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My Musing ~ Smothered, Covered & Dead by Liz Lipperman

Smothered Covered and DeadSmothered, Covered & Dead by Liz Lipperman is the 5th book featuring Jordan McAllister. Publisher: The Story Vault, May 2015

Aspiring sportswriter Jordan McAllister never imagined she’d end up as a food critic for a small time newspaper. Writing the culinary column for the Ranchero Globe is a challenge, and even though she can’t make a grilled cheese sandwich without burning it, she has no trouble finding herself in hot water.

When Rosie LaRue finds her ex in the apartment with her ice pick in his chest, Jordan knows that she and the Empire Apartments gang must act quickly to keep their friend out of jail. Despite the fact that the deceased has a long list of people who wanted him dead, things aren’t always what they seem, and Jordan ends up in the hands of a crazed killer, desperately searching for a way to stay alive.

You can always expect some excitement when Jordan and the gang find themselves in the middle of a police investigation and this one is a doozy when Rosie’s ex is murdered in her home. Knowing she is innocent, Jordan and Victor put on their sleuthing cap to find a killer. I loved how this whodunit was set up with fingers pointing to several suspects with the most obvious one surprising me in the end by their action. A good mystery with good dialogue and a lovable ensemble cast that kept me engaged throughout the telling of this story. I hope there are more adventures with Jordan and her friends forthcoming in this delightfully entertaining series.

Chicken Caccia-Killer by Liz Lipperman

Chicken Caccia KillerChicken Caccia-Killer by Liz Lipperman is the fourth book in the “Clueless Cook/Jordan McAllister” mystery series. Publisher: Liz Lipperman, December 2013

Forced to fight to keep her job as the culinary reporter at the Ranchero Globe, Jordan covers the International Italian Festival coming to town. But along with the festivities and great Italian food, she must deal with meeting her boyfriend Alex’s mother and sister for the first time.

When an arrogant Italian playboy falls to his death from a suite at a swanky hotel during a pre-festivities party and Alex’s sister Kate is charged with his murder, Jordan springs into action to find clues that could prove her innocence. But the real killer doesn’t appreciate that she is getting too close. Can Jordan and her motley crew of friends stay one step ahead and catch a killer before she becomes the next victim?

I’m so happy that Liz is continuing this series, where Jordan, our spunky heroine whose favorite meal is fast food, writes a culinary column in the local paper. While on assignment, she finds herself embroiled in a murder when her boyfriend’s sister become a prime suspect and this is when the fun begins in this entertaining and engaging whodunit. Wherever Jordan goes, trouble follows in a humorous way as Jordan and her friend get the clues necessary to bring a killer to justice. This is one of the best book in this delightfully charming series and I look forward to the next culinary endeavors with Jordan and the gang at the Empire Apartments.

A Conversation With Jordan McAllister by Liz Lipperman

Chicken Caccia KillerHey, y’all. I wanted to let you know about my latest adventure. It all started when I was minding my own business and got called to the editor’s office.

Mind you, writing a culinary column for the Ranchero Globe may not be my dream job, but I was shocked to see Loretta Moseley sitting across from my boss. She used to write the column before she broke her hip and I was asked to take over, first temporarily, then full-time when she ran off to Vegas with her smokin’ hot therapist and the settlement money from the accident. Despite the fact that I can’t cook a lick and think all gourmet food comes with fries, I managed to do pretty well at the job with the help of my wacky friends who supplied casserole recipes with made-up fancy names for my column.

Long story short, although I would prefer to be writing about what’s happening on the football field and not about the yummy Frito Pie at the concession stand, it wasn’t a bad gig. So you can imagine my surprise to find out that after a year, Loretta thought she could mosey into town and take back her old job.

It didn’t help that her uncle Earl owns the newspaper.

My editor surprised me, though, and actually stood up for me, telling her that sales have doubled since I took over the Kitchen Kupboard. As a compromise, he and uncle Earl decided that Loretta and I should both cover the Italian Festival coming to town the following weekend and then let the people of Ranchero decide who they wanted. With Loretta confident she could beat out a “skinny redhead,” as she called me, every competitive bone in my body went into overdrive.

Game on.

But Loretta plays dirty, and there’s a real possibility I’ll end up writing only the personals again—or worse.

