Merrimack author launches second ‘Deep Fried’ mystery

Merrimack author Linda Reilly will launch the second book in her "Deep Fried" mystery series at the Toadstool Bookshop in Milford on between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Friday, March 19.

"Out of the Dying Pan" features protagonist Talia Marby, a commercial broker turned fry cook, in this sequel to "Fillet of Murder."

When Talia volunteers to sell deep-fried marble cakes with raspberry sauce at a town fundraiser, she finds herself up to her elbows in a nasty murder. With all sorts of accusatory fingers pointing in her direction, she figures she has to solve the crime – or spend the rest of her days frying meals at the women’s correctional institution.

Reilly has been writing since 1995, when Woman’s World Magazine accepted her first mini-mystery for publication. Many more mini-mysteries followed, along with a few short romances, but she always wanted to write and publish a full-length mystery. She got that chance in 2011, when Five Star Publishing accepted her first cozy mystery, "Some Enchanted Murder."

Her "Deep Fried" series (Penguin Random House) is set in the Berkshires in a fictional locale reminiscent of the area where she was raised. A third installment in the "Deep Fried" series will be published in 2017.

Reilly retired from her job as a title insurance underwriter and now writes full time. For more information, visit