Death On Eat Street
by J.J. Cook
Death on Eat Street
(Biscuit Bowl Food Truck)
A Brand New Cozy Series
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group (April 1, 2014)
Published by The Penguin Group
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
E-Book File Size: 1949 KB
Zoe Chase always wanted to own her own restaurant—but first, she’ll have to serve up a heaping helping of meals on wheels, with a side of mystery…
When she’s once again passed over for a promotion at work, Zoe decides to take the big leap and go for her dream. She quits, gives up her fancy digs, and buys a fixer-upper diner in a shady part of town. To keep above water during the renovation, she buys a used food truck to serve the downtown and waterfront of Mobile, Alabama.
Zoe starts to dish out classic Southern food—but her specialty is her deep-fried biscuit bowls that blow traditional bread bowls away.
After a promising start, things start to go downhill faster than a food truck without brakes. First, someone tries to rob the cash register. Next, Zoe is threatened by the owner of a competing food truck for taking their spot. And when the owner ends up dead inside Zoe’s rolling restaurant, Zoe and her sole employee, Ollie, find themselves hopping out of the frying pan into the fryer. They need to find the real killer, before both of them get burned.
For a great cozy series to be a success you have to have great characters that readers can get comfortable with and invest themselves in. J.J. Cook has introduced us to some truly wonderful characters in this new series.
Zoe is a leading character readers will fall for quickly. Passed over time and time again for jobs that went to men, men she had trained, she chucks the easy paycheck and goes after her dream. She wants to open a restaurant and to make enough money for that she starts out with a food truck selling some awesome biscuit bowls with delicious fillings.
Her parents, who are divorced, think she has lost her mind. Her mom is a bit over the top but her dad seems to understand but won’t stand up to his ex-wife. This couple plus her Uncle Saul brings much of the comedy to this story.
Then there is Zoe’s boyfriend that soon becomes her ex-boyfriend who may be banking smart but is relationship stupid.
Her friend Ollie has her back and helps out with the food truck. He is a homeless man she met at a shelter where she donates any food not sold at the end of the day. There is much more to his story and we just scratch the surface in this installment.
To top things off there is Miguel, the lawyer that comes to Zoe’s rescue more than once and makes her heart rate increase. I can’t wait to see how this relationship progresses.
And I mustn’t forget Crème Brûlée, Zoe’s fabulous feline. He plays a key role!
Added to this characters is a fantastic mystery. As the body count rises Zoe does her best to try to sort out the clues and find the real killer.
J.J. Cook has cooked up a real winner with this series debut. I read it all in one serving, I mean sitting. I could not put it down!!
About J.J. Cook
J.J. Cook writes award-winning, bestselling mystery fiction as themselves, Joyce and Jim Lavene, and Ellie Grant. They have written and published more than 70 novels for Harlequin, Berkley, Amazon, and Gallery Books along with hundreds of non-fiction articles for national and regional publications. They live in rural North Carolina with their family. Visit them at www.jjcook.net.
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