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Four Cuts Too Many

(Sarah Blair Mystery #4)

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  63 ratings  ·  51 reviews
When it comes to murder, there's no need to mince words . . .

Sarah Blair gets an education in slicing and dicing when someone in culinary school serves up a main corpse in Wheaton, Alabama...

Between working as a law firm receptionist, reluctantly pitching in as co-owner of her twin sister's restaurant, and caretaking for her regal Siamese RahRah and rescue dog Fluffy, Sar
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Published May 25th 2021
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May 07, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars. This was the first book in the series that I read and I wouldn't mind going back and reading the first ones. I didn't find it hard to get up to speed with everyone. I liked Sarah and the other characters. I enjoyed the story and the mystery did keep me guessing. There were a lot of characters that I hoped wouldn't be guilty. Recipes were included at the end, always a plus in my book. ...more
Jun 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2021
Dollycas’s Thoughts

Southwind’s sous chef Grace Winston is teaching a class on knives as part of the culinary program at the local college. The first class is going well until the program’s director interrupts the class leading to Grace getting hurt. The director and Grace have an argument heard by many witnesses until she walks out to meet Sarah and cool down. When Grace and Sarah return to the classroom to clean up and ready the room for the next instructor they are barred from the room. Inside
May 23, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Four Cuts Too Many by Debra H. Goldstein is the 4th book in the Sarah Blair Mystery series, and another fun addition. Sarah and Emily are twins who are very different. Sarah is divorced, and is working at a law firm as a receptionist. Emily is a chef, who is high achieving. Due to an inheritance Sarah was able to invest in Emily's new restaurant. Grace the sous chef at their restaurant is teaching knife skills at the cooking college. When the school director is murdered, Grace becomes the prime ...more
May 18, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Four Cuts Too Many is another solid addition to Debra H. Goldstein’s Sarah Blair Mysteries. All of my cast favorites are back including Rah Rah and Fluffy. I really enjoyed the scenes with the senior citizens and I love that Goldstein seems to change up the locations in every book, although they still happen in the same Alabama town. The first part of the book had a lot of interesting scenes and development of new characters, which is always fun.

Towards the later half of the book it slows down w
Apr 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the fourth installment in the Sarah Blair Mystery series. This one was just as good as the previous three in the series. In this one, Grace Winston, the sous chef at Southwind, is teaching a knife handling class at the local community college. Grace asks Sarah to come to the college one morning after her class because she had something she wanted to speak to Sarah about. When Grace finally comes out to speak Sarah, she is rattled. When he two go back up to Grace’s classroom, the head of ...more
Four Cuts Too Many by Debra H. Goldstein is book four in the 'Sarah Blair Mystery Series' and was a great read! My first in the series I got to meet Sarah who is a receptionist at a company of lawyers as well as doing her bit as co-owner of her twin sister, chef Emily's restaurant, Southwind. She even volunteers at the local animal shelter. I found busy cat lover Sarah extremely likeable and always willing to help. In this instalment, Emily's sous chef, Grace Winston has asked Sarah to meet at t ...more
Nancy Baker
May 22, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this case one cut ended up to be too much for the college bully. Now Sarah finds herself trying to save her friend Grace from being the top suspect in the murder yet none of the other suspects look as guilty as Grace.

This is an entertaining cozy with relatable characters and you can't help but root for Sarah. Thanks to Kensington Books and NetGalley for an ARC. The opinions expressed are my own.
Micky Cox
May 14, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This series gets better with each book. I love how Sarah, the main character, has grown in confidence and in the process of finding herself as she has progressed through the books. Her knack for "snooping" keeps her in the center of things especially when a friend is in the limelight as a prime suspect, but following her outside of the mystery is just as entertaining to the reader. The supporting characters, including the animals, are all unique and interesting as well. This plot was even better ...more
K.A. Davis
Apr 07, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
FOUR CUTS TOO MANY is the fourth book in the Sarah Blair Mystery series by Debra H. Goldstein. With a hefty dose of college politics (who knew!), restaurant rivalries, and adorable furry companions, this newest release keeps protagonist Sarah Blair on the move. I greatly enjoyed the scenes showcasing Sarah’s involvement with fundraising for the local animal shelter to turn it into a “no kill” shelter. The author displays her knowledge on the subject and weaves it into the plot without slowing do ...more
Apr 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Cooking mixes with campus politics in this charming cozy mystery by Debra H. Goldstein. When her friend Grace is suspected of murdering a professor at a college where she teaches knife skills, Sarah Blair jumps in to clear Grace’s name. A rival restaurateur, the culinary school staff and other instructors stir up turmoil as Sarah seeks answers. Between helping her sister run a restaurant, caring for her pets, and working at a law firm, Sarah has little time for investigative pursuits. But she’d ...more
Feb 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A well-plotted mystery with surprising twists and turns.

