Friday, 1 March 2013

Death of a Kitchen Diva by Lee Hollis

Welcome to Bar Harbor, Maine, one of New England's most idyllic coastal towns. But as new food writer Hayley Powell is about to find out, the occasional murder can take a bite out of seaside bliss.  .  .
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.

Happy Reading!

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