Review of No Parm No Foul

No Parm, No Foul

Grilled Cheese Mysteries, Book # 2

Linda Reilly

5 Stars


“Foodies and mystery lovers will come for the red herrings and stay for the cheese.”— Kirkus Reviews

The second book in a delicious culinary cozy series—the muensters have arrived in Balsam Dell in this Halloween cozy mystery featuring a grilled cheese shop owner turned amateur sleuth

After a long hot summer in Balsam Dell, Carly Hale is ready for crisp Vermont weather and gourmet grilled cheeses at her Grilled Cheese Eatery. And the upcoming Halloween food competition is the perfect way to impress the locals.

But Ferris Menard, the owner of Sub-a-Dub-Sub, is nursing a serious grudge against Carly. Two days before the competition, one of Carly’s employees quit his part-time gig at Menard’s sub shop, sending Menard into a serious snit. In a confrontation at the Eatery, Menard accused Carly of sabotage and vowed to bring her down.

That’s when Menard’s body is found in his kitchen the morning after the competition, a steak knife sticking out of his heart. But Menard had a slew of enemies, and if Carly doesn’t figure out which one is the culprit, she might find herself—or someone she cares about—serving grilled cheese sandwiches under lock and brie!  (Amazon)


The characters are well rounded, well developed and three dimensional.  Carly is caring and loyal.  She is looking forward to the local food competition and hopes that her Grilled Cheese Eatery will do well.  But the owner of Sub-A-Dub Sub shop is sure that he will win.  He is not liked by very many people and when he is found dead Carly needs to find the before someone she cares about is charged with the murder. 

The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and these descriptions pulled me into the story from the very beginning.  The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  The mystery was well plotted and there were plenty of suspects to consider and clues to sift through.  You needed your thinking cap on to solve the mystery.

I would highly recommend  this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  There was so much I liked about this book:the characters, the setting(cheese), the mystery.  I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Poisoned Pen Press, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.

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