That’s not my only problem, though. Alex, the really hot FBI agent who doubles as my boyfriend, wants me to meet his mother and sister who are in town for the festival.

Holy cannoli!

But wait! It gets worse. At a pre-festival party, a debonair Italian entrepreneur ends up taking a dive from the balcony, and Alex’s sister is charged with the murder. In an unlikely pairing, I team up with his mother, who is keeping secrets of her own, along with my friends from Empire Apartments to try and catch a killer.

Recently released Chicken Caccia-Killer is available at all online book stores. You won’t want to miss this one or the fantastic Italian recipes in the back, either. Ciao!


You can read more about Jordan and her friends in Chicken Caccia-Killer, the fourth book in the “Jordan McAllister” mystery series. The first book in the series is Liver Let Die.

GIVEAWAY: Comment on this post by noon EST on December 10, and you will be entered to win a copy of Chicken Caccia-Killer. One winner will be chosen at random. Print copy is US/Canada only; Kindle or Nook download open to everyone.

Meet the author
Liz Lipperman started writing late in life after spending most of her career saving people. Retired from the medical field, she now spends a lot of her time thinking up new ways to kill them. She and her HS sweetheart hubby live north of Dallas, close to her two grown children and four of the sweetest grandkids a girl could ever ask for.

She writes the Clueless Cook Mystery Series for Berkley Prime Crime. Her new Romantic Thriller series, titled SWEEPERS, debuts this December with the prequel, SWEEPERS: A KISS TO DIE FOR, followed by the release of book one, SWEEPERS: DIE ONCE MORE in June 2014. Look for the second book of A Dead Sister Talking Mystery, JAILHOUSE GLOCK, in May 2014 from Midnight Ink and the first book of a new cozy series debuting some time next year.

Visit Liz at her website, on Facebook or on Twitter.


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Murder For The Halibut by Liz Lipperman

Murder For HalibutMurder For The Halibut by Liz Lipperman is the third book in the “Clueless Cook” mystery series. Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime, December 2012

A sports writing job would have been the perfect catch for Jordan McAllister, but in Ranchero, Texas, all she could reel in was the food column. Though she may not know her way around a kitchen, she has no trouble finding herself in a kettle of fish.

Tempted by the offer of a free Caribbean cruise, Jordan accepts a spot as a judge in a week-long big-time cooking competition aboard the Carnation Queen. She just better hope no one finds out that her famous palate is far from refined.

But there are bigger fish to fry when arrogant chef Stefano Mancini falls face first into his signature halibut dish during the first event. While evidence suggests that the handsome Italian chef’s death was an accident, Jordan thinks otherwise. But she’ll have to keep her wits about her—and the sea sickness pills handy—if she’s going to solve this one.

OMG! This book is awesome. Jordan is on a cruise judging a competition when one of the contestant suddenly dies. Was it an accident? or murder? Jordan has other ideas when she overhears a conversation that points to something sinister and as such, puts her and her friends on the hunt for a murderer. The author did a good job in delivering a delightfully entertaining whodunit that I could not put down and did not want to see end. The dialogue was engagingly witty and the scene with “sweetbread”; Priceless. This is the best book in this fabulous series and I can’t wait for the next exciting adventures with Jordan and her friends.

Alex Moreland and Something’s Fishy by Liz Lipperman

Murder For HalibutFirst off, let me introduce myself. I’m Alex Moreland, and I’m an FBI agent. I see so much crime in my real job that when I get a few days off, I like to relax and enjoy the company of my girl, the feisty redheaded, sports-loving journalist masquerading as the culinary reporter for the Ranchero Globe.

So what could be more relaxing than a Caribbean cruise with my lady?

Hello! Do you all know Jordan? Nothing – – and I mean absolutely nothing – – is ever simple or relaxing with her. She’s attracted to trouble like a fly to a spider web. And how hysterical is it to think she could judge a culinary contest when she doesn’t even know the difference between caviar and a good Texas bean dip?

Are you starting to get the picture?

When an arrogant Italian chef falls face first into his signature halibut dish the first night of the competition, my girl springs into action and searches for the killer – – even though the man’s death has been ruled accidental. So what happens next?

