Meet Amy Ridley…culinary competitor extraordinaire!
Amy Ridley is the star of Janel Gradowski’s popular culinary cozy mystery series, the Culinary Competition Mysteries!
|Amy Ridley is a foodie whose passion is entering culinary competitions—from local pie baking contests to national cookie recipe championships. The former hair stylist writes a food blog and works at Riverbend Café, the best coffee shop in Kellerton, MI, while also developing recipes to enter in her beloved cooking contests. In her spare time she likes to hang out with her friends, shop, volunteer, and solve the occasional murder.|
|She is married to a hunky entrepreneur, the owner of Quantum Media, Alex. The couple shares their home with Pogo, the little dog with a big attitude. Carla is Amy’s best friend and often the voice of reason when Amy’s imagination gets out of hand. Since Amy, much to her dismay, often finds dead bodies it comes in handy that Carla’s significant other is Bruce Shepler, a homicide detective. They all live in quaint Kellerton, which is located along the Cooley River in southern Michigan.|
|Any-Fruit Iced Tea
5 tea bags (black, green, or herbal)
¼ cup sugar – or more, to taste
2 to 3 cups of fruit juice or nectar like apricot, peach, mango, white grape, etc.
Place teabags and sugar in a 2 quart heat-safe pitcher. Cover with 5 cups of boiling water. Stir to dissolve sugar. Let steep for 15-20 minutes. Remove the tea bags and stir in the fruit juice or nectar. Chill and serve over ice.
Some good combinations to try:
• Green tea with mango nectar or white grape juice
Read more about Amy Ridley in the first Culinary Competition Mystery, PIES & PERIL!
FREE Now through April 24, 2016!
Books #1-3 Boxed Set
Pies & Peril (Book #1)
Chicken Soup & Homicide (Book #2)
Doughnuts & Deadly Schemes (Book #3)
Pies & Peril – Book #1
When Amy Ridley decided to compete in the Kellerton Summer Festival Pie Contest, the last thing she expected was to find the reigning pie queen, Mandy Jo, dead—a raspberry pie smashed on her face! Mandy Jo made fantastic pies, but she accumulated more enemies than baking trophies. But when Amy receives a note threatening her own life, she decides to do some investigating herself.
It seems that half the town has a reason to kill the mean pie queen, and Amy finds herself sifting through a list of suspects that’s longer than her list of recipes. Not to mention playing cupid for her love-shy best friend, fending off a baker intent on finding out her prize-winning culinary secrets, and ducking the deadly attentions of Mandy Jo’s killer. If Amy doesn’t find out who wanted the pie queen dead soon, her own goose may be cooked!
Chicken Soup & Homicide – Book #2
Amy Ridley and her friend, Sophie, have perfected their chicken soup recipe, and the winter-weary residents of Kellerton, Michigan can’t wait to watch them compete against other local chefs in the Chicken Soup Showdown. But the charity event starts out with a bang, literally, when one of the rival chefs falls out of a freezer and onto Amy. If it wasn’t stressful enough for Amy to catch a dead body, the detective in charge of the investigation targets her best friend, Carla, as the chief suspect in the murder.
In order to clear her friend’s name, Amy does her own investigating. The problem is nobody liked the arrogant murdered celebrity chef, and soon her suspect list is longer than the list of ingredients in her secret chicken soup recipe. Can Amy figure out who killed the celebrity chef? Or will Carla be spending the spring in jail?
Christmas Canapes & Sabotage – Short Story #1
Amy Ridley is excited to be participating in the Holiday Celebrations Competition to kick off her Christmas season in Kellerton, Michigan. Local cooks are set to compete for prizes then serve their best party dishes to holiday revelers. Amy has her eye on a special prize, but she has a difficult time concentrating on creating a perfect party buffet when a plague of problems begins to whirl around her. Can Amy figure out who is sabotaging the competition in time to create a prize-winning tablescape and take home the ultimate Christmas gift?
Doughnuts & Deadly Schemes – Book #3
Amy Ridley’s best friend, Carla, is getting married, and Amy is delighted to be recruited as the head wedding planner—even if Carla’s demands are less than conventional. Case in point: Carla insists on a tower of doughnuts in place of a wedding cake. But navigating the world of nuptials becomes the least of Amy’s problems when the owner of a menswear shop is found dead, and Carla’s fiancé is assigned to the case. With the honeymoon in jeopardy, Amy and Carla vow to help track down the killer…but they soon discover there are even more sinister happenings affecting the businesses in downtown Kellerton, Michigan. If Amy doesn’t figure out who is behind the deadly schemes, the nearly newlywed detective may just be solving another murder—hers!
Fudge Brownies & Murder – Book #4
Culinary whiz and reluctant amateur sleuth, Amy Ridley, has a lot on her plate. Her very pregnant best friend, Carla, can barely move from her couch per doctor’s orders. So Amy is tasked with preparing meals for the expanding family along with baking endless pans of brownies to quench Carla’s pregnancy cravings. Not only is she playing chef, but she’s also trying to convince the mommy-to-be that she needs to have a baby shower. But when a restaurant owner is murdered at a blogging conference, Amy finds herself in a race to catch the killer before the baby is born.
As Carla’s baby bump gets bigger, so does the list of suspects. While Amy pares down the potential murderers and staves off disgruntled cooking competition rivals, the clock ticks down, the baby’s arrival draws closer, and the danger grows stronger! If Amy doesn’t watch her back, she may be the next member of the competition going down.
There are hundreds of fictional characters living in my mind. I love to let them out to play in my stories. I have written about everything from an insane ghost to a jealous wife with an explosive personality. Over the past few years many of my flash fiction and short stories have been published both online and in print. I have also been designing and publishing beadwork patterns for over 10 years. In 2012 I began publishing ebooks in my 6:1 Series. Each volume has six stories based on one theme. In 2013 I will begin publishing a culinary fiction series based in my home state of Michigan. While I love writing flash fiction, this new series will include novellas, novelettes and longer short stories as well as flash fiction pieces.
My favorite place to write is in my recliner, nestled into the corner of the living room. I can glance over my laptop screen and watch the wildlife perusing the field across the road. Everything from deer to turkeys and pheasants pass by as I wrestle the characters out of my head and onto the page. My almost constant companion and writing buddy is my beloved Golden Retriever, Cooper. He’s a great listener and always reminds to get up a stretch once in awhile, on the way to his treat jar. Besides my fur baby my family consists of two wonderful children and a fantastic husband.