Cheddar Off Dead
Undercover Dish Mystery, Book #2
Caterer and cook Lilah Drake is up to her elbows in deadly trouble in the latest mystery from the author of The Big Chili…
The Christmas holidays are one of Lilah’s favorite times of the year, filled with friends, family, and, of course, tons of food orders for her Covered Dish clients. But Lilah’s Yuletide cheer ends when she sees a most Grinch-like crime: the murder of a Santa in a school parking lot.
It turns out the deceased Kris Kringle was a complicated tangle of naughty and nice, with a long list of people who might have wanted him dead. And whoever did the deed wants to make sure that Lilah keeps quiet. Now, Lilah will have to team up with her former fling, Detective Jay Parker, to unwrap the mysteries of a deadly Christmas killer and stay alive long enough to ring in the New Year… (Goodreads)
This is a great book and a great series. It has everything that I look for in a cozy: great characters, a great setting and a great premise. It also has humor, suspense, and a top notch mystery.
The characters are well rounded, well developed and three dimensional. Lilah is a hard worker who is very trustworthy (she has to be for her business). She is really close with her family and I enjoyed reading about all of their interactions. I especially enjoy spending time with her sister-in-law, Fina. She is so loud and friendly and I think she adds a lot to the story. I still have not decided if Jay is worthy of Lilah, the jury is still out on that one. But I am starting to like him better. Of course, my favorite character is Mick, Lilah’s Labrador. I love the interaction between him and his humans, and I love the fact that he nods when he agrees.
The mystery is carried on well throughout the entire book. There are enough suspects to keep me guessing and enough clues and red herrings to make it difficult to determine the killer.
The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and through most of the book I felt like I was right there watching all the action take place around me and listening in on conversations. As a reader, I really appreciate that.
I would recommend this book to anyone who who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. I cannot wait for book number three to be released.