Death of a Crabby Cook – Penny Pike

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3/5 Food Festivals

On The Back:

At the San Francisco Seafood Festival, someone is steamed enough to kill a cook….

When restaurant reviewer Darcy Burnett gets served a pink slip from theSan Francisco Chronicle, she needs to come up with an alternative recipe for success quickly. Her feisty aunt Abby owns a tricked-out school bus, which she’s converted into a hip and happening food truck, and Darcy comes aboard as a part-timer while she develops a cookbook project based on recipes from food fests in the Bay Area.

But she soon finds someone’s been trafficking in character assassination—literally—when a local chef turns up dead and her aunt is framed for the murder. The restaurant chef was an outspoken enemy of food trucks, and now Darcy wonders if one of the other vendors did him in. With her aunt’s business—and freedom—on the line, it’s up to Darcy to steer the murder investigation in the right direction and put the brakes on an out-of-control killer….

My Thoughts:

Darcy is a newspaper journalist who recently lost her job. With nothing else to do she soon starts working part-time for her aunt on her aunt’s food truck. But soon a body of a rival appears, and then another body appears. Can Darcy stop the killer before it’s too late, or will she be the next on his hit list? This was fun-filled debut to a new series. Death of a Crabby Cook, was a fast-paced interesting read that left me craving Crabby Cheerleader Grilled Cheese and Science Experiment Spaghetti.

I really liked Aunt Abby, every story needs one character that you sometimes question if they’re crazy or not, and Aunt Abby is that character in this book. She is a smart, funny former cafeteria worker who isn’t afraid to speak her mind. Jake and Dillon, the love interest and Aunt Abby’s son, respectively are also really good characters. Dillon reminded me a lot of a person I know and Jake filled the cozy mystery’s mold of what a love interest should be. Some of the background characters, Willow especially, I really want to hear more about in future books.

However, I really did not like the main character, Darcy. I found her to be arrogant and just really dumb at times, she didn’t use bluntness when talking to her suspects, which was a good thing, but yet she made some extremely rude comments to her family and about other people multiple times.

The mystery was okay, I didn’t see the killer but it really lacked that “wow” factor that I like in my mysteries. There were also a few small editing errors, for instance Dillon is Aunt Abby’s son, but yet Darcy calls him her cousin in one part of the book, and in another part Jake says he noticed one of the suspects carrying trashbags, when really it was Darcy who noticed it.

Overall, however this was actually better than I expected. With great characters and a good mystery, but an annoying main character and multiple editing errors, I give Death of a Crabby Cook 3/5 stars.

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