Irish Stewed

Irish Stewed

by Kylie Logan

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ISBN-13: 9780425274880
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/03/2016
Series: Ethnic Eats Mystery Series , #1
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 205,126
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Kylie Logan is the national bestselling author of The League of Literary Ladies Mysteries, the Button Box Mysteries, the Chili Cook-Off Mysteries, and the Ethnic Eats Mysteries.

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Irish Stewed 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
DaniMaroon14 More than 1 year ago
I was chosen to review Kylie Logan's book Irish Stewed. I absolutely loved the storyline. Big city girl moves to small town with no intention of staying long. After finding something she decides to stay short term and help and ends up getting involved in a murder investigation. She tries to help keep her Aunts restaurant afloat and help solve the murder that happened there. I love her chemistry with Declan from the beginning. I really enjoyed the characters and the plot of this cozy mystery. Really is a great and enjoyable read!
brookeblogs More than 1 year ago
I'm a fan of Kylie's League of Literary Ladies series. When I saw this new series, I knew I couldn't wait to read Irish Stewed. Kylie starts out her Ethnic Eats series with a bang. Laurel travels to Hubbard, Ohio from California thinking she is going to be taking care of a quaint, bustling restaurant. Not only has she been deceived about the restaurant, she also comes across a dead body sitting in a booth. I liked Laurel. I have noticed that Kylie seems to write strong female characters who are a bit unexpected. They aren't perfect, "cookie-cutter" characters. They are independent, say what they think and willing to take matters into their own hands if necessary to solve the mystery. There were enough twists to keep me guessing as the story evolved. I felt like the author weaved some important story lines in that has me wanting to read more in this series. I can't wait to see what happens to Laurel next. Highly recommended - Kylie Logan takes the cake with her new Ethnic Eats series. I received a copy of this book for review purposes. I only include my honest opinion in my reviews and am not influenced in any way.
RobynKFLNJ More than 1 year ago
Irish Stewed is the first book in a new series by Kylie Logan. Laurel was a personal chef in Hollywood, but when she got fired through no fault of her own, she moves to Hubbard, Ohio to help her Aunt Sophie run her restaurant while Sophie is having knee surgery. The restaurant isn't anything Laurel thought it would be, so she tries to do everything in her power to make it successful. When a dead body is discovered, Laurel finds herself in the thick of things and tries to find out who the killer is, along with Declan, who owns a store near the restaurant. This book was a fast paced thrill ride and I couldn't put it down. Kylie Logan is a phenomenal author and I can't wait for the next book in this series! I highly recommend this book and if I could give it more than five stars, I would! I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Michelle_Palmer More than 1 year ago
Hollywood personal chef to the stars, Laurel, arrives in small town Ohio to run her foster aunt's restaurant while she recovers from surgery. She is unhappy with what she finds. A rundown restaurant and a murder victim. However, she also finds Declan, the man who runs the Irish gift store across the street. He could give a few Hollywood heartthrobs a run for their money, and she should know. The characters are charming and multidimensional. The setting is a pretty stereotypical small town. The plot is well paced and the murderer was a surprise to me. Overall, a good, fun cozy mystery with characters that I enjoyed spending a few hours with. I would like to continue reading the series to see if Laurel decides to stay in town and what happens with Declan.
cresotko More than 1 year ago
When a Hollywood private chef finds herself in Ohio to help her aunt out at her train depot diner and then stumbles on a body in that diner, things go from bad to worse. Kylie Logan starts off her new series in good form. The setting caught me immediately. If you live in the Midwest, you've probably seen at least one train terminal that has been turned into a restaurant. Sophie's Terminal at the Tracks is a homey local restaurant that has the luck to be located right next to the railroad tracks, and you want to grab a seat by the window. The characters are well thought out and have a lot of depth to them. Our heroine, Laurel Inwood, is a great combination of Hollywood expectations combined with a foster care past. All of her thoughts and decisions make total sense with this background. The plot had some nice twists, but suffers from what I call "first in the series syndrome". By this, I mean that a lot of the setting and characters have to be established, so the plot doesn't have time to be as twisty with a lot of suspect trails to follow as there are once the series gets going. That being said, the books keeps you interested and eagerly waiting for the next book. All in all, a great addition to Ms. Logan's list of series. I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review.
