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When the chef of Sunset Paradise Retirement Village ends up dead, life for sisters Fern and Zula Hopkins is whipped into a froth. Their zany attempts to track down the killer land them in hot water with Detective Jared Flynn. Should he be concerned about their safety or the criminal's? But there are deadly ingredients none of them expect. Drugs. Extortion. International cartels. And worst of all...broken hearts--especially when the Hopkins sisters' niece KC arrives on the scene.
Before the snooping pair gain any headway with the case, it becomes crystal clear that the sisters share a mysterious secret that takes life from the frying pan and into the line of fire.


Kelly Klepfer had ambitions to graduate from the school of life quite awhile ago, but alas . . . she still attends and is tested regularly. Her co-authored cozy/quirky mystery, Out of the Frying Pan, is the culmination of several of the failed/passed tests. Kelly, though she lives with her husband, two Beagles and two hedgehogs in Iowa, can be found at Novel Rocket, Novel Reviews, Scrambled Dregs, Modern Day Mishaps, Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, Goodreads and Twitter with flashes of brilliance (usually quotes), randomocities, and learned life lessons. Zula and Fern Hopkins and their shenanigans can be found at Zu-fer where you always get more than you bargained for.    


I hear voices. Loud. Incessant. And very real. Which basically gives me two options: choke back massive amounts of Prozac or write fiction. I've been writing since I discovered blank wall space and Crayolas. I seek to glorify God in all that I write--except for that graffiti phase I went through as teenager.     

Helen Jacqueline Robertson
Deana Dick Nyla Kay Wilkerson
Rachael Merritt Penny Marks
Ramona McDavid Mary Hake
Donna McGinnis Connywithay
Paula Young Pamela Morrisson
Vickie Jameson Connie Saunders
Mary Arndt Pam Graber
Amy Smelser Cheri Swalwell
Jackie McNutt Trish Hedrick


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Hi reviewers!

I mailed half the books on Saturday and Michelle is getting the other half out sometime tomorrow. My postmaster said that Cyber Monday should be a good guess on delivery what with the holiday and all. 

I'm real excited to meet all of you. Fun fact: Michelle and I became lifetime friends on the internet. In a critique group. We bonded on such a level that we see each other a couple times of year and our families are so close our kids refer to us as aunts or uncles. My daughter was even in her daughter's wedding a couple years ago. 

I hope you all have a yummy and rich Thanksgiving. And what is the food you are most looking forward to eating? Mine would be garlic mashed potatoes or the cranberry orange salad or fudge pecan pie. 

BTW, let me know if I faux pas anything here. I'm kind of like Zula that way. I think I "get" what the format is, but thinking I "get" and getting are not the same thing!


Thanks for the book, Cheri, Michelle, & Kelly! Here is my review:

Out of the Frying Pan - A cozy little romance ... with murder on the side.

“That’s why I came. To keep them out of everyone’s hair during the investigation. They’ve got a bad habit of minding everyone else’s business,” KC makes excuses for her aunts in Michelle Griep and Kelly Klepher’s novel,  Out of the Frying Pan.

Complete review: https://connywithay.wordpress.com/2016/11/27/out-of-the-frying-pan/

This review will be posted on the Book Club Network and Amazon with links on Bookfun.org, Godinterest, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Google+.

Thanks so much, Conny. I appreciate the fast turn around and the thoroughness of your review!

Thank you for allowing me to read and review this fun story!  I have posted my review on my blog, as well as on websites where it is available for sale.

When the chef of Sunset Paradise Retirement Village ends up dead, life for sister-in-laws Fern and Zula Hopkins is whipped into a froth. Their zany attempts to track down the killer land them in hot water with Detective Jared Flynn. Should he be more concerned about their safety or the criminals?”

Zula wakes up early to be able to dig through the flower shops garbage for the silk flowers that have not sold. But first Zula and Fern must have breakfast. When go have breakfast, they find the doors locked. They go to investigate and find the cook dead and almost immediately they start their own investigation. Zula does eventually get a drive to take her to get the silk flowers. When they get back home she needs to retrieve her flowers from the car and her little dog is occupied with something by the tire. Zula checks and finds a bag of drugs hidden in the car. Without each other knowing, Zula and Fern both break into each others boyfriends homes and search for possible evidence to tie them to the murder.

Detective Jared Flynn is called into investigate the murder. Not only is he having to try to find the killer but he is stuck with these two nosy women. While doing the investigation the elderly women at the retirement village have their granddaughters to “console them”. Even Zula and Fern have called their niece to be with them. When she arrives their plans are to get her and Jared together.

Jared is a single man, who was dating on line until a year earlier when his girlfriend KC broke up with him because she met a man where she lives. Jared is still missing the relationship he had with KC. Meanwhile, KC’s new boyfriend feels things are moving too fast and their relationship ends and KC flies to spend time with her aunts Zula and Fern.

I really enjoyed reading this story. This is a funny easy to read book that will keep you wondering what the two women will get into next. This is a clean and wholesome romance with a lot of mystery. Authors Michelle Griep and Kelly Klepfer have done a wonderful job of writing a who done it type of story. It is very fast moving with so many different things happening all at once. There are a lot of characters in the story by they are very easy to follow along with. Most are introduced at the very beginning of the story as Zula and Fern walk to breakfast.

I received a copy of this book from the authors and Book Club Network. This is my honest review.

276 pages

ISBN: 9781938499135

Publisher: Bling! Romance

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Thank you so much for the review, Helen! So glad you enjoyed it!

This is a fun book about Sunset Paradise Retirement Village. It starts with a bang when Fern and Zulu find the chef of Sunset Paradise Retirement Village dead in the kitchen. This book is a “cozy little romance…with murder on the side” (taken from the front cover of the book).

If you are looking for a book that is humorous and not to deep this is the book for you. Pick up a copy, you will not be disappointed.

Thank you for the opportunity to read this book. I received a copy of this book from bookfun.org in exchange for an honest review.

Thank you, Ramona. I'm so glad you enjoyed it!

Out of the Frying Pan was exactly what I was hoping it would be.  Fun, not too deep and a nice way to end a busy year reading something light and fun and take me away escape.  Great storyline, cozy mystery with lots of lighthearted moments and just a book to put a smile on your face after a long day. 


I was given this book for free in exchange for an honest review.  All reviews are solely mine.

Thanks, Cheri!!!

I'm so glad you enjoyed it, Deana. Thanks for the review love!

Out of the Frying Pan is a mystery/romance novel. It is as full of life as its characters are! Such a fun-filled, lighthearted story! Authors Michelle Griep and Kelly Klepfer have filled this novel with laughter, action, and some illegal activities. Who knew getting old could be so busy and exciting!
The old folks in the retirement village have a murder to solve, because, after all, they wouldn't want to leave the detective work to the handsome police officer. And while they are busy trying to solve the murder, main characters Fern and Zula figure they may as well work on some matchmaking also. Wouldn't want life to get boring!
Out of the Frying Pan is easy to read, with some laugh out loud scenes. The story does involve some drug selling, breaking and entering, and murder. These things are shown to be negatives, as they should be. It is clean. If you enjoy a fun mystery you will like this book!
I received this book from The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review. This review is posted at Amazon, Goodreads and Barnes and Noble.

Thanks so much, Mary. So glad you enjoyed Fern and Zula.


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