Saturday, May 14, 2016

Sliced and Toasted with Murder

Author:  J R Pearson
Series:  A Josie Rizzo Cozy Mystery #2
Genre:  Cozy Mystery
Publisher:  Pearson Publishing
Published:  March 17, 2016

Small container of pickle spears..............$2.99
Hot corned beef sandwich........................$6.99
Large antipasto platter ...........................$10.99
*Green olives included*
One cold dead body...............(Prices may vary)

Josie and her best friend, Brad, are next in line at Greenville's famous pastrami-sandwich-producing hotspot--Danny's Deli. Their highly anticipated lunch break turns stale when employee Gordy Fitzgerald's body is found in the freezer.

Word soon surfaces that Gordy had been stabbed shortly before being found--and the weapon is missing. Locals are devastated by the discovery, and the amount of speculation on the killer's identity is far greater than the holes on a block of Swiss cheese.

Who killed the beloved sandwich wizard?

Josie's untamed curiosity is determined to answer just that.

Along the way, she has a few tasks at hand: maintaining a blog, coming to terms with her feelings for Tony, and keeping up with the shenanigans of her corgi, Petey.

All this, and finding a killer.

My Review

This is the second book as so far the series has been very entertaining.  This book is a quick fast read, which I enjoy because I can read them on my lunch hour. In this installment, Josie is once again at the wrong place at the wrong time when another body is discovered. She can't resist snooping a little to make sure that Tony is not a suspect for this murder. I like all of the characters in this series and they are developing nicely. Josie is sassy and sweet. She is very much the girl next door and I think someone you would like to have as a friend. I love her family, which is large, loud and interfering at times. The secondary cast is great. Greta says what she thinks and provides plenty of humor. Josie best friend Brad is also a great addition. I also think the author is doing a good job a progressing Josie and Tony's relationship.

In this book he gets into trouble right along with Josie. Because the books are short it doesn't take long for the mystery to unfold and once again there is a climatic ending. I don't want to spoil the plot so I will just say that we get another glimpse in to the surprise that occurred at the ending of book one.

I was gifted a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence my opinion and the thoughts reflected are my own.

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