I can honestly say that good food inspired my new book, Death on Eat Street. My husband and I ate lunch at a food truck in downtown Charlotte, North Carolina. I had roast corn, and deep-fried pickles. But it was the deep fried mushrooms that were to die for!
The hard part was coming up with the specialty item my food truck was going to be famous for. Surprisingly – since my husband has never baked a biscuit in his life – he came up with our deep-fried biscuit bowl.
Our protagonist is Zoe Chase, a young woman who works at a bank in Mobile, Alabama, but dreams of owning her own restaurant. When she is passed over for promotion again right before her thirtieth birthday, she decides to take matters into her hands. She gets rid of everything, except her cat – Crème Brulee – and buys a run-down diner she dreams of restoring.
To make enough money to accomplish that, she gets an Air Stream trailer from her uncle, and creates a food truck. Her family is less than proud of her accomplishment, and doesn’t understand why she has a need to feed large groups of people. Her fiancé, a stockbroker, feels the same way.
But Zoe knows her fried biscuit bowl, filled with one of her delicious homemade fillings, is going to be a hit. She’s on her own and loving it, even if she’s feeling the pinch of life as a new business owner.
Zoe Chase always wanted to own her own restaurant—but first, she’ll have to serve up a heaping helping of meals on wheels, with a side of mystery. When she’s once again passed over for a promotion at work, Zoe decides to take the big leap and go for her dream. She quits, gives up her fancy digs, and buys a fixer-upper diner in a shady part of town. To keep above water during the renovation, she buys a used food truck to serve the downtown and waterfront of Mobile, Alabama. Zoe starts to dish out classic Southern food—but her specialty is her deep-fried biscuit bowls that blow traditional bread bowls away. After a promising start, things start to go downhill faster than a food truck without brakes. First, someone tries to rob the cash register. Next, Zoe is threatened by the owner of a competing food truck for taking their spot. And when the owner ends up dead inside Zoe’s rolling restaurant, Zoe and her sole employee, Ollie, find themselves hopping out of the frying pan into the fryer. They need to find the real killer, before both of them get burned.
J. J. Cook writes award-winning, bestselling mystery fiction as themselves, Joyce and Jim Lavene, and Ellie Grant. They have written and published more than 70 novels for Harlequin, Berkley, Amazon, and Gallery Books along with hundreds of non-fiction articles for national and regional publications. They live in rural North Carolina with their family.
You can learn more about the author(s) at the following sites: