INTRODUCING LIZ LIPPERMAN AND THE CLUELESS COOK MYSTERY SERIES

Welcome Liz Lipperman, newly published author. I met Liz on a writing loop and considered her my friend before we met face to face. Help me celebrate her first published book.

Liz is feeling generous today. Read to the bottom to find out how generous.

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 called "The Clueless Cook Mysteries". Book One, titled LIVER LET DIE, comes out on October 4th and is about a wannabe sports reporter stuck in a po-dunk town writing personal ads who gets the chance to write the weekly culinary column. The problem is, her expertise in the kitchen is limited to frying bologna and microwaving TV dinners. When a dead body is found under her apartment stairwell with her name and number in the victim's pocket, she becomes the prime suspect, as well as the main course on the murder menu.


Raised in a small town in Ohio, number eight of nine children, she graduated from nursing school and worked as a registered nurse for many years. When she could no longer ignore the characters talking in her head (No, she’s not on medication), she went back to school and got a professional arts degree. Then she started her first novel.


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, debuted last week.

Liver Let Die, Berkley Prime Crime October 2011

Excerpt.

Jordan dropped her review on Dwayne Egan’s desk and stepped back to await her fate. She’d spent the entire morning researching foie gras on the Internet and had come away outraged and ready to make a stand on the issue.

That was before Egan grabbed the report and lowered his eyes to read, and all her bravado dissipated. Shifting nervously and second-guessing herself, she tapped out the melody of a rock song along the side of her slacks with her fingers.

Too late to change her mind as Egan motioned for her to sit.

She eased into the chair behind her, eyes fixed on the editor while he finished the first page and flipped to the second. Her nerves were like aliens ready to burst through her skin.

“You actually ate this?” he asked, finally glancing at her over the top of his silver-rimmed reading glasses.

“Yes and no,” she replied. “Mostly, no.”

Egan had already turned back to the report, re-reading the first page. “And this is how they get the duck liver?”

Her eyes lit up. Maybe he wouldn’t scream at her after all. “Yes sir. They force-feed the animals to fatten them up.” She paused, remembering how the pictures had sickened her, how seeing the tubes shoved down their throats had nearly made her gag. “The ducks are kept in tight cages so they can’t exercise or even move around.”

“Geez! And they’re serving this right here in Ranchero?”

“Yes,” she answered quickly. “At a price that would water your eyes.” She stopped, not sure she wanted to remind him how much she’d charged on the company card.

Egan dropped the report on his desk and leaned back in the chair, hands behind his head, making his ears protrude even more. “This is going to ruffle a few feathers at Longhorn Prime Rib.” He grinned, obviously pleased with his play on words.

Jordan shifted in the chair. “I was totally complimentary about the restaurant in general.” She thought about the Chocolate Decadence Cake that had doubled as breakfast that morning. “The desserts were phenomenal and the service – fantastic.”

Egan studied her face, his head tilted as if in deep thought. “I had you pegged for a simple meat and potatoes girl. For the life of me, I can’t figure out why you’d order this when you’re obviously so outraged at how they get it.”

Here it is! This was where she’d have to admit she was clueless when it came to fancy food. This was where he’d realize what a big mistake he’d made giving her the job. “The waiter recommended it. Said it was imported from Canada. Since I knew it was too expensive to ever try on my own, I went with it.”

“I still find it hard to believe you’d even order the dish, knowing how you feel about it.”

“I thought it was chicken,” she blurted, looking away for a moment, imagining the pink slip falling from this week’s pay envelope.

Egan threw back his head and laughed. And continued to laugh until Jordan finally gave in and smiled.

“So, let’s see,” he began when he was finally able to speak. “I have a culinary expert who has no idea what she orders at restaurants.” He slapped the desk. “That’s rich. Loretta would never see the humor in that, of course, nor would she be caught dead ordering anything but a thick, juicy steak.” He leaned forward and lowered his voice. “And just between you and me, she wouldn’t know foie gras from chicken piccata, either, even if it bit her on her overpaid butt.”

“I’m sorry, sir. Maybe you should give this job to someone else.”

His eyes bored into her. “Are you joking? This is going to grab the attention of every animal lover in Ranchero who probably has never even looked at Loretta’s column before.” He slid the papers across the desk. “Take this down to the copy room ASAP. I want it in tonight’s edition.”

Stunned, Jordan grabbed the report and headed for the door.

“Oh, and McAllister?”

She whirled around, expecting her little bubble of excitement to burst like a piñata at a birthday party with eight year old boys on a sugar high.

“From now on, you’ll do a bi-weekly column with recipes and food information. Fancy food like this. A couple of exposés would be great.” He rubbed his hands together. “If my gut is right, with the exception of the restaurant owner, the good citizens of this fine town are going to love you.”

“What about the Personals?”

He smiled. “Look at this as a freelance opportunity,” he said. “And the Personals as your day job. Now go.”

Jordan wondered how he could say that with a straight face, but she was too excited to care. She hurried out the door, surprised to see Jackie Frazier smiling. She’d obviously been eavesdropping. She imagined her, as Roseanne Roseannadanna saying, “It’s always something,” and she smiled back.

Who knew fatty duck liver could wipe the sarcasm off the secretary’s face and maybe even jump-start her career?

Readers, if you want a chance to win a coy of Liver Let Die or Mortal Deception you must comment.

www.lizlipperman.com
http://mysteriesandmargaritasblogspot.com

40 comments

  1. Judy // October 6, 2011 at 8:01 AM  

    Welcome, Liz! Glad to have you here. I'm a foodie so I loved the excerpt and can't wait to read the story. Congratulations on what will be, I'm sure, a very successful series!!

  2. Mary Marvella // October 6, 2011 at 8:44 AM  

    Good morning, Liz! I can't believe you are finally here with us.

    Hey, Judy!

  3. Liz Lipperman // October 6, 2011 at 9:36 AM  

    Thanks, Judy. I love coming her to chat with the Fuzzies.

  4. Liz Lipperman // October 6, 2011 at 9:41 AM  

    I love it that you invited me. And I have to tell people I am so crazy this October promoting LIVER LET DIE that I forgot to send Mary the original blog post. Being the talented writer that she is, she improvised here. So, let me say, I would love any questions you all have for me. Berkley is giving away a free copy of LLD (US only per their request) and I'm offering up a free download to my new straight mystery coming to Amazon, hopefully, by the end of this week. It's written under the pseudonym Liz Roth (my maiden name) so cozy readers will know it's not a cozy and therefore, not "PG" rated.

    Anyway, I'll leave it up to Mary to pick the winners.

  5. Pepper Phillips // October 6, 2011 at 9:52 AM  

    It's been two years!

    Don't put me in the drawing, I already have a copy on my Kindle.

  6. Edie Ramer // October 6, 2011 at 9:55 AM  

    It doesn't seem like two years. How could it go by so fast? lol

    I'll never, ever eat foie gras. I know I've said it before, but I'm really looking forward to reading this!

  7. Liz Lipperman // October 6, 2011 at 10:23 AM  

    Thanks for commenting, Pepper, and for buying LLD. I hope you enjoy it. But, Mary, put her in the drawing, and if she wins, she'll get Mortal Deception.

  8. Liz Lipperman // October 6, 2011 at 10:26 AM  

    Edie, you so loyal. You've been following me all over this blog tour of mine. I truly appreciate it.

    As for the foie gras, I am like Jordan and can't stand fancy food, so there was never any chance of me trying it. Now that I know how they treat the ducks, it only reinforces my decision.

    I'm curious if any of you have ever tried it.

  9. Liz Lipperman // October 6, 2011 at 10:28 AM  

    I failed to address the two years thing. Sheesh! It has been forever. I signed the contract in December of 2009, then had to write the book. I have read it so many times, I could probably quote it back to you.

    You won't have to wait that long for BEEF STOLEN-OFF which comes out next July.

