Saturday, July 7, 2018

Killer Green Tomatoes

Author:  Lynn Cahoon
Series:  A Farm-to-Fork Mystery #2
Genre:  Cozy Mystery
Publisher:  Lyrical Underground
Publication Date:  July 3, 2018

Description:  The time seems ripe for success as Angie Turner opens her farm-to-table restaurant in her Idaho hometown—until her new tomato supplier is accused of murder and Angie has to pick the real killer . . .

To Angie, nothing tastes more like summer than her Nona's fried green tomatoes. Eager to add the recipe to the menu at the County Seat, she's found the perfect produce supplier—her sous chef Estebe’s cousin, Javier. Just one problem: ladies’ man Javier’s current hot tomato Heather has turned up dead, and he’s the prime suspect. Somehow, between managing her restaurant and navigating a romantic triangle between Estebe and Ian, the owner/manager of the farmer's market, Angie needs to produce evidence to clear Javier—before this green tomato farmer gets fried.

My Review

If you enjoyed the first book in this series, then you will want to add this one to your to be read list.  Lynn Cahoon is a wonderful storyteller and has the ability to create diverse  characters that appeal to a wide variety of readers.  Angie Turner is one of those characters.

I like Angie.  She is a bit of a type A personality so I can relate to her on a personal level.  She is very likable but also can be set in her ways.  I like that she has made her own family out of friends and colleagues.  I like the message that family isn't always the one that you were born into.  Sometimes you can "make" a family with people who love, respect and care for you but don't necessary have the same biology.  I also like the way that Ms. Cahoon is developing Angie's characters and giving us growth.  The secondary cast of characters are very enjoyable and we are getting to know them a bit better in this second book.  Her best friend is a good complement to her personality.

The mystery was solid in this second entry in the series.  This time, Angie is asked by one of her colleagues to help prove his cousin was not responsible for the death of his former girlfriend.  While she tries to stay out of it, Angie just can't help but be drawn in, much to the dismay of the Sheriff.  I like that Angie is careful (probably her type A personalty)  and shares her discoveries with the Sheriff.  There aren't a lot of suspects but the clues are woven throughout the book.  It turns out there are two culprits each committing a different but related crime.  I got one of them correct (finally!) but didn't guess the identity of the second culprit.  Once revealed in a dramatic fashion it made sense.

I enjoy Lynn Cahoon's books, characters, stories and writing style.  I always finish one of her cozy mysteries having been entertained and looking forward to the next.

I voluntarily read an advanced reader copy provided to me by the publisher through Netgalley.

1 comment:

  1. I enjoyed this book a lot, too. All of her series are great.