Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Irish Stewed

Author:  Kylie Logan
Series:  A Ethnic Eats Mystery #1
Genre:  Cozy Mystery
Publisher:  Berkley Prime Crime
Publication Date:  May 3, 2016

Description:  After flopping as a personal chef to a Hollywood movie star, jobless Laurel Inwood finds herself humbled in Hubbard, Ohio, helping her aunt Sophie run her restaurant. Much to Laurel’s dismay, Sophie’s Terminal at the Tracks is not the cozy bistro her aunt would have had her believe—it’s a run-down greasy spoon in an old railroad station. To save the dingy diner, Laurel cooks up a plan to feature alternating ethnic cuisine as specials.

But first there’s the problem of the body in the booth. Slumped over a table with a receipt spike in his back is Jack Lancer—”the Lance of Justice”—an investigative reporter for local TV news. Assisted by the drop-dead gorgeous owner of the neighboring Irish store—who may or may not be a suspect—Laurel sets out to track down a killer who had no reservations about impaling a newshound. But as she turns up the heat, will she end up in the soup herself?

My Review

I was a fan of the Button Box Mystery series written by this author.  I haven't had a chance to read her other series yet, but when I saw this first in another new series, I thought, since it had been awhile since I read anything by Kylie Logan, I would give this one a try.  

It took me a bit of time to get into the story.  I think it had to do with Laurel, the main character.  I had a hard time connecting with her.  Personally, I thought that she came across as detached and bit judgmental.  I liked her "aunt" Sophie and Declan the store owner.  I thought they were likable characters.  Declan was charming and there was some romantic tension between him and Laurel throughout the story.  About a third of the way through the book, I thought Laurel began to loosen up and I was able to become more engaged in the story.  It took awhile for the Ethnic Eats piece of the title to come into play but I think that it will be a good theme to play out over future installments and will make the restaurant her aunt Sophie owns a little livelier.

I thought the mystery was well crafted.  Ms. Logan threw in plenty of twists, turns and clues which resulted in there being plenty of suspects to choose from.  The author did a great job of directing the readers attention to on theory of the murder which turned out not to be the case at all.  I was surprised by the identity of the killer and the reason behind the crime.  I 

I'll be on the look out for the next book in the series, French Fried.  I enjoyed the mystery, and most of the characters.  It was hard for me to connect with Laurel but I am hoping that will change in future installments and I would like to give them a try.

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