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On the Lamb

(Kebab Kitchen Mystery #4)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  208 ratings  ·  84 reviews
Lucy Berberian is busy preparing her family's Mediterranean restaurant for Easter on the Jersey Shore--but a batch of sweets is to die for . . .

Bikers are thundering into the seaside town of Ocean Crest for the annual Bikers on the Beach gathering that raises funds for injured veterans. It's a big boost for the Kebab Kitchen, as well as for local businesses like Melanie H
Paperback, 352 pages
Published February 25th 2020 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
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Natalia  R
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's been almost a year now since Lucy Berberian quit her Philadelphia law firm and moved back to the Jersey Shore to work in her family's Mediterranean restaurant, Kebab Kitchen. In this 4th installment of the Kebab Kitchen Mysteries, Lucy is still adjusting to her new role as manager of Kebab Kitchen. She attends a beach bonfire with some of her closest friends. Everyone is having a good time until her friend, Melanie's landlord shows up, and they get into a heated argument about her unpaid re ...more
beachbum bookworm
Feb 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
It didn’t take long after arriving at the boardwalk in Ocean Crest to know I was in love! The games, pizza, candy, taffy, french fries, funnel cakes, Madame Vega’s psychic salon, bike week, and the reason I was here to visit….the Kebab Kitchen. I had never met Lucy and the gang, but immediately felt welcome by everyone in the family’s Mediterranean restaurant. Lucy explained she had recently returned from Philly to manage the restaurant when her parents “semi-retired”. Lucy was happy to be back ...more
Sep 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Review coming soon.
Lisa Ks Book Reviews
Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have never tasted Mediterranean food. Never even thought to try it. However, every time I read another installment in the Kebab Mysteries, my stomach growls, and I want to find the nearest Mediterranean restaurant.
With, ON THE LAMB, author Tina Kashian has somehow managed to improve on a series that needed no improvement. With each book in this series slightly edging out the prior one as my favorite, there is nothing “slightly” with ON THE LAMB. It blows the first three out of the ouzo!
On the Lamb is another great mystery in the Kebab Kitchen series. Restaurant manager Lucy Berberian has just moved into her own place where she rents the upstairs of the home of an elderly lady who lives downstairs. Lucy, her BFF Katie, and friends head to the beach with her friend and next door bike shop manager Michael and two of his friends for the first bonfire of the season. It is Bikers on the Beach week and the south Jersey shore town of Ocean Crest is filled with motorcycles. It is almos ...more
Mar 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2020
Dollycas’s Thoughts

It’s almost Easter in Ocean Crest and Lucy is excited about getting her family together. She is also busy with the family restaurant and business has picked up for most of the businesses in town with the annual Bikers on the Beach event that raising money for injured vets. Part of the event is a huge bonfire on the beach. Lucy was invited by her friend Michael who is the manager of the bike shop next to her family’s restaurant. She takes along her BFF Katie and their friend Me
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
My mouth waters every time I read a book in this series.  I love Mediterranean food and the thought of a hummus bar just puts me over the top!  Food aside, this series has a perfect equation of mystery, intrigue, romance, and quirky characters that draw me in each and every time.

