Saturday, September 28, 2019

Weekend Book Reviews

Sweet Tea and Secrets by Joy Avon is the latest book in the Tea and Read Mystery series.  Callie has retired from her job as a tour guide and is now working in her great aunt's tearoom, Book Tea.  She wants to contribute to the town's big 4th of July party by tracking down a tv star who disappeared from the town many years ago.  Callie actually stirs up more secrets than she intends to and wonders if she caused the recent murder in town.  In this particular book the tearoom plays a much smaller role.  The mystery had several twists and turns.  Overall it was a fun cozy mystery.

The third book in the Gourmet Cat Mystery series by Kathy Krevat is The Trouble with Talent. Colbie's good deed of picking up a friend's son from an oboe lesson puts her in the middle of another mystery.  The oboe teacher is abusive to his students so when he winds up dead the suspects are plentiful.  The main plot of this book seems taken from real life as it focuses on college fixers who "help" students get into college.  I enjoy reading about Colbie and her family and friends.  I did solve the mystery very early on, but I still enjoyed the book.  I have read previous books in this series, but it is not necessary to enjoy this book.

The Pasta Friday Cookbook by Allison Arevalo makes entertaining for a crowd easy with her pasta recipes.  The book is divided into the four seasons with pasta dishes and salads.  I appreciated that the author included pasta substitutes for those of us living in areas where numerous pasta varieties are scarce.  The recipes are easy to follow and go beyond the basic spaghetti.  My only problem is that many of the recipes require fresh ingredients (meat, cheeses and vegetables) that I will never be able to find in a local grocery store.  For those living in a large city and cooking for adventurous eaters, this would be a wonderful cookbook!

disclosure:  I received these e-books from NetGalley but was not otherwise compensated for these reviews.  All opinions are my own!

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