New book, 'Cooking up a Mystery,' features recipes from locals

Special to Gannett

Gail Pallotta, award winning author and longtime visitor to Destin, will hold a book signing at Sundog Books, 89 Central Square in Seaside, at 11 a.m. May 7.

In her latest novel, "Cooking up a Mystery," Palotta highlights recipes from "Heavenly Delights," a cookbook authored by Pam Nichols Griffin. Members of Destin’s Mission Love Seeds and area residents contributed the tasty dishes in "Heavenly Delights" as a fundraiser for the charity.

Gail Pallotta will have a book signing at 11 a.m. May 7 in Santa Rosa Beah.

In "Cooking up a Mystery," Laney Eskridge worked to put her husband through dental school. Then he left with another woman. She's on edge from the emotional scars and her parents' deaths. Then she hears unexplained noises in her new tea house, and her anxiety is tripled. Add a budding romance with Eric — a guy with a fear of commitment — and it's all too much to handle. She cuts ties with Eric and plunges into making her business pay off.

When Eric discovers that Laney's in danger, he vows to protect her. But can he make a lasting promise? Will she trust him? And when they overhear a threat that could cause national turmoil, will anyone believe them? There's more brewing than herbal tea in "Cooking up a Mystery."

Gail Pallotta

Carpe Diem, an online review blog says, “Filled with emotion, suspense, friendship, and small town helpfulness. An interesting storyline with a uniquely insidious mystery. This clever book concludes with a large selection of recipes submitted by members of the Mission Love Seeds organization based in Florida — a lovely compliment to the book’s overall theme. Enjoy!”

Mission Love Seeds was created to help children throughout the world and responds locally after disasters to demonstrate God’s love. Learn more on Facebook at Mission Love Seeds Charity or order Heavenly Delights. Learn more about Pallotta and her books at gailpallotta.com.