Ethnic Eats Mystery, Book #1
The national bestselling author of the League of Literary Ladies Mysteries introduces an all-new cozy culinary mystery series featuring ethnic eats.
After flopping as a personal chef to a Hollywood movie star, jobless Laurel Inwood finds herself humbled in Hubbard, Ohio, helping her aunt Sophie run her restaurant. Much to Laurel’s dismay, Sophie’s Terminal at the Tracks is not the cozy bistro her aunt would have had her believe—it’s a run-down greasy spoon in an old railroad station. To save the dingy diner, Laurel cooks up a plan to feature alternating ethnic cuisine as specials.
But first there’s the problem of the body in the booth. Slumped over a table with a receipt spike in his back is Jack Lancer—”the Lance of Justice”—an investigative reporter for local TV news. Assisted by the drop-dead gorgeous owner of the neighboring Irish store—who may or may not be a suspect—Laurel sets out to track down a killer who had no reservations about impaling a newshound. But as she turns up the heat, will she end up in the soup herself?
INCLUDES RECIPES (Goodreads)
Laurel has agreed to help run Terminal at the Tracks for Sophie, her not quite “aunt” while she recovers from surgery. What she did not agree to was finding a dead body and trying to solve the mystery of the death. But that is exactly what happens when she heads to Hubbard, Ohio.
The characters are well rounded, well developed and three dimensional. Laurel is not really your typical cozy protagonist. She is much more cynical, matter-of-fact and not easily bulldozed by people. Most of the time the protagonist and sweet and friendly, but Laurel does not always act that way. To me, that made her seem more real and I enjoyed that. She is not happy that the restaurant is not the chic place that she was led to believe it was. And she lets her “aunt” know she is not happy. She clashes with Declan often and she is very wary of him. It was fun to read the bickering and bantering between the two. The secondary characters were also well presented and added a lot to the story.
The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and through much of the book, I felt like I was right there, smelling the delectable aromas of the food and listening to conversations going on around me. The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. The mystery was carried on well throughout the book and there were enough suspects, twists and turns to keep this reader guessing.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. This is the first book in what I hope is a very long running series. Grab this book, start reading and enjoy your ride.