Eva Knox and her quirky Southern family are back in the second in the “intriguing”* culinary mystery series.
It’s the pits for the attendees of the annual Farm Family Fare in Abundance, Georgia, when olive oil farmer Eva Knox finds herself in the middle of a murder case...
Eva and the residents of Knox Plantation are oozing with excitement over the activities planned for the Farm Family Fare. The weekend event consists of two days of tours, exhibitions, music, tastings, and, most important, cooking demonstrations with celebrity chefs from the Chow Network. The enthusiasm, however, begins to dribble away after one of the star chefs goes missing—and is later found dead in the back of a refrigerated truck.
The scandal gets messier after the police discover that Eva’s sister Daphne spent the night with the victim right before he died, making her the prime suspect for his murder. It’s up to Eva, with the help of her other sister, Pep, and her best friend, Precious, to track down the real killer before Daphne finds herself squeezed into handcuffs...
About the Author
Kelly Lane is the author of the Olive Grove Mysteries, which started with One Foot in the Grove. She lives near Charlottesville, Virginia, and has worked as a writer, editor, and public relations professional. An active member of Sisters in Crime, she participates in professional writing groups and workshops. Kelly enjoys a Southern, agrarian lifestyle that includes preparing locally grown and artisanal foods for family and friends. At any given time, Kelly’s pantry boasts more than a dozen kinds of olive oil, including delicious Georgia varieties. She’d be hard-pressed not to share with you a mouth-watering dish made with her favorite olive oils.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Author Kelly Lane pulls you into COLD PRESSED MURDER with her quirky characters and the charm of a small-town setting. The story flows smoothly and at a good pace. The twists and turns will keep you on your toes until the killer is revealed. The charming setting is inviting and captivating. The author’s vivid descriptions make you feel you’re there with the action. The zany characters are likable and well-developed. The protagonist is easy to relate to and the supporting characters add depth to the story. The author’s blend of humor with family loyalty makes for a well-balanced tale. The author also weaves in a bit about olives and includes several tempting recipes to enhance this culinary mystery. An enticing tale you’ll enjoy from beginning to end. FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.
I love this series and this book is even better than the first. You cannot ask for more in a cozy mystery than this delightful second installment by author Kelly Lane. Eva Knox is a fabulous protagonist and her family is a hoot. The characters are fun and entertaining. The mystery is well written and kept me guessing. I love the southern flair. I recommend "Cold Pressed Murder" to anyone that enjoys a great cozy mystery with fantastic characters and a fun setting.
I’m not sure how the first book in this series, ONE FOOT IN THE GROVE got past me, but if it was as good as COLD PRESSED MURDER, then I missed out on a truly entertaining read. Before I had even finished reading the first chapter of COLD PRESSED MURDER, I knew series lead Eva Knox would be someone I’d have a blast hanging out with. The humorous wit, and yes, even sarcasm author Kelly Lane endowed in Eva, made her a fun character to read. Indeed, between Eva and several other characters in this book (And I do mean a great supporting cast of friends and townsfolk. Even some of their names had me cracking up.), I had more than a few laugh out loud moments. I don’t eat olives, nor do I use olive oil, and I know knowing at all about olive groves. That being said, I loved learning about all of it! That’s one of the things I enjoy so much about cozy mysteries. I learn a lot about all sorts of subjects I wouldn’t have been interested in learning before. Cozy mystery authors take their research seriously, and in books like COLD PRESSED MURDER, it really shows. As for the mystery element of this book, it was expertly thought out. Plotted superbly by author Lane, I found myself suspiciously “looking” at several different people as likely suspects. I went back and forth between two of them, trying without succeeding to come up with a solid answer before I read the reveal. I was shocked to see the killer wasn’t either of my suspects. (I really need to brush up on my Nancy Drew skills.) And don’t let your reading stop with the end of the story, or you’ll miss some great recipes at the back of the book COLD PRESSED MURDER is now one of my favorite books of the year. And I will be going back and reading book one, because I don’t want to miss a word in this series!