If Fried Chicken Could Fly (Country Cooking School Mystery Series #1)

If Fried Chicken Could Fly (Country Cooking School Mystery Series #1)

by Paige Shelton

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At Gram's Country Cooking School, Betts and Gram are helping students prepare the perfect dishes for the Southern Missouri Show-Down, the cook-off that draws the first of the summer visitors. Everything is going smoothly until they discover the body of local theater owner Everett Morningside in the school's supply closet, and Everett's widow points an accusatory finger at Gram. Now, Betts has to dig deep into Broken Rope's history to find the modern-day killer-before the last piece of chicken is served...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425245859
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/03/2012
Series: Country Cooking School Mystery Series , #1
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 197,650
Product dimensions: 4.22(w) x 8.46(h) x 0.86(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Paige Shelton spent lots of years in advertising but now writes novels full time. She lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, with her husband and son. When she’s up early enough, one of her favorite things is to watch the sun rise over the Wasatch Mountains.

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If Fried Chicken Could Fly 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Plus - interesting beginning, mostly likeable main characters, promising mystery. Minus - devolved into an unnecessarily complicated mish mash of too many characters, too many red herrings, too many subplots that went nowhere and over development of minor characters. And I was really annoyed with how Jerome always managed to show up at just the right time with important clues. I thought that was lazy writing. I might give the author 1 more chance but then again, maybe not.
HartmyPebbles More than 1 year ago
I bought this book based on recommendation and because the cover looked fun and the name hilarious. The thing is I never really saw how the title applied and while the book was fun and sometimes funny it wasn't laugh out loud like I thought it would be (that was more my assumption and not a flaw of the author). I had a hard time at first getting into it (which can happen with a first in series) but as the story built it got harder to put down. I also liked the addition of Jerome Cowbender and hope he returns. The brother and the lawyer were particularly enjoyable and I really liked the setting (the town and the school). The series has loads of potential and I look forward to reading the next installment. For a first in series it was worth the read and I won't wait when the next is released.
Kourhei More than 1 year ago
Paige Shelton’s If Fried Chicken Could Fly is a delicious romp in the former wild west town of Broken Rope, Missouri, with a cast of absolutely engaging characters that you are dying to spend another book with. I’d jump in my car and roadtrip to Ms. Shelton’s Broken Rope any day. From the back cover: “Isabelle ‘Betts’ Winston loves teaching the secrets of mouthwatering country food in her hometown, Broken Rope, Missouri–famous for its past of outlaws, knife battles, and hangings. But now an all-too-current murder threatens the start of the tourist season…” I love how Ms. Shelton took a traditional mystery, tossed in cowboys, missing gold, and a modern day treasure hunt and then added an unconventional pinch of attraction between Betts and the ghost. Blended it to the tastiest treat. I had no idea who the killer was until the end. Luckily, Ms. Shelton crafted a fast-paced mystery that I devoured in three nights so the wait was bearable. All the characters are 3-D. I especially enjoyed Betts’ unconventional grandma, Grams/Missouri. She is a pip whether lecturing Betts on how to deal with seeing ghosts, stuck in a cell for a murder she didn’t commit, or dodging Bett’s questions about the treasure hunt that may have led to murder. There are also several recipes from Ms. Shelton at the back of the book. I’m trying out her fake fried chicken this week. If you like a dash of paranormal in your mystery, this is a not to be missed read!
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts Everyone loves their grandma’s cooking. My grandma even ran a restaurant for awhile. Gram reminds me a lot of my Grandma Lue. She also made the best fried chicken. The whole idea of a country cooking school fascinates me. I was just a teenager when my grandma passed away so I never really had a chance to learn from her but do have a few of her recipes in my recipe box. I have to say the appearance of Jerome Cowbender did surprise me but as he became a major player in the plot I couldn’t imagine the story without him. I now understand how sometimes characters just appear in these stories without the author’s control. He was a brilliant addition to a wonderful story. The story has a perfect mix of cozy fixings, with a “surprise ingredient”, blended expertly to make a culinary masterpiece for our reading pleasure. The town of Broken Rope seems to have more than it’s share of quirky residents, which means plenty of fodder for future installments of this new smokin’ series!!!!
