One Taste Too Many (Sarah Blair Mystery, #1)
For culinary challenged Sarah Blair, there's only one thing scarier than cooking from scratch--murder!Married at eighteen, divorced at twenty-eight, Sarah Blair reluctantly swaps her luxury lifestyle for a cramped studio apartment and a law firm receptionist job in the tired hometown she never left. With nothing much to show for the last decade but her feisty Siamese cat, RahRah, and some clumsy domestic skills, she's the polar opposite of her bubbly twin, Emily--an ambitious chef determined to take her culinary ambitions to the top at a local gourmet restaurant . . .Sarah knew starting over would be messy. But things fall apart completely when her ex drops dead, seemingly poisoned by Emily's award-winning rhubarb crisp. Now, with RahRah wanted by the woman who broke up her marriage and Emily wanted by the police for murder, Sarah needs to figure out the right recipe to crack the case before time runs out. Unfortunately, for a gal whose idea of good china is floral paper plates, catching the real killer and living to tell about it could mean facing a fate worse than death--being in the kitchen! Includes quick and easy recipes!

One Taste Too Many (Sarah Blair Mystery, #1) Details

TitleOne Taste Too Many (Sarah Blair Mystery, #1)
Author
ReleaseDec 18th, 2018
PublisherKensington Publishing Corporation
ISBN-139781496719478
Rating
GenreMystery, Cozy Mystery, Fiction

One Taste Too Many (Sarah Blair Mystery, #1) Review

  • Carrie
    January 1, 1970
    One Taste Too Many by Debra H. Goldstein is the first book in the new cozy Sarah Blair Mystery series. Now sometimes cozies have a food theme and sometimes you have a pet theme, One Taste Too Many has a bit of both making it good for the animal lovers and foodies out there.Sarah Blair is our lead character in One Taste Too Many, she’s a young divorcee who doesn’t have a clue in the kitchen. Sarah’s twin however is a promising young chef but when Emily ends up being found over Sarah’s ex-husband’ One Taste Too Many by Debra H. Goldstein is the first book in the new cozy Sarah Blair Mystery series. Now sometimes cozies have a food theme and sometimes you have a pet theme, One Taste Too Many has a bit of both making it good for the animal lovers and foodies out there.Sarah Blair is our lead character in One Taste Too Many, she’s a young divorcee who doesn’t have a clue in the kitchen. Sarah’s twin however is a promising young chef but when Emily ends up being found over Sarah’s ex-husband’s dead body Sarah finds herself pulled into the kitchen to help Emily find a murderer before she takes the wrap.The was a solid opening for a new series with a lot going on in the story. The mystery side to the book had plenty of twists and turns that kept me on my toes trying to figure out the culprit. However, I think maybe for me I thought everything put together was a bit much for a first book as I never really felt I connected to the characters the way I’d like. With potential though I will see how book two turns out since it was an entertaining mystery.I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.com/
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  • LORI CASWELL
    January 1, 1970
    Dollycas’s ThoughtsSarah and Emily Blair are twins and as different as night and day. Emily is a fabulous chef with plans to make it to the top of her field. Sarah married young and divorced 10 years later. She is starting over and has taken a receptionist job at a local law office and lives in a studio apartment with her cat, RahRah.The restaurant where Emily works has a booth at the Food Expo and the staff will be giving demonstrations and sharing tasty treats. Emily will be making her special Dollycas’s ThoughtsSarah and Emily Blair are twins and as different as night and day. Emily is a fabulous chef with plans to make it to the top of her field. Sarah married young and divorced 10 years later. She is starting over and has taken a receptionist job at a local law office and lives in a studio apartment with her cat, RahRah.The restaurant where Emily works has a booth at the Food Expo and the staff will be giving demonstrations and sharing tasty treats. Emily will be making her special rhubarb crisp.But tragedy strikes when Sarah’s ex is found dead at the convention center before the event even begins. Covered in rhubarb, it is quickly determined he was poisoned, by Emily! Also, with his death, it seems Sarah’s cat RahRah no longer belongs to her. A chef that works with Emily has laid claim to the feline.As someone that hates to cook, Sarah knows she needs to hang around the expo to try to catch the real killer, even if it means filling in for her talented sister. That is if the killer doesn’t get to her first. She also needs to find a way