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The Great Iowa Caucus Casserole Mystery:
A Cozy Potluck Paradise Cafe Mystery
by Rae Katherine Eighmey
I received this book free to review; however, all opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive compensation at no cost to you.
The Iowa Presidential Caucus is a casserole of finest ingredients—policy ideas, active candidates, determined local politicians dedicated political activists, and hard-working Iowans. Every four years citizens across the state meet to hash out their differences and make a selection. Seldom is one candidate an overwhelming caucus choice. Instead, several winning candidates combine into a single dish of patriotic participation, ready to share with the rest of the nation.
In Lake Livonia, with holiday season fast approaching and the Iowa Presidential Caucus soon to follow, Susan Stewart’s fledgling Potluck Paradise Cafe is humming with the creation of new and delicious dishes to please the appetites of her community.
But then, a mysterious note included in a Christmas card from her friend and mentor, Hazel Romer, who skipped town in the middle of a July night, raises important questions. What was the skeleton in Hazel’s closet that caused her to run away from the town she loved? And why had she left the restaurant to Susan?
When a blizzard traps strangers in town overnight, the stage is set for a series of life-changing events for Susan, her teenaged children, and her friends, as the Presidential Caucus brings Iowa and Lake Livonia into national prominence.
With 30 Family and Potluck Pleasing recipes for main dishes, vegetables and desserts.
My review of The Great Iowa Caucus Casserole Mystery
The Great Iowa Caucus Casserole Mystery is a sweet book filled with wonderful characters and a charming setting. It is unlike a typical cozy mystery, yet reading it was a refreshing change. The mystery in the book doesn’t center around a crime; rather it centers around a character, Hazel, who one day leaves town and the restaurant she owns without telling anyone where or why she’s leaving. Furthermore, she doesn’t tell Susan why she’s left the place to her.
But Susan, a young widow with two teenagers, takes on this new challenge and rises to the occasion. She transforms what was once Hamburger Haven into Potluck Paradise Cafe. Since winter is coming in full force to Lake Livonia, Susan is preparing for the slow season. Many of the town’s residents head south for the winter (or at least part of winter), and Susan knows that this was always Hazel’s slow season. A blizzard and a couple of politically involved men change all of that.
I suppose if you are from a state in which the caucuses are held, you might know what a caucus is….or maybe not. Well, my state doesn’t hold them, so I had know idea how a caucus works until I read this book. Thanks to Susan, her friends, and the local high school, Lake Livonia and I know a lot more about how they work. It really is pretty fascinating, and I love how they used a “cookie caucus” to explain how it works in a simple way.
If you’re in the mood for a comforting book, I think you’ll enjoy The Great Iowa Caucus Casserole Mystery.
About the author
Rae Katherine Eighmey is an award-winning author and cook with blue ribbons from both the Iowa and Minnesota State Fair cooking contests. She is the author of a dozen books about food and history including Abraham Lincoln in the Kitchen and Stirring the Pot with Benjamin Franklin.
She has written two other novels. Current events inspired this cozy mystery. A north Iowa resident, she is familiar with the Iowa presidential caucus and wanted to tell the tale of the caucus through the friendly story of three strong women who meet challenges in their lives and cook great food.
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