4/5 Country Fried Rednecks
On The Back:
Local food and drink writer Haley Powell thinks she’s done solving murders in scenic Bar Harbor, Maine. But when a taste of the South comes to New England, Haley’s following another recipe for disaster…
As a single mom, Hayley Powell already has a full plate—she’s got deadlines to make and a teenage daughter with eyes for an aspiring singer-songwriter. But when country music superstar Wade Springer rolls into town, Hayley spies an irresistible side gig: personal chef to her all-American idol. After he tries her home cooking, Wade’s so impressed that he hires her on the spot—and invites her to dine with him alone.
Hayley and Wade are hitting all the right notes…until a body turns up. Wade’s tour bus was torched overnight and a roadie named Mickey Pritchett came out well-done. But the real cause of death isn’t barbecue: Mickey was shot, his mouth stuffed with one of Hayley’s trademark chicken legs. An ornery drunk, Mickey had already made plenty of enemies in town, but Wade’s reputation is on the rocks. Hayley reckons it’s up to her to settle this mess—a charbroiled mystery with all the fixin’s.
An excellent follow-up, Death of a Country Fried Redneck reaffirmed why I love cozy mysteries. Every part of this book was solid and well-written, from the mystery to the characters.
As always, I’ll start with the characters. They were wonderful. Lee Hollis (the pseudonym of a brother and sister writing duo) did an absolutely superb job of creating realistic, less than perfect, inviting characters that will make anyone want to move to Bar Harbor and become a year long resident.
The mystery was excellent. I absolutely had no idea who the killer was until the end, and even then I was shocked, however, looking back, I realize that the clues were all there, I just didn’t piece them together. The setting was also absolutely to die for (no pun intended)!
Overall a superb book! I will be reading the next one.