Monday, July 8, 2013

Cozy Monday Book Review: Out of the Frying Pan by Robin Allen

Title: Out of the Frying Pan
Author: Robin Allen
Series: Poppy Markham #3
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publish Date: July 8, 2013
Personal Rating: 3 Stars

About the Book:
Poppy Markham is served another culinary mystery

Feast in the Field, a fine-dining affair put on by the Friends of Good Earth Preserves, a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) project, is the event of the season in Austin's restaurant circuit and one of Poppy Markham's favorite social engagements. This year, the spectacle shifts its focus from the gorgeous dinner to the politics surrounding the election for a new president of the Friends.

Shortly after being announced victorious, diva-restaurateur Dana White is struck down in her own kitchen. Can Poppy figure out who -- of several candidates -- decided to get rid of her?

My Review:
I picked up the second book in this series from Netgalley last year and thoroughly enjoyed it. I then found book one free on my Kindle and read and enjoyed that one as well. I was excited to see this book on Netgalley and be able to receive an eARC from the publisher for review.

All the great characters you get to know in book one and two are again in this installment. John With and John Without make a great appearance and are still by far my favorite characters. There is excitement going on in the private life of Poppy Markham.

I loved the setting/location of the crime and detective work. Bringing in the farm aspect, helped to provide some fresh ideas to what had already been done. A great crime story was set up and I had a lot of fun  reading to the end. Lots of new stuff I learned about in the food world. A lot of new characters were introduced and maybe they will appear in future books as well.

The author does know how to weave additional stories around the crime itself. This helps with anticipation of the next book just wondering and waiting for how the personal issues in Poppy's life will play out.

This book was just a little shy of excitement compared to the other two, but was still enjoyable. I recommend this book to readers of the series. Again this series is definitely one that is more enjoyable read in order, but any book could be picked up and read for enjoyment. 

Book One - If You Can't Stand the Heat Review
Book Two - Stick a Fork in It Review

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