Guest Post (and a Giveaway!): S.K. Derban & Case of the Bayfront Murder

Posted May 7, 2024 by meezcarrie in Author Interview, clean, contemporary, cozy mystery, giveaway, mystery/suspense, S.K. Derban / 42 Comments


Case of the Bayfront Murder JustRead Blog + Review Tour

Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for Case of the Bayfront Murder by S.K Derban, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

Case of the Bayfront Murder

CASE OF THE BAYFRONT MURDER by S.K Derban
SERIES: A Macaroni on Wheels Mystery #1
GENRE: Cozy Mystery (Clean)
PUBLISHER: Independently Published
RELEASE DATE: March 27, 2024
PAGES: 262

Little Italy in San Diego, once a thriving fishing community, has blossomed into a prominent tourist destination. Nestled in the heart of this vibrant neighborhood, both travelers and residents find the Tiepolo Mercato a favorite spot to stop and shop. Ezio and Benedette Tiepolo are the proprietors of the Mercato, while their daughter owns Macaroni on Wheels, the catering company located directly next door.

There’s more than pasta cooking in the Macaroni on Wheels kitchen. Meet Terza Tiepolo, a feisty Italian caterer who fills her free time solving crime. She belongs to a local murder mystery book club, and leads the other participants in their monthly whodunnit contest.

Terza also works diligently to grow her catering business. But when a prominent doctor hires Terza’s company to cater a dinner party, she never expects murder to be on the menu. The prestigious bayfront event should enhance the Macaroni on Wheels portfolio, and Terza anticipates meeting many potential new clients. On the day of the party, Terza arrives early to prepare, only to discover her grand expectations are as dead as the body on the kitchen floor.

Fans of cozy mysteries will revel in solving the murder along with Terza, and will appreciate her zest for life. Readers will also treasure the introduction to her vibrant Italian relatives. They will enjoy getting to know the Tiepolo family, and will smile at the special relationship Terza has with her mother and father. The fun never stops when the animated relatives join together each Sunday for dinner. Consider this your personal invitation!

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a setting tour: san diego & little italy

by S.K. Derban, author of Case of the Bayfront Murder

Photo Stop 1 – Coronado Bay Bridge. In the opening scene of Case of the Bayfront Murder, Terza and her best friend, Moheenie are attending a meeting of the San Diego Murder Mystery Book Club. The monthly meeting is held in a downtown high-rise office building with an expansive view of the San Diego Bay and the Coronado Bay Bridge. Fun Fact; Alexandra, heroine of the Uneven Exchange novel, lives in Coronado on Bay Bridge drive.

Photo Stop 2 – Downtown San Diego Skyline. The tall, all-glass building with the slanted roof is home to the San Diego Murder Mystery Book Club. It is held in the twenty-fourth floor conference room. No wonder the views are spectacular!

Photo Stop 3 – Little Italy Sign. The iconic Little Italy Sign welcomes residents and visitors to the enchanting neighborhood. Little Italy is filled with patio cafés, restaurants, pubs, art galleries, shops, hotels, and the Macaroni on Wheels catering company. The Tiepolo Mercato is located just steps from this famous sign, and Terza’s catering company is directly next door.

Photo Stop 4 – Buon Appetito San Diego Italian Restaurant. This is Terza’s favorite restaurant, and where she enjoys Risotto Alla Piemontese, one of her favorite Italian dishes. The menu describes it as an Italian Arborio rice with porcini mushrooms and asparagus tips, drizzled with truffle oil, and served in a parmesan nest. Yum!

Photo Stop 5 – Solunto Restaurant and Bakery. Terza and Detective Nicholas Garza enjoy gelato at this exceptional Little Italy Bakery. The gelato is made fresh every morning! It is the best in all of Little Italy!


S.K. Derban

S.K. Derban resides with her husband in Southern California. Although born in the United States she moved to London within the first three months, and remained in England until the age of five. Her father, an American citizen, was a decorated veteran of the Second World War. Her British mother was involved with the London Royal Ballet Company, and a great fan of the arts. After returning to the United States, Derban’s life remained filled with a love of the theatre, and a passion for British murder mysteries.

S.K. Derban’s personal travel and missionary escapades are readily apparent as they shine through into her characters. Readers are often transported virtually across the globe. She has traveled to Hong Kong on five separate occasions to smuggle Bibles into China, and has been to Israel on seven missionary trips. Derban’s other adventures include visits to Bangkok, Greece, Egypt, Italy, and the Caribbean.

Beginning with her faith in the Lord, S.K. Derban relies on all aspects of her life when writing.

She hopes her books will allow readers to go on holiday without having to pack!

Connect with S.K. at childofthecarpenter.com to follow her on social media and sign up for email updates.


Case of the Bayfront Murder JustRead blog tour giveaway

(1) winner will win an Italian Style Kitchen Goodies prize pack which includes Red and White Dish Towels, Oneida Spatula Set of 3, Oven Mitt, Pot Holder, Silicone Whisk, and Imported Italian Pasta!

Full tour schedule linked below. The giveaway begins at midnight May 7, 2024 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on May 14, 2024. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

Giveaway is subject to JustRead Publicity Tours Giveaway Policies.

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42 responses to “Guest Post (and a Giveaway!): S.K. Derban & Case of the Bayfront Murder

  1. Anne

    A captivating and wonderful cozy. I would love to visit Little Italy and explore the bakery which looks so special and appetizing.

  2. Diana Hardt

    It sounds like a really interesting book especially since I currently live in San Diego.

    • Thank you, Jeanna. I love the cover too! Mariah Sinclair is known as the Queen of Cozy Mystery covers. I was thrilled she agreed to design for me.

  3. Roxanne C.

    These photos will help me imagine the settings in the book scenes. This sounds like such an entertaining mystery.

  4. Audrey Stewart

    You look like ballet dancer. Did you follow in your mother’s footsteps? I took ballet lessons for 14 years.

  5. Donna Graham

    LOVE A COZY MYSTERY. Want to give the prizes to my granddaughter. Her college dorm will have a small microwave.

  6. Melanie B

    This looks like a cute story, and the cover is great! Thanks for sharing some great photos!

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