Death on Eat Street (Biscuit Bowl Food Truck Series #1)

Death on Eat Street (Biscuit Bowl Food Truck Series #1)

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by J. J. Cook
     
 

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Zoe Chase always wanted to own her own restaurant—but first, she’ll have to serve up a heaping helping of meals on wheels, with a side of mystery…

When she’s once again passed over for a promotion at work, Zoe decides to take the big leap and go for her dream. She quits, gives up her fancy digs, and buys a fixer-upper diner in a…  See more details below

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Zoe Chase always wanted to own her own restaurant—but first, she’ll have to serve up a heaping helping of meals on wheels, with a side of mystery…

When she’s once again passed over for a promotion at work, Zoe decides to take the big leap and go for her dream. She quits, gives up her fancy digs, and buys a fixer-upper diner in a shady part of town. To keep above water during the renovation, she buys a used food truck to serve the downtown and waterfront of Mobile, Alabama.

Zoe starts to dish out classic Southern food—but her specialty is her deep-fried biscuit bowls that blow traditional bread bowls away.

After a promising start, things start to go downhill faster than a food truck without brakes. First, someone tries to rob the cash register. Next, Zoe is threatened by the owner of a competing food truck for taking their spot. And when the owner ends up dead inside Zoe’s rolling restaurant, Zoe and her sole employee, Ollie, find themselves hopping out of the frying pan into the fryer. They need to find the real killer, before both of them get burned.

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ISBN-13:
9781101600146
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/01/2014
Series:
Biscuit Bowl Food Truck Series , #1
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
67,608
File size:
1 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

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J. J. Cook is a pseudonym for a married couple who writes mysteries, mostly set in the South, with a touch of paranormal and romance.

