Grilled And Seasoned With Murder
A Josie Rizzo Cozy Mystery, Book #1
J R Pearson
Josie Rizzo has a lot on her plate.
(Double bacon cheeseburger not included)
She and her furry companion, Petey, set out to start fresh in the food loving town of Greenville. Josie is excited to introduce the readers of her food blog to the town’s delicious creations.
But when a young woman is murdered at a local burger joint, Josie must sacrifice all she has planned to accomplish to prevent a person from her past from being wrongly accused of the woman’s death.
And things start to heat up when the killer sets his sights on Josie.
Will she be able to enjoy Greenville’s belly-rubbing cuisines and begin a new chapter in her life? Or will the killer cut Josie’s dreams short and make sure that basket of onion rings are her last? (Goodreads)
Josie just wants to make it on her own, away from her big overprotective family. That is why she has moved to Greenville, with her dog, Petey. She wants to continue to work on her food blog and hopes to someday be noticed by the popular food magazine, Forks and Knives. Until that happens, she will be content to continue her blog, work at In The Box, the bistro that she works at, and hang out with friends and Petey. She does not plan to be reintroduced to a childhood friend that she has not seen in ten years. And she definitely does not expect to be attracted to him. But she is and when she spends more time with him, the more that attraction grows. When he is wrongly accused of a crime, she agrees to help him prove his innocence, much to the dismay of her family and friends. Will they be able to find the killer before someone else gets murdered?
The characters are well rounded and well developed. Josie has a large family and I enjoyed meeting them. I hope that they will be featured in more books in the series, I thought they added a lot to the story. Petey was adorable and I smiled each time I read about his antics. In fact, I laughed out loud when he makes a doggy statement in the bathroom about how he felt about moving. There was plenty of humor dispersed throughout the book.
The writing style flows smoothly and the book is a quick easy read. The mystery was well plotted but I felt like it was solved rather abruptly. I would have liked for there to be a few twists and turns before the killer was identified and caught. But, with that being said, there is a very big twist to end the book and that one shocked me.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. But be forewarned, you will become hungry while reading this book because there are many references to delicious food.