I received this book for free from Tantor Audio in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Crime Rib by Leslie Budewitz
Length: 9 hours and 7 minutes
Published by Berkley Pages: 304
Source: Tantor Audio
Narrator: Rebecca Mitchell
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Also by this author: Assault and Pepper, Guilty as Cinnamon (Spice Shop Mystery, #2), Death al Dente, Butter Off Dead
Gourmet food market owner Erin Murphy is determined to get Jewel Bay, Montana’s, scrumptious local fare some national attention. But her scheme for culinary celebrity goes up in flames when the town’s big break is interrupted by murder . . .
Food Preneurs, one of the hottest cooking shows on TV, has decided to feature Jewel Bay in an upcoming episode, and everyone in town is preparing for their close-ups, including the crew at the Glacier Mercantile, aka the Merc. Not only is Erin busy remodeling her courtyard into a relaxing dining area, she’s organizing a steak-cooking competition between three of Jewel Bay’s hottest chefs to be featured on the program.
But Erin’s plans get scorched when one of the contending cooks is found dead. With all the drama going on behind the scenes, it’s hard to figure out who didn’t have a motive to off the saucy contestant. Now, to keep the town’s reputation from crashing and burning on national television, Erin will have to grill some suspects to smoke out the killer . . .
INCLUDES DELICIOUS RECIPES!
Here is what I thought
The food lovers village has a tv cooking show in town and it would be perfect for the tourist town if it wasn’t for murder.
Erin who runs The Merc that specializes in gourmet and local foods is excited to bring the Food Preneurs to Jewel Bay. She wants to have a steak competition with two of the best local chefs but then Stacia, the producer is run down in a hit and run or is it murder? Then someone kills Drew one of the chefs and now Erin has to figure out what happened to them.
The detective in charge doesn’t really want her help and she is still trying to ease herself into being friend with Kim again the other detective. Kim still seems pretty mad at her from things that happened when they were younger that Erin had no clue about until she is told about it (from the first book). So she is not a lot of help when it comes to the investigation.
Erin loves her town and promoting the local goods so she feels that she needs to find out what happened since it was her idea to have the show come to town. I like Erin and how much she loves her town and the local foods. She has her hands full when she decided to take over The Merc from her mother, especially when her mother still seems to think she is in charge at times.
It has a really good mystery and there are lots of suspects that could have done it and I didn’t figure this one out.
If you’re a cozy fan and you love foodie themes then you will enjoy this series.
Rebecca does a really good job with this series and has a voice that is easy to listen too.
Audio rating: 4
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