One Taste Too Many (Sarah Blair Mystery #1) by Debra H. Goldstein #bookreview #mystery

Title: One Taste Too Many

Author: Debra H. Goldstein

Publisher:  Kensington

Publication Date: December 18, 2018

Page Count: 304

My rating: 3 stars

About the book:

For culinary challenged Sarah Blair, there’s only one thing scarier than cooking from scratch—murder!

Married at eighteen, divorced at twenty‑eight, Sarah Blair reluctantly swaps her luxury lifestyle for a cramped studio apartment and a law firm receptionist job in the tired hometown she never left. With nothing much to show for the last decade but her feisty Siamese cat, RahRah, and some clumsy domestic skills, she’s the polar opposite of her bubbly twin, Emily—an ambitious chef determined to take her culinary ambitions to the top at a local gourmet restaurant . . .

Sarah knew starting over would be messy. But things fall apart completely when her ex drops dead, seemingly poisoned by Emily’s award-winning rhubarb crisp. Now, with RahRah wanted by the woman who broke up her marriage and Emily wanted by the police for murder, Sarah needs to figure out the right recipe to crack the case before time runs out. Unfortunately, for a gal whose idea of good china is floral paper plates, catching the real killer and living to tell about it could mean facing a fate worse than death—being in the kitchen!

 Includes quick and easy recipes!


One Taste Too Many by Debra H. Goldstein is the first book in the new cozy Sarah Blair Mystery series. Now sometimes cozies have a food theme and sometimes you have a pet theme, One Taste Too Many has a bit of both making it good for the animal lovers and foodies out there.

Sarah Blair is our lead character in One Taste Too Many, she’s a young divorcee who doesn’t have a clue in the kitchen. Sarah’s twin however is a promising young chef but when Emily ends up being found over Sarah’s ex-husband’s dead body Sarah finds herself pulled into the kitchen to help Emily find a murderer before she takes the wrap.

The was a solid opening for a new series with a lot going on in the story. The mystery side to the book had plenty of twists and turns that kept me on my toes trying to figure out the culprit. However, I think maybe for me I thought everything put together was a bit much for a first book as I never really felt I connected to the characters the way I’d like. With potential though I will see how book two turns out since it was an entertaining mystery.

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

Find this book online: 

Goodreads  /   Amazon

About the author:

Debra H. Goldstein is also the author of Should Have Played Poker, a Carrie Martin and the Mah Jongg Players Mystery and the 2012 IPPY Award-winning Maze in Blue, a mystery set on the University of Michigan’s campus. Her short stories and essays have been published in numerous periodicals and anthologies, including Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. Debra serves on numerous civic boards in Birmingham, Alabama, as well as the Sisters in Crime (national) and Guppy Chapter boards. She is an MWA member.


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