I was drawn into this story from the beginning.  Lucy's search for affordable housing is something I can relate to in Texas.  It is hard to find a decent place at an affordable place.  Lucy gets lucky and her agent helps
On the Lamb by Tina Kashian has Lucy Berberian enjoying a bonfire with her friends until a scream rings out. They find Melanie Haven, the local candy maker, standing by the prone body of Gilbert Lubinski. Melanie and Gilbert had a small altercation earlier in the evening which puts Melanie at the top of the detective’s suspect list. Melanie asks that Lucy use her sleuthing prowess to find the guilty party. Gilbert was not liked in the community, not even by his aunt who he was trying to oust fro ...more
Jan 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lucy has given up her big city law career, returning to her hometown to manage her parents' seaside restaurant. When an unpopular man is murdered on the beach, Lucy and her friend Katie decide to investigate. There are quite a few suspects since so many people disliked the victim, among them his almost ex, his business partner, and others he had victimized in some way. I am enjoying this well-plotted new cozy series, with likeable characters and a seaside setting, and look forward to reading mor ...more
Sue Em
Feb 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lucy Barberian has been back working at her parent's restaurant in New Jersey for about a year now and gotten quite the reputation for getting involved and helping to solve several murder cases. At a bonfire a despicable landlord is murdered and the owner of the local candy store is implicated. While trying to keep her friend out of jail, she juggles moving to a new apartment and plans to host her first Easter dinner. Lucy is a strong, sensible heroine who makes good decisions, usually. Plus the ...more
Melissa Cochrill
Apr 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read all books so far in the series. This book was better than the last. However, I wish the author wouldn't rehash the suspects and their motives. ...more
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
I love Lucy Berberian! She’s such a great heroine, and her blend of several cultures adds even further layers to her character. Her loyalty to her family, her love of the family restaurant and the boardwalk, her determination & fearlessness to solve the murders that seem to inevitably cross her path. She’s definitely a character I would love to have as a friend – especially if she kept me supplied in hummus, fresh pita, kebabs, and baklava. I also love her family, her boyfriend Azad and her BFF ...more
I remember when I read Tina Kashian's first Kebab Kitchen mystery, Hummus and Homicide. At the time, I felt as if she ticked off all the boxes for a cozy mystery. Now, with the fourth in the series, On the Lamb, it's a polished mystery. Kashian does an excellent job with an appealing cast of characters and a charming small town, touristy setting. If you're a fan of Jenn McKinlay's Cupcake mysteries, check out this series with its equally enjoyable cast.

Lucy Barbarian is the manager of her family
Mary Brown
Mar 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
On The Lamb
Kebab Kitchen Mystery, Book #4
Tina Kashian
5 Stars


Lucy Berberian is busy preparing her family's Mediterranean restaurant for Easter on the Jersey Shore--but a batch of sweets is to die for . . .

Bikers are thundering into the seaside town of Ocean Crest for the annual Bikers on the Beach gathering that raises funds for injured veterans. It's a big boost for the Kebab Kitchen, as well as for local businesses like Melanie Haven's candy shop. But Melanie is about to find herself i
This is my second book from what is proving to be a wonderfully entertaining series. Although I hadn't read books #1 and #2, Hummus and Homicide, and Stabbed in the Baklava, I jumped in at book#3, One Feta in the Grave. This one, On the Lamb, is book #4 in the 'A Kebab Kitchen Mystery' series. Though I am, in part, familiar with the characters' histories, I think anyone who hasn't read any of the books in this series should have no trouble reading this as a standalone.

On the Lamb starte
Lisa Morin
Jan 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: culinary, netgalley, cats
Lucy Berberian is adjusting to her life on the Jersey shore, happy to be working in her parent's restaurant once again.
Lucy is also beginning to rekindle old feelings for her old flame, so life seems pretty good for her at the moment.
Discovering a dead body was not part of her plan, but it seems Lucy has a habit of finding them. Her previous career as an attorney helps her when it comes to asking questions, so it doesn't take Lucy long to find herself caught up in another investigation.

I enjoy t
Feb 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First book in series I’ve read. Lucy who manages the family restaurant, solves the murder of her landlord’s nephew. Variety of people, each one vibrant and enriches the story line. First chapter from the next in the series was bonus. Enjoyed the Sweet bread recipe!
Karen (BaronessBookTrove)
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy from the Great Escapes Book Tours. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.On the Lamb by Tina Kashian is an aloof cozy mystery. I was wrong on every account of who dun it.
Who killed Gilbert, and why?
Lucy Berberian
Lucy is our main character and one of our sleuths. The other is her best friend, Katie, who has a husband on the police force and shouldn't be investigating these crimes. Lucy and Katie are known around t
RO G'ma
On the Lamb is the fourth book in Tina Kashian’s Kebab Kitchen Mystery series. The mystery is solid and well plotted, the storyline is engaging, and the characters are well developed and affable. This book moves at a steady pace with plenty of suspects, twists and turns, and red herrings.

