Tina Kashian

Cozy Mystery Author


Kebab Kitchen Mystery Series

Book 1: Hummus and Homicide

When Lucy Berberian quits her Philadelphia law firm and heads home to Ocean Crest, she knows what she’s getting—the scent of funnel cake, the sight of the wooden roller coaster, and the tastes of her family’s Mediterranean restaurant. But murder wasn’t on the menu…

Things are slow in the off-season in this Jersey Shore town, but Lucy doesn’t mind. She doesn’t even mind waitressing at the Kebab Kitchen. Her parents have put in a new hummus bar, with ever flavor from lemon to roasted red pepper. It’s fun to see their calico cat again, and to catch up with her old BFF, who’s married to a cop now.

She could do without Heather Banks, though. The Gucci-toting ex-cheerleader is still as nasty as she was back in high school…and unfortunately, she’s just taken over as the local health inspector. Just minutes after eating at the Kebab Kitchen—where she’s tallied up a whole list of bogus violations—she falls down dead in the street. Word on the grapevine is it’s homicide, and Lucy’s the number one suspect…

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“A delectable read!”  – Bestselling Author Shelley Freydont

4 Stars! “The first in Kashian’s Kebab Kitchen mystery series is clever and charming and close to the author’s own heart. It’s a culinary delight that will have readers salivating over the food and hungry for literary answers. Lucy and her crew of friends and family are an interesting group, and the rich melting pot of cultures and small new Jersey coastal town is fantastic, right down to the boardwalk!” – RT Book Reviews

“…its likeable characters and colorful kebab restaurant setting will whet the appetite of devotees of foodie mysteries.”-Library Journal

“I enjoyed this book where nothing is as it seems…Boasting a wonderful and diverse cast of characters and engaging dialogue, I can’t wait to read the next book in this delightfully appealing new series.” – Dru’s Book Musings

Kashian draws upon her own experience of the Jersey shore to deliver a cozy mystery with a touch of nostalgia for the boardwalk…she excels with her diverse cast of characters, celebrating the unique heritage of the immigrants who built our country…and made delicious food! I look forward to reading more from Kebab Kitchen!” – SOS Aloha’s Reviews

“Hummus and Homicide will whet your appetite for more mysteries to come.” – Carstairs Considers

Overall, this is not our typical culinary mystery. There is culture, divine setting, family ties and Lucy. No other book has a Lucy like this Lucy. I could keep coming back for more!
–Bibliophile Reviews

I absolutely loved “Hummus and Homicde!!” Very highly recommended.-Cozy Nook Books

4 Paws Up! “A great book and a killer series in the making.” – Storybook Reviews

“A fresh voice in the cozy mystery genre.” – The Power of Words Review

“A must read for fans of cozy mysteries with a culinary flair.” – Books a Plenty Book Reviews

“The resolution of the murder is well done, and enough open questions are left for many stories to come!” – Back Porchervations Reviews

“This book was well-written, fun and definitely had a few laugh out loud moments for me.” – Moonlight Rendezvous Reviews

“A well rounded story and the series has potential for excellent growth.” – Laura’s Interests Reviews

Book 2: Stabbed in the Baklava

Lucy Berberian has taken over her family’s Mediterranean restaurant on the Jersey Shore after an unsatisfying stint at a Philadelphia law firm. It’s great to be back in her old beach town, even if she’s turning into a seasoned sleuth.

Catering a high-society wedding should bring in some big income for Kebab Kitchen—and raise its profile too. But it’s not exactly good publicity when the best man winds up skewered like a shish kebab. Worse yet, Lucy’s handsome ex, Azad—who’s the restaurant’s new head chef—is the prime suspect. But she doesn’t give a fig what the cops think. He may have killer looks, but he’s no murderer. She just needs to prove his innocence, before he has to go on the lamb . . .

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“An enjoyable multi-lot story with a good setting, delicious foods, and a great cast of characters.” ~Dru’s Book Musings

“A fun cozy mystery that continues a great series. Grab a plate of hummus and some baklava for dessert and sit back and enjoy.” ~Carstairs Considers

“Tense yet fun, this second book in the series was entertaining to read. The motives and suspects are varied, secrets are revealed and Lucy has to escape personal endangerment once again.” ~Laura’s Interests

“If you are searching for a funny story with some delicious food, this is your book!” ~Varietas

“I greatly enjoyed the bits and pieces of Mediterranean food, music, and dances that the author weaves into the story. It adds an authentic touch to the theme and will leave the reader hungry for a taste of the delectable food served at the Kebab Kitchen!” ~Cinnamon, Sugar and a Little Bit of Murder

“With a cleverness worthy of the mystery world’s greatest authors, Tina Kashian filled STABBED IN THE BAKLAVA with suspects, clues, twist and turns, and red herrings enough to keep me guessing until the end!” ~Lisa Ks Book Reviews

“Well-plotted and lots of fun, the mystery and the characters will keep you fully engaged from start to finish!” ~Reading Is My SuperPower

“. . .  a quaint small town, charming characters and food descriptions that will have you salivating.” ~The Avid Reader

Book 3: One Feta in the Grave – Out now!

As summer comes to an end in her Jersey Shore town, Lucy Berberian continues to manage her family’s Mediterranean restaurant. The Kebab Kitchen also has a food tent at this year’s beach festival. But now a local businessman is under the boardwalk—dead by the sea . . .

 With a sand castle contest and live music, Ocean Crest bids a bittersweet farewell to tourist season. Summer will return next year . . . but Archie Kincaid won’t. The full-of-himself store owner has been fatally shot, soon after a screaming match with Lucy’s best friend. Katie’s far from the only suspect, though, since Archie had some bitter rivals—as well as some relationships no one knew about. It’s up to Lucy to look into some seedy characters and solve the case before the wrong person gets skewered . . .

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