  10. Melanie Atkins // October 6, 2011 at 10:29 AM  

    I love it, Liz. Can't wait to dig into the book (No duck liver for me. Ack! I've never had it. and I have no desire to try it. lol)

    And for the record, Mortal Deception is a fantastic book!

  11. Donnell // October 6, 2011 at 10:35 AM  

    I want Mortal Deception, I do, so poor Mary and poor Liz are going to get more of my comments ad nausem. I loved LIVER LET DIE. And that excerpt just pulls you right in. Mary, I feel the same about Liz. She's about as genuine as they come. It's so fun to help promote her! Thanks for a great blog!

  12. Donnell // October 6, 2011 at 10:37 AM  

    Hey, just one more comment for Melanie, if you can eat Alligator sauce, how come you can't eat duck liver. Just askin' :)

  13. Liz Lipperman // October 6, 2011 at 10:45 AM  

    I am giggling so hard now as I realize the picture of Scream at the bottom went with the blog that I forgot to send to Mary. I'll bet some of you were wondering what in the heck that meant.

    My friend Melanie edited MORTAL DECEPTION for me, and did a fantastic job. She also wrote a great blurb for the back cover.

    And Mel, alligator sauce????

  14. Liz Lipperman // October 6, 2011 at 10:48 AM  

    Donnell, what a nice thing to say. You must be gearing up for your blog tour for your new release, THE PAST CAME HUNTING. If I'm nothing else, I'm loyal and will follow you around, too.

  15. Kari Lee Townsend // October 6, 2011 at 11:16 AM  

    Love it, Liz! Your book is fabulous.

  16. Liz Lipperman // October 6, 2011 at 11:24 AM  

    Thanks, Kari. You're another faithful follower, and I appreciate it.

    Have to mention Kari Townsend hit a national best sellers list with her debut cozy, Tempest in the Tea leaves.

    Woo hoo! That's a pretty high bar!!

  17. Donna Cummings // October 6, 2011 at 11:40 AM  

    I'm really looking forward to this series. Such a great concept. :)

  18. Dale Mayer // October 6, 2011 at 11:42 AM  

    Hi Liz and all the ladies at Pink Fuzzies!

    Two years? Are you sure? Really? I know time goes by fast, but Holy moly.

    Love the excerpt. I'm a big fan of many dishes but after finding out years ago how these poor ducks were treated, never this one.

  19. Liz Lipperman // October 6, 2011 at 11:57 AM  

    Hey, Donna, it's always good to see you, especially when you say nice things about me. Cross your fingers and you may win one of the giveaways.

  20. Liz Lipperman // October 6, 2011 at 12:00 PM  

    Dale, I had no idea about the ducks until I started researching foie gras. I used to ear what I thought was goose liver on sandwiches growing up. Braunsschweiger. I now know it's pig's liver, but EEW! It almost nauseates me to think about eating it now.

    And two years WAS a long time. I think my friends and family thought i had lied about getting published!!

  21. Kris Yankee // October 6, 2011 at 12:12 PM  
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  22. Mary Marvella // October 6, 2011 at 12:39 PM  

    Wow, Liz, sounds like a party already and I haven't put out the cheese and crackers yet!

  23. Kris Yankee // October 6, 2011 at 2:19 PM  

    Hi Liz! Your book sounds wonderful and I love your cover!

  24. Nightingale // October 6, 2011 at 2:31 PM  

    Liz, loved the excerpt and the title Liver or Let Die gave me a chuckle. Welcome to the PFS. Congrats on your exciting new release.

  25. Liz Lipperman // October 6, 2011 at 2:43 PM  

    Kris, it's good to see you here. Thanks for the comment. And keep on keeping on!

  26. Liz Lipperman // October 6, 2011 at 2:46 PM  

    Nightingale, I wish I could take credit for the title. I sold this book as DUCKS IN A ROW, a Casserole Lovers Mystery. How boring!!

