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If Fried Chicken Could Fly (Country Cooking School Mystery) Mass Market Paperback – January 3, 2012
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"If Fried Chicken Could Fly simply warms your spirit with delicious homespun goodness."
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The premise is gentle and fun. The mystery is solid and even though the motive becomes visable early on, finding the culprit was just a purely enjoyable adventure with laughter along the way.
We have an introduction to our new sleuth, Isabelle "Betts" Winston. She is working for her Grams, Missouri Anna Winston. They operate "Gram's Country Cooking School" in Broken Rope, Missouri. This is an old west town known for it's past villians, thiefs, hangings, and shoot-outs. In fact the town has adopted the dress code of the 1850's as a tourist draw. Naturally you expect a specter or two floating about. You will not be disappointed.
The cooking class has a mild fire. After sending home the students Grams and Betts go to clean up and find a body that leads to a treasure hunt from the past.
Who is master minding the current day search and why are they killing people? I laughed from page one and continued enjoying this book past the reveal and through the delicious sounding recipes. The book felt very authentic to me. Now to await the next one out soon I hope.
Betts spent some time in Law school but returned to Broken Rope, Missouri, to assist her grandmother, Miz, at "Gram's Country Cooking School". Broken Rope is an area full of history and folklore. It is also home the to Southern Missouri Show-down cook-off that will start the summer tourist series.
When Betts and Gram discover the body of the theater owner in the school's supply closet, they realize that things are about to get interesting in town. To complicate matters, Betts learns her high-school sweetheart is back in town, Gram is arrested, and Betts has to dodge gun-fire. But it's the arrival of Jerome, a mysterious cowboy, that really has Betts shaking her head.
Betts realizes that she needs help to find the killer. She enlists the help of Jake, her friend and member of the Historical Society, as it appears that the past may hold answers to the murder.
I really enjoyed reading this book and meeting everyone in Broken Rope. I hope we don't have to wait too long to visit with them again. The recipes also look yummy.... I'm sure that I'll trying several.
Thanks, Paige, for another great series.
Everyone loves their grandma's cooking. My grandma even ran a restaurant for awhile. Gram reminds me a lot of my Grandma Lue. She also made the best fried chicken. The whole idea of a country cooking school fascinates me. I was just a teenager when my grandma passed away so I never really had a chance to learn from her but do have a few of her recipes in my recipe box.
I have to say the appearance of Jerome Cowbender did surprise me but as he became a major player in the plot I couldn't imagine the story without him. I now understand how sometimes characters just appear in these stories without the author's control. He was a brilliant addition to a wonderful story.
The story has a perfect mix of cozy fixings, with a "surprise ingredient", blended expertly to make a culinary masterpiece for our reading pleasure.
The town of Broken Rope seems to have more than it's share of quirky residents, which means plenty of fodder for future installments of this new smokin' series!!!!
From the back cover: "Isabelle `Betts' Winston loves teaching the secrets of mouthwatering country food in her hometown, Broken Rope, Missouri-famous for its past of outlaws, knife battles, and hangings. But now an all-too-current murder threatens the start of the tourist season..."
I love how Ms. Shelton took a traditional mystery, tossed in cowboys, missing gold, and a modern day treasure hunt and then added an unconventional pinch of attraction between Betts and the ghost. Blended it to the tastiest treat.
I had no idea who the killer was until the end. Luckily, Ms. Shelton crafted a fast-paced mystery that I devoured in three nights so the wait was bearable.
All the characters are 3-D. I especially enjoyed Betts' unconventional grandma, Grams/Missouri. She is a pip whether lecturing Betts on how to deal with seeing ghosts, stuck in a cell for a murder she didn't commit, or dodging Bett's questions about the treasure hunt that may have led to murder.
There are also several recipes from Ms. Shelton at the back of the book. I'm trying out her fake fried chicken this week.
If you like a dash of paranormal in your mystery, this is a not to be missed read!
After dropping out of law school, Isabelle (Betts) Winston returns to her hometown of Broken Rope, a town with a colorful past and a history of hangings. Betts joins her grandmother, Missouri (Miz) Winston, in teaching at grandma's cooking school. The story begins with a fire in the kitchen and a dead body in the cleaning supply room. Unfortunately, the cadaver is Miz's latest beaux, Everett Morningside.
From cooking to ghosts to hidden treasure, this story will hold your interest until the last page. The characters were fun and I can't wait to see where their next adventure leads. I highly recommend this book to any reader who wants to be entertained, whether you enjoy mysteries or not.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
First time reading a book from this author. Interesting take with the ghost. Sort of liked Jerome.Published 1 month ago by Claudia
Welcome to Broken Rope, Missouri. The town is known
for it’s old west bad outlaws. These villains and thieves
caused lots of shoot outs and hangings. Read more
This author has a way with words that will make you want to keep reading her series....Published 3 months ago by colodreamer
It took me a while to get to this book but I am really glad that I did. It is entertaining. It is funny and it is most readable. Read morePublished 7 months ago by E. Ervin
I did enjoy reading about the cooking school and found the plot to be a bit unusual. I liked the ending as well. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Elizabeth Ervin
I really enjoyed this cozy mystery that has a side of paranormal and a dash of romance. It was well written and I loved the characters. I am hooked! Read morePublished 10 months ago by C. N.
This mystery had me with the first lines of the book. A cooking school and an interesting old woman that has a quirky personality and keeps her family on her toes kept me reading. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Julie Seedorf
This was an incredibly fun read. Betts, short for Isabelle, is a law school dropout & has come home to help her Gram run The Country Cooking School. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Pamela Woodfield