When Lucy Berberian quit her job as an attorney at a Philadelphia law firm, she returned to her hometown of Ocean Crest, New Jersey, and took over the management of Kebab Kitchen, her family’s restaurant, as her
Peggy R
On the Lamb is the fourth installment in the Kebab Kitchen Mystery series which is centered around a wonderful Armenian/Greek/Lebanese family and their restaurant. Lucy, our main character, seems to be settling back into life in Ocean Crest quite well - except for her penchant for finding dead bodies. Her relationship with her parents, sister, and niece play a central role in the series, which I very much enjoy. Lucy is the type of main character that most readers will find relatable. She is sma ...more
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
Lucy Berberian is working as the manager at her parents' restaurant, Kebab Kitchen, having moved back home to the Jersey shore after working for several years as an attorney out-of-state. Her parents are semi-retired, and Lucy's boyfriend is the current head chef. While attending a bonfire on the beach, part of the Bikers on the Beach event to raise money for veterans, Lucy's friend Melanie finds a dead body. The dead man is Melanie's landlord, whom she argued with right before he died. Evidence ...more
Jun 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This latest installment of the Kebab Kitchen mystery series is even better than the last! What could be better than the fun characters, tantalizing food descriptions, and a murder! There were so many twists and turns that I was kept guessing until the very end. The author generously included some authentic recipes that I would love to try out. I am eagerly awaiting the next book in this series!!
Jan 17, 2020 rated it liked it
I would call this an average cozy mystery. There was nothing special about it but nothing really wrong with it either. Just a typical a murder happens, the main character decides to investigate, gets into trouble and is rescued, while the killer is revealed. In this case the killer is a surprise at the end. The boy does get the girl in the end as well. It's enjoyable. #OntheLamb #NetGalley ...more
Feb 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ON THE LAMB by Tina Kashian
The Fourth Kebab Kitchen Mystery

An early springtime bonfire on the beach with friends is just the thing Lucy Berberian needs to celebrate the annual Bikers on the Beach fundraiser and the upcoming Easter holiday. The mood is seriously dampened when Lucy's friend, Melanie, finds her landlord dead on the beach shortly after he crashed the party and started an argument with her. Things look even worse when a piece of Melanie's taffy is found lodged in his throat. Managing
K.A. Davis
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ON THE LAMB, the fourth book in the Kebab Kitchen Mystery series by Tina Kashian, is a delightful read that immerses the reader in the boardwalk culture of Ocean Crest, New Jersey. Ms. Kashian does a fabulous job with her descriptive voice and I felt like I was there experiencing the beachy tourist destination and beautiful ocean views. The protagonist, Lucy Berberian, works as the manager for her family’s Mediterranean restaurant, Kebab Kitchen. I love how close-knit her family is, from her par ...more
Hilary (A Wytch's Book Review)
Tina Kashian has done it again with another cracking story!

Lucy is preparing to move out of her friends house, so her brother in law has been looking for properties that are within her budget, he finds a house share (Lucy would have the upstairs, Mrs Lubinski (Eloisa) the downstairs, this way Eloisa can stop her somewhat greedy nephew from placing her in a care home and cashing the house (which is near the shore) in.  Lucy is not sure, she doesn't want to be a caregiver after all, but it turns o
Rima Aiello
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The perfect compliment to this feast of a series! Good food, engaging characters, and a mystery that will keep you as captivated as a delicious plate full of baklava. The author does a good job building on already established character relationships all while building new ones with the perfect amount of guessing. A superb read!
Another great cozy with likable relatable to me characters but what I enjoyed most was the closeness of family and also that the "who did it" wasn't so easily recognized because almost everybody was a suspect! Also I love love love it when recipes are included!

I was given a free copy for an honest review.
Cherise  Deeley
Jan 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoy this series! The setting is very different than anything I can relate to so it’s intriguing to me. The food is so different and fascinating how they cook their menu and of course the characters are likable and engaging as well! Lucy has such a wonderful heart for people and I love reading about her adventures
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-new, mysteries
Another engaging mystery in Tina Kashian's Kebab Kitchen series, On the Lamb is a must read for cozy lovers! When local landlord/loan shark (and nephew of Lucy's octogenarian landlord), Gilbert, is murdered during a bonfire on the beach, Lucy's friend Melanie asks her to help prove her innocence. Suspects abound, and Lucy must investigate and discover which one of them is actually the guilty party! 5 stars! ...more
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Tina Kashian spent her childhood summers at the New Jersey shore, building sandcastles, boogie boarding, and riding the boardwalk Ferris wheel. She also grew up in the restaurant business where her Armenian parents owned a restaurant for thirty years. She worked almost every job—rolling silverware and wiping down tables as a tween, to hosting and waitressing as a teenager.

After college, Tina worke

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