Creative people have been known to be explosive and that includes chefs at diners. Think about that last argument you had which now seems harmless. It didn’t happen that way in Elizabeth Logan’s new mystery Mousse and Murder.
When Chef Charlotte “Charlie” Cooke was offered the chance to leave San Francisco and return home to Elkview, Alaska, and take over her mother’s diner, she didn’t even consider saying no. For the past year, she’s built a comfortable existence, spending her days making sure the restaurant runs smoothly and that her cat, Eggs Benedict, is appropriately pampered. But soon life at the diner starts feeling a little one-note.
Determined to bring fresh life and flavors to the Bear Claw Diner, Charlie starts planning changes to the menu, which has grown stale over the years. But her plans are fried when her head chef, Oliver turns up dead after a bitter and public fight over Charlie’s ideas—leaving Charlie as the prime suspect.
With her career, freedom, and life all on thin ice, Charlie must find out who the real killer is, before it’s too late.
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In Elkview Alaska, Charlie Cooke has taken over the BearClaw Cafe. She argues with her chef, and then he turns up dead. Mousse and Murder is a first in this series, and I enjoyed the Alaska characters and the limitations of the landscape. There are some red herrings and plot twists, and if you are familiar with the world of cozies, having one set in Alaska is interesting. I enjoyed the interaction with the cat and the fact local law enforcement deputizes her to help out in the investigation. This bodes well for upcoming books!
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