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J.J. Cook | Can You Make a Delicious Biscuit Out of Sweet Potatoes?

February 16, 2015

Cozy mystery lovers, check out this tasty excerpt from J.J. Cook‘s newest Biscuit Bowl Mystery, FRY ANOTHER DAY, and a special author note!

“Can you really make a biscuit out of sweet potatoes, Zoe?” Delia asked.

“I’m not sure,” I replied. “I guess we’ll find out.”

It was four a.m. on the downtown streets of Charlotte, North Carolina. It was dark and quiet in the city. A line of food trucks with names like Stick It Here, Meggie’s Mushrooms, and my food truck—The Biscuit Bowl—were in place as though they were waiting for the lunch crowd.

Only extra early.

It was the first morning of the Sweet Magnolia Food Truck Race. Ten food trucks from across the United States competing for a fifty-thousand dollar grand prize. Even if I didn’t win the cash, the race was being taped to be shown on national food networks.

How great was that?

The organizers had made it clear the day before that there would be plenty of challenges, and even a few tricks along the five stops between Charlotte and my hometown of Mobile, Alabama.

They weren’t kidding.


And I found out that you CAN make a good biscuit with sweet potatoes, and many other weird things during the Sweet Magnolia Food Truck Race. I think I should write a cookbook to include all the strange things we did. If I ever have time, I’ll do just that!

The food truck race was wonderful, and sad, at times. Murder and mayhem seemed to go with us from Charlotte to Mobile, but we persevered. Every driver and their team were put to the test both personally and professionally. Some did better than others. Some shouldn’t have escaped from prison and pretended to be food truck drivers!

I won’t tell you exactly what happened during the race – that would be giving it all away. It was good for me since I spent my time when I wasn’t making biscuits courting Miguel Alexander. Let me just say that we’ve never been happier!


From the national bestselling author of the Sweet Pepper Fire Brigade Mysteries comes the second in a new series featuring Zoe Chase, a Southern food truck chef who serves justice on the side. With a few loyal friends in tow—including her handsome attorney, Miguel, and her cat, Crème Brûlée—Zoe drives the Biscuit Bowl to Charlotte, North Carolina, to enter a nationally televised food truck race.

The contest features challenges across the Southeast, and with a fifty-thousand-dollar grand prize, competition isn’t just fierce—it’s killer. As everyone gears up for the first challenge, another food trucker from Zoe’s hometown is found dead. The race rolls on, but when the body count rises, police begin to suspect Miguel. Now Zoe must race to catch the killer before her attorney needs an attorney.


Joyce Lavene writes award-winning, best-selling mystery fiction with her husband, Jim, as themselves, J.J. Cook and Ellie Grant. They have written and published more than 60 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.

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