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Zoe and the Biscuit Bowl By J. J. CookWriting the Biscuit Bowl Food Truck Mysteries was one of those strange moments that happens to writers. Neither of us are biscuit makers, though we enjoy a good biscuit.One day, Jim, who is ONLY a microwave cook, woke up with this weird idea about making biscuits with the middles cut out that could be filled with fruit or pie filling. That was pretty crazy in itself. We went out and bought the ingredients for biscuits, including cherry pie filling for the middles.While we were at the grocery store, Jim saw a deep fry, one of those small ones. I could almost see the light bulb go off over his head. “What if we deep fried them?”We’d passed a man making deep fried Twinkies at the fair a week before so I KNEW where that idea came from. “They’d fall apart,” I told him.“You can’t deep fry a biscuit.”“I think we should try it.”I didn’t like the gleam in his eye, but I went along with it. He set it all up, and even made the biscuits – the first he’d ever made. They were good. I was surprised.He scooped a hole in the top of each one and then deep-fried it. When they came out, he filled each one with cherry pie filling.“Really?” I asked.“Absolutely!” His mouth was already filled with deep fried biscuits and pie filling.He was right! The deep fried biscuit bowl was awesome! Crunchy and chewy. Sweet and hot.Our daughter, Jeni, came over to see what we were doing, and things got even stranger. “You should write a mystery series about a food truck that serves these biscuits,” she said.Hmmm.I phoned our editor and told her what we were doing. She thought it was a good idea too, and within a few days, our editor at Berkley Prime Crime did too!As Melanie Griffith said in Working Girl, you never know where the next big idea is going to come from.Read an excerpt and take a look at the Biscuit Bowl:
Death on Eat Street
By J.J. Cook
Biscuit Bowl Food Truck Mysteries, Book 1
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Release Date: April 1, 2014
Genre: Cozy Food Mystery
Length: 304 Pages
About the book:
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.
About J.J. Cook
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. Visit them at www.jjcook.net.