“. . . entertaining first novel . . . Gabe, the single father of one of Daisy’s special-needs students,

lends some romantic interest . . . cozy fans will look forward to seeing more of Daisy.”

— Publishers Weekly

“A Colorado widow with dreams of a writing career finds that sleuthing just might be her métier.

Malik’s debut mystery offers some interesting characters along with enough motives to make

everyone in Littleton look suspicious.”

— Kirkus Reviews

sliced vegetarian

A Daisy Arthur Mystery

by Liesa Malik

Opening her door after midnight launches widow and retired special education teacher, Daisy Arthur, into her second murder mystery in less than a year. She meets Brian Hughes, boyfriend to former student Ginny Caerphilly, as he stands in her front yard covered in blood and talks about “Mississippi” being asleep in the bathroom of the supermarket where the two developmentally delayed people work. Time to call in Ginny’s dad, Gabe Caerphilly, also Daisy’s knight in shining armor and police lieutenant for LittlSlicedVegetarianFronteton’s finest. They return to the store and find Cissy, Brian’s advocate, in a large pool of blood, murdered. The victim was a self-proclaimed vegetarian who replaced meat with healthier potato chips and ice cream.

Throughout this adventure, Daisy realizes that putting limits on one’s own lifestyle can be challenging as she becomes caught up in a smorgasbord of romantic encounters, one of which may just be the death of her. Daisy becomes closer friends with a man at the dog park, draws verbal swords with a possible mobster, and even captures the attention of a charismatic man from the grocery business.

Just when Daisy figures out Cissy’s secret and reason for being murdered, there is another knock at her door. This time, will she be the “Mississippi” river of blood in this tale of too much?

Sliced Vegetarian is the second in a cozy mystery series set in Littleton, Colorado. Readers may enjoy revisiting several friends from Faith on the Rocks, as Daisy stumbles through to find out who killed Cissy in this cozy.

Met the author

Liesa Malik is a freelance writer and marketing consultant originally from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, but currently living in Littleton, Colorado, with her husband and two pets. She has always enjoyed reading mysteries, from The Happy Hollister series, through Trixie Belden and into Reader’s Digest’s Great True Stories of Crime, Mystery and Detection.

DSC_7266c copyLiesa has built on her writing interest with long-standing membership in Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers and recently joined the board of Rocky Mountain Mystery Writers of America. Most days you can find Liesa either at her desk, at a local ballroom dance studio, or on the web: