Friday, 1 March 2013
Death of a Kitchen Diva by Lee Hollis
Single mom Hayley Powell is barely keeping her leaking roof over her head when her boss at the Island Times gives her a new assignment--taking over the paper's food column. Hayley's not sure she has the chops--she's an office manager, not a writer, even if her friends clamor for her mouth-watering potluck dishes. But the extra income is tempting, and Hayley's chatty first column is suddenly on everyone's menu--with one exception.
When rival food writer Karen Appelbaum is found face-down dead in a bowl of Hayley's creamy clam chowder, all signs point to Hayley. To clear her name, she'll have to enlist some help, including her BFFs, a perpetually pregnant lobster woman, and a glamorous real estate agent. As she whips up a list of suspects, Hayley discovers a juicy secret about the victim--and finds herself in a dangerous mix with a cold-blooded killer.
I love books that can make me laugh. This one, like many cozy mysteries, does just that. I also love the small-town feel to this book. Add in some food, and it's ALL good! haha. I enjoyed this first book in the Hayley Powell Food and Cocktails Mystery series. It was fun, fast, and it revolves around food! I found the characters to be likeable in this story, although I have to say there were a few I really don't trust (who were most certainly on my very own suspect list!) I enjoy the parts of this book that revolve around food, as previously noted, and I like that there are some recipes at the back of this book (the ones discussed throughout this story.) It was not a blow-me-away read, but I think I will sign out some more of this series from the library. If you are a cozy mystery freak like me, give it a shot! And please let me know what you think! I give this book a 3.5/5.
Next Review: The Noble Warriors Trilogy by William Nicholson