Another Review at MyShelf.Com

A Frying Shame
Deep Fried Mystery #3
Linda Reilly

April 4, 2017/ ISBN 978-0-425-27415-6
Mystery/Cozy/Amateur Sleuth

Reviewed by Laura Hinds


The small town of Wrensdale, Massachusetts, is hosting a cooking contest, sponsored by Steeltop Foods. They are promoting the Flavor Dial, their new product that features a variety of spices in a spin dial. Talia Marby is one of the contestants. Her restaurant, Fry Me a Sliver, does good business, but she’s renovated the place recently, and the $25,000 prize would pay off her debt.

There are five other contestants, and when the winner, Norma Ferguson, is murdered right after she wins, Talia’s friend (also a contestant) Crystal Galardi is arrested. One of Talia’s employees, Lucas Bartolini, is also injured, most likely by the killer, and Talia knows in her heart of hearts the Crystal is innocent. Yet the police are sure they have their killer, and despite warnings of dire consequences from Detective Patti Prescott, Talia dons her Nancy Drew cap and starts to scout for suspects, sticking her nose in where she knows she shouldn’t.

Author Linda Reilly has done a really good job getting all of the elements of a successful cozy mystery down pat. There was enough suspicion to go around to several suspects, enough clues to keep the reader guessing, and I found the pages almost turned themselves as I eagerly awaited what would happen next.

I enjoyed my visit to Wrensdale very much, and look forward to future books. There’s a lot of promise to this series, and if “Fry Another Day” is a good example of what is to come, I’ll be keeping my eyes peeled for the next installment. Highly recommended!

Reviewed 2017