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Mousse and Murder (An Alaskan Diner Mystery)
by Elizabeth Logan
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.
Mousse and Murder (An Alaskan Diner Mystery)
1st in Series
Publisher: Berkley (May 5, 2020)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
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.
My review of Mousse and Murder
Mousse and Murder is set in the charming fictional town of Elkview, Alaska. Reading about Alaska is probably as close as I’ll ever get to our 49th state, so I live vicariously through characters who live there. Books and television shows, like Northern Exposure, have made me want to live in Alaska, but then I remember how much I despise being cold! I’ll stick to the books, TV and movies!
I really enjoyed reading Mousse and Murder and not just for the delightful setting. The main characters are well developed, and I even felt that I was at least acquainted with the side characters.
I love Charlie because she is a good friend, a good daughter, and a good boss. She’s got a stubborn streak, but don’t we all? I admire her determination even though it gets her into some sticky predicaments. One of those sticky predicaments is that she is very briefly considered a suspect in the murder of her diner’s head chef. She and Oliver have butted heads in the past…and right before he’s murdered.
Chris, a local journalist, went to high school with Charlie, but they lost touch over the years. He is after a good story, but when he and Charlie start investigating the murder, they start to become close. He is funny, thoughtful, smart, and kind. What’s not to love?
Annie (Charlie’s BFF), Trooper (yep, he’s a state trooper), and Charlie’s mom are also great characters. Annie talks a lot, Trooper actually accepts help from people (since Alaska has so few police officers), and Charlie’s mom is a loving homebody.
Though you might think you know whodunit, beware of red herrings. I really enjoyed this cozy mystery and can’t wait to visit Elkview, Alaska again!
About Elizabeth Logan
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
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