A Conversation with Bea Lambert by Linda Reilly

Fillet of MurderHello, luvvies . . . I’m Bea Lambert. Isn’t Dru Ann a dear for inviting me to chat with you today? Oh, I do wish she would stop by my eatery in the Berkshires. It’s on a charming cobblestone plaza called the Wrensdale Arcade. I know Dru Ann would find it cheerful and cozy. How I’d love to whip up some tasty fish and chips for her, with a scoop of my tangy coleslaw.

But I’m really here to tell you about my wonderful friend, Talia Marby. I first met Talia when she was a teenager. She came into the eatery I own with my hubby, Howie, looking for an after-school job. Poor luv – she’d had a lot going on back then, what with her folks having problems. Oh, but what a worker she turned out to be! She handled the deep fryer like she’d been born to it, and she could clean out the grease trap with the best of them. We’d have kept her on forever if we could have. Sadly for us, she went off to college after high school. We couldn’t fault her for that, of course. She deserved a higher education, and we wanted the best for her. After college she went on to a fancy job in Boston. She’d have stayed in Boston, too, if it hadn’t been for that silly chap she was semi-engaged to. The fool didn’t know enough to hang on to a woman as kind and darling as Talia. I’m so thankful Talia saw the light and left when she did. And you know what they say about timing? Well, as it turns out . . . it really is everything.

Several weeks ago, you see, my Howie needed knee surgery. A bad infection kept him in hospital, and I was having a devil of a time running the eatery with my young employee, Whitnee. Now don’t get me wrong—Whitnee is a sweet lass. But between her community college classes, that weird bloke of a boyfriend, and her overbearing mum, she has a lot on her plate. But anyway, when I heard Talia was back in town, living in her Nana’s bungalow, I asked if she’d like to help out for a bit. Luckily for me, she said yes.

I needed help, too—badly. The fellow who owned the classic lighting store across the plaza had been badgering me on a daily basis. Mr. Hoity-Toity wanted my signature on a petition that would have stopped a comic book store from opening up on the plaza. As if comic books aren’t good enough for his posh lamps! Turns out someone else didn’t take kindly to his annoying ways, either. When Talia and I went over to the lighting shop to give him a piece of our collective mind, we had the bad luck to stumble onto his body. Guess who the coppers tried to pin the blame on? Me.

Talia’s putting in plenty of overtime now, just trying to keep me out of the pokey. I really would look horrid in one of those dreadful orange onesies. But in the meantime, I do hope you’ll stop by and visit with us for a bit. Take a load off and enjoy some of our delicious fried treats!


You can read more about Bea and Talia in Fillet of Murder, the first book in the NEW “Deep Fried” mystery series, published by Berkley Prime Crime.

GIVEAWAY: Leave a comment by 12 p.m. eastern on May 12 for the chance to win a copy of Fillet of Tote - Deep Fried mysteriesMurder plus the “Deep Fried Mysteries” Tote Bag. The giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. Winner will be notified within 48 hours after giveaway closes and you will have three days to respond after being contacted or another winner will be selected. Make sure to check your SPAM folder.

About the author
Raised in a sleepy town in the Berkshires, Linda Reilly spent the bulk of her career in the field of real estate closings and title examination. It wasn’t until 1995 that her first short mystery, Out of Luck, was accepted for publication by a national women’s magazine. Since then she’s had over forty short stories published, including a sprinkling of romances. Fillet of Murder is the first mystery in the Deep Fried series. Visit Linda at www.lindasreilly.com.

161 responses to “A Conversation with Bea Lambert by Linda Reilly

  1. Oh, I always like to hear about a new cozy series. This sounds like fun. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  2. Talia sounds like a character I’d like to hear more about. Working at a library in rural MS gives me the perfect opportunity to show off a Deep Fried Mysteries tote. Thanks for a chance to win.

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  3. Mary Jane H

    Sounds great! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  4. Love trying new series plus s tote bag! How great.

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  5. Love the tote bag! I’m excited to see a new cozy series! Thank you for the giveaway chance!

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  6. Hi Dru, welcome home.
    I love diner stories, and I do like that kitty on the cover of the book. Since I seem to be collecting those cute giveaway bags I think I should enter the contest.

    Toss my hat into the contest ring please.

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  7. The tote bag is darling! I am looking forward to reading the new mystery series. Thank you for the giveaway.
    myrifraf(at)gmail(dot)com

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  8. Sounds like a fun read! Love the cover! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  9. Brenda Handy

    Looks like a great start to a new series. Thank you for the opportunity to enter the giveaway.

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  10. Looks like a great new series. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  11. Debbie Carnes

    Love the cover and bag. Sounds like a great new series for me

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  12. Looking forward to reading this book

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  13. Really sounds like a great series. Have had a few people that got ARC’s privately message me and recommend this to me on Goodreads. Now I know I really need to read it. 😀 Love the cover and nice tote too.

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  14. Jill Lauder

    Fantastic giveaway! Thank you!

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  15. Looks great, and thanks for the chance to win 🙂

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  16. I would love to read this book—thanks for the chance to win a copy!

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  17. Good luck in the contest, Sheila ~

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  18. candace knight

    This book sounds great and the cover is very cute.
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  19. This sounds like a good book. Thank you for the chance to win

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  20. Patty Degmetich

    Sounds like a great read. Thanks for the chance. 🙂

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  21. Lisa Garrett

    I love the Berkshires! This sounds like a great cozy.

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  22. carolee888

    Talia sounds like a great character, so friendly and colorful. Would love to read this book.

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  23. Judy Weaver

    Sounds like a good read. Fish and Chips sound pretty good too!!