to keep her cat.This series is off to a stellar start and I am head over heels with the wonderful cat, RahRah. The cat was rescued during Hurricane Katrina my Sarah’s ex-mother-in-law who loved Sarah, so of course, she took the cat when the woman passed away. Her ex left out some key details about his mother’s will. Now, with him dead the secrets are revealed. Let’s just say he was a first-class a**, and I was happy he was the first victim. Yes, first, because the killing didn’t stop with him.Ms. Goldstein has created a pair of sisters, twins, that are truly each other’s half. They are smart and fun. Best friends that take care of each other. Sarah is an interesting protagonist. I hope she continues to team up with her sister. I believe we have barely scratched the surface on when the author can take these sisters.The story has a little bit more of an edge than a typical cozy but doesn’t go too far. It is exciting and fresh with plenty of twists and corkscrew turns. The author drops in the clues with such precision. I was up in the air about the killer right up until the big reveal. Someone on my radar but not at the top of my list. The motives were unclear until all the last clues slid into place.This was a very entertaining story. A great mystery with characters I want to visit again. I am excited to see where the author takes this series. This one was A Perfect Escape!
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  • Betty
    January 1, 1970
    I almost didn't request this book as it was the first in a new series and a new author for me. I am glad It decided to because of the cover showing a Siamese cat. I will definitely read this author again as is an exceptional book. There are so many twists and turns it was hard to keep up as the pace was fast and the plot kept changing. I didn't know who was guilty until it was revealed. There are twin sisters, one Emily, noted Chef outgoing and Sarah married and divorced. Emily is a well-known c I almost didn't request this book as it was the first in a new series and a new author for me. I am glad It decided to because of the cover showing a Siamese cat. I will definitely read this author again as is an exceptional book. There are so many twists and turns it was hard to keep up as the pace was fast and the plot kept changing. I didn't know who was guilty until it was revealed. There are twin sisters, one Emily, noted Chef outgoing and Sarah married and divorced. Emily is a well-known chef. The only thing Sarah has is her Siamese cat, RahRah.Emily is discovered with the dead body of Sarah ex-husband Bill Blair and the sheriff feels she is guilty of his murder and arrested Emily. Sarah called her employer for help. Emily is out on bailed and has Sarah helping her find answers to the death of Bill. Next Sarah learns that Rah Rah has died and left an animal trust for the cat. Whoever his Rah Rah has control of the carriage house and Rah Rah trust funds. Bill appointed his girlfriend has Rah Rah trustee and Sarah must give him up. Is Emily guilty of murder? What will happen with Rah Rah? Will Sarah find out before joins her ex-husband in death? I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK. Recipes are included.Disclosure: Many thanks to NetGalley and Kensington Books for a review copy. The opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Yvonne
    January 1, 1970
    Sarah Blair is starting over at twenty-eight. She’s newly divorced and working at a law firm as a receptionist. She’s not very good at it, but she earns money so it will have to do. The only thing she got out of her marriage is a Siamese cat named RahRah. Her twin sister, Emily, is doing much better than Sarah. She has a brilliant career as a chef. However, things take a dark turn when Sarah’s ex is murdered and the prime suspect is her sister.As Sarah vows to find the real killer and free her s Sarah Blair is starting over at twenty-eight. She’s newly divorced and working at a law firm as a receptionist. She’s not very good at it, but she earns money so it will have to do. The only thing she got out of her marriage is a Siamese cat named RahRah. Her twin sister, Emily, is doing much better than Sarah. She has a brilliant career as a chef. However, things take a dark turn when Sarah’s ex is murdered and the prime suspect is her sister.As Sarah vows to find the real killer and free her sister, her ex-husband’s girlfriend claims ownership of RahRah. Sarah is shocked that her ex would give the beloved cat to the woman who broke up her marriage. She is determined to find out what her ex-husband was up to before his untimely death.This is the first book of a new cozy mystery series and it sure starts off with a bang. I just love getting in on the ground floor of a new series and this is certainly