Dec 16 2018

Blog Tour & Review: Pineapple Upside Down Murder by Jodi Rath

Posted by Jennifer in 5 Stars, Blog Tour, Cozy Mystery, Guest Post, Review / 1 Comment

Pineapple Upside Down Murder (The Cast Iron Skillet Mystery Series)
by Jodi Rath

Guest Post by Jodi Rath

Happy holidays! Today I drove to visit an ex-student. She was buying a copy of my first book Pineapple Upside Down Murder. As I was driving, I came to a four-way-stop. There were people dressed as Santa taking money for a charity. I happily grabbed all the change I could grab and gave freely with a smile on my face. A few minutes later, I pulled into the parking lot to meet my ex-student. A man in a large truck was backing out of a spot and didn’t see me so I stayed back and waited for him to do his thing. As he got his vehicle situated to go, he promptly honked his horn in anger and flicked me off screaming obscenities I thankfully couldn’t hear. I have no clue why. I was a smiling fool while all this happened still on a high from giving to a local charity for the holidays. I was doing nothing wrong; he was doing nothing wrong. My immediate thought as the smile left my face was “Yep, it’s the holidays, when you go from smiling and feeling all warm and fuzzy to wanting to pop someone in the face in less than a second.” That crazy time of year! LOL
Why am I telling this story? I realized driving home this was how I felt being a first-time mystery writer. Writing this book was fun and I feel a lot of pride with the accomplishment. Yet, many times I came close to banging my head against the wall and wanting to throw my computer out the door. Like many things in life, I have to take the good with the bad of choosing to be a writer. Its’ fun, something I’ve always wanted to do, but there comes that time to let it out in the world. That is frightening to say the least. Sharing something you’ve created is terrifying. I’m not a mom to human children (I have eight fur baby cats), but I can imagine parenthood would be similar. You have these kids then you have to trust them to go out into the world and trust the world with them? NOT! It’s difficult to let go of things we create.


About the Book

Pineapple Upside Down Murder (The Cast Iron Skillet Mystery Series)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
MYS ED llc (November 23, 2018)
Print Length: 130 pages

Introducing Jolie Tucker, an introverted yet passionate restaurant co-owner of Cast Iron Creations, who, at her best friend Ava’s request, steps out of her comfort zone which leads her into the shade of a killer in the small, cozy village of Leavensport, Ohio. The victim is the villages beloved Ellie Siler who runs the village sweet spot, Chocolate Capers. Jolie finds her grandma Opal is a prime suspect and goes on a search for answers only to find out that her families secret recipes may not belong to the Tucker family at all. Jolie’s job, family, and livelihood are all on the line. The answers are assuredly lethal.

About the Author

Moving into her second decade working in education, Jodi Rath has decided to begin a life of crime in her The Cast Iron Skillet Mystery Series. Her passion for both mysteries and education led her to combine the two to create her business MYS ED, where she splits her time between working as an adjunct for Ohio teachers and creating mischief in her fictional writing. She currently resides in a small, cozy village in Ohio with her husband and her seven cats.

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Review of Pineapple Upside Down Murder

Review (5 Stars):  Pineapple Upside Down Murder was a deliciously delightful murder mystery that has recipes that are literally to die for.  Jolie Tucker is fun, strong-willed heroine that you will instantly connect with and her lovely restaurant, Cast Iron Creations, has me wanting to taste some of the amazing dishes that she described over the course of this great mystery.  I loved meeting her family and the quirky characters that she has in life including her best friend, Ava.  This mystery was well-written and very entertaining, which made time fly by while reading this story.

Pineapple Upside Down Murder is the first book in the Cast Iron Skillet Mystery series and I couldn’t get enough of Jolie and Ava.  This is the perfect start to the series and culinary mysteries are my absolute favorite.  I thought this mystery was a treat and I’m looking forward to getting my hands on book number two to see what happens next.


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December 7 – Ruff Drafts – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

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December 8 – My Reading Journeys – REVIEW, CHARACTER GUEST POST

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December 16 – Moonlight Rendezvous – REVIEW, GUEST POST

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One Response to “Blog Tour & Review: Pineapple Upside Down Murder by Jodi Rath”

  1. Jodi Rath

    Wow, thanks so much for having me on your blog and thanks for your review! I’m so happy you enjoyed the book! I am in a Valentine’s Day cozy mystery anthology with nine other cozy mystery authors! It will be available to purchase soon and Jolie and Detective Meiser are back in a cozy short story in the anthology. Happy Holidays everyone!