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  24. Love Bea’s British lingo. I hope Talia and Bea find the real killer. I’d like to read Fillet of Murder and find out who bumped off Mr. “Hoity-Toity.”

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  25. Christi King

    I love new series and this one sounds fun. Great tote bag too! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  26. Wow this looks like a really nice read! I like the diner angle. And the tote bag is awesome. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  27. Looks like cute cozy mystery.

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  28. Debbie Price

    I think this will be a new series that I will like! Happy release day and thanks for the contest!

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  29. I’m always eager to try a new series–this looks like a good one.

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  30. Betty Hall

    Can not wait to start reading this new series!

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  31. Kathy Gonzales

    I love the title , can’t wait to read this one !

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  32. Several new series this month and this is a new one for me. Thanks so much for the review. robeader53@yahoo.com

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  33. This is so on my list to read!!!!!
    afarage (at) earthlink. net

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  34. sallycootie

    I like this character, have added this to my TBR stack. Love to find new series. And what a cute tote. Thanks!

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  35. A great cozy and wonderful giveaway. Thanks.

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  36. sounds like a cute cozie with food too, lol Love it, gl2all

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  37. Oh, a new series!! Yay! Can’t wait to read Fillet of Murder. Thanks for the chance to win a copy–and that tote bag is adorable.

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  38. MaryAnn Forbes

    A tote bag and a new book– love it!
    Thanks for the opportunity.📖📚

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  39. Rita Quante

    Love new series! You had me hooked with the cover! Best wishes for success and thank you for the chance to win!

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  40. Mari Krampach

    Love the kitty on the cover and from the excerpt sounds like a fun and sassy read!

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  41. Barbara Hackel

    How exciting! I am looking forward to reading this book and the ones that follow in the series! Sounds like fun, food, and mystery-right up my alley! 🙂
    Thanks Linda and Dru for the opportunity to win a copy of the book. The tote bag is awesome and would be wonderful to own and use for —what else?—hauling my books around. Good luck with the series-I am sure it will be a success! 😉

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  42. Rachel Lepree

    Oh, I would love to read this book!

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  43. Sounds delightful, as always

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  44. This book sounds great – I’d love a chance to read it!

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  45. I love the sound of this one, Bea sounds like a sweetheart. Thanks for the chance to win, I love getting in on the start of a new series.

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  46. Sandy Todd

    Hey Dru! Good blog again today! Congratulations Linda on your debut! Sounds like a good one.

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  47. Thanks, Dru and Bea/Linda! I’m looking forward to reading Fillet of Murder (and congratulations on the new series)!

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  48. Doward Wilson

    Thanks for the chance to win. New series, food, cat and murder; who can wait.

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  49. What a delightful-sounding series! I look forward to reading it!

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  50. Sounds like a great new series! Please enter me in the contest.

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  51. Any cozy with a cat on the cover is one I’d like to read—maybe while I’m eating some of your fish and chips. Thanks for the contest.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  52. This sounds like a fun new series.

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  53. Kaye Killgore

    This sounds like a good start to a new cozy series.

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  54. Love cats and cozies. Looks like a fun series.

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  55. Jeanie Dannheim

    Fish and chips sound good! And cats and cozies just should go paw-in-paw. Would love to read this; sounds like a great first-in-series!

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  56. Looks like a fun series. Thanks for the chance to win both a book and a tote.

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  57. Brian Frauenknecht

    I am so excited for this book, I had it preordered and then financial issues have caused me to have to wait to read it I can’t wait to get the chance to read this. I love new cozy mysteries and this one looks great!!

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  58. Dotty Kelley

    This sounds like a fun new cozy series.

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  59. I already had this one on my to read list. Thanks for the great conversation and the chance to win a copy!!

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  60. What a clever title!! I LOVE it!!!
    Cannot wait to read this book!!!
    Thank you for the giveaway….

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  61. Patty Allen

    This book sounds like a lot of fun, can’t wait to read it. Thanks for the giveaway 🙂

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  62. wendynewcomb

    Great giveaway, thank you for hosting this contest.

    wfnren at aol dot com

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  63. I’d love to win this. 🙂

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  64. Donna Gantt

    I would love to read the book and win the tote bag.

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  65. Marilyn Watson

    I love the sound of this and adore fish and chips. You have such a cute Cover too…
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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  66. I wish I could pop over for some chips! I guess I’ll have to make do by reading your book here across the pond-I’d love to have your tote to add to my collection!

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  67. Wanda downs

    Have not read this author but would love to

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  68. It sounds like a good book to read!

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  69. sounds like a book I would really like to read thanks for having the giveaway

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  70. Thank you for the chance to win! Another book to add to my wish list.

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  71. Chassity Biddix

    Sounds like a great opportunity. I love the green color of the tote so Springy.

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  72. Have added this to my to read list

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  73. omygato2015

    Would love to win! Sounds like a great read!

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  74. Yifat Cestare

    This book really sounds terrific. I would to to take the time to read it, and the tote bag is a great added bonus. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  75. Karen Terry

    It sounds like an exciting read.

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  76. Sue Em Davenport

    What a charming intro to this new series. I look forward to reading it.

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  77. It’s always great to read about a new series.

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  78. Thanks for the giveaway! The book sounds great!

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  79. Like to get in on the first in a series. Love the color of the tote, so I’m all in for this one.

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  80. Ruth Nixon

    I just read a review and it sounds like a great book.

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  81. Marilyn Watson

    The title alone would have me entering. I love Fish and Chips. Sounds like a good read.
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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  82. Thanks Linda for commenting and interacting with my readers.

    Contest is closed.

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