Tuesday, November 16, 2021


’Tis the Season for Food, Food, Food

by Saralyn Richard

Holidays and food have a symbiotic relationship. You can’t have one without the other. The same can be said for mysteries and food, at least in the two Detective Parrott mysteries, Murder in the One Percent and A Palette for Love and Murder.


The former begins with a December birthday weekend retreat at a country mansion in the lush Brandywine Valley. The guests indulge in a gourmet dinner consisting of nine courses and wine pairings. The menu for this elegant party is stunning. It’s one of the elements readers remember most about the book, and several book clubs have replicated the menu to add authenticity to their book discussions.

A Palette for Love and Murder is set on and around Thanksgiving. Local favorites are included on the menu, and throughout the book. All of the characters, whether they are part of the wealthiest one percent or the people who serve them, consume interesting and delicious meals. To give you a hint, do mushroom-barley soup or pumpple cake from the Flying Monkey Bakery tickle your fancy?


If you’re watching your diet, don’t worry. Reading mysteries burns calories. Sitting on the edge of your seat and reading those heart-thumping scenes will take care of whatever snacking you might do while reading. And turning pages into the night helps, too.


The Detective Parrott mysteries are temporarily unavailable on Amazon, but can be purchased online at http://murderintheonepercent.com on the bookstore page.

Saralyn Richard is the author of the Detective Parrott Mystery Series, as well as A Murder of Principal and the upcoming release, Bad Blood Sisters. A member of the Author Talk Network, Saralyn enjoys meeting with readers through book clubs, organization meetings, and other speaking engagements. Join her next Tuesday at 5 pm Central for the Facebook Live event, Cooking with Blackbirds. And if cooking is your thing, grab the pdf booklet, Epicurean Feasts, featuring the dishes from the gourmet dinner party in Murder in the One Percent. All you need to do is sign up for Saralyn’s monthly newsletter to receive this and other special offers. Subscribe at http://saralynrichard.com.



  1. Reading mysteries burns calories? Love your marketing slogan!

  2. Love your posts, Saralyn. And, yes, I'm amazed how few people know that frantically turning the pages of an un-put-down-able novel melts pounds away ;)


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