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Small town newspaper office manager, Hayley Powell, finds a little extra income by taking over her newspaper's food recipe column. She's in competition with the town's larger newspaper's foodie columnist. When they both come out with the same recipe for clam chowder tongues wag. Worse still, when Hayley goes to confront her competitor, she finds her dead on the floor with her spilled chowder. Being the main murder suspect sends Hayley on a dangerous path to prove her innocence.
This start to a new cozy series has potential, but needs to improve to win me over. Hayley's parenting skills have a lot to be desired. Though my biggest issue was that the murderer really wasn't discussed enough in the book to give the reader a chance to discover who they were. The recipe columns were perhaps the best part of the book. Will give the next in the series a try before deciding to continue with this series or not.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Parts of it -- especially the first part -- were wonderful, everything a "cozy" should be. But then the story would lapse into so much silliness it was enough to make your teeth hurt.
For whatever reason, I bought three of these books by Lee Hollis on some special offer, and this one was the second I listened to. The first was "Country Fried Redneck", which was book #2 in the series, and that one was worse than this in terms of silliness, so maybe the third will be worse yet.
It wasn't altogether bad, but really: can you imagine a grown woman trying to remove a broach pinned to a dead body, lying in a casket, in front of the whole congregation? Maybe Lucille Ball could get away with something as bonkers as that, but Hayley Powell, you're not Lucy. Stick to more prosaic -- which means believable -- situations, and this could be a good series. I did like the recipes, and the columns -- if they weren't just so silly (in parts) I'd like the books for that reason alone.
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