I’ve been sworn to secrecy, but you can read all about it in MURDER FOR THE HALIBUT, available now from Berkley Prime Crime. Follow Jordan and the Empire Apartments gang as they cruise through Puerto Rico, St. Kitts, and more as she searches for clues to find the person only she believes is a killer.

Will she get into trouble doing it?

Of course, but that’s her story to tell. I’m too busy trying to keep her out of hot water AGAIN.

My question for y’all today is where is your favorite place to cruise? Even if you haven’t had the opportunity to go, I’m sure you’ve dreamed about it. So where would you like to go? One lucky commenter will win a copy of Jordan’s latest adventure in MURDER FOR THE HALIBUT.


Meet the author
Liz Lipperman started writing late in life after spending most of her career saving people. Retired from the medical field, she now spends a lot of her time thinking up new ways to kill them. She and her HS sweetheart hubby live north of Dallas, close to her two grown children and four of the sweetest grandkids a girl could ever ask for.

She writes the Clueless Cook Mystery Series for Berkley Prime Crime, and she has a romantic suspense available from Amazon with another one coming in March. The first book of A Dead Sister Talking Mystery Series titled HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE debuts in May from Midnight Ink and is written as Lizbeth Lipperman.

Read excerpts from all her stories at www.lizlipperman.com. There you can click on links to connect with her on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Books are available at retail and online booksellers.

A Chat With Rosie LaRue by Liz Lipperman

Hey, y’all, when I heard that Dru wanted me to come on her blog today and talk about my friend Jordan, I was thrilled. I can’t think of too many other things I’d rather be doing –except maybe cooking and flirting with a really good-looking man. But that’s neither here nor there.

I guess I should start by introducing myself. My name is Rosie LaRue, and I live in the Empire Apartments with Jordan McAllister and a whole bunch of quirky friends. Most of you know Jordan, but for those who haven’t read LIVER LET DIE, let me tell you about her. She’s tall, has curly red hair that has a mind of its own, and she can throw a touchdown pass better than anyone I know who is making money doing it in the NFL. She loves all sports—was once the sports reporter at the University of Texas with her ex.

All the girl ever wanted to do was see her byline in the sports section. Unfortunately, after following her boyfriend to Texas where he got HER dream job, she ended up in the small town of Ranchero, Texas, after he dumped her for a shapely weather girl who probably doesn’t know a punt from a kickoff.

I’m Jordan’s best girlfriend even though I’m 25 years older than her. At the Empire apartments where the entire gang lives, I’m referred to as the femme fatale because when I see a good-looking hombre I go after him— and usually get him. Trouble is, I always end up marrying him in the process. Not counting Mitch, whom I married twice after catching the redeye to Vegas following a night of tequila shooters, I’ve had four husbands so far.

Sheesh! Anyway, back to my story. Did I mention that the only job at the Ranchero Globe was writing the personals when Jordan came to town? But she lucked out when the culinary reporter had a jet skiing accident and ended up in rehab, and she jumped at the offer to fill in temporarily.

Bet you’re thinking the girl must really be a bang-up cook to get the position?

You would be wrong. The editor must have been desperate, and Jordan’s journalism credentials probably enticed him to offer her the position. He had no idea the girl was clueless in the kitchen—or that it’s my casserole recipes that she uses in her column every week after the gang slaps on a fancy name for them.

And you know what’s funny? The good people of Ranchero love both her and the recipes. Apparently, they think the Budine de papitos con Pollo is some fancy gourmet dish when it’s actually my Potato Chip Chicken recipe.

But I digress. If I’m really being honest about my friend, I’d have to say that somehow Jordan always manages to get herself into trouble—and usually the gang is right there in the middle of it with her. In the last book, she tangled with a diamond smuggler and an angry quarterback. In BEEF STOLEN-OFF, she goes head to head with a modern-day cattle rustling ring and nearly gets herself killed. So, if you don’t already have your copy of BEEF STOLEN-OFF, you’d better hurry. I’m going out for mine now since I’m dying to find out what kind of trouble Jordan will rustle up next. I heard there were ghosts in this one. Oy!


