One Potato, Two Potato, Dead is the 3rd book in the Farm-to-Fork Mystery series written by Lynn and Cahoon and published in 2019. I began reading Lynn’s books last year when I took on the Cat Latimer series. After finishing all the available ones, I turned to this series, as I enjoy her writing style. This series takes place in Idaho where two friends, Angie and Felicia, have opened a farm-to-fork restaurant in rural Idaho.
In this book, Angie is happily dating Ian while successfully launching her new eatery. One of her proteges, Hope, is flirting with her professor one night, then being arrested for his murder the next night. Angie jumps in to save the day, yet once it seems Ian has a connection to the visiting English professor, she is quite worried. Ian sneaks out of town, elevating her concerns. Angie turns to his uncle, the sheriff, who basically tells her to mind her own business… until he needs her help to solve the case. Throw in an FBI agent, a woman cheating on her husband, and a school of colleagues that dislike the late teacher, and we’ve got a mystery to solve.
The main mystery is ripe with possibilities. It is on the shorter side, and Angie doesn’t have access to all the clues, but she pushes her way in, to help Hope and to figure out what Ian is hiding. It almost causes a rift between them, but when he returns, she decides to confront him. They’ve only been dating a few months, and she’s new in town. He’s a good guy but apparently needs a swift kick in the rump to know how to communicate. Hope is one of my favorite characters, and Estebe, the main chef, features a lot too. I like the supporting cast, and the setting is quite lovely. All-in-all, I am an enjoying the series.
One thing I am trying to decide is how to categorize the style. Angie does play the role of amateur sleuth; however, the solution often comes a bit out of the blue. This works, but I’d love to see an extra twenty pages to add some complexity and detail around an additional suspect. It would increase the strength behind the mystery, at least for me. That said, what we have is well-written, easy-to-read, and enjoyable. Cahoon’s tone is breezy but direct. We have red herrings and both likable and dis-likable characters, so all the elements are there. I just like a tad more meat on the bones in my mysteries.
Angie is a wonderful leading character, and I will continue to read the series. I’m caught up on now on the author’s second series, and the next book in both come out in December and January, so I have a few months to wait. She does have at least one more series, but there are ~10 books, and until my TBR catches up to my available time, I can’t take it on. I definitely want to in 2020.
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