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One Taste Too Many: 1 Mass Market Paperback – 15 January 2019
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--Maddie Day, bestselling author of the Country Store Mysteries "A cozy mystery loaded with humor and heart."
--Linda Rodriguez, author of Every Hidden Fear "Twins, murder, and mouthwatering descriptions of delicious food. One Taste Too Many is a page-turner debut of a cozy mystery that leaves you wanting more."
--Barbara Ross, author of Steamed Open
- Publisher : KENSINGTON (15 January 2019)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 304 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1496719476
- ISBN-13 : 978-1496719478
- Dimensions : 10.49 x 2.21 x 17.04 cm
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Things get really messy when another person is murdered, and Emily is once again the only one discovered at the scene, someone else tries to sabotage the Southwind chefs by cutting the cord to their refrigerator at the Civic Center, and the restaurant itself catches fire. Sarah is at a loss, wondering whom she can trust. The only thing she knows for certain is that her sister is not a murderer, and that Jane doesn't deserve RahRah.
The story had a lot going on, and the narrative wasn't very smooth. All of the action takes place over the course of a long weekend, so things certainly clipped along at a fast pace. Characterizations weren't as realized as I would have liked, but it's the first in a series. Not a bad book, but nothing exceptional about it, either. Average score.
The setting was a fresh twist on the usual restaurant setting for a food cozy. The book was well-written and the plot had surprising twists, especially towards the very end. The pacing was a bit off for me about a third of the way through but I am glad I continued on because it picked back up nicely. I usually have some idea of the killer's identity but this one was a huge surprise. I really loved RahRah; the cat had such a presence throughout the book. I could also empathize with Sarah's heartbreak at the possibility of having to lose him due to legal wrangling; I went over six months without seeing my now deceased cats while my ex-husband stalled in court and kept "the boys" from me. I look forward to seeing where this series goes in the next installment.
Thanks to the author and the Cozy Mystery Review Crew for a complimentary copy of this book. My review is voluntary.
Sarah and her twin Emily were different as night and day when it came to personality and talents. But at least Sarah got to pinch-hit for Emily (who was main person of interest in the murder of her ex brother-in-law) by doing a pretty funny stand-up telling about recipes that the cooking-challenged in the world like to use.
If Bill hadn't been dead from the get-go, he'd have been on my list of people I hoped would be offed. The author did a great job of painting him as real jerk. The other person mentioned who was already dead was actually a favorite character if that's possible, Bill's mom aka Mother Blair. Sarah talked about her so much and the great relationship they'd had, it was almost like she was right there. She'd originally adopted RahRah and when she died, she wanted her beloved cat to go to Sarah.
As far as living characters go, I liked Harlan a lot. He was such a nice boss and incredibly patient with Sarah and all the running off she seemed to do because of helping at the Food Expo. He was just a decent human being, since he was helping a cooking student as well as doing pro bono work without complaining. I'm kind of hoping there's a future for Sarah and Harlan along the way as something more than boss and employee. Emily was a fun, free spirit and a seriously talented chef with great people skills. It was cool how each twin sister had her own separate qualities that made up their duo--I got a kick out of hearing some of their escapades as kids. I'm really anxious to read the next installment when it releases in September, so I will be preordering!