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Fillet of Murder
A Deep Fried Mystery #1
Linda Reilly

Berkley Prime Crime
May 2015 / ISBN 0425274136
Mystery - Cozy

Reviewed by Cheryl Green


Talia Marby is working at Lambert’s Fish and Chips shop in the Wrensdale Arcade. She left her last job and boyfriend to start over. Working with the Lamberts is just temporary - until she can find another job in her field. Phil Turnbull, shop owner of Classic Radiance – vintage lighting, is passing around a petition to stop a comic book store from moving to the Wrensdale Arcade. He is harassing all the other shop owners to sign. Bea Lambert refuses to sign the petition and has it out with Phil. Later that night when Talia and Bea find Phil dead in his shop, the police think Bea makes a perfect prime suspect. Talia is busy summoning up her inner Nancy Drew. She had better be careful solving this murder, or she might end up as catch of the day.

Things to ponder: How did Nana’s favorite hat end up on the floor? Why was Bea snooping around the scene of the crime? Did Suzy lie about signing the petition? What does Phil have against a comic book store?

This well - written intriguing story drew me in from page one. It does not disappoint. The story is well-plotted and very soon became a page turner of a read that kept me guessing until the very end. Cozy mystery lovers will enjoy solving this crime and meeting all the engaging characters. The author has thoughtfully provided some recipes. I am anxiously awaiting the next delicious Deep Fried Mystery. So, if you like your mystery dipped in batter, then, you should be reading Fillet of Murder.

Reviewed 2015