** Thanks to the publisher, I have one (1) copy of BEEF STOLEN-OFF to give away. Contest open to residents of the US only. Contest ends July 12. Leave a valid-email address with your comment. The book will be shipped directly from the publisher. **

Meet the author
Liz Lipperman started writing many years ago, even before she retired from the medical field. Wasting many years thinking she was a romance writer but always having to deal with the pesky villains who kept popping up in all her stories, she finally gave up and decided since she read mysteries and obviously wrote them, why fight it? Two years ago, she signed her first contract with Berkley to write a cozy series.

The first book of her Clueless Cook Mystery Series, LIVER LET DIE, debuted in October, 2011. BEEF STOLEN-OFF will release in July 2012, MURDER FOR THE HALIBUT is coming January 2013 and CHICKEN CACCHIA-KILLER will hit the bookstores in October of 2013. Look for TALK DEAD TO ME and DEAD MAN TALKING, books 1 and 2 of The Ghost and the Garcia Girls Mysteries written as Lizbeth Lipperman. This is a mainstream paranormal mystery series involving five sisters, coming in 2013 and 2014 from Midnight Ink.

Books are available at retail and online booksellers.

Beef Stolen-Off by Liz Lipperman

Beef Stolen-Off by Liz Lipperman is the second book in the “Clueless Cook” mystery series. Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime, July 2012

Aspiring sportswriter Jordan McAllister never imagined she’d be a food critic. Yet here in Ranchero, Texas, that’s exactly what she is. And while she may not know a flank steak from a filet mignon, she certainly knows how to rustle up trouble.

As the food columnist for The Ranchero Globe, Jordan McAllister catches the eye of cattle baron Lucas Santana, who invites her to the Cattleman’s Ball, hoping a positive review for the ball might boost the county’s sagging beef sales.

To ensure Jordan enjoys herself, Santana sets her up with a prime cowboy companion for the event—Rusty Morales. Jordan’s delighted to go with him and two-step the night away. But instead, she winds up in the emergency room where her date is DOA.

When Rusty’s mother begs her for help, Jordan knows she needs to grab the bull by the horns and get to the bottom of this mystery before she corrals herself into trouble.

There’s no sophomore slump here in the second book in the Clueless Cook series. Once again, Jordan finds herself in the middle of a murder and not all the beef in the world will derail her from solving this murder before she winds up on the chopping block. This was a great read that kept me entertained with a solid plot, crisp writing and witty dialogue. There were many twists and turns in this riveting mystery that kept me guessing and was surprised when it became clearer as to the identity of the murderer. I love seeing Jordan become more confident in her abilities, especially with the support of her friends, who also provides snippets of comedic exploits in this delightfully appealing series. This was a fun read and I look forward to more adventures with Jordan and the gang. Bonus recipes are included.

Liver Let Die by Liz Lipperman

Liver Let Die by Liz Lipperman is the first book in the new “Clueless Cook” mystery series. Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime (Penguin), October 2011

Jordan McAllister dreams of becoming a popular sports columnist, not a food critic. But here she is in the small town of Ranchero, Texas, critiquing local fare when the only thing she knows how to cook up is trouble.

Jordan McAllister doesn’t know the first thing about food, but filling in for the culinary reporter at the Ranchero Globe is better than writing personal ads. She’s convinced the weekly Kitchen Kupboard report will bring her closer to the coveted sports column—as long as she doesn’t let on that she can’t cook herself out of a macaroni and cheese.

Her first assignment is reviewing the new steak house in town. But she never should have ordered that foie gras—or hidden it in her purse. Back home she finds that she has ruined her friend’s handbag, but that’s nothing compared to finding her waiter from the steak house murdered outside her door—with her name and number in his pocket. Now Jordan is the prime suspect, as well as the main course on the murder menu.

What an enjoyable debut. The engaging plot with a mystery that caught me unaware of the killer’s identity flowed very easily with each turned page, as I could not put this book down. The setting provided a local flavor to the story that made me feel like I was right there in Ranchero, Texas solving the crime with Jordan. With refreshing dialogue, likeable quirky characters and delicious recipes, I look forward to more adventures with Jordan and the gang in this attractive and charming debut series.

FTC Full Disclosure – The publisher sent me a copy of this book, in hopes I would review it.

