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  • Good mystery, good romance, good food!

    Cooking up a Mystery by Gail Pallotta has all the elements you want in a book. Mystery and romance abound, but what makes this book special is the food! I kid you not. Laney opens a specialty tearoom and does so despite her mother’s death. They were supposed to be partners. She hesitated to fulfill the dream because she doesn’t have confidence in herself after she was jilted by a no-good husband and the death of her best friend, her mother. But George, a young man she’d babysat when he was small helps her move forward. And then, she meets Eric. Stuck in a cast, he orders meals to be delivered to his home. A complicated romance ensues. To sweeten the pot, mysterious noises in the kitchen begin. No one can figure them out. Add a ghost story and a mysterious ugly painting and you have the makings of a real mystery. The ending will surprise you. I mentioned food. Yes, Ms. Pallotta lends realism to the story by describing the food she prepares and at the end of the book are all these wonderful recipes. They will really make your mouth water. Good job, Ms. Pallotta. I received this book as an ARC for an honest review.

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  • Cooking Up a Mystery

    Cooking Up a Mystery is another entertaining book by Gail Pallotta. This delightful story has a lot of what I enjoy reading in a book. There was light suspense and mystery, with sweet romance. The plot is somewhat easily predictable but still oh so good to read. It was fun meeting Laney and Eric. The book is not a long one and it took me no time to have it read in one sitting. I am going to give Cooking Up a Mystery four stars. I recommend it for readers who enjoy reading a clean and quick cozy mystery. I am interested in reading more like this by Gail Pallotta in the future. This one is that should not be missed and worth a read. I received a digital copy of Cooking Up a Mystery from the publisher. This review is one hundred percent my own honest opinion.

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  • In Love w/Secondary Character

    “He’d wrapped her in shame and disgust and tied it as tight around her as if he’d bound her to a chair. No matter how much she tried, she couldn’t untie the knots.” Laney Eskridge, the protagonist in Gail Pallotta’s Cooking Up a Mystery, is hurting from the mistreatment in her first marriage and has no time for romance as she starts her dream restaurant. When she meets recuperating college professor Eric, will she rebuff his offers of friendship and possibly more because of her past? The novel starts off a little slowly for my liking. The action picks up about mid-book with more mystery in the restaurant itself, some of it revolving around an unseemly simple painting. Eric sounds like a winner, yet he can’t figure out why he scares Laney off sometimes. I read this thinking, “Slow down, pal, she’s giving off signals that say not to move too fast!!” So his puzzlement eludes me. I love a good secondary character, and George is a wonderful one! He isn’t part of the romance, but he does want to help the romance along. He will do anything within his power to help Laney and gives extra of his time and thought to help her. He is just sweet and loveable. Nominated for a best secondary character. I like that Laney spends a good deal of her time actually at her restaurant, and we see her interactions there. I always think that it is important the main character truly works the job she supposedly holds. Kudos to Pallotta here. Overall a great read. I received a copy of this book from the author and publisher through Celebrate Lit. I am voluntarily leaving my thoughts, which are solely my own.

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