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Chicken Soup & Homicide (Culinary Competition Mysteries) (Volume 2) Paperback – February 19, 2015
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About the Author
Janel Gradowski lives in a land that looks like a cold weather fashion accessory, the mitten-shaped state of Michigan. She is a wife and mom to two kids and one Golden Retriever. Her journey to becoming an author is littered with odd jobs like renting apartments to college students and programming commercials for an AM radio station. Somewhere along the way she also became a beadwork designer and teacher. She enjoys cooking recipes found in her formidable cookbook and culinary fiction collection. Searching for unique treasures at art fairs, flea markets and thrift stores is also a favorite pastime. Coffee is an essential part of her life.
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Janel writes a light clean and in many places humorous who done it. She has created a plausible group of characters and placed them in the foodie universe. The main characters are people you would like to know and the murder victim is kind of getting his just desserts. The plot is well placed and the writing is clean and easy to read. If you like light mysteries or the cozy genre these should resonate well with you. The plots of these always revolve around cooking competitions and will include a number of recipes.
These are not police procedurals nor do they contain graphic descriptions of the crime or crime scene. Some liberty is taken with police tactics and procedures as is the case in most books in the this genre. These are intended as light entertainment. If you like Tess Gertissen or Kathy Reichs these are probably not for you, but if you like Janet Evanovich, Stephanie Bond or Jana Deleon you should like these. This is the second in the series and each stands alone but there is something to be gained by reading them in order.
Amy and her friend Sophie are set to compete in the Chicken Soup Showdown. They’ve got the perfect chicken soup and are up against other local chefs in their town of Kellerton, Michigan including the formidable Chef Britton. Nobody is all that fond of the rude and obnoxious Chef Britton and that includes Amy’s friend Carla who once dated him. As they get set to start the competition Amy has to run to the back to get something out of the freezer and boy does she find herself a big something. Who but Chef Britton falls right out of that freezer and with a knife sticking out of his chest and deader than a doornail. Amy has to wonder what it is with her and finding dead bodies – once was enough and here she finds yet another one.
Needless to say trouble is brewing along with the ever present coffee pot (gotta love women who love coffee!). Amy figures that Carla’s boyfriend Bruce who is a detective will be on the case and clear them all quickly but unfortunately he has to step down due to a conflict of interest. Instead it is Detective Pitt and the only suspects he seems to have his eye on are Amy and Carla. Amy soon realizes that if she wants both herself and Carla to stay out of jail then she’s going to have to do some detective work of her own. Hopefully she can solve the crime before she ends up a victim herself.
I really like the characters in this series especially Amy and Carla. I really felt we got to know Amy on a different level this time as she struggles not only to clear herself of murder but is experiencing some marital woes as well. The mystery is good as well and while I can usually pick out the culprit early on I didn’t realize this one until almost the end. So yet another great addition to this series and I’m really looking forward to the next one and more adventures with Amy and her crew. Highly recommended.
This is a great series! I love the cooking competition angle and the copious amount of cooking Amy does in each book. The recipes in the back are a great added bonus. The book has a little bit of everything. Romance, marriage issues, crime solving, true friendships and cooking. It is a fun read. I highly recommend it!!
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