What do you do when there’s trouble brewing in the kitchen…?
Already pressed to solve one murder investigation to clear her name, Laura Howcroft is glad that her life has settled into a pleasant and predictable routine. Enjoying her new-found acceptance to the quaint village of Millerfield, Laura is grateful for the shared life with new friends. Even her tentative relationship with Dr. Lucas seems to be progressing nicely, a fact that makes Laura content to have things simply carry on.
But when she employs a contracted pastry-chef to mind the kitchens of The Woodend Cottage Hotel, Laura could never have guessed that it might cost him his life. With the newly-hired chief found murdered by his own pastry cloth and police suspecting that his death was directly linked to his acceptance of the position, Laura feels honor-bound to investigate the cause of his death. Wrapped up in a world of challenge rivalries, flaky franchises and crooked chefs, Laura, Howard and Monty once again find themselves on the trail of a killer. But this is no missing crumpets case and Laura is forced to realize that this time her meddling could cost her more than just her reputation… it could cost her life.
Can Laura clear her conscience of the dead pastry-chef?
Or will the killer track her down and silence her for good?
One of my favorite book genres is mystery, and cozy mysteries sound so, I don’t know…cozy. Who doesn’t want to be cozy? I know I do.
Laura has a cat named Monty that talks. Okay, he doesn’t talk out loud, but they communicate through their thoughts. This is where things just didn’t jive for me. I love mysteries, and I really wanted to like this one. The story line was good, but was poorly developed. I am certainly not qualified to knock someone’s writing skills, but this book seemed to be lacking here. I believe an editor should have caught at least some of the mistakes, and helped a little with the content. There are several conversations between characters that really didn’t need to be there, and made it feel very elementary. On a more positive note, I was guessing who the killer was up until the end.
I’ll say it again, I really wanted to like this book, and I tried I really did. I don’t like writing bad reviews because well, authors work really hard on these books. They pour all their time and energy into them, and then we either like them or we don’t. I am in the minority, because Cooking with the Dead has a 4.2 rating on Amazon, and a 3.92 on goodreads. It just wasn’t for me, and now I feel like I need to apologize.
I was given a free kindle edition of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.