I received this book for free from . This review is voluntary. My opinion is not influenced in any way.If Onions Could Spring Leeks on August 4. 2015
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The New York Times bestselling author of If Catfish Had Nine Lives returns to Broken Rope, Missouri, where ghosts of the Old West seek assistance from country cooks and amateur sleuths Betts Winston and her grandmother.
With summer tourists flocking to Broken Rope, locals volunteer to keep chaos to a minimum. Old West skits are running smoothly, actors are behaving, and stagecoach rides are more popular than ever, but when a spectral visitor appears by ghost train, it’s a job only Betts and Gram can handle.
Gram soon starts having nightmares about their ghostly visitor’s demise. And if a ghost and the hot summer weather weren’t making things sticky enough, one of the town’s volunteers—a man notorious for having more than his fair share of ex-wives—is murdered. When Jerome, Bett’s otherworldly friend, makes an unsettling appearance, this simmering double mystery becomes a recipe for disaster.
Includes delicious recipes!
If Onions Could Spring Leeks by Paige Shelton is the fifth book in the Gram’s Country Cooking School Mystery series. To sum up my thoughts about this book in a word: wow. This is the first book I have read in the series, but I felt the author did a nice job of explaining some of the back story so that new readers aren’t lost.
Betts and her Gram, Miz, have the ‘talent’ of seeing Old West ghosts who are a part of their town’s past. Broken Rope seems to have a lot of ghosts coming through and there’s a mystery to be solved. I love that there are so many wonderful elements weaved together in one story. You get the ghost/paranormal theme; cooking at the cooking school; a mystery from the past and a mystery from the present. What more could you want in a great cozy mystery?!
The characters and the town of Broken Rope (really a character in itself) are what really makes this cozy special. I found myself absorbed in the story right away. I loved Betts and Miz and I can’t believe I haven’t read this series sooner. I will definitely be going back and reading the previous four books in this series. The author knows how to create a satisfying cozy mystery with a fun paranormal element. I think this might be one of my favorite cozy reads ever.