Source: Janel Gradowski, the author
Ebook, 223 pgs
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Chicken Soup & Homicide by Janel Gradowski is the second in the Culinary Competition Mystery series, but readers can jump right into this series without worrying that they have missed something in previous books. Amy Ridley is paired with Sophie from Riverbend Coffee in the Chicken Soup Showdown charity competition against some of the more polished chefs in Kellerton, Michigan. Chet Britton has been a star chef in town and he has the ego to match, but his employees and many others in town find his demeanor abrasive. He’s left a lot of scorched earth behind him in his rise to fame, but Amy isn’t there for the competition with him. She’s in the competition to win money for her charity, as are many of the other competitors. When Chet Britton ends up dead, Amy is thrust into the thick of it as a suspect. Her best friend, Carla, is on the top of the list when a new detective takes over, and even dating a local cop Shepler doesn’t help.
“She should start wearing skull-and-crossbones patterned aprons to warn others of the possible dangers of competing with her, even though she certainly wasn’t the one committing the murders.”
“‘I honestly can’t figure out what that detective is doing. This is a high-profile case, and the police department seems to have assigned some kind of bumbling idiot to it. Shouldn’t my relationship with Chet have raised a red flag? Beyond that, I humiliated him a few weeks before he was murdered by demoting him at the restaurant he built. I’m not sure if that detective hasn’t found that information or if he’s afraid of me.'”
Gradowski has a great sense of comedic timing. Her one-liners will have readers laughing out loud. Amy Ridley is a spunky character who has no qualms about hiding behind laundry bins to overhear conversations and also tends to be very careful when waging into her own investigations of town murders. Should this cook be looking for killers among her friends, family, and fellow residents, probably not, but that doesn’t stop her. Even as she’s investigating crimes, she’s thinking up recipes and reaching out to troubled friends. She even finds the time to reach out to her vanishing husband.
Chicken Soup & Homicide by Janel Gradowski is fun and mouth-watering. Readers will be looking to their kitchens longingly as the recipes are brewing and stewing, but never fear, there are recipes to try out in the back of the book.
About the Author:
Janel Gradowski lives in a land that looks like a cold weather fashion accessory, the mitten-shaped state of Michigan. She is a wife and mom to two kids and one Golden Retriever. Her journey to becoming an author is littered with odd jobs like renting apartments to college students and programming commercials for an AM radio station. Somewhere along the way she also became a beadwork designer and teacher. She enjoys cooking recipes found in her formidable cookbook and culinary fiction collection. Searching for unique treasures at art fairs, flea markets and thrift stores is also a favorite pastime. Coffee is an essential part of her life. She writes the Culinary Competition Mystery Series, along with The Bartonville Series (women’s fiction) and the 6:1 Series (flash fiction). She has also had many short stories published in both online and print publications. Check her Website, on Facebook, and on Twitter. Check out her books.
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