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A fun read that is bound to have you turning the pages as you chuckle.
Donna tries to follow the critic to the Little Bit of Paris cafe, but loses her. When she finally reaches the cafe, the waitress she speaks with is not sure if the critic was there or not.
The next day, J.E.'s rental car is found abandoned with a body found a short distance away. A purse and driver's license inside the car indicate that the body may be that of the critic and the police are not sure if it is murder or suicide.
Donna is certain that with the critic's attitude, she would not commit suicide. Then when she goes to clean her room, she discovers a note listing four restaurants. This first restaurant is Jane's, The Croaking Frog. The second is Sylvester's Salon, but this one is crossed out for some reason. Sylvester is a former flame who also has a reputation for chasing anything in a skirt. The third is one that relocated from New Orleans following a scandal. The fourth is in another city and does not seem to fit the current picture.
So who killed the critic, Jane Ellen Muscovy? Did she actually commit suicide? Was it her former flame, who recently proposed to his current girlfriend? Maybe it was somebody else who was trying to protect their restaurant's reputation? Or is there more here than meets the eye and does somebody else have a good reason to want the critic dead!
The characters are well-developed and the story has plenty of twists and turns. Once started, the book is hard to put down
Donna's chef pal gets word that food critic "J.E" is coming to town, and she asks Donna to keep an eye out and let her know if she's headed her way. Turns out, the critic stays at Donna's B&B...and is she critical! When the critic ends up dead down the road, Donna and her mom are determined to figure out what happened, especially after the police seem OK with a suicide tag on the case. For some reason, this determination winds them up on a double date just to get into a certain restaurant that may hold the key clue to the death. They end up all over town after Donna's mom interprets the critic's shorthand diary, which reveals a relationship with one of the chefs in town, with a possible engagement/honeymoon in the near future.
In the end, the critic's final review is of Donna's B&B, so perhaps business will soon be more booming than ever!
I'm not sure how Donna manages her nursing job and the inn...and her sleuthing, but somehow she does. In this book, there's a new dog temporarily, so two dogs feature. I can see how the ever-revolving door of the B&B will bring in a variety of characters. Tennyson seems like he could develop or not and it have a giant impact...unless, of course, the mom takes over as helper at the B&B.
This series just keeps getting better. The characters are complex and are people I would like to know. I hope Ms. Scott continues to write this series as it is one of the best new one that I have read in awhile.
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