Saturday, March 5, 2016

Book Review/Giveaway: Kernel of Truth By Kristi Abbott

 Title: Kernel of Truth
 Author: Kristi Abbott
 Series: Book 1 A Popcorn Shop Mystery
 Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
 Format: Paperback
 Source: Received for review from Publisher
 Star Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
 Reviewed by: Tina

 The most famous treat to share at the movies, or at home watching tv or a movie has become the theme of the newest series from author Kristi Abbott. You guessed it, popcorn. Opening up POPS her gourmet popcorn shop, has always been Rebecca Anderson's dream in Grand Lake, Ohio. Where she makes her delicious popcorn breakfast bars and popcorn balls with her fun-loving, klepto manic, poodle, Sprocket and business could never be better.

 Cordelia "Coco" Bittles owns "Coco's Cocca's" next door, she is a chocolatier and makes some of the most scrumptious treats made of chocolate along with her niece, Jessica. Who just happens to be Rebecca's high school rival and it seems they are still enemies.Coco is Rebecca's friend and mentor and encouraged her to follow her culinary dreams and she genuinely  loves her. Jessica makes a discovery of her aunt dead on the floor of her shop. It soon becomes a case of a robbery gone wrong with Coco fallen victim to a cruel murder.

  After other shop owners businesses are broken into. With the town mayor lurking around the property, Rebecca soon starts to suspect hes up to no good but he is not the only one Rebecca suspects. No one in the town believes that Rebecca and Coco had a plan to go into a combined business together and soon reasons start popping up for the sheriff, who just happens to be her best friend and brother-in-law to suspect Rebecca.

 This was a very emotional, character driven first book of a cozy mystery series. I instantly fell in love with these characters a very important thing if I'm going to continue reading and reviewing a series. Author Kristi Abbott has a talent for making the characters pop off the page and make them seem so real and genuine with true to life feelings all of the characters, including the murderer which was a surprise to me. It sort of caught me by surprise too when I started crying at times.

 I also would be remiss if I didn't mention again that i'm a foodie and love the popcorn theme and Rebecca in her kitchen making her popcorn recipes was one of my favorite things about the book. I can't wait until the next book in the series" Pop Goes the murder" pops up and I can read it.

 FTC Disclosure Thank you to the publisher and/or author for providing us with a copy of this book for review.This did not influence our thoughts in any way. All the opinions of the book and honest and our own.

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 The giveaway closes at 12:00 am EST March 6th. Entries will not be counted after 12:00 am EST March 6th. The winner will be announced on the blog and Facebook Page and notified by email (don't forget to check your SPAM FOLDER)

52 comments:

  1. Kernel of Truth By Kristi Abbott sounds like a fun read. Thank you for the chance to win.
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  2. I just recently saw Kernel of Truth By Kristi Abbott and placed it on my list of books to get. I looks like a great read and I can not wait to get it. I would love the opportunity to win a copy from A Cozy Girl Reads (great blog by the way). Thanks again, busymother@ gmail .com

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  3. Sounds like a promising new series - who doesn't like popcorn?!?

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  4. Sounds good to me. grammyd01@comcast.net

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  5. I can't wait to read this!!
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  6. No lie, my 5 favorite words in the English language are "first in a new series". LOL. catlaw2@comcast.net

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  7. This book sounds like a lot of fun,can't wait to read it. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.
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  8. Sounds like a good new series. Thanks for chance
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  9. Sounds like a good new series. Thanks for chance
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  10. Love finding new series! Thanks for reviewing and the giveaway!

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  11. This sounds like a great new series! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  12. I'm always looking for new cozy mysteries to read and this one sounds like a series I would enjoy :-) mentormidget7@gmail.com

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  13. Thanks for the heads up on this new series. It sounds like one I might really enjoy. I love cozies that have to do with food. Huge foodie here.
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  14. Looking forward to reading this one..... :)
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  15. Oh goodness I just can't wait to read this one I thought Wow look at that cover then I read about the book and then I really knew that reading and reviewing on 2 sites would be just wonderful. I love this is bk 1 in the series also! ptclayton2@aol.com

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  16. Love the cover of this book and cannot wait to read it!!
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  17. This sounds like so much fun to read. Can't wait to read it. Cmkeck311@aol.com

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  18. I like the idea of a popcorn shop as the background for a new cozy series. Adding it to my wish list. jmvarner50@hotmail.com

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  19. Love the title and would love to win a copy.
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  20. This book sounds so good!
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  21. Murder, popcorn and chocolate--my interest is most definitely piqued. My preferred email:
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  22. Sounds deliciously perfect! seascapelife@gmail.com

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  23. Sounds like a great book. Thanks for the review and for the giveaway. frybbe(@)gmail.com

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  24. Saw it the other day and put on my to read list.
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  25. Saw it the other day and put on my to read list.
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  26. Looks like a great read! Thanks for the review and opportunity to win.. Amy F. salvatoresmom71@yahoo.com

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  27. Cute, cute cover! I enjoyed your review and would love to read Kernel of Truth. Thanks for the giveaway! bobandcelia@sbcglobal.net

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  28. Thought I'd pop over to see what all the excitement is about. Glad I did as this new series sounds great. I'm sure it will be POPular! Lisacobblestone@aol.com

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  29. This is a new author for me. It sounds like complex mystery.
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  30. Thanks for the chance! I love finding new authors! The book sounds like a good one
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  31. Sounds like an amazing read. Great concept for a cozy mystery! Garrett's Popcorn is a great model for a popcorn shop.
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  32. I am always looking for unique reads with interesting themes...popcorn and popcorn balls are a favorite treat. I am excited about this book. Thanks, Kristi Abbott!
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  33. I would love to start reading this series! It sounds like a good one! Thank you!
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  34. The cover is adorable! I love these kinds of books!
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  35. sounds super fun!
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  36. I love popcorn, and chocolate, and mysteries, sounds fun

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  37. What a delicious sounding book!

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  39. Great review. I have added this to my wish list. Thanks for the chance to win. doward1952@yahoo.com

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  40. Sounds like a great start to a new series... would love to give it a try. adlin6612 at gmail.com

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  41. Sounds like a great beginning for a new series. Thanks for the chance to win. FloridaBum58@aol.com

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  42. A captivating and intriguing series which I would enjoy. Thanks. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  43. This cozy is unique and interests me greatly. Many thanks. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  44. I have been waiting to read this. I love the cover! Thank you for the chance.
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  45. Sounds like a great read.
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  46. Sound like a really good book. Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win.
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  47. Sounds like a great read! jennspenn@gmail.com

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  48. Popcorn is my go-to snack. I have never read a book with a popcorn shop setting, and this one has been at the top of my TBR since I first heard of it. Cannot wait to read it!

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  49. It sounds like a great read, and I LOVE popcorn.

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  50. My kind of series. Oneponychifk66@hotmail.com

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  51. Sounds like a good read. Great cover.
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  52. Sounds like the start of a great new series. Glad you enjoyed it and I'm looking forward to checking it out.

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