Darkand More than 1 year ago
Kylie Logan's new "Ethnic Eats" series has a delicious first course in "Irish Stewed". Her lead character Laurel is intelligent and quick witted. The setting of a railroad terminal restaurant was appealing to me especially since there are plenty of railroads in my area. And oh yeah, the "love interest"...who doesn't love a hunky Irishman! Yum! As with all of this author's cozy mysteries, the characters are interesting and in this particular book, as fleshed out as you can be for a "first in a new series". The actual mystery had me guessing till the end, which is always a fun thing for me! I also think that the concept for this series is extremely smart since everybody loves comfort food, and even more so if it is something from their own childhood. Then, to utilize the fact that America is still very much a melting pot, coming up with different international (but still comfort food) dishes for each new book speaks to this author's ingenuity and amazing talent. I'm German and Italian so even though my heritage says I can't win a war, my ancestors definitely knew how to make some incredible comfort food and I can't wait to see what this author cooks up for her next book! *Please note: I recieved a copy of this book from a Facebook group called "The Cozy Mystery Review Crew" in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoy Kylie Logan's other series. I am waiting for the next one of each to come out. Here, with her Ethnic Eats Mysteries, she has kept up the quality of her work. The main, Laurel, character is likable, smart, and not afraid of hard work. The male lead, Declan, could just be the typical cozy mystery hunk, but he brings much more to this mix. I will definitely be reading more Ethnic Eats mysteries.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts Laurel Inwood arrives in Hubbard, Ohio to find two surprises. Her aunt Sophie’s restaurant is in nowhere close to what she expected – more greasy spoon – less cozy bistro cafe. There is a dead body in a booth with a receipt spike stuck in his back. What can Laurel do? her “aunt” is having surgery tomorrow and needs Laurel to run the restaurant. Maybe she can make a few “minor” changes. . . but how will business really be after someone was murdered there? She has a prime suspect in mind but can that handsome man really be a murderer. He also wants to help her track down the killer. She doesn’t trust him but he knows the residents of Hubbard better than she does. She may need the Luck of the Irish to get her out of this mess. Save the restaurant and find the killer . . . maybe Hollywood wasn’t that bad. Reading this book was a delightful way to spend my Saturday. It brought back memories of my mother’s restaurant and the one she worked at while I was growing up. The later was called “the greasy spoon” by everyone. It is always hard to keep businesses like this thriving especially today with so many options. I loved Laurel’s idea and loved that she started her ethic eats concept with Irish comfort foods. Laurel is smart and can cook virtually anything. She is given a recipe for Irish Stew and she takes it and runs with it. Her upbringing as a foster child gives her an interesting way to look at life and the relationships she makes. Laurel holds nothing back when she confronts her aunt about her deception about Sophie’s Terminal at the Tracks and that she may not be sticking around. She is a tough cookie on the outside and in this first story in this series, just a little bit of the softer inside begins to show. There is a potential for a lot of character growth and I want to get to know her better and Sophia too. Laurel’s relationship with Declan, the hunky manager of The Irish Shop, is pretty complex. There is romantic tension, but she doesn’t trust him, and their arguments were very couple-ish. He also has a wonderful family that accepted Laurel immediately. The man who was murdered Jack Lancer—“the Lance of Justice” was a local reporter that appeared to be loved by everyone, until Laural started really digging into his life and the stories he featured. I really enjoyed this way this progressed throughout the book. There were so many surprises in addition to a few twists that kept my eyes riveted to the page. This series is off to a terrific start. Well-written, nicely plotted and characters I want to know better. I am looking forward to reading French Fried soon.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kylie Logan knows how to keep her readers entertained. Characters become family friends.The cozy mystery is just that...cozy. Love this new series.Being from Ohio, I can relate to the familair locations. The Literary Ladies Series is also a favorite. Worth your time to follow this talented writer.
Debb23 More than 1 year ago
With first in a series books I give them time to get to know the characters, settings and such, well there was no need with this book. It starts off strong and keeps on going. I love the main character Laurel strong, savvy and nobody's fool, she has a rough past from foster homes and although she comes off strong I feel there is a soft side there buried and leaves a lot of room for character growth. Laurel comes to town to help her aunt with her restaurant while her aunt is having knee surgery and is shocked when the place she expects turns out to be a greasy spoon. Add a dead body and cast of characters from restaurant workers, business owners and a certain Irishman and his family and you have the makings of a story that had me flipping pages faster and faster (and at one point saying "you go girl"). The mystery was explained satisfactorily and you get the added bonus of a yummy sounding recipe, I'm not a stew lover but I think that I will be trying this one. I eagerly await the next in this series.
chefdt More than 1 year ago
Irish Stewed is the first book in the An Ethnic Eats Mystery series. For me, this was an enjoyable new series. Laurel Inwood has moved to Hubbard, Ohio to help her aunt at her, as Aunt Sophie described it, quaint little restaurant. What Laurel finds is diner housed in the former train station and in need of a makeover. The evening she arrives and as her aunt is giving the grand tour, they find the dead body of Jack Lancer, an investigative reporter for a local TV station. He had been stabbed in the neck with the diners receipt spindle. It is thought that Lancer might have been working on another investigative story, but no one is sure if he was or what it might have been about. This is a fun new series set in a small town where just about everyone knows everybody else business. Laurel tries some new items on menu to renew interest in the restaurant, but health type foods are not a big hit. Declan, who has The Irish Store across the way from The Terminal at the Tracks and who just might be a romantic interest of Laurel invites her to his parents for Irish Stew. When Laurel adds he stew to the menu, it is a big hit and begins to feel much better about helping out. The recipe for Irish Stew is included with the book, along with a teaser for the next book, French Fried. Anxiously awaiting the next book to see what additional changes will be made at The Terminal and to visit with the interesting folks of Hubbard, Ohio.
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
New Series Off to a Delicious Start I am so far behind on the books I want to read I will never catch up. (It’s a wonderful problem to have, isn’t it?) But when an author I like starts a new series, I jump right in – that way I won’t get further behind. Which explains why I jumped on Irish Stewed by Kylie Logan, the first in her new Ethnic Eats series. I’m not at all surprised to report that this series is off to a fantastic start. Laurel Inwood has agreed to come to Hubbard, Ohio, for a few weeks to take over running her foster aunt Sophie’s restaurant while her aunt recovers from knee replacement surgery. However, Laurel is in for a shock when she arrives and finds that the upscale restaurant she is expecting is actually a greasy spoon. Laurel quickly gets a second shock when she and Sophie walk into the restaurant to find a man dead at one of the tables. The restaurant has been closed for a couple of days, so how did this man get in there? Sophie quickly recognizes him at the Lance of Justice, local investigative reporter Jack Lancer. Was he doing a story on the restaurant? Or was there some other reason he was murdered there? As you can see, we get plenty of questions to propel us into the story, and we slowly get answers as the book progresses. Meanwhile, the spotlight of suspicion shines on quite a few people before we reach the logical climax. The climax was a lot of fun if a bit rushed, but everything we need to know is there. One thing I appreciated about this book is the twist on the usual cozy series set up. Yes, Laurel is going to a small town to help a relative, but she’s never actually been to Hubbard before herself. This means we are meeting the residents at the same time she is, and our perspectives are similar. Laurel’s past as a foster child makes for an interesting main character who isn’t quite as quick to trust or reach out. A few times I did find myself getting irritated with her as a result of her actions, but most of the time, I loved her. I can see the potential for great character growth in her, and I’m looking forward to watching that develop in future books. Not surprising, the rest of the cast is just as well drawn. Yes, we are getting to know them in this book since it’s the first in a series, but they feel like real people already, and I can’t wait to go back and visit again. Yes, there is a recipe at the end of the book – we get the Irish stew referenced in the title. Based on how it is described in the book, I’m sure you are in for a treat if you decide to make it. I enjoyed Irish Stewed so much, I’m already looking forward to going back to visit Laurel and her new friends again. This is the start of another great series from the talented Kylie Logan that will leave you anxious for a second helping. NOTE: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
LisaKsBooksReviews More than 1 year ago
A great start to another fantastic series by author Kylie Logan! If you’re looking for a great cozy mystery, it’s always a safe bet to pick up a book by Kylie Logan. Her writing is so very enjoyable. It has the feel of having flowed effortlessly onto the pages. IRISH STEWED, the first in Ms. Logan’s new Ethnic Eats Mystery series, was impossible for me to put down. Hooked from page one, I carried this book around with me just waiting for a chance to get back to Hubbard, Ohio, and Sophie’s Terminal at the Tracks, the restaurant owned by the aunt of the series lead. Laurel Inwood may not have been thrilled with it on first seeing it, but this diner housed in an old railroad terminal, stole my heart the first time I “walked” through the doors. I was simply captivated by IRISH STEWED. Extremely well written with an outstanding plot, the story moved at a brisk pace, leaving me just about breathless by the time I reached the exciting conclusion. If you’re looking to start a new series, look no further than the Ethnics Eats Mystery series. The back of the book has a recipe, and a sneak peek of FRENCH FRIED, book two in the Ethnic Eats Mysteries by Kylie Logan!