Ethnic Eats

Laurel Inwood has the gig most other chefs can only dream of . . . she’s personal chef to a Hollywood mega-star. But when the star gets some unwanted publicity, she blames Laurel. Fired and blackballed by her A-list contacts, Laurel’s at loose ends. That is, until she gets a call from Sophie Charnowski in Hubbard, Ohio. Sophie is the sister of the woman who was once Laurel’s foster mother, and she’s having surgery. She needs Laurel’s help running her restaurant.

Laurel arrives expecting the elegant restaurant she’s seen in photos Sophie has shown her. Instead, she finds herself at Sophie’s Terminal at the Tracks, a meat-and-potatoes joint housed in an old train station. The neighborhood is being gentrified, and the Terminal is going to be left in the dust if Laurel doesn’t come up with a way to attract attention. When she decides to spice things up by adding food specials that focus on world cuisine, Laurel hits pay dirt. Too bad murder and a good meal don’t mix, no matter what kind of ethnic food is being served.