Grilled 4 Murder is a delightful cozy mystery set at an Arizona retirement community. Phee works full-time at a private investigation firm as an accountant but her zany retired mother, Harriet, keeps volunteering her to investigate local crimes.
This time Food Network is hosting a BBQ competition. It’s down to two teams, including the pinochle boys, Harriet’s neighbors. Quickly, the sabotage begins. At the same time, the community’s planning commission is trying to put a trash transfer station in town. That doesn’t sit well with the residents. One of the commission’s members is found dead. The pinochle boys are the main suspects. Phee is tasked with finding the saboteur, the murderer and what is making the planning commission so adamant about the transfer station. Wow, that sounds like a full-time job on its own!
It’s always a joy to hang out with Phee, Harriet, the pinochle boys, and the book club ladies. And I can’t forget Streetman, the opinionated Chiweenie, who finds a new friend in this book.
The plot is more complicated than most cozy mysteries, but the humor keeps the pacing quick. Grilled 4 Murder is just a fun book. 4 stars!
Thanks to Beyond the Page Publishing and NetGalley for a digital review copy of the book.