My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Killer Green Tomatoes is the 2nd book the ‘Farm-to-Fork Mystery’ series by Lynn Cahoon. I read the first one last month, since I’m current on another of her series that I enjoy, and will read the next one soon. I want to be ready for the 4th book which releases at the end of the year. I enjoyed this second book about the same as the first one, which is always a good thing. I prefer the ‘Cat Latimer’ series, but this one is definitely growing on me–even if I don’t like green tomatoes!
Angie and Felicia’s new restaurant is finally open and doing well. Their head chef takes Angie to visit his cousin, a produce supplier. Angie wants to use his products, but the next time she hears from him, he’s being interrogated for murdering his girlfriend. Soon after, he disappears. Although Angie doesn’t want to get involved, she’s drawn back into another investigation because her chef is busy trying to protect and find his cousin. It puts her at odds with the sheriff, then her neighbor takes a vacation, enlisting Angie to watch her elderly grandmother. Angie’s life is way too busy to deal with everything, especially when a bunch of kooky customers start claiming she’s two-timing Ian with her head chef and that she’s stolen recipes from other people.
The main mystery was a little light for me. It had great potential, but it felt like a few links or scenes were missing to provide enough shock value and red herrings. Not a huge issue, as it was filled in with many side stores and humor… but as a mystery, I wanted something more complex. I guessed the villain a little too soon, yet at the same time, the books are shorter than most cozies, so there wasn’t a lot of room for multiple suspects. That said, I really like the characters, setting, and writing.
Lynn Cahoon builds good stories and shares realistic dialog. Angie can be a bit rude or direct for my taste, but she’s never mean. I’ve known people like that, so it feels like a nice comparison to reality, especially in the food and restaurant business. I look forward to the third book which I’ll be ordering this evening. I hope to finish it next week, as I have a few other reads already included in my schedule.
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