Review of Murder To Go


Maeve Kinkaid has inherited her aunt Alice’s food truck after her passing.  Although she does not really know anything about running it, she is willing to give it a try.  She wants to keep her aunt’s memory alive, and besides, it beats sitting on her parent’s couch watching television.

Land, a Basque chef who has worked on the food truck with her aunt, tells Maeve that her aunt had promised to leave the truck to him.  He is not happy that Maeve was given the truck, and he does not try to hide his displeasure.  Maeve does not know if what he says is true, she only knows that the lawyer told her it was bequeathed to her.  But when she finds another  will that shows that Land might be telling the truth, she is not sure what to do.  Her mother tells her to forget about it and burn it, but she decides the right thing to do is to take it to a lawyer and have it checked out.

While she is worrying about the new will, trying to keep the food truck afloat and deal with a hostile employee, a murder takes place at a rival food truck.  This just adds to her concerns.  And when no one can tell her why her aunt wanted the food truck and how she afforded it, she has many more questions than answers.  It is going to take a lot of sleuthing to find the answers she needs and figure out the truth.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  The author does a great job creating suspense and tension with the written word.  There are numerous twists and turns and a list of suspects that seem to continue to grow.  I did not figure out the killer until it was revealed at the end.  I thought the ending was a surprise and I liked that.

The characters are well developed, well rounded and three dimensional.  I enjoyed getting to know Maeve and look forward to getting to know her better in future books.  The author is descriptive and there were times I felt like I was right there watching all the action around me.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  This is a new author to me and I am happy to see that she has written other books.  I plan on checking those out.  I love when I find a new author that that I enjoy reading.  It is like finding a gift.

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