Death At The Day Lily Cafe
Rosalie Hart, Book #2
Wendy Sand Eckel
Rosalie Hart has finally opened the café of her dreams. Decked out with ochre-tinted walls and stuffed with delicious organic fare, the Day Lily Café is everything Rosalie could have hoped for. But not five minutes into the grand opening, Doris Bird, a dear and trusted friend, cashes in on a favor–to help clear her little sister Lori of a first degree murder charge.
With the help of her best friend and head waiter Glenn, Rosalie is on the case. But it’s not going to be easy. Unlikable and provocative, murder victim Carl James Fiddler seems to have insulted nearly everyone in town, and the suspect list grows daily. And when Rosalie’s daughter Annie gets caught in the crossfire, the search for the killer becomes personal in this charming cozy perfect for fans of Diane Mott Davidson and Joanne Fluke. (Goodreads)
The characters are well rounded and well rounded. Rosalie is a hard working cafe owner and she is willing to do whatever it takes to keep her business successful. She has a great group of employees and some good friends. And she loves her daughter, Annie, more than anything. When one of her friends ask her to help clear her sister of murdering her husband, Rosalie cannot say no. With her sleuthing abilities and her friend’s help, she is determined to find the killer.
The mystery was carried on well throughout the entire book. I appreciated the fact that Rosalie did not stumble upon a dead body, but rather heard about the killing. This was one of the refreshing thing about the book. There are many suspects to consider and a lot of clues to filter through. I believe I figured out the killer at the exact same time that Rosalie did so I felt good about that.
The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and at times I felt like I was right there in the cafe, listening to conversations and smelling the delectable aromas. And speaking of delectable, there are a lot of delicious sounding food in this book. If you are not hungry when you start reading, you will be by the time you are done.
This cozy is a little grittier than most of the ones I read. Topics that you do not usually read about in a cozy were addressed here: one example of this is an abusive father. There was a little less fluff and a lot more substance and I really like that.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted food cozy. This is the second book in the series, and I will definitely read the first one. Check this book out and decide for yourself.
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review. I would like to thank NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for the opportunity to read and review this book.