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Irish Stewed
Ethnic Eats Mystery #1
Kylie Logan

Berkley Prime Crime
May 3, 2016 / ISBN 978-0-425-27488-0
Mystery/Cozy/Amateur Sleuth

Reviewed by Laura Hinds


Chef Laurel Inwood has driven all the way from Hollywood to Ohio in order to help her aunt Sophie run her restaurant. Sophie has to have her knee replaced and is counting on Laurel to keep the restaurant, “Sophie's Terminal at the Tracks,” going while she recovers. Laurel is shocked and disappointed to learn that the place isn't a cozy bistro as Sophie had described it, but rather it's an old run down diner, far below the standards she was used to as a personal chef for a movie star.

An even worse shock is the dead body in the dining room! Jack Lancer, “the Lance of Justice,” a local TV reporter, was brutally murdered and the murder weapon was the receipt spike that Grandpa Majtkowski had brought with him from Poland. A nearby shopkeeper, Declan Fury, is devastatingly handsome and has a personal stake in finding the killer. His wayward young cousin, Owen Quilligan, is the police department’s lead suspect. At least he was, until they realized there wasn't enough evidence and released him.

With Declan running the Irish gift shop, and Laurel running Sophie's restaurant, will they find time to unmask a murderer together? Will enough sparks fly between them to keep Laurel in town? I'm not going to tell you anything more! You'll have to read this first in a new series mystery to find out for yourself!

Kylie Logan should have another hit on her hands with the Ethnic Eats Mystery series. It's fast enough paced to keep the reader interested, the characters are unfolding little by little and the murder mystery was tightly woven. I didn't guess who the criminal mastermind was and I think you won't either.

I read this on a rainy Saturday and it was a delightful way to pass the time. If you've enjoyed any of Logan's other series, such as The League of Literary Ladies Mysteries, or The Chili Cook-Off Mysteries you won't want to miss Irish Stewed.

Reviews of other titles in this series

Irish Stewed Ethnic Eats Mystery #1
French Fried #2
Italian Iced #3

Reviewed 2016