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If Mashed Potatoes Could Dance
A Country Cooking School Mystery #2
Paige shelton

Berkley Prime Crime
October 2012/ 978-0-425-25161-4

Reviewed by Laura Hinds

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 to miss.

Reviewed 2013