Of War and Taters

Of War and Taters

by Ashley Chappell


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Sheriff Stanley Grace and the bewildered town of Merit become the media novelty of the week when a sensationalized story breaks about a recess war between two local “gangs” of fourth-graders. The media, celebrities, and a visiting circus descend upon them, turning the citizens, parents, and even children against one another as they look for someone to blame.

When the ghost of a recently murdered actor arrives to stage his post-mortem comeback, he becomes the only link Stanley has to a bloodied police uniform discovered just outside of town. While chaos reigns in Merit, a murderer is on the loose! Now it’s up to Sheriff Stanley to save his town from killers, newshounds, and circus clowns alike.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781943419791
Publisher: Prospective Press LLC
Publication date: 04/30/2019
Pages: 222
Sales rank: 1,030,865
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.47(d)

About the Author

Ms. Chappell currently resides in Huntsville, AL with the love of her life. During her writing time her cats sometimes share her lap with her computer, should they choose to allow the usurpation at all. When not writing, reviewing, or burying her nose in one of her well-worn Terry Pratchett or Neil Gaiman novels, she can be found sailing with her fiancé on their boat 'Dupracity' (Fans of Kurt Vonnegut will want to ask her what that means!).

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Of War and Taters 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Debi-Kircher 19 hours ago
OF WAR AND TATERS by Ashley Chappell 5 Stars OMG...I loved this book, and can not figure out how this is my first book by this author. If this is her writing style and creativity with storylines then I can promise this will be the first of many I read by this author. I'm a small town girl and love reading about small towns and this small town was everything for me. I can't even think of where to start reviewing this book except to say if you love reading mysteries with a twist and laughing your fool head off while your reading then this is absolutely the book for you. The characters..each one is written so perfectly and each one has their own little storyline going on and there's no way I can pick a favorite. Read this book...it was an awesome break from some of the super heavy books I've been reading lately. I will read this again and might even buy this for my grandsons because I think they would seriously love it :)
E_A_Walsh 11 days ago
OF WAR AND TATERS by Ashley Chappell was a fun read that had a little bit of everything, that kept me both entertained and engaged. Not my first read by this author, so I knew going in that I was in for a well written witty read, with intertwining elements. I was not led astray, and this book brought what it stated. Now I will say that I did find the pacing a little slow at times, especially with all the different POV's. But overall, it wasn't that much of a bad thing. I did love how every different element was connected somehow, and the dog, Mr. Cuddle Face, it was like this little innocent voice that popped in; made me smile, and just had me wanting to steel him away. Overall this book is a fun quick read that will have you second guessing, scratching your head and laughing. It was the perfect little mix of fun, drama, spoof, dark humour, mystery and entertainment. This book will keep you reading, and it will have you wondering why there isn't more like it. I do hope there is more to come from this wonderful little world that the author has created. To end this book gets my super high recommendation and my stamp of approval. Happy Reading. -E.A. Walsh
44Boys More than 1 year ago
This is such a clever book. It's got wit, sarcasm, and a cast of wonderful characters. A fun story from beginning to end. It's like the human version of Jonathon Livingston Seagull. A poignant, enjoyable story with a broader meaning. Well done Ms. Chappell!
KittyMuseBookReviews More than 1 year ago
*snort* *giggle* Oh—sorry. I just finished reading “Of War and Taters”, by Ashley Chappell. Hoo-boy—this is not a book that you would want to read in bed while your significant other is trying to get to sleep. A small-town sherriff (yes, two Rs—the guy who made the badge ran off with the florist before they could get another one made), Stanley Grace is used to the gossip and the mentality of the people of Merit, the town he protects and serves. Whether it be mad women or millionaires, rolling-pin collectors or the husbands they use said utensils upon, he has pretty much seen it all. It’s rather a mix of Mayberry RFD and something Terry Pratchett may have made up. His own wife has tried to murder him on many occasions and has sweetly denied it, and he pretty much just lets her get away with it. Every once in a while, she finds something else to grace her attentions on, which takes the load off him. Enter Cud, the stray dog. Formerly called Mr. Cuddle Face by Stanley’s wife, he is seriously considering moving in to the sherriff’s (two Rs) office for good. This may have also been a bad idea. With the cavalcade of weirdness that suddenly overtakes their town, Stanley and his lone deputy have their hands full, and little dogs are often overlooked. He takes it in stride, though. Life in Merit is never boring. You know, it’s funny how rumors get started. A gang of ne’er-do-wells, all of them at the ripe old ages of nine through eleven, get themselves and their town in deep national trouble. The media circus, including one Dana Perki (the “I” is silent), swoops down on the burg to investigate. This is happening at approximately the same time as a real sawdust-and-elephants circus is putting up tents in Mad Mother Hinkle’s potato field. And the population of Merit has grown by one more citizen. Okay, a half a citizen. Maybe. Monty Gregory, a murdered actor, has decided that he would rather not be dead, thank you. And so it is thus. Sort of. All of this comes together in a soup bowl of comedy and insanity. What’s surprising is that drama and mystery are thrown into the mix as well, and the result is a very satisfying end. This was the most hilarious book I have read since the last Terry Pratchett novel. I can honestly compare Ms. Chappell and Mr. Pratchett favorably. Every one of her characters is wonderfully memorable, and there are more twists and turns in this tale than the kinks in Cud’s coat. I know this will sound over-used, but I really mean it: “Of War and Taters” is laugh-out-loud hilarious.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago