Title: Books, Cooks, and Crooks
Author: Lucy Arlington
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Series: Book 3 Novel Idea Mysteries
Rating: five stars
Reviewed By: Tina Diamond
Excitement is in the air at the Novel Idea Literary Agency. Lila and her co workers invited world famous TV chefs to Inspiration Valley to be a part of the Taste of the Town Festival filled with many book and food related events. The chefs are not all that they seem when their egos clash and get in the way. When an explosion in the kitchen oven suddenly kills chef Joel Lang and it soon comes to light that Joel's death was no accident, Lila along with her policeman boyfriend,Sean need to find the killer that damaged the Arts Centre and could possibly destroy the Taste of The Town Festival.
Chef Klara Patrick is a chef that has a lot to hide. She is not well liked by her employees and all of the other chefs seem to have in for her like a certain chefs had it in for Chef Joel.She puts on a show for all to see but behind her facade lies a deceitful person. Drinking a coffee from Lila's best friend, Makayla's "Expresso Yourself" Coffee Shop, she unknowingly drinks a coffee laced with arsonic and dies. With another death of a chef looming over the Novel Idea Literary Agency and The Taste of the Town Festival, Lila turns to her policeman boyfriend and some surprising characters to help her solve this murder and save The Novel Idea Literary Agency and the Taste of The Town Festival.
Perfect mystery for foodies. Food descriptions that have your mouth watering. The chefs were very dynamic and dramatic characters and kept this story alive wanting to know if any of them could have killed their fellow chefs in such brutal ways. As always the killer was someone you least expected but I had feelings of sorrow and heartbreak for. Romance is also in the air for a certain someone in Inspiration Valley and it had me literally in tears . This book was on my to be read list for awhile but so glad I finally took the time to read it, It is also a favorite series of mine so I'm working on reading them all so make it yours too.
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