by: Lee Hollis              

Publisher: Kensington  

Published: March 6, 2012        

Format: Paperback (304 pages)      

ISBN: 9780758267375            

Series: A Hayley Powell Food and Cocktail Mystery               

Origin: Publisher

***Though the publisher provides the free book, I offer the opinion.***

My Look:

Hayley Powell is not having the greatest of days.  

While readying for her first date in years, since her divorce, she spills sauce on her dress. Moreover, her make-up artist packs on the stuff thick enough that even her daughter tells her to clean it off or walk around looking like a cheap hooker, and when her doorbell chimes, her day is about to turn deadly.

In front of the handsome date, Hayley is arrested for murder!

Karen Applebaum, is the other food columnist in town, or at least she was before Hayley discovers her face down in New England Style Clam Chowder.  Why did she open her email on that day?  

The real trouble started a few weeks back, when Karen perpetrated a couple of scenes with Hayley; it was about Hayley’s new column.  Karen Applebaum works for the rival newspaper, and she is not pleased with the unexpected popularity of Hayley’s new food column, even Hayley’s boss has been shocked by the instant success.  Her boss had branded what she had turned in as not publishable, but since he wanted to fish, he let it go “as is” with a stiff warning to Hayley.   

However, the readership reaction was contagious, leaving Karen seething. Very publicly, Karen accused Hayley of stealing her recipe for Maine Crab Stuffed Mushrooms.  

As the whole market watched their exchange, Hayley tried to explain the recipe was in her family for years, but Karen Applebaum wouldn’t stop insisting. So, later, when Hayley opened Karen’s email, she wasn’t greeted with the venom that Karen taught her to expect. Instead, Karen issued an invitation and an apology. To correct this rife, Karen invited her over to talk.

Hayley could not refuse; she hated the drama and wanted nothing more than to end it. Unfortunately, someone else ended it with poison; it is up to Hayley to save herself from the charge of murder. 

My Take:

In the DEATH OF A KITCHEN DIVA, Lee Hollis (brother and sister writing team) brings a very contemporary cozy to life and breathes a quirky breath into the name-dropping, Hayley Powell.  

Hayley is a lady who’s well in tune with today’s culture and constantly sees parallels that most people wouldn’t catch, making her descriptions down right funny and extremely accurate. With her ability to put pieces together and a determination to save herself, Haley makes a great sleuth.    

Lee Hollis’ debut mystery, DEATH OF A KITCHEN DIVA, is one you will enjoy and includes recipes too with a sneak peek into the next Hayley Powell Mystery, DEATH OF A COUNTRY FRIED REDNECK (Kensington Nov 2012).  


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