Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Kernel of Truth (Popcorn Shop Mystery #1) by Kristi Abbott

There is something comforting about the smell of fresh popcorn. A popcorn shop is the unique setting for Kernel of Truth (Popcorn Shop Mystery #1) by Kristi Abbott. This is the start of a new series! Happy squeals. I just love finding a good new cozy mystery series.

From the back of the book:

An all-new Popcorn Shop Mystery bursts on the scene, featuring gourmet popcorn entrepreneur Rebecca Anderson and her poodle Sprocket.

Opening a gourmet popcorn shop was never on Rebecca Anderson’s bucket list. But after a failed marriage to a celebrity chef, she’s ready for her life to open up and expand. She has returned to her hometown of Grand Lake, Ohio, with her popcorn-loving poodle Sprocket to start a new business—naturally called POPS. As a delicious bonus, Cordelia “Coco” Bittles, a close family friend who has always been like a grandmother to Rebecca, owns the chocolate shop next door, and the two are thinking of combining their businesses.

But when Coco’s niece, Alice, discovers her on the floor of her chocolate shop, those dreams go up in smoke. The local sheriff thinks Coco was the victim of a robbery gone wrong, but Rebecca isn’t so sure. As suspects start popping up all over, Rebecca is determined to turn up the heat and bring the killer to justice in a jiffy!

My thoughts:

This is a fun start to a new series. I am a character motivated reader and I was so easily able to adore the characters. Rebecca was a joy to read. I loved the dynamics with her and Dan, which made the whole snooping thing go in a newish direction to most cozies.

This was a clue based mystery with enough clues to figure out who did it, well before the reveal. What was interesting to find out was why. The story had a nice clip that made it a smooth easy read. There are recipes in the back as well as a snippet from the next part! This is a fabulous start, I recommend you get in on this now.

Take some time to browse the other great mysteries available from Berkley Prime Crime. While you are there, you can sign up for the newsletter so you never miss a new release. I must warn you though, after browsing my wish list is longer than I could probably read. You can also connect with them on Twitter where you can happen across a fun giveaway as well. 

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