Stars: 4 out of 5
Pros: Fun mystery and characters, new and old
Cons: A couple of niggles with the plot
The Bottom Line:
Quiet season is
Dangerous with a murder
In this fun third book
Somebody Gets Skewered
One of the areas where most amateur sleuth books fall apart is how much time the main character spends sleuthing when they supposedly have a business to run. Do I care? No, because if it were real life, I’d get bored very quickly. But Susannah Hardy has a wonderful solution to this problem in A Killer Kebab.
You see, this book is set in November, and it is the slow season in northern New York because all the tourists have gone home. Bonaparte House has closed for the season, leaving Georgie Nikolopatos with not much to do, especially since her family is out of time. She has some friend’s recipes to go through and has hired a contractor to redo the restaurant’s bathrooms.
But before she can get too settled into the peace and quiet of winter, she finds the body of Jim MacNamara, her divorce lawyer, in one of the demolished bathrooms. The police are quick to arrest Russ, a former employee of the restaurant and son of their head cook. Russ is currently out on parole for lesser crimes and not a very nice man, but Georgie has a hard time believing that he’s a killer. But who might have wanted the lawyer dead?
Obviously, with the restaurant closed and so many of Georgie’s family and even some friends out of the area, she has plenty of time to sleuth. And what a fun trail of clues she follows here to reach the satisfying solution. Oh, there are some red herrings and other distractions along the way, but there were plenty of twists that kept me glued to the page wanting to find out what happens next. I do have a couple of niggles with the story, but they are minor overall.
Unfortunately, with everyone out of the picture, we don’t see that much of the series regulars. Instead, a minor character from previous books steps into the sidekick role. That wasn’t too much of an issue since I really liked getting to know Brenda better. Georgie herself is still a strong, fun, and resourceful main character.
And we’ve got four new recipes. There’s a recipe for Thousand Island dressing (which is named after the region where the series is set, something I didn’t know), Maple Walnut sandies, a Greek cheese pie, and Greek seasonings. They all sound delicious.
There is an on-going story in this series that is part of this book again, so it is best to read these books in order. They are so much fun, that this isn’t a big issue at all.
So take a trip to New York to visit Georgie. You’ll enjoy A Killer Kebab.
NOTE: I received a copy of this book.