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Publisher's Summary

A fresh and funny romantic mystery series about a witty, down-to-earth heroine with a job you've never seen before....

Isobel Avery is on her second assignment as an undercover poison taster for Los Angeles's rich and famous. And she's actually enjoying herself. Until her sweet, agoraphobic client mysteriously leaves the safety of his apartment and winds up dead. 

When crucial evidence goes missing, investigator Connor Stiles will need Izzy's inside knowledge to help track down the killer. But despite three months of absence to make Connor's heart grow fonder, he doesn't seem pleased to be working with her again. The LAPD commander is even less pleased to have Izzy on the case since he considers her a suspect and, even worse, a mere civilian. To top it all off, her least favorite relative in the whole wide world drops by for an unexpected visit. 

Meanwhile, the killer is destroying anything that might link back to them. Including Izzy if she's not careful. 

In this fun-packed romantic sequel to Eat, Pray, Die, join Izzy as she learns where she stands with the enigmatic Connor and tries to put another bad guy behind bars.

©2016 Chelsea Field (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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love this series!

This one was a real who done it. Some new characters and the plot thickens between izzy and conner

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I’m lovin’ this series

Chelsea Field and Saskia Maarleveld have does it again. This installment is filled with humor, some laugh out loud moments and others bring a smile to your face. I’ve already downloaded the third book in this series.

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An exciting followup

It's a romantic comedy that is hilarious and intriguing. This is the second job for Izzy. It is 9 days before Christmas. 3 months has passed since she started her job and Izzy enjoys her work and is paying her debts. She enjoys curling up with Meow her roommate’s cat. I love the antics between Dudley (dog) and Meow (cat)

Her Aunt Alice and her daughter, Henrietta, least favorite cousin, arrive for a visit. Oliver, her roommate, develops an unexpected love interest in Henrietta. Her neighbor, Etta, a sex pot of an older lady, continues to make me laugh every time she’s on the page.

Her tasting job is with Earnest Dunst. He hardly ever leaves his apartment and runs a website, Busileaks, which exposes the misconduct and coverup of companies. Her biggest complaint is she has problems fitting into her clothes because she samples Earnest’s junk food.

Posing as his girlfriend she is the first suspect in his murder, but she's also going to do everything she can to figure out who killed him and why. LAPD Commander Hunt threatens Izzy with jail time if she doesn't stay out of the case. There were surprises in the twists and turns in this story. The ending was a BIG surprise and totally unexpected!

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Terrible marathon, great story

I loved book 1 in this series but then it went on a little hiatus. I noticed the rest of the series was back and I excitedly bought book 2. What I didn’t notice though was that it had a new narrator... her think Australian accent in contrast to the other American accents was so irritating. It stood out because the narrator overdid the Australian. I had a hard time listening all the way through which is disappointing because the mystery & humor is really enjoyable,

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Easy listening- okay as a sale purchase

Book 2 settles into a groove as a cozy mystery series starring Aussie Izzy as a professional poison detector and food taster in LA. Only the food tasting thing doesn’t much factor into this book, except to connect Izzy to a murder at the beginning. For me, the de-emphasis on the poison detecting was a good thing, removing far-fetched ideas like Izzy having special genetics to allow her to ingest poison.

We get to know the supporting characters better, making them colorful and entertaining folks to spend time with. The narrator is great with all the accents and does a bang up job with credible male voices- quite a feat for a female narrator. The romance is sweet, albeit lacking in chemistry, and remains firmly in cozy territory. The humor is likewise sweet, but not the laugh out loud variety. Contrary to the cover art, Izzy is a gun novice and has yet to actually use one in a dangerous situation.

This was okay as a sale purchase, but even for a cozy, I feel like this could have used more zip. I prefer the Spotless omnibus or J DeLeon’s Miss Fortune series for funnier, but still cozy action mysteries.

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Like this heroine!

I enjoyed it! This character is really interesting. Kind. Clever. Stubborn. Funny. With a good backstory.

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Fun, good mystery, witty!

The Hunger Pains
By: Chelsea Field
Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
Izzy is food taster for clients. She tastes good and drink for poisons. Her current client just up and walked out and got himself killed. Izzy is now a suspect too. She tries to solve the crime and someone tries killing her. Her and Connor are at least working together again!
This is a great book to relax, feel good, giggle occasionally, and live vicariously through Izzy's romance!
Narrator performed very well!

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The cover is misleading

This is a good listen and its funny which I love! But Izzy is not the kick butt person that is betrayed on the cover of this listen... she doesnt even know how to shoot a gun. I wish she was more kick butt but the story is still good. I love the supporting characters they add so much to the story

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Better than the First!

I am surprised to say I liked this book even more than her first! It had all of the fun without as much unnecessary sexual innuendo. I liked the romance development between Connor and and Isobel. If you liked the first, you must read this one! If you haven't read the first, I think you'd be fine to just jump right into this one.