Zoe is going to
continue to run her food truck, the Biscuit Bowl, until she
earns enough money to convert the old diner she bought into
a proper restaurant. So what if it is in a bad neighborhood?
Zoe’s made friends with people at the homeless shelter
down the street, and has a place to donate all the extra food
she doesn’t sell.
Yet when rival
food truck owner--Terry, of Terry’s Taco truck--is murdered
and Zoe finds his body in her food truck, it seems that maybe
her parents and Tommy Lee are right. Then she spots Tommy
Lee kissing a fellow banker, Betty, right in front of the
murder scene. She may be a murder suspect, and newly single
again, but Zoe stiffens her spine and is determined to make
her new life work, at all costs.
With the help
of her attorney, Miguel, who promptly helps to clear her name,
and her friend Ollie from the shelter, and her new roommate,
Delia (who just happens to be the current suspect in Terry’s
murder,) it seems she might make a go of it. If she can stay
alive long enough, that is. The killer thinks she has a valuable
recipe and is ready to do anything to get it.
J. J. Cook is
a pseudonym for the well-loved mystery writing team of Joyce
and Jim Lavene. If you are a fan of the Lavene’s other
series (there are several), you’ll probably like this
book well enough. If you are a foodie who also enjoys a good
mystery, you’ll be happy with the recipes at the back
of the book, too. If, like me, you always hope for the Lavenes
(no matter what name they are using) to write a fabulous book
that you wish will never end, you may be disappointed. The
characters didn’t grab my attention and their relationships,
and various circumstances in the story just did not ring true
for me. With any luck, the series will improve with future
books, and because I adore the writing duo’s talent,
I’ll certainly read the next book and hope for the best.