“Church keeps readers enthralled as her plot spins into violent territory, and successfully conceals a doozy of a twist that sends the series in an unexpected direction”
Fans of Janet Evanovich will enjoy meeting the freewheeling Jesse, and this debut gives an enticing hint of more adventures to come. Armchair travelers and foodies, rejoice!
“Church has penned a whip-smart, sarcastic, amateur sleuth and a tightly plotted story that’s perfect for fans of Ruth Ware, Catriona McPherson, and Darynda Jones. Readers will want to see Jesse again.”
“Murder on the Spanish Seas by Wendy Church is a riveting, whip-smart debut thriller from Polis Books that will keep you on your toes just as frequently as it keeps you in stitches.”
“An action-packed debut that’s as funny as the heroine is unstoppable. I loved it!”
author of the Lilly Hawkins Mysteries
“Clever, transportive, and laugh-out-loud funny, MURDER ON THE SPANISH SEAS is the perfect book to read poolside—just not on the deck of a luxury ocean liner. I can’t wait to read more from this wickedly entertaining new voice.”
New York Times bestselling author of WE WERE NEVER HERE
Sagarine Pfister is a great cook but has been blacklisted by almost every restaurant in Chicago. She gets her chance at Louie’s, a below-average restaurant, the only place that will give her a job.
Things change when she finds head chef Louie Ferrar dead in the walk-in freezer of his restaurant. But instead of closing the place down, the owner, Russian gang boss Anatoly Morzov, not only offers her Louie’s job, but also the position as his personal chef. Sagarine agrees, and while she knows she’s playing with fire, the chance to turn out extraordinary food at both the restaurant and for Morzov’s extravagant private parties is just too tempting.
While the Chicago P.D. searches for Louie’s killer, the FBI pressures Sagarine to inform on the gang. She has no choice, but things take another dangerous turn when she falls for one of Morzov’s lieutenants. As Sagarine becomes more deeply involved with the gang and with her lover, the FBI’s demands put her at increased risk of discovery. She has to make a decision about where her loyalties lie as she finds herself running for her life.
Wendy Church is the author of the Jesse O’Hara and Shadows of Chicago Mysteries series. The first book in the Jesse O’Hara series, Murder on the Spanish Seas, was named one of Booklist’s Top Ten Debut Mystery/Thriller novels of 2023, and received a starred review.
Wendy’s novels are informed by her international travel and many careers, which include bartending, management consulting, nonprofit CEO, PhD researcher, and bar cleaner. To learn more or sign up for her infrequent and spectacularly poorly designed newsletter, sign up below.
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