Book, Cooks, and Crooks: A Novel Idea Mystery
Berkley, 2014 (2014)
Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth
he folks in Inspiration Valley, North Carolina had no idea what they were getting into when they planned their Talk of the Town Festival. It was to be a cookbook fair with chefs vying for the sobriquet of Top Chef in a competition viewed by their fans and agents.
ila Wilkins, professional literary agent and amateur sleuth was excited by the whole town's pulling together to draw more customers to their lovely shops and restaurants. Now all she had to do was keep the volatile chefs from each others' throats. Seems like each and every chef had a beef against at least one if not more of these masters of the art of food preparation.
ust as the festivities are about to start, a demo kitchen blows up, taking one of the chefs with it. The possibility of murder, not a tragic accident, raises its ugly head. Seems like the inflated egos of all the chefs make it difficult to sort through each and every alibi.
ila was juggling her part in the Festival as well as running the literary agency, welcoming her son home for Spring Break, and trying to spend some up-close-and-personal time with her boyfriend, police officer Sean Griffiths. A lot to handle. Throw in a mother who is a mystic and we have a fun read.
nything combining mystery and food works for me.
Books, Cooks, and Crooks
satisfies both my yearnings. The suspenseful wrap-up proved me wrong on who the murderer was. No fair peeking.
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