In my review of “If Fried
Chicken Could Fly,” the first book in this new series,
I wrote that the very first sentence in the book had me intrigued.
This time, I had to wait until page two for the words that
hit my funny bone: “Mash Away but Respect Me in the
Morning.” I have no complaint about the wait, because
once again author Paige Shelton has cooked up a gem of a novel.
When you take a grandmother and granddaughter running a cooking
school together, add a murder here and there, and some old-time
ghosts, you have a recipe for a book that screams “READ
ME.” There are dual mysteries competing for Betts and
Gram to solve them. They agreed to take in some tourists for
a night as a favor to their friend Jake, of the Broken Rope’s
Historical Society. When one tourist is found dead and two
more go missing, Betts and Gram are in the thick of things.
In addition to that, a ghost of Broken Rope’s past
makes herself known to the small time crime fighting duo/ghost
whisperers and demands their help in clearing her name, proving
that she wasn’t a killer, but rather a victim. Although,
she still sports an axe like a fashion accessory.
Ghosts, a tiny old western town, seriously funny dialogue,
and history and mystery make this a book you won’t want