a good one. The characters literally jump off the pages (or in my case off my e-reader screen). Sarah and Emily are a wonderful sister pair. They work together beautifully. Both are quite likeable characters. I especially liked Sarah, being we both share the love of cats.It’s a fast-moving, intriguing plot set in the world of food. The action takes place mainly at a food expo. I couldn’t put this one down until the end. RahRah has a huge part in the story, so I was immediately won over. To add to my enjoyment - I was totally off the track about who the culprit was. I didn’t figure it out until the end when Sarah did. I love stories that surprise me. One book and I’m already hooked on this series. Great characters, setting and a cat! I’m in :) FTC Disclosure: I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Kirsti
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book!Somehow even in my worst reading slumps, I can always count on a good cozy to help me out of it. This was one of those great cozies that fit the bill! There was enough mystery and suspects to keepme guessing, and as well as being a cat themed mystery (my favorite!) it had a culinary aspect as well. The two themes worked well, and I liked having an in with the legal parts of the murder mystery. In the end I felt like it was Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book!Somehow even in my worst reading slumps, I can always count on a good cozy to help me out of it. This was one of those great cozies that fit the bill! There was enough mystery and suspects to keepme guessing, and as well as being a cat themed mystery (my favorite!) it had a culinary aspect as well. The two themes worked well, and I liked having an in with the legal parts of the murder mystery. In the end I felt like it wasn't tied up as well as it could have been, but that was the only let down.A good start to what I hope becomes a favorite series. Four stars.
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  • Mary Brown
    January 1, 1970
    Synopsis:For culinary challenged Sarah Blair, there's only one thing scarier than cooking from scratch--murder!Married at eighteen, divorced at twenty-eight, Sarah Blair reluctantly swaps her luxury lifestyle for a cramped studio apartment and a law firm receptionist job in the tired hometown she never left. With nothing much to show for the last decade but her feisty Siamese cat, RahRah, and some clumsy domestic skills, she's the polar opposite of her bubbly twin, Emily--an ambitious chef deter Synopsis:For culinary challenged Sarah Blair, there's only one thing scarier than cooking from scratch--murder!Married at eighteen, divorced at twenty-eight, Sarah Blair reluctantly swaps her luxury lifestyle for a cramped studio apartment and a law firm receptionist job in the tired hometown she never left. With nothing much to show for the last decade but her feisty Siamese cat, RahRah, and some clumsy domestic skills, she's the polar opposite of her bubbly twin, Emily--an ambitious chef determined to take her culinary ambitions to the top at a local gourmet restaurant . . .Sarah knew starting over would be messy. But things fall apart completely when her ex drops dead, seemingly poisoned by Emily's award-winning rhubarb crisp. Now, with RahRah wanted by the woman who broke up her marriage and Emily wanted by the police for murder, Sarah needs to figure out the right recipe to crack the case before time runs out. Unfortunately, for a gal whose idea of good china is floral paper plates, catching the real killer and living to tell about it could mean facing a fate worse than death--being in the kitchen!Includes quick and easy recipes! (Goodreads)Review:The characters are well developed and well rounded. I enjoyed getting to know Sarah and Emily, twin sisters. Sarah has not had it easy, being divorced and not having very much money. Her sister, Emily, is a very good cook, not so much Sarah. But Sarah will help Emily any way she can, especially when Emily is a person of interest in a murder (or maybe two). Hopefully Sarah is a better detective than a cook.The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and I could picture the Civic Center and all of the booths that were there. It looks like a great event to go to, with lots of good food. The mystery is well plotted and was carried on well throughout the entire book. There were a lot of twists and turns and red herrings thrown in to make this a more difficult mystery to solve. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys well crafted cozy mystery. This was a very good start to a new cozy series and I am looking forward to reading the next book. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Kensington Books, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.
