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Death of a Kitchen Diva | [Lee Hollis]

Death of a Kitchen Diva

Single mom Hayley Powell is barely keeping her leaking roof over her head when her boss at the Island Times gives her a new assignment - taking over the paper's food column. Hayley's not sure she has the chops - she's an office manager, not a writer, even if her friends clamor for her mouth-watering potluck dishes. But the extra income is tempting, and Hayley's chatty first column is suddenly on everyone's menu - with one exception. When rival food writer Karen Appelbaum is found face-down dead in a bowl of Hayley's creamy clam chowder, all signs point to Hayley.
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Publisher's Summary

Welcome to Bar Harbor, Maine, one of New England's most idyllic coastal towns. But as new food writer Hayley Powell is about to find out, the occasional murder can take a bite out of seaside bliss....

Single mom Hayley Powell is barely keeping her leaking roof over her head when her boss at the Island Times gives her a new assignment - taking over the paper's food column. Hayley's not sure she has the chops - she's an office manager, not a writer, even if her friends clamor for her mouth-watering potluck dishes. But the extra income is tempting, and Hayley's chatty first column is suddenly on everyone's menu - with one exception.

When rival food writer Karen Appelbaum is found face-down dead in a bowl of Hayley's creamy clam chowder, all signs point to Hayley. To clear her name, she'll have to enlist some help, including her BFFs, a perpetually pregnant lobster woman, and a glamorous real estate agent. As she whips up a list of suspects, Hayley discovers a juicy secret about the victim - and finds herself in a dangerous mix with a cold-blooded killer.

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    Ronna 07-03-14
    Ronna 07-03-14
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    "Newspaper recipe writer cozy mystery"

    Small town newspaper office manager, Hayley Powell, finds a little extra income by taking over her newspaper's food recipe column. She's in competition with the town's larger newspaper's foodie columnist. When they both come out with the same recipe for clam chowder tongues wag. Worse still, when Hayley goes to confront her competitor, she finds her dead on the floor with her spilled chowder. Being the main murder suspect sends Hayley on a dangerous path to prove her innocence.

    This start to a new cozy series has potential, but needs to improve to win me over. Hayley's parenting skills have a lot to be desired. Though my biggest issue was that the murderer really wasn't discussed enough in the book to give the reader a chance to discover who they were. The recipe columns were perhaps the best part of the book. Will give the next in the series a try before deciding to continue with this series or not.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy 04-28-14
    Nancy 04-28-14 Member Since 2005

    I enjoy mystery series with a bit of humor and some with some historical facts. I enjoy getting to know the same characters from book to book and am always disappointed when the series is finished. I have my favorite narrators such Scott Brick, Susan Erricson, Lorelei King, Christian Rummel and Will Patton to name a few. I have even been known to read a book because of the narrator and have found some good books this way.

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    "A light but good read"
    What made the experience of listening to Death of a Kitchen Diva the most enjoyable?

    After reading hardcore gory murder mysteries some times you just need a little light reading. But readers beware they are out of order in how they are listed in audible. So I had read the last book of the series first. This book is the first in the series and needs to be numbered as such. However I enjoy the characters and the narration.


    Would you recommend Death of a Kitchen Diva to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would recommend the books especially if you like the genre of books that give you recipies.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Melanie 08-06-14
    Melanie 08-06-14
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    "Good listening and story!"
    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Narrator used Spanish accent instead of Portuguese for one of the main characters.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    lola 07-08-14
    lola 07-08-14
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    "protagonist was boring"
    What would have made Death of a Kitchen Diva better?

    In my opinion. it had no redeeming qualities so I guess anything would have been an improvement. The main character sounds like a lush, the story creeps along at a snail's pace, and then to make things worse, the story stops so a recipe can be read periodically throughout the book. I don't buy mysteries for the recipes! And I don't read cookbooks for the mysteries! Put the recipes in the back of the book so it doesn't interfere with the storyline!!


    Has Death of a Kitchen Diva turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not this genre, as I appreciate cozy mysteries, but won"t be reading anything else from this author.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Performance wasn't bad considering what she had to work with but she seemed to have trouble giving different voices to the characters. Also, her impersonation of Ricky Ricardo sounded more like Ethel Mertz giving a bad impersonation of Ricky Ricardo.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Death of a Kitchen Diva?

    Too numerous to mention. Definitely a waste of a credit.


    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Svetlana OR, United States 05-22-15
    Svetlana OR, United States 05-22-15 Member Since 2006

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    "A soulless series"
    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Here is another attempt to produce a cozy series that is not particularly successful. As a reader of this genre, i expect a likable main character, a location that matters for the stories, a bunch of quirky locals, and then a pinch of extra trivia - be it gardening, coffee-shop keeping, knitting or orchid-plant care, right? Well, I think the author fails in all these areas. There is just not enough soul in the writing. The main character is not really defined, the location is just ok, presented without the feel of intimate knowledge or love for the place. The second-plan characters are not horrible, but also lacking the umph. The monotonous presentation of food and cocktails are just boring, and suggest a serious drinking problem of the main character. Oh, I forgot, there also should be a funny pet. We get that one here, although most of his adventures are rendered through the "column," which just is not good.
    Overall, it is what it is. A half-baked product that included all the ingredients, but does not deliver much. I am not trying to say that it is particularly horrible. It is just not special in any way.
    So, what is my reaction to this book? Resignation, I guess. It is what was to be expected.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    XXXXXXXX 03-26-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Listen!"
    Where does Death of a Kitchen Diva rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very high, I enjoyed it thoroughly!


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, there were enough twists and turns within the plotlines to keep me guessing.


    Which character – as performed by Tara Ochs – was your favorite?

    Hailee


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I liked the current pop culture throughout the book, it kept things very fresh


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    Alan Fortson, GA, United States 02-06-15
    Alan Fortson, GA, United States 02-06-15 Member Since 2013
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    Enjoyed every bit of the story. Figured out who the bad guy was long before she did but I listen to a lot of crime stories. Like Leroy Gibbs myself

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