The Chef's Choice

The Chef's Choice

A Joi Summers Mystery

Susan D. Peters


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When Riley Willis, a 29-year-old Financial Services professional is humiliated by the wife of a married man playing single, she vows never to be “played” again. Determined to survive the holidays without a “Cuddle Buddy”, she vows to honor the memory of her beloved Grandma Ella, by preparing the ultimate family Thanksgiving feast. The problem is, Riley cannot cook. Aiming to debut her culinary skills by Thanksgiving, Riley takes a Learn to Cook class, where Chef Lex Mason, aware of Riley’s aggressive goal and tight timeline, agrees to provide in-home-lessons for Riley. Instant chemistry develops between the pair until Riley finds that Lex is also deceiving her. She goes on defense and casts Lex out of her life. Lex, smitten by the lovely Riley realizes that to secure her love, he must share the part of himself that he has kept skillfully hidden.


Susan D. Peters:
Susan Peters, a native of Chicago’s south side, is a graduate of DuSable High School and DePaul University. Always adventurous, Susan’s curiosity lured her to Liberia, West Africa for eleven years. Her family’s escape during the Liberian Civil War is the spellbinding account of her first book, a memoir, Sweet Liberia, Lessons from the Coal Pot. Sweet Liberia, received the 2010 Black Excellence Award for Non-Fiction by the African American Alliance of Chicago and in 2011 the book was awarded a prize for Non-Fiction from the Illinois Press Women’s Association. A lifelong author of poetry, inspirational essays, short stories, and plays her writings will be featured in the IPWA’s 2014 anthology, a collection of the works of twenty-three women writers. Broken Dolls, Susan’s second book, represents her foray into the mystery market and is the first of a series featuring Detective Joi Sommers as its heroine. Her latest, “The Chef’s Choice,” is a light-hearted romantic novella. Susan produces a weekly talk radio program for an academic medical center. She has raised five children and is a proud grandmother.