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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.


    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Louann F. 07-01-15
    Louann F. 07-01-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Fun read"

    I enjoyed the story. I look forward to reading more of the series. I liked Hailey as the lead character.

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    Carrie 06-26-15
    Carrie 06-26-15
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    "Fun, light read"

    This was a fun, easy read with some great recipes thrown in too! I'm planning to read more books in this series.

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    Amy M Collins 06-17-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Charming murder mystery"

    The writing is humorous and the characters charming. This is light, escapist fiction. The reader has to be willing to suspend any disbelief in a big way when it comes to believable police work and the tolerance of an amateur sleuth.

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    Amy Jean 06-10-15
    Amy Jean 06-10-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Good Book but..."
    Would you listen to Death of a Kitchen Diva again? Why?

    Yes, story was good.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was well written and had a fun story.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Sort of.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Just about.


    Any additional comments?

    I listen to a LOT of books and have some favorite authors and favorite narrators. This was a first book by this author and narrator for me. I will admit that I was a little put off by the narrator at first (she almost sounded like a digital recording reciting something and of course I had just been listening to one of my all time favorite narrators Katherine Kelgren) but the story kept me going and as it went along the narrator got better. I even liked some of her accents. :)

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    Kimberly Cilio 06-03-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Sometimes sounds like Siri is narrating."

    I have heard narrators with less life and excitement, and her Brazilian Sergio is fantastic, but I can't help but wish someone was telling the story.

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    ELEANOR FOWSER 05-27-15 Member Since 2011

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Light, fluffy, and fun"

    Sometimes I don't want to have to concentrate too hard to stay up with the story. This is perfect for those times. The characters are pleasant, but not too complex. There's a mystery that was easily solved long before the main character had a clue. My major complaint was that the main character kept going off alone to investigate something, getting into trouble for doing so, deciding not to do that again, then going off by herself to investigate something else. But on the whole, it was enjoyable.

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