When Sarah Blair’s friend Grace is accused of killing her department chair at the college, Sarah rushes to investigate. Meanwhile, business rivalries ramp into overdrive, Sarah has a romantic quandary, and pets Rah Rah and Fluffy steal every scene. What more could you ask for?

I received this ARC through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Maggie Toussaint, reviewing as Muddy Rose Reviews
May 28, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
FOUR CUTS TOO MANY by Debra H. Goldstein
The Fourth Sarah Blair Mystery

When Sarah Blair agrees to meet sous chef Grace at the community college, she has a feeling it has something to do with her nemesis, Jane. But Grace, also an adjunct professor at the school, deems the reason for the secret meeting no longer relevant after what happened. After describing a run in with the interim chairman of the culinary program, Grace asks Sarah to accompany her back to her classroom so she can clean up. When
The fourth in the Sarah Blair Mystery series. This book is well plotted, the characters are terrific, and the story line is interesting. It kept me turning the pages.

We have over worked and stretched to the limits, Sarah Blair investigating the death at the college to clear her friend’s name. Sarah is involved in this small town’s community and we see it as the story goes on. I don’t always know why a killer committed the crime, but I am thankful for the amateur’s sleuth list and recap of suspec
Apr 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Four Cuts Too Many has so much to recommend it! Sarah Blair finds herself in the midst of a murder for which her friend sous chef Grace is a prime suspect. The director of a cooking school is found dead in the classroom in which Grace has just taught a class on knife skills, with Grace's knife in his back. To top it all off, Grace is found with the director's blood on her chef's coat. Sarah and her lawyer boss Harlan quickly become involved in helping clear Grace. In the process of their "invest ...more
Apr 26, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sarah knows it has to be a mistake when her friend Grace is accused of killing the department head at her culinary college. No way is Grace a killer...but someone is. Could it be one of the other teachers? His widow? Sarah's arch-nemesis? With so many suspects, lies, and hidden agendas, will Sarah be able to solve the crime, catch the real killer, and save Grace from a crime she didn't commit (or did she)? Read and see.

This is book four in the Sarah Blair Mystery series, but the first I've read.
Apr 28, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ms. Goldstein's latest installment Of the Sarah Blair Mysteries is a story full of great characters and fast moving action. Once again the ending took me by surprise. The sub plot of Sarah's involvement with turning the local shelter into a no kill shelter is very informative without becoming preachy. The character interactions read true to life. The different love interests had a spice and anticipation for how things between Sarah and her suitors will play out. I highly recommend Ms. Goldstein' ...more
Alicia Kozak
Apr 16, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Emily's sous chef, Grace, is excited to teach a knife skills class at her old college but a confrontation with the interim department chair leads her to being accused of murder. With restructuring the department, a big donation on the line, and marital discord, plenty of people have motive to kill the man nicknamed "Malevolent Monster."

