Assault and Buttery

Assault and Buttery

by Kristi Abbott

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With her poodle, Sprocket, popcorn entrepreneur Rebecca Anderson must bag a killer in the latest Popcorn Shop Mystery from the author of Pop Goes the Murder.

Repairs are under way at Rebecca Anderson’s gourmet popcorn shop. With production of her tasty treats on hold, Rebecca has plenty of time to read the old diary she discovered hidden in the shop’s walls. It’s a fun peek into her town’s history…until the diary’s abrupt ending leaves Rebecca wondering whether she’s actually stumbled upon a cold case.

Unfortunately for Rebecca, mysteries are popping up right and left. When local busybody Lloyd McLaughlin is found dead, the police suspect he was poisoned by Rebecca’s popcorn. But Rebecca has only made one batch of popcorn recently, and it wasn’t intended for Lloyd. Nothing about Lloyd’s death makes sense—until Rebecca discovers a startling connection between the missing diary-writer and the murdered man.

Now, with her reputation on the line, Rebecca must discover who’s been cooking up murder—both in the past and in the present.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425280935
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/07/2017
Series: A Popcorn Shop Mystery Series , #3
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 261,922
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Kristi Abbott is the author of the Popcorn Shop Mysteries, including Pop Goes the Murder and Kernel of Truth.

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Assault and Buttery 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great fun. Enjoying the series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am ready for the next book. I never would have thought of tying pop corn to murder
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts Kristi Abbott takes a unique approach for the third book in this series. We find our protagonist, Rebecca Anderson in jail. She then uses flashbacks to tell how the gourmet popcorn maker ended up there. Between her shop being under construction to repair the damage that happened in the last book, a found dairy from the 50’s, a town council race and a dead body Rebecca has her hands full. It seems her habit of popping herself into police business has pushed Sheriff Dan way too far, he may be her best friend and brother-in-law, but right now he is not her favorite person. I loved the way this story was told! Rebecca in jail, in a town surrounded by friends, was fun and at times laugh out loud funny. Antics portrayed in this story could only happen in a small town. We learn the details of her incarceration as she tells her story to the woman in the cell across from hers. The why was understandable, the how and the who was surprising, and the prosecutor’s case and the judge’s orders made me a bit upset. It was stereotypical of an earlier time in history. It fit with the story and set forth more than a few comedic scenes, so I understand the reason the author went the way she did for the story. The story has an even pace, the first half of the book takes us through the past and then catches up to present day. At this point, the pace picks up as we start to look closer at the suspects and their motives. Secrets revealed and more than a few twists had me totally captivated to the last page. The story is well written and the characters really “POP”. This is my favorite book of the series and I hope it isn’t the last. I am excited to read more about Rebecca and her friends and family. There are also recipes in the back of the book. The S’mores Popcorn Bars will popping up in our home soon.
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
The Diary in the Wall If you read my reviews regularly, you’ll know that one of my pet peeves is the storytelling devise that plops us into the middle of an exciting moment of action and the flashes back to what lead up to that. I will be the first to admit when that approach works, and Assault and Buttery is one of those times. When we join Rebecca Anderson at the start of this novel, she’s just landed in jail. The sheriff, aka her best friend and brother-in-law Dan, has just put her there for interfering with a police investigation after she was asking questions at the funeral of Lloyd McLaughlin. He died after eating some popcorn that Rebecca had made – popcorn that had turned out to be poisoned. Naturally, this is affecting her reputation, so she does have an interest in finding out what happened to clear her name and save her business. Not that she set out to investigate a murder. Instead, Rebecca’s attention had been captured by a diary she had discovered in the wall of her shop’s kitchen while it was being renovated after a fire. It appears that the diary writer knew Rebecca’s grandmother, and there are hints of danger in the diary writer’s life. Who wrote the diary? Who killed Lloyd? And will Rebecca get out of jail? All of this is told is a series of flashbacks that Rebecca is telling the woman in the cell next to her after landing in jail. This gives us a chance to get updates on Rebecca’s time behind bars while also hearing what led her to her current predicament. Maybe that’s why I didn’t mind so much, the story moved forward both in the present while filling us in on the past. The flashbacks are fairly lengthy in the first half of the book, but it is never confusing and kept my interest the entire time. The main character in cozies is often threatened with jail for obstruction of justice just like what happens to Rebecca here, so I also enjoyed seeing that threat carried out. Her time in jail is actually pretty funny, and I got quite a few laughs from this book. There were some things I think were supposed to be funny that actually irritated me more than made me laugh, but they were minor. Naturally, with the plot of this book, the normal cast of supporting characters were in short supply. Their scenes were fun, but I did miss those who had the fewest page time. I was also a bit annoyed with Rebecca’s relationship with Dan and Garrett, her boyfriend who had a hand in her landing in jail. I actually think I was harder on them than Rebecca was, all things considered, which is a funny place to be. Or maybe the reconciliation just didn’t quite work. Again, this is a minor point. On the other hand, I loved how one relationship evolved in this book. Sometimes, when an author tries an unconventional plot for a sub-genre, it doesn’t work. In this case, I thought it worked perfectly. It does take us about half the book for the flashbacks to catch up to the present, but I was never bored during that time. The plot only got stronger when we got into the back half of the book. The strong suspects kept us guessing, and the way things came together was wonderful. And yes, we have two popcorn related recipes in the back of the book. Personally, I really want to try the S’Mores Popcorn Bars. If you’ve enjoyed the previous book in this series, you’ll enjoy Assault and Buttery as well. And if this series has yet to pop on your radar, you really should change that. NOTE: I received a copy of this book