The Big Chili
An Undercover Dish Mystery, Book 1
October 6, 2015
Available in: Paperback
Lilah Drake's Covered Dish business discreetly provides the residents of Pine Haven, Illinois, with delicious, fresh-cooked meals they can claim they cooked themselves. But when one of her clandestine concoctions is used to poison a local woman, Lilah finds herself in a pot-load of trouble...
After dreaming for years of owning her own catering company, Lilah has made a start into the food world through her Covered Dish business, covertly cooking for her neighbors who don't have the time or skill to do so themselves, and allowing them to claim her culinary creations as their own. While her clientele is strong, their continued happiness depends on no one finding out who's really behind the apron.
So when someone drops dead at a church Bingo night moments after eating chili that Lilah made for a client, the anonymous chef finds herself getting stirred into a cauldron of secrets, lies, and murder--and going toe to toe with a very determined and very attractive detective. To keep her clients coming back and her business under wraps, Lilah will have to chop down the list of suspects fast, because this spicy killer has acquired a taste for homicide...
Julia Buckley is a Chicago mystery author. She writes the Writer’s Apprentice Mysteries, the Undercover Dish Mysteries, and the Hungarian Tea House Mysteries. Her novel A Dark and Stormy Murder was named “a noteworthy traditional mystery” by Writer’s Digest, and her novels The Big Chili and Cheddar Off Dead have both been translated into Japanese. Julia is a member of the Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and the Chicago Writer’s Association. She has taught high school English for thirty-one years; she lives near Chicago with her husband, three cats, and a mischievous Labrador named Digby. She has two grown sons. She is a lifelong reader and a writer, and a bona fide introvert.