I have really been remiss in updating my book blog here. I have been doing more reading in terms of cookbooks, online sources, news, and other blogs than formal books. I am getting back into the swing of things now. I just read two cozies. Meet Your Baker by Ella Alexander and A Dish Best Served Cold by Rosie Genova.
This is first in a new series set in Ashland, Oregon. The protagonist, Juliet, is a professional baker who has been working on cruise ships for her career. Now she has returned home to the family bakery. I hesitated to pick up yet another bakery themed cozy because there are so many that they run together in my head at times. This was charming and the addition of a “side” theme, if you will, of a theater company was engaging and lent some local color to the setting (and also set up for the murder). Juliet has a love interest in the form of an old boyfriend, but I get the sense that the not yet ex-husband may reappear in the series. Fun read with an interesting cast of characters, I look forward to seeing how this develops.
This is the third book in Rosie Genova’s An Italian Kitchen Mystery series. I picked this one up because it involves food and it is set in New Jersey. However, in the spirit of complete honesty, I confused it with another series and thought that I had read the first two. This led to me not really understnading the beginning until I realized it wasn’t the series I thought it was. The mystery was intriguing with reference to past murders and investigations, but not so much that I couldn’t follow this book. I enjoyed the mystery, it was fast paced, but I would recommend reading the series in order.
As far as cookbooks go, I either received as gifts, bought or picked up second hand a bunch of great books and have also been going through ones in my collection. I might review a few here and there but hopefully I am back on the mystery train.
I like mysteries beat, of all the genres I read. I am a big fan of Tana French and Peter Robinson, trying to catch up on those series.
I’d love to hear about the cookbooks you picked up.
I always end up coming back to mysteries, ever since I was a kid and started with Nancy Drew and Enid Blyton’s Famous Five. I am working on a post to talk about them. The most fascinating one though was written by Vincent Price and his wife. It is a cookbook/travel journal/food review. It is a huge book and is just amazing to look through. I didn’t even know Vincent Price was a “foodie” before the word “foodie” existed. 🙂