Death of a Country Fried Redneck (Hayley Powell Series #2)

Death of a Country Fried Redneck (Hayley Powell Series #2)

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by Lee Hollis
     
 

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Local food and drink writer Haley Powell thinks she's done solving murders in scenic Bar Harbor, Maine. But when a taste of the South comes to New England, Haley's following another recipe for disaster. . .

As a single mom, Hayley Powell already has a full plate—she's got deadlines to make and a teenage daughter with eyes for an aspiring singer-songwriter.

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Local food and drink writer Haley Powell thinks she's done solving murders in scenic Bar Harbor, Maine. But when a taste of the South comes to New England, Haley's following another recipe for disaster. . .

As a single mom, Hayley Powell already has a full plate—she's got deadlines to make and a teenage daughter with eyes for an aspiring singer-songwriter. But when country music superstar Wade Springer rolls into town, Hayley spies an irresistible side gig: personal chef to her all-American idol. After he tries her home cooking, Wade's so impressed that he hires her on the spot—and invites her to dine with him alone.

Hayley and Wade are hitting all the right notes. . .until a body turns up. Wade's tour bus was torched overnight and a roadie named Mickey Pritchett came out well-done. But the real cause of death isn't barbecue: Mickey was shot, his mouth stuffed with one of Hayley's trademark chicken legs. An ornery drunk, Mickey had already made plenty of enemies in town, but Wade's reputation is on the rocks. Hayley reckons it's up to her to settle this mess—a charbroiled mystery with all the fixin's.

Includes seven delectable recipes from Hayley's kitchen!

Praise for Death of a Kitchen Diva

"Delicious and satisfying. Another course, please." —Carolyn Hart

"Readers will be calling for a second round from author Lee Hollis." —Leslie Meier, author of Chocolate Covered Murder

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Library Journal
Country music singing sensation Wade Springer is staying in Bar Harbor, ME, and the local gals are quite smitten. The newspaper's food columnist, exuberant Hayley Powell, lands a gig as the celebrity's private chef, but when one of his roadies ends up incinerated in a burned-up tour bus, Hayley can't resist investigating. Throw in a gay police chief, a bartending brother, and a gabby best friend, and you've got a winning formula for a light, nicely seasoned cozy. Cocktail and food recipes included. VERDICT Brother-sister writing team Rick Copp and Holly Simason set a snappy pace, introduce fun characters, and write a clever plot. This second series entry (after Death of a Kitchen Diva) is a tasty entrée for the culinary cozy crowd.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780758267382
Publisher:
Kensington
Publication date:
11/06/2012
Series:
Hayley Powell Series, #2
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
238,508
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)

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Death of a Country Fried Redneck 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Tiggedy2 More than 1 year ago
While the first in this series was my favorite, I enjoyed all three of these books and look forward to the fourth in the series, Death of a Chocoholic, due to be released January of 2014. Author Lee Hollis (Mr. Copp & Ms. Simason), has created a delightful protagonist in Hayley Powell. Her exploits in these three tales had me laughing out loud more times then I can count. Hayley is a very real, less than perfect woman, making her way in life raising her two children and working her job at the newspaper. I liked the situations she finds herself in. Hayley is helped through her adventures by her best friends Mona, an always pregnat lobster boat captain and Liddy, a high class real estate agent. Throw into the mix her brother Brain owner of the local bar, his partner Sergio the chief of police, Hayley's children, her dog Leroy (named for her NCIS TV crush Mark Harmon) Sal the editor of The Island Times and Bruce the smarmy crime reporter at the paper---you have a very well rounded cast of characters. Add to that, Bar Harbor, Maine as the beautiful setting and you have winning combinations. With fast paced plots, interesting twists and solid story lines, this series is destined to be a favorite among readers. Recipes lovers, you won't be disappointed. Every book features Hayley's column Island Food & Spirits, which includes seven recipes from Hayley's kitchen along with cocktails to enjoy while preparing your meal! ¿
BarbRN More than 1 year ago
Had hoped characters would be further developed. Plot rather predictable. Not a good bookclub selection. Best for akick back day without needing to use a lot of brain cells...and goodness know we all need days like that.
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KCondi More than 1 year ago
Lee Hollis has a way with writing that keeps a reader wanting more. She never fails to surprise with twists and turns, from beginning to end. The setting is the quaint Bar Harbor, Maine where everyone knows everyone until an infamous country singer and his entourage arrive in town. Being a food writer at the local newspaper gives Hayley Powell the opportunity to become chef for the week for the country singer. When one member of the entourage is found dead, just about everyone in Bar Harbor becomes a suspect in murder. The ending is told in a very unique manner. Even though clues had been written throughout the novel, the villain disclosure is still surprising.
cblafer More than 1 year ago
I almost gave up on this a a few times. There was just too much time stuck with the main character as a giddy, star-struck teenie-bopper. But if you can ignore that, there's a pretty decent cozy buried here. Good plot and characters. I cared about the characters and kept turning the page.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For a boring Sunday afternoon read this not a bad choice. The writing is sophomoric at best, the characters are shallow (in more ways than one) and I frequently got the impression that this was written by a 16 year old. Overall it was a mindless read and helped to pass the time on a cold snowy winter's day. Maybe this would be good for younger readers even though the main character is supposedly a 30 something mother of 2 and a writer for the local newspaper as well as a superior cook. Rather unbelieveable but still entertaining in its own way.
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love it. good fun read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If food can be a desire, this is the book for you. With recipies, drink mixes, and a well written murder mistery, mixed with a little humor, this is a fast paced series.
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This book had a totally implausable plot, the "detective" of the book was so wishy-washy i wanted to slap her threwout this book. There were so many different lines of ridiculousness going that you scratched your head trying to keep up with a.mom who basically neglects her kids, knows everyone in town and just like magic the all just tell her "all". I read several books every week...but will not read this author again!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Much better. Definitly continue.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I lik yr story so fr