My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Have a Deadly New Year is the 4th book in the Farm-to-Fork Mystery series by Lynn Cahoon. It is more of a long short story or a novella, and it might not be the actual 4th book since it’s intended to be a fun caper around the holidays this year before the next full-length mystery comes out in early 2020. I am psyched given Lynn Cahoon published the title of the upcoming release just this week! But let’s focus on this one first…
The series takes place in Idaho. Angie runs a new restaurant that has taken off in the last year. She’s shut down the place for the week between Christmas and New Years for a few parties and events that will bring in more income. One includes catering an event for her bestie’s former college friends, who are in a rock band. During the event, one of the band members is bludgeoned to death. There are 4 to 5 suspects, and everything moves quickly since it’s a short novella. In the end, the culprit confesses before Angie has a chance to decide whom she thinks is guilty.
When I first read the story, I hadn’t realized it was intended to be an in-between novella… once I realized that, I was much happier with the product. As always, it’s written well and full of great characters, dialog, and humor. I didn’t expect the big reveal to happen as it did, and while it was a good one, I thought it was a little too quick and didn’t pack as much of a punch as it could’ve. Still, the characters are incredibly well developed for less than a thousand Kindle lines (~75 pages). I loved visiting some of the restaurant’s cooking staff, as their relationships are one of the best parts of this series.
It’s served its purpose well… I can’t wait to read the full-length novella coming out in 2020. Thanks for the opportunity to visit the characters again for a mini-mystery.
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