I adore getting in at the start of a series. The first parts always have such depth and attention to detail. Irish Stewed (Ethnic Eats Mystery #1) by Kylie Logan is the first in what promises to be a beloved series. Hang out and find out why you will want to jump all aboard this one now.
From the back of the book:
The national bestselling author of the League of Literary Ladies Mysteries introduces an all-new cozy culinary mystery series featuring ethnic eats.
After flopping as a personal chef to a Hollywood movie star, jobless Laurel Inwood finds herself humbled in Hubbard, Ohio, helping her aunt Sophie run her restaurant. Much to Laurel’s dismay, Sophie’s Terminal at the Tracks is not the cozy bistro her aunt would have had her believe—it’s a run-down greasy spoon in an old railroad station. To save the dingy diner, Laurel cooks up a plan to feature alternating ethnic cuisine as specials.
But first there’s the problem of the body in the booth. Slumped over a table with a receipt spike in his back is Jack Lancer—”the Lance of Justice”—an investigative reporter for local TV news. Assisted by the drop-dead gorgeous owner of the neighboring Irish store—who may or may not be a suspect—Laurel sets out to track down a killer who had no reservations about impaling a newshound. But as she turns up the heat, will she end up in the soup herself?
As is expected with first parts, this is heavy on character and setting. Since those are the things I most adore about any book as you imagine firsts are my favorites. The characters in this book were so much fun to get to know and I truly cant wait to learn more about them in future parts. The setting was quaint and since I live in the Midwest the concept of these converted train depots was one I could dive into wholeheartedly, having seen them up close and personal.
The pacing was fast, engaging, and filled with the right amount twists to allow for good set up. It was one of those books that grabs you and hangs on until the last page. I didn't solve it, but thoroughly enjoying every single word and found the ending perfectly concluded. I am already eagerly awaiting the next part in this series and I highly recommend you start now, because otherwise you will wish you did when you hear make raving about the next part. There are recipes and a teaser for the next part in the back!
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