Death of a Kitchen Diva (Hayley Powell Series #1)

Death of a Kitchen Diva (Hayley Powell Series #1)

by Lee Hollis
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Death of a Kitchen Diva (Hayley Powell Series #1) by Lee Hollis

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.

Includes seven delectable recipes from Hayley's kitchen!

"What a delicious debut mystery!" –Laura Levine

"A delicious read that I ate up in one sitting." –Isis Crawford

More Mouth-Watering Praise For Lee Hollis And Hayley Powell!

"Sleuth Hayley Powell slides down as easily as one of her Lemon Drop Martinis (recipe included) and readers will be calling for a second round from author Lee Hollis." --Leslie Meier, author of Chocolate Covered Murder

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

More Mouth-Watering Praise For Lee Hollis And Hayley Powell!

"Sleuth Hayley Powell slides down as easily as one of her Lemon Drop Martinis (recipe included) and readers will be calling for a second round from author Lee Hollis." --Leslie Meier, author of Chocolate Covered Murder

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780758277664
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 03/06/2012
Series: Hayley Powell Series , #1
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 42,505
File size: 1 MB

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Death of a Kitchen Diva 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 107 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
the story kept hopping around from one scenario to another that you lost interest and it wasn't a page turner type book. I was actually glad to be done reading it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was okay. I don't really know why Hayley Powell's children were even included in this book cause they seemed to be totally ignored by her throughout the story. Kept hoping it would get better but always seemed to fall short. Have to admit I am glad I am done reading it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked the premise of this 250 page book. There was no sex cursing or extreme violence. The editing was so-so for a nook book, better then most but still leaving quite a few mistakes. It jumped around a lot. Yet the author kept repeating some actions and the same dialog over and over, which annoys me no end. The main character would rather spend time with her bffs then her family, leaving her children to eat pizza and left overs. I was hoping for another series of books like Diana Mott Davidson's and her caterer Goldie. I did not find it here. This book could have a lot better, hopefully the author reads these reviews, edits, pumps it up a bit, includes some good mothering and child involvement, for a much better story. Recommended for readers 13 and up. AD
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book wascexactly what I thought it would be. Cute, humorous and had me engaged in the characters and plot line. Good weekend read.
Gabbysbah More than 1 year ago
Not a very interesting book. Very slow and VERY predictable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had low expectations yet managed to be disappointed. Who speaks like these characters? They come across like someone was trying too hard to create a stable of local yokle hicks.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the start to this new series. Hayley is a fun character and someone I could see myself being friends with...she also writes a column with recipes...and cocktails...yum!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a fun excursion through a murder mystery and cooking all together. The recipes look wonderful and I will be preparing some of them
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a fun quarky novel with some twists and turns that will leave you guessing. I bought this book because it was cheap and i wanted to try something new. I love murder mysteries, and this book didnt scare you. I really liked the charecters and was happy to see more boojs with the same charecters!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I adored this book, and I am looking forward to the next one, which I pre-ordered, and will have tomorrow. Hayley is a great character, and the book is funny, but also has murder and mayhem, and ties it all together perfectly. I would highly recommend this book, and I was able to lend it to my sister, so that she could read it and enjoy it....Lee Hollis is a wonderful author, and now, one of my favorites...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a fun read for when you need a break from real reading.
Michelle1948 More than 1 year ago
I found this first in a series to be quite entertaining! A decent story, really good main and minor characters and a decent ending. Conversations between characters is playful which I find to be a lot of fun. It was good!! I look forward to the next in the series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fun read. Quirky and entertaining. Kept me second guessing until the end.
YogiSam More than 1 year ago
Death of a Kitchen Diva was a pretty good read. I liked the story and the characters. I think Hayley was a great main character. She handled getting arrested and investigating the murder really well, while still managing to take care of her children and be a friend and maintain her job. I think this was a good start to the series and I look forward to continuing on with this series. This was my first Lee Hollis title and so far I have no complaints. I am always on the lookout for another cozy mystery to read (or in this case listen to) and this was definitely not a disappointment. I do have one little tip about the narrator, Tara Ochs, I have listened to her before and when she first starts the book she sounds a little robotic like one of the voices on a gps system but after the first chapter you don't even notice and overall I think she does a pretty great job narrating. I would highly recommmend this book if you like culinary cozy mysteries.
Queenbethanny More than 1 year ago
After reading Death of a Pumpkin Carver, I decided to go back and start this series from the beginning. Hollis sets a great foundation for several more enjoyable stories. I'm finding myself amused and entertained by the situations Hayley gets herself into. I'm loving the recipes and the columns she's writing for her paper.
cherrybagadonutz More than 1 year ago
I don't often quit a book, but I had to quit this one. The main character was just oblivious. She took nothing seriously and I just wanted to smack her. I found myself getting angry at the main character for being so incredibly dense. I can't read a book with an amateur sleuth who doesn't have a clue.
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Cute story. Typical quick fun read. Nothing negative
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is light and has some laugh out loud moments. The recipes are really cool. and I like the description of how Hayley came up with the recipes very well. The over use of pop culture and the elimination of suspects does make the story a bit hard to take at time. and characters total lack of thinking in harrowing times was beyond annoying but it can be over looked for a light beach type read. The set up for continuation is very good and the fact the the characters are all so different works well. Also there is not a character in the story that doesn't add something to the plot, sometimes a bit heavy handed but it is worth a read if you want something fun and light.
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