Deb Ries: Cooking Up Murder

Cooking up Murder

Book 1 now available in paperback and ebook!

Shawna Taylor goes from cook and cat owner to amateur sleuth one fateful day that changes her life forever.

Café owner, Shawna Taylor, has a flair for cooking up tasty food and treats for the residents of Sunset Peak, Arizona. She also learns she has a flair for solving mysteries when her best friend becomes the prime suspect in a murder investigation.

Her small town hadn’t suffered a homicide in over fifty years, until the day Sarge Gleason is stabbed in his antique shop with his own vintage dagger. Could he have been murdered by a relative who stands to inherit millions? Or by a shady business partner trying to get away with Sarge’s property? Or is it her own employee who has a closely held motive? Is Shawna working with a murderer?

With the help of her friends, an adventurous fashion diva and a zany yoga instructor, Shawna will derail the handsome local detective’s investigation and stir up the town’s secrets.

Praise for Deb’s Writing

“The characters were down-to-earth, relatable and charismatic and the storyline well-written, plausible, engaging and fun.”

“The storyline warmed your heart with characters who had depth and touched you on an emotional level.”

About Deb

Deb Ries is an award-winning, New York Times and USA Today best-selling author who grew up on a ranch in southeastern Arizona and recently launched a new cozy mystery series under her new name. She delights in creating stories of friendship, murder, and culinary adventure with characters and worlds her readers can get lost in. Deb and her husband live with their two dogs in Arizona where she enjoys crazy quilting, reading, and, of course, writing.

Shawna Taylor Cozy Mysteries

Book one now available; books 2 through 5 coming in 2022!

Deb Ries: Cooking Up Murder
Deb Ries: Recipe for Killing


Deb Ries: Pinch of Peril


Deb Ries: Delicious Death


Deb Ries: Taste of Danger


Sunset Peak

Bisbee, Arizona is the inspiration for Sunset Peak. Deb’s hometown is an old copper mining town nestled in Tombstone Canyon where homes are built on the mountainsides. Once called Little San Francisco, Bisbee was the biggest town between St. Louis and San Francisco during the copper boom over the turn of the 20th century. Both of her grandfathers worked in the Copper Queen Mine, and as a young child, her mom once lived where the Lavender Pit is today. Today the town is home to a population of just over 5,000 people, and it is a tourist town and artist’s community. For a small town, there’s always something interesting going on in Bisbee.

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