Three Treats Too Many is a character-centered Southern cozy mystery—with recipes!
In small town Wheaton outside Birmington Alabama, everyone is entwined in each other’s life. Sarah, her twin sister chef Emily, and Emily’s boyfriend chef Marcus are opening a restaurant called Southwinds. However, they are delayed at every turn by the city’s building inspector, Louis Botts. Louis is rumored to be dating Riley, the sous chef of another new restaurant across the street, Jane’s Place. The chef at Jane’s Place is none other than the bimbo Jane that broke up Sarah’s marriage to Bill shortly before his death.
Cliff, the general contractor doing the remodeling of both restaurants, is the maybe boyfriend of Sarah. He is also best friend of Jacob, who worked at Emily and Marcus’ casual pub in town. Jacob, meanwhile, is enamored with Riley (Jane’s sous chef, in case you forgot). And don’t forget Grace, Emily’s sous chef at Southwinds, who is best friend to Riley (sous chef at Jane’s Place, girlfriend of Louis, target of Jacob’s affection, and murder victim by the end of the second chapter). Because of Jacob’s unrequited love for Riley, and his proximity to her when she is found dead, he is accused of the crime. Sarah is once again compelled to investigate. Wooohooo! The South really is different!
The interrelationships between the characters are complex and feel real. Many of the suspects have good motives for committing the crime. This makes the mystery much more interesting. So many red herrings make finding the solution a real challenge. Three Treats Too Many is a great third addition to the Sarah Blair Mystery Series. While it can be read as a standalone, I would highly recommend reading at least one of the previous books first. 4 stars!
Thanks to Kensington Books and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.
About Three Treats Too Many
Three Treats Too Many (A Sarah Blair Mystery)
3rd in Series
Publisher: Kensington (August 25, 2020)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
Digital ASIN: B082WRV78G
When a romantic rival opens a competing restaurant in small-town Wheaton, Alabama, Sarah Blair discovers murder is the specialty of the house . . .
For someone whose greatest culinary skill is ordering takeout, Sarah never expected to be co-owner of a restaurant. Even her Siamese cat, RahRah, seems to be looking at her differently. But while Sarah and her twin sister, Chef Emily, are tangled up in red tape waiting for the building inspector to get around to them, an attention-stealing new establishment—run by none other than Sarah’s late ex-husband’s mistress, Jane—is having its grand opening across the street.
Jane’s new sous chef, Riley Miller, is the talk of Wheaton with her delicious vegan specialties. When Riley is found dead outside the restaurant with Sarah’s friend, Jacob, kneeling over her, the former line cook—whose infatuation with Riley was no secret—becomes the prime suspect. Now Sarah must turn up the heat on the real culprit, who has no reservations about committing cold-blooded murder . . .
Includes quick and easy recipes!
About Debra H. Goldstein
Judge Debra H. Goldstein writes Kensington’s Sarah Blair mystery series (One Taste Too Many, Two Bites Too Many, Three Treats Too Many). She also wrote Should Have Played Poker and IPPY winning Maze in Blue. Her short stories, including Anthony and Agatha nominated The Night They Burned Ms. Dixie’s Place and Derringer Finalist Pig Lickin’ Good, have appeared in numerous publications. Debra serves on the national boards of SinC and MWA and is president of SEMWA.
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