- Series: A Poppy McAllister Mystery (Book 3)
- Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Kensington (February 26, 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1496713079
- ISBN-13: 978-1496713070
- Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 1 x 6.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 39 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,369 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Restaurant Weeks Are Murder (A Poppy McAllister Mystery) Mass Market Paperback – February 26, 2019
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About the Author
Libby Klein graduated Lower Cape May Regional High School in the '80s. Her classes revolved mostly around the culinary sciences and theater, with the occasional nap in Chemistry. She has worked as a stay at home mom, climbing the ranks to the coveted position of Grandma. She also dabbles in the position of Vice President of a technology company which mostly involves bossing other people around, making spreadsheets, and taking out the trash. She writes culinary cozy mysteries from her Northern Virginia office while trying to keep her cat Figaro off her keyboard. Most of her hobbies revolve around eating, and travel, and eating while traveling.
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This is the third book in the Poppy McAllister series, and I have been hooked from the first. Goodness knows I'm a harsh critic, but I can't help but love these characters. I was thrilled to be reunited with Poppy, her zany great-aunt Ginny, and her mistevious cat Figaro. This book introduced a whole new cast of characters with the chefs competing in Restaurant Week and I wouldn't be surprised see them pop back into the series later. When it comes to characters, author Libby Klein hasn't let me down yet (except in the case of Gia, who I contend is a squirrel from a Disney movie and not an actual character).
The murder didn't occur until 40% into the book and was concluded quite a bit before the ending. The mystery was quick and easy. Of course everyone just opened up to Poppy and told her everything on a dime, which is a real time saver. The remaining page real estate is devoted to fun hijinks (which I mostly approve of) and the love triangle between Poppy, Tim and Gia (which I mostly don't). It was really weird and stalkerish that Gia had his mother enter Restaurant Week just to keep an eye on Poppy and Tim. I think Poppy is fabulous. But I think the author is trying too hard giving her one endlessly devoted suitor after the next. I'm absolutely on board with a book that doesn't treat middle-aged, overweight women as if they are invisible. But you can be worthy and have something to offer the world without the validation of a couple of dudes fighting over you.
I had fun reading this book and I look forward to the next adventure with Poppy and her clan.
The only thing I do not love is that here is a tradition love triangle. I like both guys but do not like that she is pulled between them. Of course for a person who has not been all that popular, she kind of likes the attention from two hot men and I can't blame her for that. After living her teen years with the weight problems and breakouts that come with the disease, she eats up the attention of those two pretty great guys.
Thanks to NetGalley of provided the ARC for Restaurant Weeks Are Murder, I am already sharing my excitement with my friends. #NetGalley #RestaurantWeeksAreMurder.
Poppy McAllister is a forty something widow who moved back to her hometown of Cape May after the death of her husband. Poppy returned to be near her elderly Aunt Ginny and has made a living for herself when they converted Aunt Ginny’s home into a bed and breakfast.
Poppy has always had dreams of becoming a chef so when she gets an invite from an old boyfriend to help out during the Restaurant Week challenge she couldn’t help but accept. What Poppy didn’t expect signing up for the high pressure cooking competition was to find herself in the middle of yet another murder investigation.
Having read the first two books of the series and thinking to myself when finished with each that five stars was just not enough for them I had high hopes going into this book. While the series is still at the absolute top of my favorites I did come away with a complaint this time, I truly do wish the author would move away from the old love triangle trope as it’s getting old. A strong female lead doesn’t even need one romantic prospect to be entertaining in a cozy so let’s move on from the back and forth, please? Otherwise I absolutely loved coming back to Poppy and her Aunt Ginny and all the quirkiness that surrounds them.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.