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Murder Served Neat (A Cocktails and Catering Mystery)
by Michelle Hillen Klump

About Murder Served Neat 

Murder Served Neat (A Cocktails and Catering Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Setting – Texas
Crooked Lane Books (February 21, 2023)
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 320 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1639102345
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1639102341
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09ZRLRFB4

Reporter-turned-mixologist Samantha Warren has already thwarted one murder. Now, her world is shaken—definitely not stirred—once again as another killing throws her world into chaos.

Samantha is mixing up traditional cocktails at the German Texan Lodge’s Fourth of July festival—a gig she was roped into by her mother. But amidst the bratwurst and brass bands, trouble is brewing. Lodge loyalties are divided over a proposal to build a private, country-club-style tennis center on the lodge grounds. Her mom’s best friend Patty Davis is vehemently opposed to the plan. Society matron Angela Clawson is all for it. At the festival, they’re seen in a heated argument—and hours later, Angela is found dead, killed by one of the ceremonial shovels intended for the groundbreaking.

Samantha’s mother begs her to help clear her best friend’s name, but can she handle another murder case or will the whole investigation go bottoms up?


(author Michelle Hillen Klump’s MC)

Hi there. I’m Samantha Warren. Thank you so much for inviting me to visit the blog today. You must want to hear about the murder. I can understand the curiosity. Less than a month ago, after barely escaping from a murderer, I had sworn to stay clear of any danger, but here I am smack dab in the middle of another murder investigation. 

Would you believe it was my Mom who begged me to get involved? There I was, crafting my unique red, white and blue sparkler cocktails for the German Texan Lodge’s Fourth of July Festival, trying to earn some money for my fledgling cocktails and catering business, when my mom’s best friend Patty was spotted in a knock-down-drag-out fight with Angela Clawson, the high society woman who was helping to organize the festival. The two women had been feuding over a plan to build a country-club style tennis center on the lodge grounds, and their fight became a main attraction when Patty pushed Angela to the ground. 

When Angela was found dead a few hours later, naturally Patty became the top suspect. Of course my mom and I know that Patty would never murder anyone, no matter how mad she was at them. I tried to convince my mom that the police could handle the investigation, but with evidence stacking up against Patty, mom said we couldn’t take that risk. 

I reluctantly agreed to do a little snooping, even after Patty’s son, Martin, my one-time childhood friend turned college nemesis, showed up and started accusing me of trying to profit from his mother’s situation. I figured I would do what I could while steering clear of Martin. 

The trouble is, there are a few other people I need to steer clear of as well. My business partner, Beth, would freak out if she knew I was investigating another murder. She thinks all of our attention needs to be focused on building up our business, which is going through plenty of start-up pains. And my new boyfriend, David, had made me promise my amateur sleuthing days were over after the last investigation. But I can’t let my mom or Patty down.

There are plenty of suspects. Angela was not a popular woman, and she’s got a bit of a mysterious past. But I have a feeling that if we don’t figure this mess out sooner rather than later, this whole investigation could go bottoms up!

You can find out what happened next by reading MURDER SERVED NEAT, by author Michelle Hillen Klump. Enjoy it with a cocktail or mocktail in hand!

About Michelle Hillen Klump

Michelle Hillen Klump began her writing career as a newspaper reporter, traveling the back roads of central Texas and Arkansas, reporting on everything from natural disasters to crime and corruption. She’s interviewed former presidents, covered a midnight manhunt through the Ozark Mountains, and learned the finer points of how to break a car window from a looter while covering a hurricane. Now, she uses her experiences as fodder for fiction, writing a cozy mystery series about a former reporter turned craft cocktail caterer.

Michelle lives in Houston, Texas, with her husband and young daughter. When she’s not writing or working her day job, she enjoys gardening, reading, exploring Houston’s neighborhoods, hiking and biking, and creating craft cocktails for friends and family.

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