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Assault and Buttery (A Popcorn Shop Mystery) Mass Market Paperback – November 7, 2017
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Praise for the Popcorn Shop Mysteries
“Popping with a protagonist full of heart and a great poodle sidekick.”—Open Book Society
“Uniquely clever and funny.”—Kings River Life Magazine
“A wry, witty voice that had me laughing out loud, a truly puzzling mystery plot, and a popcorn shop setting that earns its place with clever clues aplenty.”—Catriona McPherson, award-winning author of The Day She Died
“Kristi Abbott plunges the reader headlong into a mystery that is full of red herrings, and yummy food and recipes…Read Kernel of Truth—you won’t regret it!” —Fresh Fiction
“Kick back, pick up a snack and enjoy this entrée into the Popcorn Shop Mysteries. The heroine is delightfully sarcastic, but with a sweet spirit, and she refuses to give up on her dreams. The supporting cast runs the gamut from a potential love interest to a flaky ex-husband, and readers will be charmed by each of them.”—RT Book Reviews
About the Author
Kristi Abbott is the author of the Popcorn Shop Mysteries, including Pop Goes the Murder and Kernel of Truth.
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When we join Rebecca Anderson at the start of this novel, she’s just landed in jail. The sheriff, aka her best friend and brother-in-law Dan, has just put her there for interfering with a police investigation after she was asking questions at the funeral of Lloyd McLaughlin. He died after eating some popcorn that Rebecca had made – popcorn that had turned out to be poisoned. Naturally, this is affecting her reputation, so she does have an interest in finding out what happened to clear her name and save her business.
Not that she set out to investigate a murder. Instead, Rebecca’s attention had been captured by a diary she had discovered in the wall of her shop’s kitchen while it was being renovated after a fire. It appears that the diary writer knew Rebecca’s grandmother, and there are hints of danger in the diary writer’s life. Who wrote the diary? Who killed Lloyd? And will Rebecca get out of jail?
All of this is told is a series of flashbacks that Rebecca is telling the woman in the cell next to her after landing in jail. This gives us a chance to get updates on Rebecca’s time behind bars while also hearing what led her to her current predicament. Maybe that’s why I didn’t mind so much, the story moved forward both in the present while filling us in on the past. The flashbacks are fairly lengthy in the first half of the book, but it is never confusing and kept my interest the entire time.
The main character in cozies is often threatened with jail for obstruction of justice just like what happens to Rebecca here, so I also enjoyed seeing that threat carried out. Her time in jail is actually pretty funny, and I got quite a few laughs from this book. There were some things I think were supposed to be funny that actually irritated me more than made me laugh, but they were minor.
Naturally, with the plot of this book, the normal cast of supporting characters were in short supply. Their scenes were fun, but I did miss those who had the fewest page time. I was also a bit annoyed with Rebecca’s relationship with Dan and Garrett, her boyfriend who had a hand in her landing in jail. I actually think I was harder on them than Rebecca was, all things considered, which is a funny place to be. Or maybe the reconciliation just didn’t quite work. Again, this is a minor point. On the other hand, I loved how one relationship evolved in this book.
Sometimes, when an author tries an unconventional plot for a sub-genre, it doesn’t work. In this case, I thought it worked perfectly. It does take us about half the book for the flashbacks to catch up to the present, but I was never bored during that time. The plot only got stronger when we got into the back half of the book. The strong suspects kept us guessing, and the way things came together was wonderful.
And yes, we have two popcorn related recipes in the back of the book. Personally, I really want to try the S’Mores Popcorn Bars.
If you’ve enjoyed the previous book in this series, you’ll enjoy Assault and Buttery as well. And if this series has yet to pop on your radar, you really should change that.
NOTE: I received a copy of this book
I am a fan of this series – Popcorn Shop Mystery. I really enjoy Rebecca Anderson and her poodle Sprocket. Author Kristi Abbott has written another wonderful installment in this fun and delightful cozy series. Assault and Buttery is the third. It starts out a bit different that the other two and for that matter most other cozies. Rebecca is in jail. I enjoyed the way Abbott set up the beginning and went between the past and what was going on right then. It gave the story even more “meat” and pop. Rebecca was bored since her shop was under repair so what better way to spend your time then being in jail, not!
I love that this book comes in just after the last one, so there is wonderful continuation. When Rebecca was doing some demolition on her shop in order to repair it, she and her friend found an old diary. Now she has the time to read it and even more when she is sitting in jail. Things start out normal, but end up making her worried for the safety of the author. Also her own grandmother is in the diary. What could have been going on? A Nazi in their little town? No way! If that is not bad enough, a local man Lloyd McLaughlin is murdered and her popcorn is the weapon. How did that happen. Is Lloyd a nice man or not, who would want to kill him besides everyone, how did he get any of her popcorn since she is not in business right now?
I really enjoy these characters. Rebecca is a fabulous protagonist and she makes me happy. I was shocked to find her arrested for meddling, but I guess it is about time an amateur sleuth was made to pay for sticking their nose where they should not be. The author played that one exceedingly well. I love the relationship Rebecca has with her friends, family and even her boyfriend. Even when it gets rocky. The mystery is well written and kept me guessing. I was sure I had the killer(s) figured out and then nope I did not. I did finally pick part of it correctly.
I really look forward to the next book in this clever, well written, and highly entertaining read. Assault and Buttery was a real pleasure to read. It popped with humor, intrigue and fun. The characters just get better and better with each book. If you have not read the other two books, you will still be able to enjoy this one. Of course Sprocket makes me very happy. This is a super cozy mystery that will keep you in suspense, give you plenty of laughs, and make you drool for the great popcorn recipes.
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Kristi Abbott takes a unique approach for the third book in this series. We find our protagonist, Rebecca Anderson in jail.Read more