Series: Hayley Powell Food and Cocktails Mystery #1
Author: Lee Hollis
Publish Date: March 1, 2012
Publisher: Kensington Books
Source: free on Kindle
About the Book:
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.
If you’re a single mother, teenagers or not, you probably, most definitely, could relate to Hayley. Facing normal issues with working and making ends meet, Hayley takes on a new assignment at her employment. I enjoyed how she took risks with this new assignment, which found her in the hot seat with the town loving her new column, but also in a different hot seat with the murder.
I liked how Hayley wrote her column, has got me to thinking about changing up how I write reviews. Always looking for a little inspiration somewhere, anywhere. The recipes were enjoyable and definitely a few I would and could actually make.
I’m excited to have found a new author and series. My library has the rest of this series so I will definitely continue reading about Hayley’s adventures. Another high five for a freebie Friday.