- File Size: 1139 KB
- Print Length: 231 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Summer Prescott Books (July 7, 2016)
- Publication Date: July 7, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01I60478G
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,215 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Darling Deli Series Boxed Set: Volume 1 - Books 1, 2, 3 Kindle Edition
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I love cozy mysteries but this one left a lot to be desired. It had the potential to be good with an interesting plot. The characters are not well-developed which caused the story to fall flat, IMO. There was little doubt as to who the murderer was although the why wasn't revealed until the end. Normally, the title has something to do with the story, in this case, it didn't. I found it odd that she could get to work at 10 am and have fresh, homemade soup ready to go for the lunch crowd. In my experience, it takes a while for soup to cook. I bought the box set of the first 3 books, so I will go ahead and read the next one to see if the series improves.
Corned Beef Murder
I've now read the first 2 books in the series. I have the same thoughts as I did for book 1. The plot has potential but never lives up to it. The characters lack development. The entire setting lacks development. I still know nothing about the town or its inhabitants. The police are still stereotypes. David suspects Dante and confronts him and then...nothing. Dante obviously was hiding something but we never find out what. Maybe in the next book. Again, the murderer was obvious and the title had nothing to do with the story. The scene in the hotel was almost laughable instead of being climactic. Since I bought the box set of the first 3 books, I'll go ahead and read the next one.
Cold Cut Murder
I've now read the first 3 books in the series. The same problems persist through all of them. The plot has promise but falls flat. The characters aren't well-developed. I still don't know anything about the setting--the deli or the town. The title had nothing to do with the story. Moira is still able to make a homemade soup in a very short time span. Getting to work at 10 am and having everything ready for lunch--typically by herself--is not realistic. And no, she doesn't start the soup the day before and finish it that morning. The murderer was once again the only logical person. However, in this case, he appears to be a serial killer from the things he says but that is never explained. I only read all 3 books because I bought the box set. I won't be reading any more of the series.
The description of the food was wonderful, it made me hungry! I own the whole series and can’t wait to read the other books!!!
On the shores of Lake Michigan is the charming small town of Maple Creek. It is there that Moira Darling own a popular deli. When the owner of Moira’s biggest competition is murdered her world changes in an unfortunate way. She is now the suspect in his murder.
This is a great first book. We are introduced to main characters and the setting. Our protagonist is very likable and believable.
Corned Beef Murder: Book Two in The Darling Deli Series
Moira’s deli continues to gain popularity. She has even found it necessary to hire a new employee. In the midst of her happiness a tragedy strikes. Her dear friend is found after what appears to be an accident in her home. When it is discovered that Emilia’s death was suspicious in nature Moira begins to worry she may have placed her trust in a killer.
This book was even more enjoyable than book 1. I was a bit disappointed that Dante's storyline was left dangling. I hope to learn more about him in the next book. The characters continue to develop nicely. The action in the book moves along nicely.
Cold Cut Murder: Book Three in The Darling Deli Series
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and Maple Creek is celebrating winter with a festival. The deli is cheerful with its decorations and Moira’s daughter Candice is working to make the perfect fudge to serve to there customers. A food critic seems to have it out for Moira and she worries how it will affect her business. When Moira discovers a body in the deli is would appear she may again be a suspect for murder.
Some new characters are introduced in this latest book in the Darling Deli series. They are well-developed quickly in the story. The action moves steadily throughout the story. Each book in this series gets better. The characters are people you know and the setting is one you want to visit.