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Secret chef Lilah Drake has a killer casserole to deal with in the latest Undercover Dish mystery from the author of Cheddar Off Dead....

Customers trust Lilah Drake to keep her mouthwatering meals under wraps, but when a millionaire meets his untimely end, some sinister secrets become the main course. . . .

Spring is right around the corner, and with the warmer temperatures come plenty of food requests from Lilah Drake's covered-dish clients. Lilah pulls out all the stops with a sweet new casserole for the birthday party of Marcus Cantwell, a wealthy curmudgeon who has some angry ex-wives and more than a few enemies.

When he's found facedown in Lilah's casserole, it's anyone's guess as to who might have wanted the old man dead. A possible new heir to Marcus’s fortune adds some unexpected spice to the investigation, but Lilah fears that the old adage is true, and "the proof is in the pudding."


Praise for the Undercover Dish Mysteries   “[A] delectable concoction of appealing characters and smart sleuthing—and tasty food!”—Sheila Connolly, New York Times bestselling author of the County Cork Mysteries   “Sweet and highly entertaining, with a cast of fun, quirky characters.…Readers are sure to devour this yummy mystery.”—Sue Ann Jaffarian, national bestselling author of the Ghost of Granny Apples Mysteries and the Odelia Grey Mysteries   “Julia Buckley has not just written a fun, entertaining, and fabulous cozy, but she has introduced a truly stellar main character in Lilah.”—Open Book Society   “Buckley’s latest Undercover Dish Mystery is a good entry into the series, serving up the same smart, fun, and quirky characters.”—RT Book Reviews   “Lilah is a fun, intelligent heroine that you will instantly connect with and I enjoyed spending time with her.”—Moonlight Rendezvous

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  • Paperback


    September 15, 2017


    304 pages

    RRP $15.99

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Death In Dark Blue
The Big Chili
Cheddar Off Dead: An Undercover Dish Mystery
A Dark and Stormy Murder: A Writer's Apprentice Mystery


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Make Me
The Girl on the Train
The Store
The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-time
Don't Let Go
After the Fire
The Child
Two Nights
A Stranger in the House
The Girl Who Was Taken
The Murder of Allison Baden-Clay
Never Never
Final Girls
I Am Pilgrim
The Word Is Murder
I Know a Secret
Earthly Remains