Tina Kashian

Author of
  • Hummus and Homicide
    Kensington, 2018
  • Stabbed in the Baklava
    Kensington, 2018
  • One Feta in the Grave
    Kensington, 2019

Tina Kashian, previously published as Tina Gabrielle, is an attorney and a former mechanical engineer whose love of reading for pleasure helped her get through years of academia. As Tina Kashian, she is the author of the Kebab Kitchen Mediterranean cozy mystery series for Kensington Publishing, and as Tina Gabrielle she writes adventurous historical romances for Kensington and Entangled Publishing. Tina spent her childhood summers at the Jersey shore building sandcastles, boogie boarding, and riding the boardwalk Ferris wheel. She also grew up in the restaurant business, as her Armenian parents owned a restaurant for thirty years. Tina still lives in New Jersey with her supportive husband and two young daughters.

Books by Tina

Hummus and Homicide

Kebab Kitchen Mystery Series, Book #1

When Lucy Berberian quits her Philadelphia law firm and heads home to Ocean Crest, she knows what she’s getting—the scent of funnel cake, the sight of the wooden roller coaster, and the tastes of her family’s Mediterranean restaurant. But murder wasn’t on the menu…

Things are slow in the off-season in this Jersey Shore town, but Lucy doesn’t mind. She doesn’t even mind waitressing at the Kebab Kitchen. Her parents have put in a new hummus bar, with ever flavor from lemon to roasted red pepper. It’s fun to see their calico cat again, and to catch up with her old BFF, who’s married to a cop now.

She could do without Heather Banks, though. The Gucci-toting ex-cheerleader is still as nasty as she was back in high school…and unfortunately, she’s just taken over as the local health inspector. Just minutes after eating at the Kebab Kitchen—where she’s tallied up a whole list of bogus violations—she falls down dead in the street. Word on the grapevine is it’s homicide, and Lucy’s the number one suspect…

Recipes Included!

Praise for Hummus and Homicide

Kashian draws upon her own experience of the Jersey shore to deliver a cozy mystery with a touch of nostalgia for the boardwalk…she excels with her diverse cast of characters, celebrating the unique heritage of the immigrants who built our country…and made delicious food! I look forward to reading more from Kebab Kitchen!

SOS Aloha’s Reviews

A must read for fans of cozy mysteries with a culinary flair.

Books a Plenty Book Reviews

…its likeable characters and colorful kebab restaurant setting will whet the appetite of devotees of foodie mysteries.

Library Journal

The first in Kashian's Kebab Kitchen mystery series is clever and charming and close to the author's own heart. It's a culinary delight that will have readers salivating over the food and hungry for literary answers. Lucy and her crew of friends and family are an interesting group, and the rich melting pot of cultures and small new Jersey coastal town is fantastic, right down to the boardwalk.

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Stabbed in the Baklava

Kebab Kitchen Mystery Series, Book #2

Lucy Berberian has taken over her family’s Mediterranean restaurant on the Jersey Shore after an unsatisfying stint at a Philadelphia law firm. It’s great to be back in her old beach town, even if she’s turning into a seasoned sleuth.

Catering a high-society wedding should bring in some big income for Kebab Kitchen—and raise its profile too. But it’s not exactly good publicity when the best man winds up skewered like a shish kebab. Worse yet, Lucy’s handsome ex, Azad—who’s the restaurant’s new head chef—is the prime suspect. But she doesn’t give a fig what the cops think. He may have killer looks, but he’s no murderer. She just needs to prove his innocence, before he has to go on the lamb . . .

Recipes Included!

Praise for Stabbed in the Baklava

Tense yet fun, this second book in the series was entertaining to read. The motives and suspects are varied, secrets are revealed and Lucy has to escape personal endangerment once again.

Laura’s Interests

With a cleverness worthy of the mystery world’s greatest authors, Tina Kashian filled STABBED IN THE BAKLAVA with suspects, clues, twist and turns, and red herrings enough to keep me guessing until the end!

Lisa Ks Book Reviews

I greatly enjoyed the bits and pieces of Mediterranean food, music, and dances that the author weaves into the story. It adds an authentic touch to the theme and will leave the reader hungry for a taste of the delectable food served at the Kebab Kitchen!

Cinnamon, Sugar and a Little Bit of Murder
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One Feta in the Grave

Kebab Kitchen Mystery Series, Book #3

As summer comes to an end in her Jersey Shore town, Lucy Berberian continues to manage her family’s Mediterranean restaurant. The Kebab Kitchen also has a food tent at this year’s beach festival. But now a local businessman is under the boardwalk—dead by the sea . . .

With a sand castle contest and live music, Ocean Crest bids a bittersweet farewell to tourist season. Summer will return next year . . . but Archie Kincaid won’t. The full-of-himself store owner has been fatally shot, soon after a screaming match with Lucy’s best friend. Katie’s far from the only suspect, though, since Archie had some bitter rivals—as well as some relationships no one knew about. It’s up to Lucy to look into some seedy characters and solve the case before the wrong person gets skewered . . .

Recipes included!

Praise for One Feta in the Grave

If you are looking to throw off the late winter blues, this book is just what the doctor ordered. Or save it for a beach read this summer. Either way, you'll enjoy this visit with Lucy.

Carstairs Considers by Mark Baker

With engaging dialogue, an eclectic cast of characters and a perfect beach setting on a cold winter's day, this was a delightfully charming adventure and I look forward to more with Lucy, Kate and their friends.

Dru's Book Musings

One Fetain the Grave will have you craving the Berberian family recipes so make sure you have a Mediterranean restaurant close by. The plot is well-layered and it's not readily apparent whodunit . . .

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