery Series.

  2.  Two recipes are included that are perfect for Sarah, who has no culinary talents, to make.

Publication:   December 18, 2018—Kensington Books

Memorable Lines:

At one time she had added wife to her failure list, but after some reflection and a little counseling, Sarah concluded her problem in the marriage area was in her choosing ability rather than from any deficit in her performance.

“That sounds like Bill. He could take the shirt off your back and make you believe you’d given it to him.”

Hands intrigued her. His were strong and solid. She believed hands reflected the soul of a person.


  1. I enjoyed this book and looking forward I the next adventure

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  2. carhicks says:

    Wonderful review Linda. I love rhubarb crisp so I hope that is one of the recipes included, I would love to try a new one. You have made this one sound delightful and I must get to it. I love the quote about Bill, 😆

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    • lghiggins says:

      Sorry, but no rhubarb crisp recipe. I guess that would have been too hard for Sarah. There is a Spinach Pie recipe, made with some already prepared ingredients and the old Jello and pineapple molded in the pineapple can recipe. I remember making that years ago when so many salads had Jello in them.

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  3. Christopher says:

    Oh, I’m intrigued by this, especially if you found the ending surprising. I love when I don’t realize who the murderer is in a cozy.

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  4. Cozynookbks says:

    “That sounds like Bill. He could take the shirt off your back and make you believe you’d given it to him.” 😂
    Great review, Linda.

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