September 25, 2018

Final Roasting Place by Devon Delaney - Review

Book details
Series: A Cook-Off Mystery (Book 2)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Kensington (September 25, 2018)
ISBN-13: 978-1496714459

Book description
Sherry Frazzelle is back to being Sherry Oliveri, her divorce all but final and her new life in full swing. Her part-time job is helping her father with his hooked-rug business, and her full-time passion is competitive cooking. But murder is about to rock their little Connecticut town . . .

Erno Oliveri made sure to be on set for his daughter’s cook-off appearance on Sunny Side Up with Brett and Carmell. Or as it’s now known, Sunny Side Up with Carmell and Brett—since the ambitious young Carmell seems to have the producer and station owner eating out of her hand. But the important news is that Sherry has bested the competition with her Spicy Toasted Chickpea and Almond appetizer and clinched the spatula-shaped trophy. It’s her shining moment—until everything goes dark.

A quick-moving storm has knocked out power to the studio—and when the lights come back up, Carmell is at her desk with a sharp object lodged in her neck. The weapon is an unusual tool, used by craftsmen who make hooked rugs. Has someone taken corporate backstabbing to a new level, and framed Erno in the process? If Sherry’s going to protect her dad and their family name, she has to find out where he was when the lights went out . . .

Includes Recipes from Sherry’s Kitchen!

Meet the author - Devon Delany
Devon Delaney is a wife, mother of three, accomplished cooking contester, recent empty nester and lifelong resident of the Northeast. She has been handsomely rewarded for her recipe innovation over the last twenty-plus years. Among the many prizes she has won are a full kitchen of major appliances, top cash prizes and four trips to Disney World. She has also won the Grand Prize in a national writing contest for her “foodie” poem “Ode to Pork Passion.” The art and skill of writing a winning recipe lends to her ability to clearly organize her words and ideas in print. The popularity of food competitions, like the Pillsbury Bakeoff (which she has competed in 3 times) and TV programs like Chopped (which she auditioned for) and Top Chef, prove the market is currently sizzling for this subject matter. Her goal is to share her unique expertise and perspective through an entertaining cozy murder mystery series.


My thoughts
This is the first book I have read in this series and I really enjoyed it.  I did not feel one bit lost by starting with the second book although now I want to go back and read the first one. I enjoyed the cook-off theme to this story. It made me hungry thinking about the food. The recipes in this book also sounds good and I will have to give them a try. The author did a good job in developing the characters. I felt as if I could be friends with Sherry and cheer her on in her competition. I look forward to more books in this series. 

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