Cast Iron Stake Through the Heart

Cast Iron Stake Through the Heart (The Cast Iron Skillet Mystery Series)
by Jodi Rath & Rebecca Grubb

About Cast Iron Stake Through the Heart

Cast Iron Stake Through the Heart (The Cast Iron Skillet Mystery Series)
Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Publisher: MYS ED LLC; 1 edition (May 29, 2020)
~200 Pages

On again, off again, ON AGAIN–Jolie Tucker and Mick Meiser are giving their relationship another try. Things seem to be working out for them so far, and love is on the menu all over Leavensport! An unexpected pregnancy with a surprising partner, a therapist pairs off with the chief of police, and the mayor of Leavensport falls for Jolie’s Aunt Fern!


Although Leavensport is serving up affairs of the heart, there are a lot of mysterious activities lurking in the air. The townspeople awake to find freshly dug empty holes throughout the fields that were recently up for sale under suspicious circumstances. Jolie and Ava believe they are taking a break from solving murders when they start teaching an online cooking course–until they witness one of their students take a stake through the heart!


Welcome to Leavensport, OH, where DEATH takes a DELICIOUS turn!


About Jodi Rath

Moving into her second decade working in education, Jodi Rath has decided to begin a life of crime in her Cast Iron Skillet Mystery Series. Her passion for both mysteries and education led her to combine the two to create her business MYS ED, where she splits her time between working as an adjunct for Ohio teachers and creating mischief in her fictional writing. She currently resides in a small, cozy village in Ohio with her husband and her nine cats.

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About Rebecca Grubb

Rebecca Grubb utilizes her experience in the high school English classroom and her decades as a bookworm to coach writers and edit fiction and creative non-fiction. She enjoys reading and writing books, particularly mysteries and science fiction. She lives in a small town in Ohio with her husband and the three mischievous children.

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Guest Post:
Real-life Ava and Jolie

I met Jodi Rath, author of The Cast Iron Skillet Mystery Series, when we taught high school English together. I immediately recognized a fellow sarcastic snark-wit. She had me struggling to maintain “professional” composure at more than one staff meeting. She was and is a great teacher, though, and has a passion for education.
Then, she became a professional writer, and I started reading her books. My favorite part of The Cast Iron Skillet Mystery Series is the relationship between the main character, Jolie, and her BFF, Ava. They open a restaurant called Cast Iron Creations together. Jolie creates the recipes and does the cooking, while Ava runs the front of the house. Their relationship is both hilarious and heartwarming. Jolie keeps her thoughts to herself more often (but not always), and Ava tends to say what she thinks ALL THE TIME. They bicker and tease each other, but they are always there for one another in the end.
When I started editing the series for Jodi, our friendship took on a whole new layer. We have lively grammatical debates (can you imagine two English teachers going head-to-head?) and bicker about plot points. We stress out about deadlines and vent about setbacks to one another.  I don’t remember which one of us noticed first, but it is definitely true: Jodi and I are the real-life Jolie and Ava. Sometimes we trade places, but in general, I am Ava and Jodi is Jolie. We both have wild curly hair like Jolie and Ava. (I WISH I had Ava’s curves, but I don’t.) We have helped one another through some tough moments. I can count on her and she can count on me. Like Jolie and Ava working together to create delicious food at their restaurant, Jodi and I work together to make a polished book. (She cooks it; I put it on a tray!)
Then, if things weren’t nutty enough, Jodi asked me to co-write book four of the series with her. I was delighted but intimidated. Writing a mystery is hard work! There are so many plotlines, clues, and reveals to keep track of. I flipped through copies of the first three books, taking notes to make sure I had every little detail correct. If anyone thinks writing is easy, I can personally attest that it is not!
My absolute favorite thing to write in this book was dialogue, particularly dialogue between Jolie and Ava. I feel like it sounds authentic because it is actually something that I might say to Jodi, or she might say to me, in some alternate universe, where we run a restaurant together!
Cast Iron Stake Through the Heart is book four in The Cast Iron Skillet Mystery series by Jodi Rath and me—Rebecca Grubb. It was an adventure to write and an adventure to read!

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  1. just the title alone made me come around and let you know how great it is. cozies can be very entertaining
    sherry @ fundinmental

    1. Thanks so much, Sherry! Rebecca did amazing work and she is a gem to work with!

  2. Thanks for letting us stop by! Hope everyone enjoys the book!
    -Rebecca Grubb

  3. Sounds like a fun read. Looking forward to reading the book.

  4. Cast Iron Stake Through the Heart sounds so good and the cover is awesome!

    1. Thanks so much! Coming up with ideas for the titles and covers are one of the best parts! Rebecca helps with all of that! She is amazing in every way!

  5. The cover is great. Sounds like a fun read. Looking forward to reading the book.

  6. I like that the book cover has 3 black cats plus the two main characters are patterned after the authors. Is there really a town in Ohio named Leavensport? I like the map drawn of the town on Jodi's website.

    1. Every book in the series has a different cat on it. My hubby and I have rescued 19 cats in 18 years (really, they rescued us!) and we've adopted many older cats b/c not many people want to do that--so we've lost many cats too. We have nine cats inside and since we never adopt kittens--in May of 2019 we adopted three little girl black cats (they had trouble with adoption b/c they were black and b/c the girls were so close and no one wanted three)--so we did something we'd never done--took all three kittens in and it has been wonderful. In the book, Ava finds and takes them--their names in the books are the real names--and many you see have passed away after living a wonderfully happy life with us--they live on in the books! These three girls are a year now and they are Lily Rose Rath, Luna Bella Rath, and Lulu Bean Rath. They are spoiled and rotten and wonderful in every way possible :--)

    2. Thank you so much for having us here today. I LOVED this blog that Rebecca wrote--it's one of my favorite blogs EVER! As much as I harp on her and tease her, she is not only my BFF, but I'm an only child--like Jolie, and Rebecca has a twin--Ava has a sister--Rebecca is like my sister in every way. We argue, bicker, we've had a knock out, drag out once, and then we cried b/c of how much we love each other--so that makes us stronger than blood IMHO! Thanks all!


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