Title: Out of the Dying Pan
Author: Linda Reilly
Series: Book 2 Deep Fried Mystery
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Source: Received for review from Publisher
Star Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by: Tina
A new vintage clothing shop, Once or Twice is moving into the arcade and Talia goes there to introduce herself and welcome them. She meets Kelsey a employee of Ria, who happens to be the proprietor of the shop. Talia then realizes that she has seen Ria before, Ria then yells at her employee and Talia quickly makes her exit.
Ria aka Oriana Butterworth “The Rabbit thief” who stole a rabbit from Talia's best friends brother when they were children and Ria is still holding a grudge over Talia taking the rabbit back to it's rightful owner after all these years.
At a Christmas Santa fundraiser for unfortunate families Ria accuses Talia of stealing vintage Christmas oraments from her table and Then Talia finds her deceased Nana's scarf that Talia knitted for her on Ria's clothing rack. After the event, Talia finds Ria dead strangled with her Nana's scarf around her neck. Ria died carrying a secret that needs to be solved and her murderer needs to be found and Talia vows to find the killer to see to it that he deep-fries in prison.
A very profound mystery with complex characters with many flaws that made them seem more human and seem more real making this a new favourite series for me. Their back back stories were so sad especially Talia's employee Martha and my heart was breaking for her. Even Ria a character that you love to hate has a sad back story, it's a testament to the great imagination and writing of author Linda Reilly.
Being a foodie I knew I had to try Out of the Dying pan and Bojangles the cat was a treasure to the story and so cute with such big eyes on the books cover. But I never expected this very compelling mystery with many twists and turns. Talia is quite the smart, sassy and heartwarming sleuth and chef that you can't help but love.
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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