Pop Goes The Murder
Popcorn Shop Mystery, Book #2
Gourmet popcorn entrepreneur Rebecca Anderson and her poodle, Sprocket, are back on the case, in the second Popcorn Shop Mystery from the author of Kernel of Truth.
Despite Rebecca Anderson’s best efforts to distance herself from her ex-husband, the guy keeps popping up. When Antoine offers to feature her breakfast bars and popcorn fudge on his popular cooking show, she suspects he’s once again trying to butter her up—but the TV exposure for her gourmet popcorn shop, POPS, is too good to turn down.
Things take a shocking turn when the crew comes to Grand Lake to film in her shop, and Rebecca discovers Antoine’s assistant electrocuted in a hotel bathtub. Now the police want Antoine to come clean. Her ex may be a pain, but he’s no killer. So Rebecca decides to bag the real culprit. If she isn’t careful, however, she may be the next one getting burned. (Goodreads)
The characters are well rounded and well developed. I thought that Rebecca was funny, spunky and full of life. Her pregnant sister, Haley, was a control freak, and I really enjoyed reading about her actions at the end of her pregnancy. This provided many laugh out loud moments for me. Best friend, Dan, who happens to be Rebecca’s brother-in-law, was a capable sheriff and I enjoyed the fact that he was not a bumbling law enforcement agent ( you see that a lot in cozy mysteries). I found that refreshing. And of course you have to love Sprocket, Rebecca’s smart and lovable dog. I have had my fill of Antoine, Rebecca’s ex-husband. I got a little tired of Rebecca always doing his bidding and I hope he does not make an appearance in the next book. But overall the characters were likable and people I would like to get to know.
The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. The mystery was well plotted and there were enough suspects and twists and turns to muddy the waters. I was pretty sure that I knew who the killer was, and I happened to be right for once. But that did not take anything away from my reading enjoyment.
The small town setting was an enjoyable place to visit. I liked the fact that the were references to Cleveland and Lake Erie because I am from that area. It made the reading more personal to me. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and I felt like I was right there, watching all the action taking place around me.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. If you like great characters, laughable moments and suspense in your reading, this book is for you.