I would suggest starting at the beginning for someone unfamiliar with the series. There's a lot of old characters and, with this being book 4, there is a good bit
Vicki Gooding
Apr 19, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quite an enjoyable read. Reading some of the previous books in this series may have been a bit more beneficial, but although #4 was my first book to read I found falling in love with the characters easy. The plot changing with added tidbits of surprise along the way made this a quick read. I received this book free of charge to me. The review is my own. Also for those who enjoy pets in a cozy mystery RahRah the cat, and Fluffy the dog are wonderful. You'll like this series. ...more
Vicki Nichols
May 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dr. Douglas Martin is found dead in Grace Winston's classroom and Grace just happens to have blood all over her!! But that came from trying to catch a knife--right? Two witnesses say it was. However, one of them is also a step child with no love lost for the Malevolent Monster. Sarah is determined to find the real killer and clear Grace. But what will it cost her? ...more
Chris gerst
May 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorite authors and series
Apr 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Debra Goldstein is one of my favorite cozy mystery authors, and this addition to the Sarah Blair series did not disappoint! I enjoy watching the interactions between the characters grow throughout the series and I am always happy to revisit my favorite ones! The animals in this book series always make me so happy - RahRah would be one of the only cats I’d want to have and Fluffy is a joy as well! I also enjoy the fact that Sarah and Harlan volunteer at the animal shelter, and the idea of the bel ...more
Donna Page
Jun 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
This is the first of the Sarah Blair series I have read, however it will not be the last. From the beginning to the end you will be captivated by the excellently written novel. All of the characters are well developed, not just the main ones. This journey you go on with Sarah, Grace, and Harlan to find the truth about Dr. Martin’s death has many twist and turns. From the moment Grace and Sarah find Dr. Martin lying across the prep table in Grace’s classroom with a knife in his neck you know Sara ...more
Heather Rose
Jun 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For someone so adverse to cooking, Sarah Blair spends a lot of time kitchen adjacent. She is co-owner of a restaurant with her sister (Sarah considers herself more of a landlord), and has many friends in the local culinary arts scene.
When she and her friend Grace stumble onto a body at the community college, Sarah reluctantly starts sleuthing to clear her friend's name. Also on involved are numerous faculty members, residents at the local senior center, a disgraced chef, and the woman who broke
May 25, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Four Cuts Too Many is the fourth book in A Sarah Blair Mystery Series. Sarah’s marriage has fallen apart, and she is now working as a receptionist/secretary at a law firm in Wheaton, Alabama. When Sarah’s friend Grace Winston becomes the prime suspect in a homicide investigation due to an evidence trail, Sarah takes it upon herself to prove Grace’s innocence. However, Sarah does not find this an easy task as there are several potential suspects but lack of evidence linking anyone other than Grac ...more
May 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy, reviews
I really enjoyed Four Cuts Too Many. A big part of that is protagonist Sarah Blair, who can't cook. At all. It's so much fun to see a main character who can't cook up a 5-star feast in 20 minutes with three ingredients she found in the pantry. This installment in the series featured Sarah's friend Grace being the easy suspect in the murder on an unpopular college figure. (Unpopular as in: Who might have wanted to kill him? Anybody who knew him.)

I also enjoy Sarah's methodical approach to solving
Sarah may not know her way around a recipe but she is quite involved in the restaurant community.
Her twin sister is a chef and Sarah has great friends among the food industry and culinary school.
This book combines the competitive nature of masters of their trade, the academic environment with its political and financial demands and a group of active senior residents of a retirement and care facility. Quite the diverse group but this author brings them all together and it all works.
A murder, an i
Diane Hernandez
May 20, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, blog-tour
Can anything else happen to poor hapless Grace? She gets a job as an adjunct professor at the local community college. During her knife cuts’ demonstration, her boss, Dr. Martin, comes in and causes chaos. He and Grace both get minor cuts. After Grace leaves the classroom, Dr. Martin is found stabbed to death there with knife cuts only a professional chef could achieve. No wonder that Grace is the prime suspect in Four Cuts Too Many.

Sarah, Grace’s boss at her “real job”, has some experience with
Vesna  Dan
A great cozy mystery that is full of highly enjoyable characters. Meet Sarah Blair who is a law firm receptionist and part owner with her twin sister of a local restaurant. She also is a great self proclaimed detective who has helped solve a few mysteries and murders in town. This is book 4 in a series and although I did not read the first three, the characters were easy enough to follow. I found this read a good mix of mystery, small town politics, restaurant business drama, and throw in a few ...more
May 19, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgally
Four Cuts Too Many by Debra H. Goldstein
Publisher: Kensington Books
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers
Publication Date: May 25, 2021

Four Cuts Too Many by Debra H. Goldstein is the fourth book in the Sarah Blair Mystery series. I had not read the previous books, but was easily able to read this as a standalone mystery.

This was a fun cozy mystery. There was a lot of moving parts and that made the book really interesting. The mystery was fascinating and kept me guessing until the end. I really liked the cha
J Messina
Apr 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you NetGalley and Kensington Books for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Four Cuts Too Many was the perfect follow-up to Three Treats Too Many. Although the book can be enjoyed on its own, having read the previous entries in the series does make a difference, at least it did for me.

In Four Cuts Too Many, Sarah investigates in order to prove Grace innocent. It proves to be a difficult task since most of the evidence points to Grace, who is not exactly
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Judge Debra H. Goldstein is the author of Kensington’s new Sarah Blair cozy mystery series (Three Treats Too Many, Two Bites Too Many, One Taste Too Many). She also wrote Should Have Played Poker and 2012 IPPY Award winning Maze in Blue. Her short stories, including Anthony and Agatha nominated “The Night They Burned Ms. Dixie’s Place” and Derringer finalist "Pig Lickin' Cake," have appeared in nu ...more

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