Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Death of a Kitchen Diva
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 cozies set in Maine-for me it's the quintessential New England setting. Protagonist Hayley becomes a food columnist, which leads to death by clam chowder...isn't the cover perfect???
I enjoyed Hayley/s interactions with her BFF's Liddy and Mona, and her 2 teenagers. There is much humor as well, from the English-impaired police chief Sergio, to Hayley's attempt to retrieve a brooch from the murder victim at her funeral, to Hayley's wearing a potential beau as a hood ornament.
The mystery flows along perfectly, with a wealth of suspects for Hayley to sort through. Fun, fun, fun read. Can't wait for book #2, Death of a Country Fried Redneck, in November.