Mousse and Murder (An Alaskan Diner Mystery)
by Elizabeth Logan
About Mousse and Murder
Mousse and Murder (An Alaskan Diner Mystery)
1st in Series
Publisher: Berkley (May 5, 2020)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
Kindle ASIN: B07WCZPZY7
A young chef might bite off more than she can chew when she returns to her Alaskan hometown to take over her parents’ diner in this charming first installment in a new cozy mystery series set in an Alaskan tourist town.
When Chef Charlie Cooke is offered the chance to leave San Francisco and return home to Elkview, Alaska, to take over her mother’s diner, she doesn’t even consider saying no. After all–her love life has recently become a Love Life Crumble, and a chance to reconnect with her roots may be just what she needs.
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 cook Oliver turns up dead after a bitter and public fight over Charlie’s ideas–leaving Charlie the only suspect in the case.
With her career, freedom, and life all on thin ice, Charlie must find out who the real killer is, before it’s too late.
North to Elkview, Alaska, and the Bear Claw Diner. Chef Charlie Cooke has left San Fran behind to come home to manage her mother’s restaurant. She has many ideas for updating the menu but her head cook Oliver is not having it. When she proposes a change to their signature Bear Claw, he explodes and walks out. This is not the first time he has done that but it is the first time he doesn’t return. Turns out the man went and got himself murdered and because of the public tantrum Charlie is the prime suspect. With her entire life on the line, she knows she needs to find the real killer pronto!
Growing up in a family diner I was so excited to read this and I am pleased to say Ms. Logan created great characters you could find in diners everywhere. The cooks, waitresses, families and truck drivers that come in to eat, and because this is set in Alaska tour groups that have come to see the sights. The core group of characters is just starting to develop but Charlie and her awesome cat, Eggs Benedict (Benny) are in clear focus. Charlie is smart, hardworking, and dedicated to her new life at the diner. She also is a true cat lover using technology to interact with Benny while she is at work. There also may a romance blooming for Charlie.
The author also served readers with a generous supply of humor. The state trooper, Trooper, and Charlie’s best friend Annie have their moments and are two characters I want to get to know better.
The mystery grabbed me right away. It did have twists but there was a whiplash twist the really caught me by surprise. I had the culprit in mind pretty early but I really didn’t have a good reason, something just didn’t ring true for me. As the story continued, my choice faltered but was soon clear, and the big reveal was so rewarding.
I have to mention the food, it sounds so good! Cherry Cheesecake Mousse may become a family staple in this house.
The Alaskan Diner Mystery Series is off to an excellent start. Great cozy characters, a well-plotted mystery set in frozen tundra of Alaska. I can’t wait for November when Fishing for Trouble will be released.
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About Elizabeth Logan
Camille Minichino is turning every aspect of her life into a mystery series. A retired physicist, she’s the author of 28 mystery novels in 5 series, with different pen names. Her next book is “Mousse and Murder,” May 2020, by Elizabeth Logan. She’s also written many short stories and articles. She teaches science at Golden Gate U. in San Francisco and writing workshops around the SF Bay Area. Details are at www.minichino.com.
Written as Camille Minichino
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Great Escapes Praise for Mousse and Murder (An Alaskan Diner Mystery)
by Elizabeth Logan
Ms. Logan has created delightful characters and it was easy to admire Charlie. I especially loved her cat, Benny (nicknamed after Eggs Benedict!). Benny is a charming sidekick and the “Bennycam” and cat app games are brilliant additions providing a bit of humor.
~Cinnamon, Sugar, and a Little Bit of Murder
A fun cozy full of quirky characters in an enthralling setting that keeps you guessing as it all plays out making it hard to put down. Perfect for cozy fans. I totally loved it so I give it 5/5 stars.
~Books a Plenty Book Reviews
Mousse and Murder is a carefree cozy mystery with moose meatloaf, a cavorting cat, suspicious siblings, a cold climate, and pleasing pastries.
~The Avid Reader
I think this is going to be a fun series . . . The cast of characters is small but complements the story . . . We enjoyed this book. . .
Cute and well-layered, Mousse and Murder is a great start to a new cozy mystery series!
~Reading Is My SuperPower
Mousse and Murder is a fun cozy mystery in an unusual setting with a great cast of characters.
. . . this was a fun, interesting cozy mystery that started this series off with a bang. I definitely recommend this one to cozy mystery lovers.
~Carla Loves To Read
I really enjoyed reading Mousse and Murder and not just for the delightful setting. The main characters are well developed, and I even felt that I was at least acquainted with the side characters.
~Christy’s Cozy Corners
This was a quick and fun read, with characters that engaged me quickly. I admit that I solved the mystery before Charlie did, but that just upped the suspense for me.
~The Ninja Librarian
MOUSSE AND MURDER is a smart, well-plotted mystery that has everything I look for when starting not only a new book but a new series.
~Lisa Ks Book Reviews
The book is the first of a new series. It is filled with charm, quirky characters and witty dialogue.
~Socrates’ Book Reviews…
Mousse and Murder is the first book in a new cozy mystery series set in a diner in Alaska . . . I enjoyed the mystery itself and I do like Charlie.
I love culinary mysteries and this was a great start to a new cozy series . . . Mousse and Murder was a sweet, fun cozy mystery.
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