Book Review: Death of a Cookbook Author

Yes, another cozy, whatever, get over it already.  I was at the library with the kiddo telling myself no new books until I finish camp Nano when what do you know 6 new cozies fell off the shelf and into my bag. oh, well.

Basic Summary (Courtesy of Amazon):

Food and cocktails columnist Hayley Powell will be cooking alongside top chefs at a cookbook author’s party. But a killer plans to ruin her appetite . . .

When Hayley’s idol, cookbook author and TV personality Penelope Janice, invites her to participate in a Fourth of July celebrity cook-off at her seaside estate in Seal Harbor, Maine, Hayley couldn’t be more flattered. She just hopes she can measure up. With a who’s who of famous chefs whipping up their signature dishes, this holiday weekend has all the ingredients for a once-in-a-lifetime culinary experience.

Instead, Hayley gets food poisoning her first night and thinks she overhears two people cooking up a murder plot. The next morning, a body is found at the bottom of a cliff. Tragic accident or foul play? To solve a real cliffhanger, Hayley will need to uncover some simmering secrets—before a killer boils over again . . .

My thoughts:

I finished this book and then let it sit a few days. I couldn’t decide whether to review it or not. If I don’t finish a book because it stinks, I won’t review it because there’s enough unhappiness in the world. I don’t want to add to it. I finished this one. So I should review it right?

But I really didn’t like it. It laid there. No intrigue, no mystery, no connection with the main character. Recipes and stories from the main character’s column in the local paper were stuck in at intervals where you were supposed to feel tense suspense, to extend the suspense I’m sure, but it didn’t work for me. Yawn.

And yet there are ten of these things by Lee Hollis, published by Kensington Mystery. So it must work for someone right?

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