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Death on Eat Street 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read it in a couple of hours. Fun way to pass a rainy day.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun, interesting, easy read. Figured out who did it, and I never do! Learned about food trucks.
m569 More than 1 year ago
recommend
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TessT More than 1 year ago
The first book in a brand-new series and I am privileged enough to be able to read an advanced copy. After leaving her loan officer job Zoe moves back to Mobile, wishing that she were able to open a restaurant. Hoping to earn enough money to keep herself out of the poor house she decides to open a food truck. A food truck specializing in southern food, focusing mainly on biscuits. When another food truck owner is found dead in Zoe's truck, she of course feels the need to solve the murder. Complicating the matter are her parents, who of course don't agree with their daughter's life, Ollie, who lives in a homeless shelter down the block, Delia a young woman who Zoe befriends, her ex-boyfriend Tommy Lee, and attorney Miguel Alexander. Add to the mix of murder or to a famous TV chef in the best biscuits of the world and you have a great book. J.J. Cook is the pseudonym of husband-and-wife team Jim and Joyce Lavene. Along with writing the new food truck mysteries they also write the Sweet Pepper Fire Brigade mysteries. Under their real names they've written the Peggy Lee mysteries, the Sharon Howard mysteries, the Renaissance Fair mysteries, the Taxi for the Dead series and the Missing Pieces mystery. When they come out with a new book, no matter if it's a new book or a new series I am thrilled. As of this review the Lavene's have over 40 books that have been published, and I'm very proud to say that I have read all of them, if you haven't read their books may I suggest that you pick up one and read it. I'm almost positive that you'll enjoy it and want to read more just like I do.
Debb23 More than 1 year ago
This is a great start to a new series. First of all I love the main character Zoe, she has decided to follow her dream despite her family being against it, she has a backbone to stand up to them. I also love Ollie, a homeless man who is always there for her, their personalities mesh wonderfully. Miguel the possible romance is bloom is very likeable and I look forward to reading more of these two. The characters in this book has a vast range of personalities and definitely keeps your interest. The mystery had plenty of twists that kept me guessing. I look forward to the next in the series.
smmolloy More than 1 year ago
When Zoe Chase is passed over (again) for a promotion, she quits her job, follows her dream and buys a run down diner (where she lives with her cat, Creme Brûlée) and food truck.  Her life is thrown for a loop when she finds a competitor dead in her food truck.  Now, not only is she the prime suspect, but someone thinks the dead man gave her something valuable before he was killed.  With the help of Creme Brûlée and her friends, Zoe must solve this mystery before her dream is over before it begins. J.J. Cook (Joyce and Jim Lavene) has written a great mystery, the first in a new series.  The characters are funny, engaging and extremely likable.  Once I picked it up, I had trouble putting it down.  A fantastic read!
garden_56 More than 1 year ago
Another great series by Jim and Joyce Lavene! If you enjoy cozy mysteries, food mysteries, you will love this series..I can't wait for the next one!
Angelofbooks More than 1 year ago
Death on Eat Street was a pleasure to read and a wonderful start to J.J. Cook's new series Biscuit Bowl Food Truck Mysteries. You walk through the heart ache and trials that Zoe is going through starting off on a new journey in her life and accomplish her dream. You meet a plethora of her new friends and fall instantly in love with Creme Brulee, her beautiful sidekick and furry love. You go through trying to find out who is willing to kill for the famed stolen Creme Brulee recipe that Thomas Jefferson brought back with him from France. You meet a cast of colorful characters as well as many who are just down on their luck. All in all this is the start to a wonderful series that I am looking forward to delving into. As well as some wonderful recipes in the back that I am dying to give a try. 
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
Dead Body in the Driver Seat   Zoe Chase has given up a job in a bank to pursue her dream of owning her own restaurant, much to her parents’ and boyfriend’s dismay.  In order to raise the money she needs to finish the repairs on her building, she is running a food truck selling her biscuit bowls filled with various fillings depending on the day.   However, business is slow going with few people willing to give her new venture a try.  After on particularly bad day, Zoe returns to her restaurant and begins unloading only to find a dead body in a driver’s seat when she goes to lock it up.  The victim is Terry of Terry’s Tacky Tacos, and the two had a confrontation that day.  Will the police consider her a suspect? Who really killed Terry?   Despite the body appearing in the first chapter, I felt the book took a little bit of time to truly get going.  Once it did, the pace was steady with a surprising trail to the final killer.  The characters were sharp and always entertaining; I just loved spending time with them.  I did feel the narration had too many short, declarative sentences in it, something that distracted me at times as I was reading.   Overall, this was a fun debut by an author I hadn’t tried before.  I will be back for Zoe’s next adventure.   NOTE: I won this book in a contest - no review was promised.
