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Mousse and Murder by Elizabeth Logan
An Alaskan Diner Mystery 1
Berkley • May 5, 2020
A young chef might bite off more than she can chew when she returns to her Alaskan hometown to take over her parents’ diner in this charming first installment in a new cozy mystery series set in an Alaskan tourist town.
When Chef Charlie Cooke is offered the chance to leave San Francisco and return home to Elkview, Alaska, to take over her mother’s diner, she doesn’t even consider saying no. After all–her love life has recently become a Love Life Crumble, and a chance to reconnect with her roots may be just what she needs.
Determined to bring fresh life and flavors to the Bear Claw Diner, Charlie starts planning changes to the menu, which has grown stale over the years. But her plans are fried when her head cook Oliver turns up dead after a bitter and public fight over Charlie’s ideas–leaving Charlie as the only suspect in the case.
With her career, freedom, and life all on thin ice, Charlie must find out who the real killer is, before it’s too late.
Mousse and Murder is the first book in a new cozy mystery series set in a diner in Alaska. I was excited to jump into this one. I love diners and I cannot recall reading a cozy mystery set in Alaska before, so that was really fun. The location really sold this one for me. While I enjoyed the story, I felt the characters could be developed a bit more – and I hope that comes with additional books in the series. Since this is the first book, I expected there to be more background and character development to start in order to build on. Overall though, I enjoyed the mystery itself and I do like Charlie. I am interested to see how the second book plays out and plan on reading it as well. I would give this one 3 1/2 stars.
About the Author
Camille Minichino is turning every aspect of her life into a mystery series. A retired physicist, she’s the author of 28 mystery novels in 5 series, with different pen names. Her next book is “Mousse and Murder,” May 2020, by Elizabeth Logan. She’s also written many short stories and articles. She teaches science at Golden Gate U. in San Francisco and writing workshops around the SF Bay Area. Details are at www.minichino.com.
Website – http://www.minichino.com
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/camille.minichino
GoodReads – https://www.goodreads.com/author/list/160580.Camille_Minichino
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