ethel55 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Isabelle Winston helps her Gram with her Country Cooking School. Great, homey recipes like real friend chicken and red velvet cupcakes make up the lesson plan at this place. When a friend of Gram's winds up Deb, Isabelle (Betts) finds herself in the role of investigator in this new cozy series. I really liked the way the story unfolded. The history and legends of Broken Rope, MO were created in a realistic and fun way. Shelton also shows off her new town by populating it with a some great secondary characters, like Betts former beau, Cliff.
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PammieJo-CozyQueen More than 1 year ago
This was an incredibly fun read. Betts, short for Isabelle, is a law school dropout & has come home to help her Gram run The Country Cooking School. The whole town of Broken Rope, Missouri survives due to tourist season. A murder takes place during preparations for it & Gram is the prime suspect. Betts & her best friend Jake set out to solve the mystery. This is complicated by Betts finding out her old boyfriend has returned to town & now works for the police department. I was pleasantly surprised by the addition of the mysterious cowboy that at first Betts believes only she can see. He was alluded to on the back of the book but I wasn't expecting him to have such a prominent role. I hope we see more of him in later books. It sounds though, like he may not be the only "unsubstantial" character to make an appearance in town. The recipes included sound delicious. I look forward to reading the other titles in this series.
Lynn-MI More than 1 year ago
Take a pinch of ghost, a mystery, treasure hunt and a bit of romance --- and what a wonderful read! The whole story was well plotted, very well written and the characters were more then well developed! This series starts off with so much potential – and ability to be a pleasure reading with each edition made -- and not enough stars to rate it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I actually wasn't really into the book when I first started to read it. Ghosts....really, but I couldn't put the book down. What great read! It was a fast read and I even laughed out loud at times. Looking forward to where the series takes me. Ghosts!!! Yah!!!
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When I put my cursor on the fifth star "Exceptional" appeared. I think that about sums it up. Creative, different, and great story telling.
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I would deal with it but if it got out of control i would try to find a new job-story-Good. Not too eventful but it was supposed to short so yeah. Good ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like Cooking and Historical Places put together then this book is for you. When you start to read If Fried Chicken Could Fly, you go back to when grandmom would cook supper and tell stories of the past. You think of the cooking secrets that are past down and the stories too. The Historical side was great because it takes you back to you're childhood and you're parents too. It was a book that holds you to the very end. Grams and Betts along with Teddy, Jake, Cliff and the Sheriff and all the Ghost to come you want to move to Broken Rope Missouri. Bonnie Drummond
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(Thanks Anonymous for the tips and surprisingly I already had that incopoarte friend in mind. And also the Dog King is really a nickname because who would call themself King Dog? Not me! Okay, today this is going to be a short part because I don't have much time. Question of the part: What would you do if you forced to work with someone you hated? Advertisement: The Quest of Margo. Story parts at 'cyp'!) Sawyer glared at Ayame. Ayame just smiled sweetly back and turned on heel and fled the room which was strange. Sawyer heard a sound behind her and turned to see Jaquelin coming towards her. "Let's go!" Sawyer called to her. Jaquelin gave her a nod and they hurried down the stairs making people jump to the side as they went. When they got to the kitchen everything was taken, all the stuff that was laid on the counter, in the fridge, and in the cupboards. "They should seriously buy more food for us!" Sawyer shouted to herself. Jaquelin nodded in agreement and edged towards the door. Sawyer sighed angrily and followed Jaquelin out more slowly. "Hi!" Sawyer whizzed around to see Ivy sitting at a circular table by herself with three tuna samwhiches side by side in front of her. "I saved you guys some samwhiches and I'm glad I did because people were hungry today!" "Hey guys," Sawyer said trying to act as casual as possible. "How would like it if you went on a quest with me?!" <p> (Thats the end of this short part but I'll make a longer one soon as possible! Hope you enjoy.)