    At a marketing meeting at Berkley, they changed both the title and the series title. My editor actually threw this title out for fun, and everyone loved it. I fussed a little about Clueless Cook because I thought it made my girl seem like a ditz, but I gave in ..and it grew on me.

  27. Pamela Varnado // October 6, 2011 at 2:47 PM  

    Hey, Liz and Congratulations!!!Thanks for visiting the Fuzzies. Liver Let Die sounds fabulous and I love the title. How clever. I can't wait to read it.

  28. Josie // October 6, 2011 at 3:11 PM  

    Welcome, Liz, to the Pink Fuzzies and thanks to Mary M. for hosting you.

    Sincere congrats on your release! I love your writing---it's fresh and fun and interesting. Thanks for sharing.

  29. Liz Lipperman // October 6, 2011 at 3:26 PM  

    Pamela, thanks for having me on your blog and for those sweet things you said about me. As it turns out, I'm coming back next week to play with you guys again.

  30. Liz Lipperman // October 6, 2011 at 3:31 PM  

    More nice things about me!! I love it!!

    Josie, I wanted to share a review I just now got for LLD. But before I do, I want to tell you that a few years back, I was a quarterfinalalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest and one of the prizes was having the full read by Publishers Weekly. Oh boy! They trashed me, and I nearly gave up writing.

    http://www.seattlepi.com/lifestyle/blogcritics/article/Book-Review-Liver-Let-Die-by-Liz-Lipperman-2205494.php

    We get beat up so much as writers, so I wanted to tell everyone out there who is doubting their writing skills, quit it! For every naysayer, there's someone like this reviewer who will "get"you.

  31. June Love // October 6, 2011 at 3:34 PM  

    Liz, finally! Poor duckies! I had no idea. No duck liver for me, not that I would've eaten before. I loved the excerpt and can't wait to read the entire book, which is on my Kindle, so please take me out of the LLD drawing. However, I'll be than happy to win a copy of MD. BTW, I was going to email you, but will tell you now. My sister texted me earlier me that she'd purchased your book. She's been asking me about it for months. LOL

  32. Liz Lipperman // October 6, 2011 at 5:17 PM  

    June, that is so sweet of you to share about your sister. And you are a doll yourself. Let me know what you think when you find time to read it.

  33. Barbara White Daille // October 6, 2011 at 5:29 PM  

    Liz - you know I love that excerpt. :)

    As for the liver, I didn't eat it before and I sure as heck won't eat it now. Thanks for the heads up. LOL

    Congrats on the release and the fantabulous review!

    Barbara

  34. Liz Lipperman // October 6, 2011 at 6:04 PM  

    Thanks, Barbara. After this month, people are going to be sick of that excerpt. I guess the only cure for that is for them to go out and buy LLD and find out what happens next!!

    Thanks for popping over today.

  35. Mona Risk // October 6, 2011 at 7:15 PM  

    Hi Liz, this is a book I really want to read after enjoying the excerpt so much! And BTW I love foie gras.

  36. Liz Lipperman // October 6, 2011 at 8:07 PM  

    Thanks, Mona. What does foie gras taste like? chicken??

  37. Beth Trissel // October 6, 2011 at 8:38 PM  

    Hello Liz! A belated welcome to the Fuzzies. I am very intrigued by your mysteries. How kewl they sound. Love them.

  38. Liz Lipperman // October 6, 2011 at 9:13 PM  

    Hey, Beth, thanks for the belated welcome. I have to thank all your guys here at the Fuzzies for having me today. I had a blast.

    And Mary, let me know when you pick two winners(one for LLD and one for MD.)

  39. Autumn Jordon // October 6, 2011 at 10:40 PM  

    Hey, It seems I'm folLowing you this week. I've said it before, but I'll say it again, I love the premise of your story. It sounds like a great read, which I will do. Congrats on the release!!

  40. Liz Lipperman // October 7, 2011 at 8:19 AM  

    Autumn, I love that you're following me. This is an insane October for me, so I hope to see more of you everywhere I go.

    Thanks for welcoming me on your blog and for the nice words.