NoraAdrienne More than 1 year ago
Death on Eat Street Author: J.J. Cook Copyright: April 2014 Publisher: Berkeley Prime Crime Zoe Chase always wanted to own her own restaurant—but first, she’ll have to serve up a heaping helping of meals on wheels, with a side of mystery… When she’s once again passed over for a promotion at work, Zoe decides to take the big leap and go for her dream. She quits, gives up her fancy digs, and buys a fixer-upper diner in a shady part of town. To keep above water during the renovation, she buys a used food truck to serve the downtown and waterfront of Mobile, Alabama. Zoe starts to dish out classic Southern food—but her specialty is her deep-fried biscuit bowls that blow traditional bread bowls away. After a promising start, things start to go downhill faster than a food truck without brakes. First, someone tries to rob the cash register. Next, Zoe is threatened by the owner of a competing food truck for taking their spot. And when the owner ends up dead inside Zoe’s rolling restaurant, Zoe and her sole employee, Ollie, find themselves hopping out of the frying pan into the fryer. They need to find the real killer, before both of them get burned. Zoe has reached her breaking point. Between a cheating boyfriend, being constantly passed over for promotion at work, and the most pushy mother in the world she’s had it! Zoe is going to reach for her dream of owning her own restaurant. She buys a closed diner and does enough to bring the kitchen up to code. But to raise the money needed for a full refit and updating she decides to run a food truck to raise the money to finish her dream plan. It’s hard work and she’s fighting against all the established operators and the interference of family. After an argument with one of the other truck owners who park down by the police station she comes back to the restaurant and has another unending fight with her ex. To make matters worse she is out of the truck for maybe half an hour and comes back to find a dead body wedged into her truck cab. This is just the start of J.J. Cook’s new Biscuit Bowl Mystery series and if you want to know more about this first adventure you’re going to have to beg, borrow or steal a copy. I find that the mix of characters (her family and street people) make for a great read. I’m not handing out any spoilers. LOL FTC Full Disclosure: I received my copy of this book from the authors who only asked for a fair and impartial review.
SherryF More than 1 year ago
Fantastic and humorous new cozy mystery series I really enjoyed this cozy mystery. Death on Eat Street has all the elements for a top notch beach read or just a book to relax with and enjoy. Full of plenty of mystery that kept me guessing who is the killer. Zoe’s passion for cooking drives her, regardless of whatever her rich family and friends think. She doesn’t want the easy life that comes with money. She is determined to follow her dream. When Terry is found dead in her food truck, she feels it’s her duty to follow proper procedure and do the right thing. Sooo, she calls the cops, because that’s the kind of girl she is. The colorful cast of characters is fantastic, covering all classes. Her snooty controlling mother, her father who just wants to get along, her eccentric Uncle Saul, who they called in to help them with Zoe and he sure did. LOL Tommy lee, her jerk boyfriend, who doesn’t live in the real world. Ollie, from the homeless shelter, is a fantastic and tragic character that I am sure has a story to be told. He seemed to adopt her and was fast becoming her greatest ally. She would take the leftover food from the day to the guys at the homeless shelter, so they were always happy to lend her a hand. Miguel became her lawyer, when she was accused of the murder, but would he become more than that? Delia is her employee and friend and I can’t forget Creme Brulee, a sassy cat with a superior attitude. He snores and takes no guff from anybody. the I love them all, even the rich snobby ones. JJ talks about Wintzell’s and I couldn’t help but smile. Wintzell’s is a seafood restaurant that is a staple of downtown Mobile, Alabama. Oliver Wintzell opened the restaurant in 1938 and the walls are covered with his sayings. I must confess, I have a couple. ~~~~~~ “Don’t worry. It will never happen again,” says Zoe. I burst out laughing. This is the first book in the series and I feel she will be getting in much more trouble in the future. I am ready for the adventure. I received a paperback copy of Death on Eat Street by JJ Cook for tour review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I found from the beginning that the story peeked my interest. There was a lot of excitement that kept the book flowing and interesting. I liked the characters and look forward to following them into the next book. It is really hard for me to read a book without nit picking through errors, but this one was fantastically written. Very well done J.J. Cook
kayek1 More than 1 year ago