A Day In The Life Of Jordan McAllister by Liz Lipperman

Did you ever look back on your life and want to just slap yourself? Yeah, that pretty much describes how I felt explaining to my editor at the Ranchero Globe why I ended up in a small town fifty miles north of Dallas writing personals when I’d graduated several years before at the top of my class with a journalism degree.

Three words—a cheating fiancé. I didn’t need the editor to remind me how stupid I’d been to put my own dreams of becoming a big-time sports reporter on hold while I followed the jerk all over Texas and watched his dream become reality.

So, here I am in Ranchero, Texas, writing personals and helping desperate women hook up after reading some redneck’s lies about himself. Loves to dance? Right. Probably doesn’t have a job, either and still lives with his mother—thinking Norman Bates here. Needless to say, my expectations of ever being in another relationship were in the toilet.

I was beginning to think I would have to crawl back to Amarillo and listen to my parents and four brothers tell me they told me so—until my editor called me into his office. Seems the culinary reporter had been in a ski accident and would be out for six weeks rehabbing both a broken hip and arm. Needless to say, I jumped on it, despite the fact I couldn’t cook myself out of macaroni and cheese box.

Did I mention my four older brothers? They’d needed me to even up the sides every day after school when they played flag football with my dad in the front yard. Granted, I can throw a razor-sharp touchdown pass from fifty yards out, but I have yet to cook a grilled cheese sandwich without burning it. Consequently, my diet consists of fried bologna sandwiches, fast food, and Hostess Ho Hos, which I equate to Prozac.

How hard would it be to write about food as long as I didn’t have to actually cook it, I thought. No sooner had I signed on the dotted line—why, I’ll never know since the man informed me there would be no increase in my already measly salary, and I still had to write the personals—that I began having serious second thoughts.

Then the editor informs me my job also includes an occasional restaurant critique, and in fact, my first one would be that night at a newly reopened steakhouse on the outskirts of town. Now might be a good time to tell you I hate steak and all fancy food. Since I had the sinking feeling I wouldn’t see nachos and mozzarella sticks on the menu, I prayed at least there would be chicken.

Wearing hand-made jewelry and carrying a borrowed purse from Rosie Larue, my hippie neighbor who sold the stuff on eBay, I knew immediately after scanning the menu that I was in trouble.

“What on here isn’t red meat?” I asked the hunky waiter, explaining I was watching my cholesterol.

“Foie gras,” he said. “I’ve never tasted it myself, but that guy over there orders every week. At this price, it has to be good.”

I figured since I wasn’t getting a boost in my salary, the newspaper could cough up the extra bucks for my meal. But as soon as the waiter set the plate in front of me, I knew I had made a big mistake. There was no way I could eat the foie gras, especially after hearing it was really fatty duck liver. When I thought no one was looking, I shoved the entrée into Rosie’s purse, thinking I had just pulled off the con of the century.

Or did I?
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You can read more about Jordan in LIVER LET DIE, the first book in the new “Clueless Cook” mystery series.

Liz Lipperman started writing many years ago, even before she retired from the medical field. Wasting many years thinking she was a romance writer but always having to deal with the pesky villains who kept popping up in all her stories, she finally gave up and decided since she read mysteries and obviously wrote them, why fight it? She now calls what she writes Romantic Mystery (RM) since there is always a hunky hero and a lot of flirting. Two years ago, she signed her first contract with Berkley to write a cozy series called “The Clueless Cook Mysteries”

She lives north of Dallas with her HS sweetheart hubby. When she’s not writing, she spends her time doting on her four wonderful grandchildren. The first book of her Clueless Cook Mystery Series, LIVER LET DIE, had it’s debut on October 4th. Another RM, MORTAL DECEPTION, is already up on Amazon, and her paranormal mystery series will follow shortly.

** To celebrate the release of LIVER LET DIE, I’m giving away one copy of the book, thanks to the publisher. To enter, you must leave a valid e-mail address in the comment box with your comment. Please break it up using (at) and (dot), like domain(at)host(dot)com. This is only open to US addresses at the publisher’s request. Contest ends on October 19th at 6pm EST. Winner will be notified by e-mail and has 2 days to respond. The book will be shipped directly from the publisher. **

Books are available at retail and online booksellers.