Review of Pudding Up With Murder

Pudding Up With Murder

An Undercover Dish Mystery, Book #3

Julia Buckley

5 Stars


Secret chef Lilah Drake has a killer casserole to deal with in the latest Undercover Dish mystery from the author of Cheddar Off Dead….

Customers trust Lilah Drake to keep her mouthwatering meals under wraps, but when a millionaire meets his untimely end, some sinister secrets become the main course. . . .

Spring is right around the corner, and with the warmer temperatures come plenty of food requests from Lilah Drake’s covered-dish clients. Lilah pulls out all the stops with a sweet new casserole for the birthday party of Marcus Cantwell, a wealthy curmudgeon who has some angry ex-wives and more than a few enemies.

When he’s found face down in Lilah’s casserole, it’s anyone’s guess as to who might have wanted the old man dead. A possible new heir to Marcus’s fortune adds some unexpected spice to the investigation, but Lilah fears that the old adage is true, and “the proof is in the pudding.”




The characters are well developed and well rounded.  I really enjoyed spending time with Lilah and her family and friends.  They are people that I would like to get to know better and hang out with.  But I am still not sure about Jay, I just do not think that he is right for Lilah.  He is not one of my favorite book boyfriends.  And it really bothered me how Lilah would call him Jay or Parker or even Jay Parker, it was confusing and irritating.  At the beginning of the book I had to go back and make sure she was talking about the same person.  That is only my opinion and others may not agree with me, but for me it was irritating.  

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.  I felt like I could smell the aromas of some of the food the Lilah made and it made me hungry.  The writing style flows smoothly and the book was an easy quick read.  

The mystery was well plotted and carried on well throughout the book.  There were enough suspects to consider and clues to sift through that it was nearly impossible to figure out who the culprit was.  In fact, I was surprised when I found out.  And that is a good thing in my book.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  With great characters, a perplexing mystery, a unique premise and a homey small town atmosphere, what’s not to like?  I am already looking forward to the next book in the series.

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.  

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