Review of French Fried



Poison du Jour

The Statue of Liberty is 130 years old, and for the struggling residents of Hubbard, Ohio, any opportunity to bring in tourists is reason enough for a celebration. Laurel Inwood and her aunt, Sophie, are pitching in. Sophie’s Terminal at the Tracks, a former greasy spoon turned charming ethnic eatery, will be offering French cuisine for the entire week.

For expert help with their quiche and escargot, the ladies turn to Raquel “Rocky” Arnaud, a former French chef and friend of Sophie. What looks like a match made in heaven turns rank as quickly as buttermilk on a summer’s day. Rocky turns up dead and when her nightly red wine shows notes of oak, cinnamon, and poison, Laurel turns from souffle to sleuth.



The characters are well developed and well rounded.  Laurel is a strong intelligent person and she is not easily fooled.  She is skeptical about a lot of things and she has a hard time trusting people.  And she is very wary of forming any lasting friendships because she is not planning on staying in Hubbard, Ohio.  A few times I wanted to shake some sense into her.  It got a little old, reading about her desire to leave.  I really liked Declan and at times I thought he was too good for her.  Hopefully in the next book these issues will be resolved.

The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and through much of the book, I felt like I was right there watching all of the action taking place around me and listening in on conversations.  She is very talented in portraying small town life and all that goes along with it, the gossip and the friendships.  

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 was not one hundred percent sure of the killer until it was revealed at the end.  

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series and maybe some resolutions.  

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.  I would like to thank NetGalley and Berkley Publishing Group for the opportunity to read and review this book.