- Series: Poppy Markham: Culinary Cop (Book 1)
- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Midnight Ink; Original edition (May 8, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0738726079
- ISBN-13: 978-0738726076
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 91 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,660,204 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"[A] red-hot saucy debut...Readers will want to see more of this laid-back Austin-style snoop." --Publishers Weekly
"First-timer Allen delivers a breezy and likable menu..." --Kirkus Reviews
"Ideal for fans of culinary mysteries." --Booklist
"If You Can't Stand The Heat is a delightful mystery, full of regional charm and kitchen spice. Robin Allen has served up a delicious debut." --David Liss, author of The Devil's Company and The Whiskey Rebels
"Robin Allen delivers big time, with colorful characters and an intriguing plot that keeps you turning the pages. Can't wait to see what Poppy cooks up next." --Ben Rehder, Edgar-nominated author of the Blanco County mystery series
"This tale of an aspiring eatery and the crew of Texas hipsters, hotheads, and raw talent is great fun."
--Nadia Gordon, author of the MWA Mary Higgins Clark Award-nominated Lethal Vintage and other Napa Valley mysteries
"Robin Allen whips up a delicious debut-soufflé of prima donna chefs, restaurant secrets, family warfare, business shenanigans and...spices it all with murder." --Gillian Roberts, author of the Amanda Pepper mystery series
From the Author
Hey y'all - Just a quick hello to say that I hope you enjoy reading about these characters as much as I enjoy writing them. I waited tables for years and loved it. Surly cooks, over-confident bartenders, diva waitresses, crazy owners and managers. What other job has so much entertainment built right in?
I made my main character a public health inspector so I could take you behind the scenes. If you've ever worked in a restaurant, you'll be laughing and nodding your head at everything you recognize. If you only dine in restaurants, well, you'll see that it's not all clean forks and candlelight.
In the second book, Stick a Fork in It, Poppy is doing a food permit inspection at a restaurant with a very unusual theme.
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I thought I would be met with a lot of details and set up as usually comes with first books of a series, but that definitely was not the case. There were a few new details that I learned, but these are definitely cozies that can stand on their own and out of order.
Poppy Markham's family is introduced and are great characters. My family favorite is her dad. Met with a lot of changes and hardships in this book, he is still a great dad.
My favorite overall characters are still John With and John Without. They definitely add humor to the story and life of Poppy. It was a lot of fun to learn about Poppy's dad, stepmom, and a little more about her stepsister. I thought the crime itself was pretty clever and I did have a hard time guessing who had done it. The scheme in the crime was pretty clever.
There is a little bit of romance, not a lot, as expected, and definitely some wit. This is a great new series in the cozy mystery genre. I would recommend this book/series to all cozy mystery readers. If you are new to cozies, this would definitely be a good series to start out with.
I liked this mystery story. It was a culinary mystery with a twist. The author gave us a realistic view of the perils of running a restaurant. The city of Austin, Texas comes alive through the setting descriptions. But, I have to wonder, where were the police? It seems that the author just mentioned them a couple of times. The main character didn’t really have anything to do with them, which I felt was unrealistic. I also found some editing mistakes, particularly lines looking like cross outs through words.
The writing is good, the plotting somewhat out of hand, the characters both well portrayed and confused. All in all, a good book for light reading.
This book is based on a restaurant with a twist of murder. Poppy, the owners daughter, was working with her dad, until she goes into health inspecting. She comes back to help her dad on a big night, and one of the head chefs is found murdered outside. Her dad ends up in the hospital, her step sister is arrested for the murder, and her ex boyfriend comes back in the picture! As Poppy searches to find out who killed him, she uncovers much more than just murder. She finds deciept, cover ups, and even an arsonist who tried to burn her house down. Will she be able to figure out who the true murderer is and get her step sister out of jail?
For the first book by this author, it is terrific. The story flows so smoothly that it is very easy to read straight through while staying interested. Not a "keep you on the edge of your seat" type mystery but one that is entertaining.
I would recommend this book and found it fun to read.