Death of a Kitchen Diva – Lee Hollis

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4.5/5 Kitchen Columns

On The Back:

Welcome to Bar Harbor, Maine, one of New England’s most idyllic coastal towns. But as new food writer Hayley Powell is about to find out, the occasional murder can take a bite out of seaside bliss. . .
Single mom Hayley Powell is barely keeping her leaking roof over her head when her boss at the Island Times gives her a new assignment–taking over the paper’s food column. Hayley’s not sure she has the chops–she’s an office manager, not a writer, even if her friends clamor for her mouth-watering potluck dishes. But the extra income is tempting, and Hayley’s chatty first column is suddenly on everyone’s menu–with one exception.
When rival food writer Karen Appelbaum is found face-down dead in a bowl of Hayley’s creamy clam chowder, all signs point to Hayley. To clear her name, she’ll have to enlist some help, including her BFFs, a perpetually pregnant lobster woman, and a glamorous real estate agent. As she whips up a list of suspects, Hayley discovers a juicy secret about the victim–and finds herself in a dangerous mix with a cold-blooded killer.
Includes seven delectable recipes from Hayley’s kitchen!

My Thoughts:

When I sat down and started reading this I never expected it to be as good as it was. This book was engrossing, engaging, and simply fun!

Hayley was wonderful; she was extremely realistic. She really didn’t pay too much attention to her children, which I thought was strange, but she was running off her feet during the book, so it was easily overlooked. The rest of the characters were also well written and I really want to know more about Lex and Bruce.

The setting was wonderful; I seriously think that Maine is the most used setting for cozies. The mystery was very good. Unfortunately, however, I guessed the culprit about ten pages before the reveal.

One word to describe this book would be wonderful. I had so many laugh-out-loud moments and I absolutely couldn’t put it down. A definite beach read. Highly recommend!

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