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  • Patty
    January 1, 1970
    One Taste Too Many by Debra H. Goldstein is the first book in the Sarah Blair Mystery series, and my first book by this author. What a great start to a new series! Sarah and Emily are twins who are very different. Sarah recently divorced, is working at a law firm as a receptionist. Emily is a chef, who is high achieving. When Emily is found standing over the body of Sarah's ex husband, the mystery begins. Sarah is determined to find the real killer, knowing her sister is innocent. Once I started One Taste Too Many by Debra H. Goldstein is the first book in the Sarah Blair Mystery series, and my first book by this author. What a great start to a new series! Sarah and Emily are twins who are very different. Sarah recently divorced, is working at a law firm as a receptionist. Emily is a chef, who is high achieving. When Emily is found standing over the body of Sarah's ex husband, the mystery begins. Sarah is determined to find the real killer, knowing her sister is innocent. Once I started this book I could not stop reading it. It was a quick read that kept me guessing. I look forward to the next book in the series. I recommend this book for all cozy mystery book lovers, you will not be disappointed.I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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  • Lisa Morin
    January 1, 1970
    As a first in a new series, this definitely has potential.Emily and Sarah are sisters, Emily is a culinary wiz and Sarah, not so much. When Sarah's ex husband is found dead with Emily hovering over the body, things take a drastic turn and Sarah decides to investigate.I did enjoy the story, but there were times I felt the story dragged on. I will be looking for the next book to see if it holds my attention a bit better.Overall, this is a pretty good start to a new series.I volunteered to read and As a first in a new series, this definitely has potential.Emily and Sarah are sisters, Emily is a culinary wiz and Sarah, not so much. When Sarah's ex husband is found dead with Emily hovering over the body, things take a drastic turn and Sarah decides to investigate.I did enjoy the story, but there were times I felt the story dragged on. I will be looking for the next book to see if it holds my attention a bit better.Overall, this is a pretty good start to a new series.I volunteered to read and review an ARC of this book provided by the publisher and NetGalley.
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  • Kristina
    January 1, 1970
    One Taste Too Many by Debra H. Goldstein is the first A Sarah Blair Mystery. Sarah Blair is a twenty-eight year old divorcee living in Wheaton, Alabama in a small studio apartment with her Siamese cat, RahRah while working as a receptionist for a local lawyer. Sarah is awakened during the night by a phone call from her twin sister, Emily. She is at the police station and the prime suspect in death of Sarah’s ex-husband, Bill. Sarah immediately calls her boss, Harlan and rushes to the police stat One Taste Too Many by Debra H. Goldstein is the first A Sarah Blair Mystery. Sarah Blair is a twenty-eight year old divorcee living in Wheaton, Alabama in a small studio apartment with her Siamese cat, RahRah while working as a receptionist for a local lawyer. Sarah is awakened during the night by a phone call from her twin sister, Emily. She is at the police station and the prime suspect in death of Sarah’s ex-husband, Bill. Sarah immediately calls her boss, Harlan and rushes to the police station. Peter Mueller, Wheaton’s police chief, is questioning Emily when Sarah and Harlan arrive at the station. Emily is a chef at Southwind, a local upscale restaurant, and in charge of the Southwind booth at the upcoming Food Expo. She states Bill called and told her there was a problem and to come down immediately. Emily found him on the floor of the Southwind booth covered in her rhubarb crisp. Then Jane Clark, Bill’s latest love interest, shows up and accuses Sarah of stealing a bracelet and RahRah (oh no). After leaving the station, Emily suggests that Sarah work the Food Expo with her, so they can track down the real killer. It will also allow them to get close to Jane and figure out what plan she is cooking up. They only have one little problem—Sarah is severely lacking in culinary talent (heating up takeout is the extent of her skills). When Emily is arrested for Bill’s murder, it is up to Sarah to cut through the clues and