The first book in a new series. Zoe Chase quits her job when she's once again passed over for a promotion at work and sets out to fulfill her dream. She has always wanted to open a restaurant, so she gives up her apartment and takes all her cash to buy a run-down diner (a definite fixer-upper), and to make a living she buys a used food truck. The diner is in a strip mall near a homeless shelter, and her first employee Ollie comes from there. Things start out all right, but go downhill when she is threatened by a competing food truck for taking their spot, someone tries to rob her, and then to take the cake, the guy who threatened her turns up dead in her food truck. When a friend is accused of the murder, Zoe decides to do own investigating on her own, and takes her deep fried biscuit bows with her to get information. I loved this book, Zoe, Ollie, and Delia make a good team. Her cat Creme Brulee reminds me of my cat. Miguel, the attorney is a pretty cool guy, sparks between him and Zoe make me wonder where their relationship will go in future books. Zoe's family provides plenty of distraction, her overbearing mother, divorced from her father who has trouble standing up to his ex-wife, Uncle Saul, who's a character, and her overbearing, social climbing ex-boyfriend are all fun to read about. I'm definitely looking forward to the next book.
RonnaL More than 1 year ago
Food trucks are all the rage right now, so why not make food trucks the center of a yummy cozy mystery. Zoe has left her boring job at the bank to start up her dream job owning a restaurant, but she's short on money and long on talent.  She's bought a run down diner that she has every intention of fixing up for her restaurant.  To earn the money for renovations, she's purchased a food truck to sell her inventive biscuit bowls, and she's taken up residence in the diner, with her charming nipping cat " Cream Bralee". Parking her truck in lucrative spots, publicizing her food, and convincing her family that she gets to make " big girl choices" now should be her major focus, but someone has broken into her truck, a dead body is found in the front seat' and she needs to find out what is happening before she finds herself trying to survive more than the food truck wars. There's an interesting cast of characters in this book.  Besides Zoe and her family, there's a hunky lawyer with his own back story, a strangely charming homeless guy, a less than classy working girl, a big name rich chef, and a whole group of men from the homeless shelter behind her diner.  Wonderful start to a new series by authors who have already proven their talents with their other series. JJ Cook is the husband and wife team--Jim and Joyce Lavene. 
CozyUpWithKathy More than 1 year ago
This first Biscuit Bowl Food Truck mystery brings the food truck into the realm of the culinary mystery and I'm pleased with its presence. Death on Eat Street by J.J. Cook The First Biscuit Bowl Food Truck Mystery In Mobile, Alabama Zoe Chase has decided to follow her dreams. After getting passed over for promotion yet again, she cashes in her 401(k), and buys a run down (although dilapidated may be another word) diner. The diner is not yet fit for customers so she uses a food truck to sell her biscuit bowls; food, both savory and sweet, served in her signature biscuit bowl. Business isn't good, however, and then she finds a fellow food truck owner, with whom she recently had words, dead in her food truck. What can make matters worse? Being a "person of interest", discovering her boyfriend is a louse, overbearing, wealthy parents...unfortunately for Zoe, the list could go on. In their latest release Joyce and Jim Lavene, writing as J.J. Cook, bring the food truck into the world of cozy mysteries. Filled with diametrically opposed characters: the overbearing, wealthy parents and the good-hearted, eccentric uncle, the "bad" girl with the good heart, the troubled lawyer, the homeless men who help, and the protagonist herself, the poor little rich girl who decides to live the life she chooses, Death on Eat Street is a solid start to a new series. Zoe is charming, albeit a little naive, or perhaps it's just her rosy, positive outlook. However, I believe we may need her to show us that rosy hue as things are somewhat grim in Zoe's new neighborhood. This first Biscuit Bowl Food Truck mystery brings the food truck into the realm of the culinary mystery and I'm pleased with its presence, as it joins the diners, B & Bs, and assorted food shops as a place to enjoy food as well as solve murders! I also really want to eat a biscuit bowl, I'm thinking of strawberries and cream for me, what about you? Recipes are included.
DarkAngelCT More than 1 year ago
Zoe Chase has ended her career at a bank, and has been trying to ditch her boyfriend and building her life as a food truck owner.  She works along side some colorful characters from a local homeless shelter where she donates her unused food.  When another food truck owner winds up dead and stuffed in Zoe's truck it's up to Zoe and her friends to figure out what happened? This book was awesome we got to meet all sorts of people, learn about the various characters and how they worked together for a common goal, to find the truth.  In the midst of all this is a Thomas Jefferson recipe that went missing for Crème brûlée, many people seem to think Zoe has the recipe and she spends a great deal of the book finding out what is so special about this missing recipe, and who has the most to gain by it being missing. I enjoy reading books by J.J. Cook and have been a great fan since the fire brigade series, and this one didn't disappoint either.  It really pulled you in seeing how J.J. wove the story together, can't wait to see what is next for Zoe and whether this recipe will appear again!
Justpeachy1 More than 1 year ago
