Cold Pressed Murder – Kelly Lane

29496469 5/5 Copper Cooking-ware Collections

On The Back:

Eva Knox and her quirky Southern family are back in the second in the “intriguing”* culinary mystery series.
 
It’s the pits for the attendees of the annual Farm Family Fare in Abundance, Georgia, when olive oil farmer Eva Knox finds herself in the middle of a murder case…
 
Eva and the residents of Knox Plantation are oozing with excitement over the activities planned for the Farm Family Fare. The weekend event consists of two days of tours, exhibitions, music, tastings, and, most importantly, cooking demonstrations with celebrity chefs from the Chow Network. The enthusiasm, however, begins to dribble away after one of the star chefs goes missing—and is later found dead in the back of a refrigerated truck.

The scandal gets messier after the police discover that Eva’s sister Daphne spent the night with the victim right before he died, making her the prime suspect for his murder. It’s up to Eva, with the help of her other sister, Pep, and her best friend, Precious, to track down the real killer before Daphne finds herself squeezed into handcuffs…

My Thoughts:

Easily one of the top ten mystery series to have come about in the last few years, the Olive Grove series is a winner!

Eva Knox alternates between impulsive absolutely hilarious reactions and sickly sweet sarcasm, and it’s a perfect balance! She is smart, kind, and strong, aka a perfect MC. Her sisters are hilarious (and VERY Southern), and Precious. Oh, Precious. Precious is probably one of my absolutely favorite characters in the book. She is stellar, yet I can’t even picture her because of how large she’s described. I love how she is tight-lipped about Ian, and yet so open about everything else.

The mystery was strong, I had an inkling of the killer, but the motive was never in my mind. The setting is also beautiful, but the orchard was barely even in the story. I loved the descriptions of it in the last book, so I was a little bit disappointed that it wasn’t as prominent in this one. I did love the facts about olive oil throughout the book.

Really the only drawback of the book is the fact that it is so southern. Literally it’s almost so unbelievable the names of the characters and the businesses (the Palatable Pecan!?!?!). Besides that, this book was absolutely superb, I highly recommend and I will be around for the next one!

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