Fillet Of Murder
Deep Fried Mystery, Book #2
FIRST IN A NEW SERIES!
Talia Marby serves up delectable English deep fried fare in the heart of the Berkshires—but she soon discovers there’s something fishy going on…
Sometimes in this life, you have to fish or cut bait. After walking away from a miserable job and an even worse boyfriend, Talia Marby has no regrets. She’s returned to her hometown and is happy to help her dear friend Bea Lambert by working at Lambert’s Fish & Chips, a cornerstone of a charming shopping plaza designed to resemble an old English village.
But not all the shop owners are charming. Phil Turnbull has been pestering Bea to sign a petition against a new store opening up, and his constant badgering is enough to make her want to boil him in oil. When Talia and Bea stumble upon Turnbull murdered in his shop, the police suspect Bea. Now it’s up to Talia to fish around for clues and hook the real killer before her friend has to trade serving food for serving time…
Includes delicious recipes! (Goodreads)
Talia has returned to her hometown after leaving a job she did not like and a boyfriend that she has grown apart from. She is helping her friend, Bea, at Lambert’s Fish & Chips until she can decide what she wants to do with the rest of her life. She is living at her deceased Nana’s house, but the house is up for sale. So she has a lot of decisions to make but she is not sure what she should do. But those problems take a back burner when Talia and Bea find a shop owner dead, a knife sticking in him. When Bea becomes the number one suspect, Talia knows she has to solve the crime before her friend is reeled into prison for a crime she did not commit.
The characters were well rounded and well developed. I enjoyed the relationship between Talia and Bea, it was like a favorite aunt and niece or mother and daughter, not boss and employee. Both of them would do anything for the other and that was nice to see. I also enjoyed meeting Talia’s best friend, Rachel. They have been friends for a long time and they always have each other’s back, even when it involves illegal activities. Now that’s a true friend!
The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and I felt like I was right there in Lambert’s Fish & Chips, seeing the delicious food and smelling the tantalizing aromas. I really enjoyed reading about all the different foods Talia began deep frying, she had some great ideas.
The mystery was carried on well throughout the book. There were enough suspects to keep Talia busy with her sleuthing, questioning and putting clues together. Could it be another shop owner, such as Jill, Suzy or strange Cliff? Or was it the scary man that Talia keeps seeing around town? And there were enough twists and turns to keep this reader guessing and changing my mind as to who the killer was. That’s the way I like it.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. It is a great start to a great cozy mystery series. I already have the next book on my to be read pile.