J.J. Cook aka. Jim and Joyce Lavene brings readers the first book in a new series featuring a food truck. Death on Eat Street is the first book in the Biscuit Bowl Food Truck Mystery series. Readers are treated to an eclectic cast of characters and a great new cozy heroine, in Zoe Chase. J.J. Cook shows readers how it's done by giving them a well thought out mystery that will have them on the edge of their seats, while setting up the new series and introducing all the characters. A great new book from a couple of trusted authors in the cozy genre. What I liked: J.J. Cook is a pseudonym for authors Jim and Joyce Lavene.  Some of my favorite cozies have come from their pens and I think the idea of this series is original and interesting. Food has become more and more popular of late with the advent of the Food Network and other cooking related shows. People who may never have heard of a food truck before have heard about them now and I thought the idea for this series was current and refreshing. Zoe Chase the heroine of the series is a girl after my own heart. After years in a lack luster career as a banker, she throws caution to the wind and takes a chance on her dreams. She buys a run down restaurant and plans to use the proceeds from her food truck business to help with the renovations and get her up and going. I loved the fact that J.J. Cook gave this protagonist goals and ambition. Zoe knows what she wants and what it's going to take to get it. She wants to prove to her family and friends that she knows what shes doing. I liked her chutzpah and her ingenuity. A great new cozy protagonist.  But Zoe isn't the only new kid on the block. The cast of characters that J.J. Cook has created for this series range from Zoe's more affluent family to her partner in crime Ollie, who helps her run the truck. Sometimes in the first book in a series, the author spends more time on the set up than on the story itself. I thought Cook did a great job of balancing all the aspects of the story, while still introducing readers to some great characters they are sure to want to read about again. I even loved the kitty, with the cool name, Creme Brulee... very culinary! The mystery itself, was full of surprises. When one of the other food truck owners ends up dead in the front seat of Zoe's truck after a very public argument with her, she becomes suspect number one. I found the mystery part of the book to be well written. There were plenty of suspects and when the motive becomes a little more clear, everything starts to fall into place. I thought the motive was interesting and very unique and the killer was not easy to pinpoint. Cook goes to great links to throw the reader off and in the end it pays off.  What I didn't like: This was a very good first book in a series. I can't say that there was too much I didn't like, though I was perhaps not overly enthusiastic. I want to know more about the characters and thought the recipes sounded amazing, but it lacked a little zip. I think the pacing was off just a bit. Nothing too serious and still a good read. Bottom Line: Another good book from J.J. Cook. Cook introduces an interesting set of characters for this new series and a great culinary point of view. I look forward to reading more about Zoe and her friends and finding out what might happen with that very handsome defense attorney.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts For a great cozy series to be a success you have to have great characters that readers can get comfortable with and invest themselves in. J.J. Cook has introduced us to some truly wonderful characters in this new series. Zoe is a leading character readers will fall for quickly. Passed over time and time again for jobs that went to men, men she had trained, she chucks the easy paycheck and goes after her dream. She wants to open a restaurant and to make enough money for that she starts out with a food truck selling some awesome biscuit bowls with delicious fillings. Her parents, who are divorced, think she has lost her mind. Her mom is a bit over the top but her dad seems to understand but won’t stand up to his ex-wife. This couple plus her Uncle Saul brings much of the comedy to this story. Then there is Zoe’s boyfriend that soon becomes her ex-boyfriend who may be banking smart but is relationship stupid. Her friend Ollie has her back and helps out with the food truck. He is a homeless man she met at a shelter where she donates any food not sold at the end of the day. There is much more to his story and we just scratch the surface in this installment. To top things off there is Miguel, the lawyer that comes to Zoe’s rescue more than once and makes her heart rate increase. I can’t wait to see how this relationship progresses. And I mustn’t forget Crème Brûlée, Zoe’s fabulous feline. He plays a key role! Added to this characters is a fantastic mystery. As the body count rises Zoe does her best to try to sort out the clues and find the real killer. J.J. Cook has cooked up a real winner with this series debut. I read it all in one serving, I mean sitting. I could not put it down!!
LisaKsBooksReviews More than 1 year ago
