Thursday, July 11, 2019



Sherry Oliveri has attained celebrity status after winning the America’s Good Taste Recipe Contest with her delectable New England Crab Cake Sliders. But now that she’s back home in Connecticut, she’s got to deal with something else fishy . . .

Sherry’s making a guest appearance on a local radio show when the news comes in: Poppy Robinson has been found dead in the town’s community garden. Sherry was supposed to be taking questions about her win in the national cooking competition, but instead the callers start dishing dirt.

Poppy and Sherry were both involved in the vegetable garden, and while Poppy may have been a bit priggish, it wasn’t anything that called for a shovel to the back of the head. There was already trouble brewing, with the owner of the land threatening to renege on their agreement, and this murder has taken tensions to a new level. Now while Sherry’s organizing a Fourth of July cook-off event, she’s also got a murder investigation on her plate . . .

Includes Recipes from Sherry’s Kitchen!

Book Details:

Title: Guilty As Charred

Author: Devon Delaney

cozy mystery

Series: A Cook-Off Mystery, book 3

Published: Kensington (June 25, 2019)

Print length: 304 pages

On tour with: Great Escapes Book Tours


Have you ever been misunderstood?  I’ll answer for you. Sure. Hasn’t everyone? But, right now, I feel like an entire town is misunderstanding me.

My name is Poppy Robinson. I live in the beautiful coastal town of Augustin, Connecticut. My dear father provided myself, my brother, Gully and my sister, Tessa, with a privileged, yet sheltered, childhood. When he passed away he willed us a wonderful house and enough land to give Augustin’s underserved population a community garden. I was raised to share my good fortune and I am doing just that. Being the Community Garden’s Board President ensures the project runs true to my father’s wishes.

Why then, do people think I’m aloof, hardheaded and, dare I say, mean?

Yes, if I see an injustice, I call out the offender. Don’t park your car over the line in a tight parking lot, or I’ll put a note on your windshield. And, certainly, don’t use an unapproved garden tool in the Community Garden. If I haven’t okayed it, don’t you dare! I will reprimand you and possibly rescind your membership.

I’m a stickler for rules. When I add a member to the Community Garden Board I make that perfectly clear. I ask a lot of my members. My newest addition, Sherry Oliveri, is someone my father admired. Before he passed away he followed her cook-off successes religiously. I hear she’s got some talent as an amateur sleuth. Never know when that might come in handy.

My adherence to certain standards hasn’t made me popular with my siblings either. Our father may have encouraged their free-spirited pursuits when they were younger, but it’s time to grow up. Until they do I must keep them from interfering in any major decisions made on behalf of the family.

In the end, being labeled as a difficult character, who is never satisfied, isn’t all bad. Keeps people around me on their toes. If a handful of people know the truth about me being a caring, generous perfectionist, that’s enough for me. So long as I don’t make true enemies, I can live with that.


Devon Delaney is a wife, mother of three, accomplished cooking contester, recent empty nester, and lifelong resident of the Northeast. She has been handsomely rewarded for her recipe innovation over the last twenty-plus years, including a full kitchen of major appliances, top cash prizes, and four trips to Disney World. She has also won the Grand Prize in a national writing contest for her “foodie” poem “Ode to Pork Passion.”

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