Today it is my pleasure to have as my guest, Samantha Barnes (aka the Cape Cod Foodie), best known for her role in the Cape Cod Foodie mystery series by Amie Pershing.
How I became the Cape Cod Foodie by Samantha Barnes
My name is Samantha Barnes (Sam to my friends) and I am, for better or worse (often worse, I have to warn you) the Cape Cod Foodie, the restaurant reviewer for the Cape Cod Clarion. Although I’m not sure this gig is going to last, as it depends on anonymity. And, since I stand well over six feet tall, I’m kind of hard to miss. Also, I have an awkward history of going viral online.
Through no fault of my own, I might add. Was it my fault that someone posted a very unfortunate video they’d taken with their cell phone of me, Samantha Barnes, up-and-coming New York chef, mixing it up with my rather volatile chef husband in a kind of chefs’ fencing match? Let me tell you, once that video hit YouTube, I almost instantaneously became Samantha Barnes ex-chef.
So when I found I’d inherited my Aunt Ida’s falling down house on the Cape, I reluctantly retreated home to Fair Harbor, where my old friend and now publisher of the Clarion, Krista Baker, gave me a job writing restaurant reviews. And, much against my better judgment, I allowed Krista to talk me into a series of Cape Cod Foodie video food features for the Clarion’s online edition.
Add to this: 1) finding out that my first, disastrous, high school crush is now the town’s harbormaster; 2) a posse of just-slightly-odd friends; 3) the afore-mentioned falling-down house; 4) a ginormous puppy; and 5) ( here’s the kicker) a propensity for falling over dead bodies. I kid you not. I’ve been falling over dead bodies right and left.
On my first assignment (in A SIDE OF MURDER), I managed to find a body floating in a pond outside the very first restaurant I reviewed. (Sigh.) And since nobody but me seemed to think this was murder, I appointed myself sleuth-in-chief. And now I’m at it again in AN EGGNOG TO DIE FOR. You’d think it being the holidays and all, the sleuthing could be put on hold but nooooo….
I had a simple Christmas list: a quiet holiday at home with Diogi (prounounced dee-OH-gee, as in D O G – get it?) and a certain handsome harbormaster; no embarrassing viral videos; and no finding dead bodies. Instead, my parents have descended on me, I am finding myself spending a lot of time in front of the camera, and I just happen to stumble over the lifeless body of the town’s Santa Claus.
Thus engendering the viral “Santa Clause is dead” YouTube video. (Sigh)
Plus, just to complicate things, my plans for Christmas Eve are definitely getting just a little out of my control. There’s the Great Eggnog Debate among my very opinionated friends and family. There’s the “all edible” Christmas tree to decorate. And there’s my Feast of the Five Fishes prepare.
Well, catching murderers is a nasty job, but somebody’s got to do it. So I’m determined to find out who slayed this Santa. Which brings us to the real mystery in AN EGGNOG TO DIE FOR – can I pull off a perfect feast and nab a killer?
About the Book
Professional foodie Samantha Barnes has a simple Christmas list: a quiet holiday at home with her dog and a certain handsome harbormaster; no embarrassing viral videos; and no finding dead bodies. Unfortunately, she’s got family visiting, she’s spending a lot of time in front of the camera, and she’s just stumbled over the lifeless body of the town’s Santa Claus.
Plus, Sam’s plans for Christmas Eve are getting complicated. There’s the great eggnog debate among her very opinionated guests. There’s the “all edible” Christmas tree to decorate. And there’s her Feast of the Five Fishes prepare. Nonetheless, Sam finds herself once again in the role of sleuth. She needs to find out who slayed this Santa—but can she pull off a perfect feast and nab a killer?
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About the Author
Amy Pershing, who spent every summer of her childhood on Cape Cod, was an editor, a restaurant reviewer and a journalist before leading employee communications at a global bank. A few years ago she waved goodbye to Wall Street to write full time. An Eggnog to Die For is the second of the Cape Cod Foodie mysteries featuring Samantha Barnes, a disgraced but resilient ex-chef who retreats home to Cape Cod where she finds herself juggling a new job as the local paper’s “Cape Cod Foodie,” a complicated love life, a posse of just-slightly-odd friends, a falling-down house, a ginormous puppy and a propensity for falling over dead bodies. Kirkus Reviews gave An Eggnog to Die For a starred review, saying, “A delightful sleuth, a complex mystery, and lovingly described cuisine: a winner for both foodies and mystery mavens.” A Side of Murder, the first of the Cape Cod Foodie mysteries, which Elizabeth Gilbert called “the freshest, funniest mystery I have ever read,” was the first book in the series. The third, Murder Is No Picnic, will be published in May 2022.
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