I have wanted to read this book since I first saw the cover of it online. Add the fact that it's written by J. J. Cook, a.k.a. Joyce and Jim Lavene, and I just knew it was going to be great. I was right! The action starts off very soon into the book and just keeps going. You'll find that just when you think you have something figured out, you're thrown a curve and have to rethink everything. the mystery just keeps growing until the surprising reveal. Zoe Chase is a very likeable lead character. She did what we have all dreamed of doing. Quit her unsatisfying job to follow her dream. While reading this story, told by Zoe herself, I was so drawn into it that I felt as though I was living it myself. My favorite parts were the ones when Zoe and friends were working in the food truck. As for those friends, the supporting cast of characters were very different in many ways than I have read in other cozies. That only strengthened their appeal. They added a fresh flavor that kept me completely entertained. And speaking of flavor, you are going to be so hungry for biscuits while ready this! It's a good thing there is a recipe for biscuit bowls included, along with some of their mouth watering fillings! DEATH ON EAT STREET is the perfect book to kick start the Biscuit Bowl Food Truck Mystery series. It has insured this will be a series that will continue for many years to come!
Kuzlin More than 1 year ago
Zoe Chase comes from an affluent family: her mother is a well-known attorney, currently planning a new career as a judge and her father is President of the Bank of Mobile. So no one can understand why she gives up her loan officer job, car and apartment to start a new career with a dilapidated diner and renovated food truck where she makes and sells biscuit bowls filled with savory or sweet fillings. As the story opens, Zoe is having a bad day where not only did she only make $48.50, but she also had an altercation with another food truck vendor, Terry. Things go from bad to worse when Zoe finds Terry's dead body behind the wheel of her own food truck. While initially a suspect in this murder, Zoe is quickly cleared but when the police turn to another local, Delia, Zoe feels compelled to help clear her by finding the real murderer. Along with new friends Ollie and Miguel, can she find out why and who murdered Terry? This is the first in a new series and has brought wonderful new characters, a great mystery, and interesting recipe ideas. I am already a fan of JJ Cook's other series, Sweet Pepper Fire Brigade Mysteries, and this series should prove to be just as enjoyable. I am looking forward to the next book in the Biscuit Bowl Food Truck Mystery series. Disclosure: I was provided a copy of this book from the author.
chefdt More than 1 year ago
Death On Eat Street is the first book in the A Biscuit Bowl Food Truck Mystery series from this great story telling duo. A fun new series with a cast of enjoyable, fun characters. Zoe Chase has always dreamed of owning her own restaurant. So after being passed up for a promotion at her bank job, she quits and gets a restaurant is in a less than desirable section of Mobile. Her parents, her mother, an affluent lawyer and her father a president of a bank, are dead set her venture. Since Zoe doesn't have enough funds to bring it up to code, she gets her Uncle Saul's food truck and is ready to hit the streets selling her specialty, Biscuit Bowls, hoping to generate enough revenue to finish updating her restaurant. Her few days are hardly what she was hoping for and rather than throw the unsold food away, she donates it to a homeless shelter down the street. One evening after dropping off the food to the shelter and to Delia, a waitress in the area, Zoe is readying the food truck for the next day, when she finds the body of Terry of Terry's Tacky Taco's food truck in the seat of her truck, dead from a gunshot wound. Her screams bring Ollie, a resident at the shelter comes to see what is wrong. Once the police are near, Ollie tells Zoe that he will contact his lawyer for her and leaves. Soon Miguel Alexander is representing Zoe. Soon business is picking up for her and she gets Ollie and Delia to help her prepare the food and with sales. Soon there is a break in at the restaurant and then an attempted armed robbery of the food truck. The robber wants whatever Terry had given Zoe, which was nothing. Soon it is learned that a very valuable recipe has been stolen and is reputed to be in Mobile area. Zoe is off, using Delia and Ollie to man the truck and with help of her Uncle Saul to gain access to the behind the scenes activities of some of restaurants and antique shops, to search for the valuable recipe. This book has interesting and am looking forward to reading more about Delia and Ollie in future books. Ollie is an especially interesting character and will be waiting to learn more of his past history. Also will wanting to learn if there will be maybe a little romantic interest for Miguel and Zoe in the future. And for the animal lovers there is Zoe cat Crème Brulee who seems to show her affection be giving people a quick nip. Delicious recipes included in the book. Looking forward to the next book.
inspiremichelle More than 1 year ago
Death on Eat Street by J.J. Cook When Zoe Chase was passed over for a promotion at work, she gave up her banking job to follow her dreams. She cashed in her 401K, gave up her plush apartment and moved Crème Brulee into a run down diner. No one seems happy for her. Her snobby parents think she lost her mind and her boyfriend is playing around. Zoe renovates her borrowed Airstream into the Biscuit Bowl food truck and takes it on the road. She hit’s a few bumps in the road in the form of murders, kidnappers and art thief’s. Death on Eat Street is the first in the new series A Biscuit Bowl Food Truck Mystery. The author J.J. Cook did an outstand job, giving life to the characters. They are funny and believable. The cat Crème Brulee adds a nice touch to this great book. I give Death on Eat Street 5 stars. I want to thank the author J.J. Cook and the publisher for bringing a compelling story to life that is a clean read and entertaining. This book has it all, a little romance, mystery and humor. I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.