Hungry for a fabulous new mystery? Get ready to devour this tantalising new culinary cozy and first in a brand-new series from Amy Patricia Meade, an exciting new author for Severn House.
Letitia ‘Tish’ Tarragon has just moved to Hobson Glen and opened a new restaurant and catering business, Cookin’ the Books Cafe. So when her new landlord, Schulyer Thompson, recommends her to Binnie Broderick, the executive director of the local library, Tish is delighted. Binnie needs a last-minute caterer to create a literary inspired three-course dinner for the library’s annual fundraiser, one of the highlights of Hobson Glen’s social season. But there’s a problem: Binnie Broderick is a notoriously difficult woman to please. And when she chokes to death from arsenic poisoning after dousing her main course in hot sauce, Tish suddenly finds herself fighting to save her business – and her reputation. It seems that very few of Hobson Glen’s residents escaped Binnie’s disapproval. But who would want her dead, and why?
This warm and witty mystery is a delectable treat, perfect for gobbling up in one sitting! Tish Tarragon is an extremely likeable, flawed and intriguing heroine that I instantly warmed to. Putting her failed marriage behind her, she is determined to get back on her own two feet and start again, and what better way to do so than by combining her love of food and books? But there are numerous hurdles to overcome, and when the villainous Binnie is poisoned and Tish has to fight to clear her name, I found myself rooting for her more than ever. Now, when your back is firmly against the wall, having a dishy landlord is not always a bad thing, and the romantic tension between Tish and Schulyer Thompson adds an enjoyable dynamic to the story. Throw in a cast of characters who all have credible motives, as Tish uncovers scandalous secrets, betrayal, lies, tragedy and old grudges, add a splash of cuteness courtesy of Langhorne, an adorable pet parrot (oops, sorry, I meant conure!), and you have all the ingredients for a page-turning and thoroughly entertaining read. With shocking revelations coming thick and fast, and a keep-’em-guessing plot that kept me hooked until the dramatic denouement, I was left craving another helping, and with the second in the series coming next year, I’m glad there isn’t long to wait before I am reacquainted with Tish – and Langhorne!
COOKIN’ THE BOOKS is available from 30 November in the UK and 1 March in the US. Read more here.