suspects. Can Sarah solve the case before Emily’s becomes the prison’s new cook?One Taste Too Many is a lighthearted cozy mystery. This cozy mystery features plenty of mouthwatering food and a smart Siamese cat named RahRah. I liked the steady pacing and smooth flow between sections. Sarah and her twin sister, Emily may look alike, but they have very different personalities and talents. Sarah has divorced her cheating husband, but she has yet to discover what she wants to do with her life. While Emily is a talented chef, Sarah has no culinary talents. Actually, Sarah is not sure if she possesses any special skills or talents. Sarah is grateful for her cat, RahRah (my favorite character in the book). RahRah originally belonged to Mother Blair and, after her death, Bill asked Sarah to take him since he is allergic. It turns out that Bill forgot to mention that Mother Blair set up a special trust for RahRah with a stipend for his caregiver along with a place to live (must have slipped his mind). After Bill’s death, all the evidence points towards Emily as the killer. Emily convinces Sarah to help her ferret out the truth. There are several suspects with motive to want Bill dead and there are good clues to aid readers in resolving the crime. I was disappointed that the murder occurred before the book began. I would have appreciated the author taking the time to develop the main characters further (to know more about their past). Further information on Harlan would also have been nice—like his last name (did I miss it?). There are two recipes at the end of the book. One Taste Too Many will appeal to those who delight in pet and food cozy mysteries with a perplexing whodunit. Do not miss the first new diverting tale in A Sarah Blair Mystery series.
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  • RO G'ma
    January 1, 1970
    One Taste Too Many is the first book in Debra H. Goldstein’s Sarah Blair Mystery series. There’s a lot going on in this well-plotted and steadily paced book, including several subplots in addition to the murders, and there are lots of twists and turns, and suspects. I enjoyed the book, and the reveal came as a surprise.Sarah Blair married William (Bill) Taft Blair a week out of high school, and now at the age of twenty-eight, she finds herself divorced, struggling, living in a small studio apart One Taste Too Many is the first book in Debra H. Goldstein’s Sarah Blair Mystery series. There’s a lot going on in this well-plotted and steadily paced book, including several subplots in addition to the murders, and there are lots of twists and turns, and suspects. I enjoyed the book, and the reveal came as a surprise.Sarah Blair married William (Bill) Taft Blair a week out of high school, and now at the age of twenty-eight, she finds herself divorced, struggling, living in a small studio apartment in Wheaton, Alabama, and working as a receptionist for an attorney, Harlan Endicott. After his mother’s funeral, Bill gave her Siamese cat, RahRah, to Sarah. Sarah’s twin sister, Emily Johnson, is a promising young chef and works in Chef Marcus’ restaurant, Southwind. When Sarah receives an early morning call from Emily saying she’s at the police station and the prime suspect in the death of Sarah’s ex-husband, she calls Harlan and then rushes to the police station. Emily, who’s in charge of Southwind’s booth at the upcoming Food Expo at the Civic Center, says Bill, the Civic Center’s chairman, called and told her there was a problem, and to meet him there immediately. She found Bill on the floor of the Southwind booth, called for help, and attempted to revive him. After Bill dies, Sarah learns that when Mother Blair passed away, she left an animal trust for the RahRah and that the cat’s caregiver was given the carriage house. Bill never told Sarah any of this and now his girlfriend, Jane Clark, who works with Emily as a line cook, claims he appointed her as RahRah’s caregiver and is forcing her to give him up. Jane also accuses her of stealing one of Mother Blair’s expensive bracelets. When a second death occurs and Emily is found near the body, Peter Mueller, the Wheaton police chief, arrests Emily for the murders of William Taft Blair and Richard Brown. Sarah is convinced someone is framing her. Peter tells Sarah that he doubts her sister is guilty, but he’s obligated to follow the evidence, and all of it is pointing to Emily.I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and voluntarily reviewed it.
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