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A wild, witty, enjoyable ride that has a remarkably consistent voice, given how many cooks prepared this delicious broth. And these cooks—Taffy Cannon, Kate Flora, Lise McClendon, Katy Munger, and Gary Phillips—were clearly having a great time playing together in their literary kitchen.” — Personal Chef Blog

“You’ll never watch the Food Network shows the same way after reading Beat Slay Love. . . a heady mixture of reality television, misbehaving foodies, murder most-creatively-foul, and determined sleuths. Delicious over-the-top fun! — Mysterious Galaxy • buy here

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What is this romp of which you speak? Some strange concoction: five mystery writers, three years of planning, two coasts, one mountain range, and one wacky idea?

Beat Slay Love: it’s here! A collaborative novel that is amazingly “seamless.” A dark comic send-up of an iconic book. A serial killer without scruples but with the memory of an elephant for every slight in her past. A food blogger with a penchant for crime and a good Manhattan. An FBI agent who isn’t as much of a tomboy as she thought she was.

A riff on chick lit. A satire of food mysteries.

A hilarious culinary thriller

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“An incredibly sly mystery. Everything you want when you bite into a dish: suspense, spice, and a twist on an old classic.” — Charlaine Harris, New York Times bestselling authorBSL AUDIO Cover

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 What’s new from the Bennett Sisters?

Christmas in New York, with a sprinkling of Frenchmanooh-la-la-cover-ebook

It’s the festive season: food, wine, and merriment. Champagne, skating, and — drag queens?!

Merle Bennett is back from France, in New York City for the holidays. Her sister Annie is getting engaged and Merle’s sometime French beau flies over for the party. But is Pascal in town to visit Merle? Does he have another agenda, one that involves wine and the French consulate? Is the Strachie dirty laundry from ‘Blackbird Fly’ going to be aired again — only worse? And why does Pascal take Merle to see a drag queen who sings in French?

All this and more in the novella out now! Give Him the Ooh-la-la!

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The Girl in the Empty Dress

The sequel to ‘Blackbird Fly’ 

Girl in the empty dressMerle Bennett is turning fifty, and her four sisters are helping her celebrate by going to France on a walking tour of the Dordogne. But one sister invites along a law colleague whose annoying ways upset what Merle had hoped would be just ‘wine, women, and walking.’ When Gillian Sargent, the sixth wheel, finds an injured dog beside the road the idyllic summer vacation takes a dark and dangerous turn. Why is the dog special? Who is after her? And what will they do to get the dog back?

Truffles, romance, wine, & intrigue 

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Reviewers are loving “The Girl”

A perfect summer read: it had mystery, romance, the complexities of family relations and the beautiful countryside in France. The author’s writing was engaging and I loved how the different storylines were interconnected.  I recommend and enjoyed this story.”Book Nerd

“I liked Lise’s writing style, loved her brilliant descriptions like: “He had the face of an ice block hardened by many winters”, [they] brought her characters alive. The situations they found themselves in often made me laugh and there was just the right amount of ooh-ing and aah-ing over the tasty French cheeses, truffles and wine to remember they were in France and loving it. I can recommend both Blackbird Fly and The Girl in the Empty Dress (Bennett Sisters Novels) as perfect summer holiday reads. I will be looking out for more Bennett Sisters Novels — French Village Diaries

No matter where she sets her novels or what adventures befall her characters, one thing is certain. Strong female characters always populate a Lise McClendon novel.                                                                           —YVW Magazine

Kick-ass Thrillers written as Rory Tate

Available as e-books and in paperback now

A romantic Seattle thriller


A Montana cop tangles with Shakespeare and MI-5

The Stand-alone Novels
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Comic family drama
set in small-town Minnesota

The Bennett Sisters Novels – now a series by popular demand!

The Mystery Series



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in the Jackson Hole series
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The historical mysteries set in
WW2-era Kansas City
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