Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Book Review: French Fried by Kylie Logan (Ethnic Eats Mysteries #2)



Stars: 5 out of 5
Pros: Interesting mystery with strong leads
Cons: None worth dwelling on
The Bottom Line:
Who would kill Rocky?
Search for motive makes great book
Delightful reading




Can Laurel Find a Motive for a Shocking Murder?

As much as I enjoy mysteries, I will freely admit there is a certain formula to them, which is why it is always refreshing to find a book that puts a twist on that familiar formula.  That’s what we get with French Fried, the second in Kylie Logan’s Ethic Eats Mysteries.

As this book opens, the residence of Hubbard, Ohio, are getting ready to celebrate the 130th birthday of the Statue of Liberty.  Terminal at the Tracks is getting into the spirit by offering French cuisine in addition to their normal greasy spoon food.  Laurel Inwood has been working hard at developing the menu for her foster aunt Sophie’s restaurant, and she’s turned to Sophie’s friend Raquel “Rocky” Arnaud for advice and the herbs that Rocky grows on her farm.

Rocky grew up in France, although she’s lived in Ohio for decades, but she is excited for all the events celebrating her heritage.  At least she is until the events start; then she starts acting strangely.  When Rocky doesn’t show up for the fireworks show, Laurel heads to her place to investigate only to find Rocky dead.  The police think it was suicide, but Laurel knows that Rocky would never kill herself.  The trouble is, who has a motive to kill the woman?

As you can see, this book focuses a bit more on the why than the who.  If we can find the correct motive, maybe that will lead Laurel to the killer.  As she begins to dig into Rocky’s past, Laurel uncovers several motives for murder.  Yes, that means that the story never lags but keeps us moving from one motive and the corresponding suspect to another.  The solution was very well done, and like the rest of the book, the satisfying climax didn’t fall into the usual clich├ęs.

We’d met several members of the staff at the Terminal in the first book.  They really didn’t have much more than cameos in this book, but that’s okay because it really gave us a chance to get to know Laurel, Sophie, and Laurel’s potential love interest Declan better.  These three leads are fantastic, and I especially enjoyed a sub-plot that allowed Laurel to grow.  Of course, the suspects are strong.  We’ve got a varied group of characters introduced here, and I found them a lot of fun.

The back of the book includes a recipe for a simple Cassoulet and general directions on creating Tartines.  Both of these sound delicious, and are perfect if reading this book has put you in the mood for French food.

French Fried is a satisfying mystery that will have you savoring every page.  Don’t hesitate to pick up this delightful mystery today.

NOTE: I received a copy of this book.

Giveaway!

Thanks to the publisher, I have one copy of this book to give away.  Because it is a physical book, the contest is limited to residence of the US.

Just leave me a comment with your e-mail address so I can get in touch with you if you win.  I will pick the winner next Tuesday, June 13th, so please leave your comment before 12:01AM Pacific Time on 6/13.  You will have until midnight on 6/18 to get back to me, or I will choose a new winner on 6/19.

25 comments:

  1. Enjoyed your review very much! I love this author's books, so thanks for the chance to win! doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  2. This was a really good review sounds so good would love to read and win ptclayton2@aol.com Thanks for the giveaway

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  3. Great review. Thanks for a chance to win a copy. elainehroberson@gmail.com

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  4. Great review, I loved Irish Stewed and so glad French Fried is out! Being a Buckeye, I love reading books set in Ohio. Thanks for the giveaway! MarshaMysteryreader@yahoo.com

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  5. Kylie is a new author to me and this sounds like a wonderful series. Thanks so much for the chance!

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  6. Sounds like a great book! parkeremma2003 at yahoo dot com

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  7. Can't wait to read this book! dawnsmedley69@gmail.com

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  8. Thank-you for the review. Haven't started this series, yet.
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  9. Thanks for your review of what sounds like a good cozy. mbradeen@yahoo.com

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  10. I would love to win a copy of French Fried, thanks for the chance! lclee59(at)centurylink(dot)net

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  11. I have the first book in this series and am looking forward to reading it. It's good to know the 2nd book is entertaining as well! Glad to hear you enjoyed it so much! Now I can't wait to read it. Thanks for hosting the giveaway - katherine.e.pitts@gmail.com

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  12. look forward to reading this one.thanks for the giveaway.jcook22@yahoo.com

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  13. Thank you for the review. This book sounds like a good one. I'm always looking for authors that are new to me. I'll be researching Kyle Logan's other books too. greathouses@suddenlink.net

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  14. Sounds like a good book & am always looking for good cozies. freyjasvalkyrie11@gmail.com

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  15. Thanks Mark for yet again a t-riffic review! Anything Kylie Logan writes I'll read with pleasure. sxygrndma48{at}yahoo{dot}com

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  16. Somehow I've overlooked this series so thanks for the review and giveaway! Sounds great! kimdavishb (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  17. A favorite author + a great review = a book I want to read.
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  18. Glad it sounds so good and a bit of a twist on the regular formula! Thanks so much for the giveaway!
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  19. I loved the first book in this series and can't wait to read this new book! mcastor07@gmail.com

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  20. I would love to read this cozy. Thanks for the chance to win a copy. chatcozy1 at gmail (dot) com

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  21. Thank you for the great review and the chance to win!

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  22. Great review! I really like Kylie's books and can't wait to read "French Fried".
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  23. Thank you for a great review and the chance to win a copy of French Fried. vlhcats@gmail.com

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  24. I enjoyed reading your review. The book sounds good. norbert8bubba(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  25. upper review was great...would love to read this one!
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