Angie first meets Daniel Monet at a local mission, where she and her chef-in-training, Hope, are serving barbeque chicken poutine to the homeless. Monet is one of Hope’s teachers—but Angie’s boyfriend knows him from his youthful days in England. But soon, the bon vivant is no longer vivant. When Monet is found dead, with Hope’s prints on the wine glass next to him, it will be Angie who has to sauce out the real killer . . .
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Angie Turner shivered as she all but ran to the barn to feed her only hen, Mabel, and the newest member of the Turner household, Precious, the goat she'd found earlier that year. Fall had come hard to the little farm town of River Vista, Idaho. She'd known when she moved north from San Francisco the moderate weather wouldn't hold long, but she wasn't quite ready for winter yet. She didn't know why, but she always worshipped days like this that started cool, then turned into a sunny afternoon. The chill made her appreciate the warmth that arrived later in the day.
The best thing about fall was the produce that came out of the farmers market. Her options had turned from the leafy greens of summer to the deep oranges of fall. And the potatoes she'd been cooking with lately were amazing.
Today she was planning on experimenting with a few different takes on the Canadian staple poutine. Hope Anderson had been talking about the dish since her classes started back up last month. Angie thought that maybe her dishwasher/chef-in-training was more interested in the Canadian visiting professor than the food he was teaching them to make. A bleating from the middle stall brought her out of her musing. Precious, the not-so-baby goat she'd adopted in early spring, was standing on two legs, looking at her over the top of the gate.
Angie hurried over and waved the goat down. The last thing she needed was Precious learning she could jump or climb the gate into the main barn area. She wasn't afraid the goat would take off; instead, she was more concerned that Precious would find the grain stored in the barn. Mabel, the lone black-and-white hen from Nona's last flock, wouldn't be pleased with sharing her corn.
Angie's boyfriend Ian had suggested they put up an electric wire to shock Precious when she got close, but that just seemed cruel, especially since the goat hadn't got out of her pen. Yet. However, it looked like Angie might be running out of options.
She rubbed behind the goat's ears. "Hey, girl, how was your night?"
Precious bleated out a few sounds, lifting her head to sniff Angie's hair. When Angie had first gotten the new addition, she'd set up a baby monitor in the barn so she could hear if anything went south. But now that Precious was older, she'd turned off the monitors and trusted the barn to keep her safe.
She fed the goat, cleaned out her stall and water trough, and then turned to where Mabel liked to roost. The hen eyed her warily as she spread out corn. Angie figured Mabel might warm up to her in a few years, but she wasn't holding her breath. The chicken had loved Angie's grandmother. And maybe that was enough.
Taking one last look to make sure she'd finished her chores, Angie headed back across the yard where Dom, her St. Bernard, sat waiting for her on the porch. Dom and Precious didn't quite get along. The goat liked the dog well enough, but Dom? He was scared of Precious. He'd been that way since the day Angie had brought the baby home from Moss Farms. Back then, she thought the goat was just a visitor. When she became one of the family, Dom hadn't voted for the change.
"Good morning, mister." Angie climbed the stairs to the porch and turned to study her neighbor's house. Mrs. Potter was visiting her son and daughter-in-law this month, so no one was in residence across the street. The house had a sad look to it. Dom glanced that way and sighed. "Don't worry. Mrs. Potter and Erica will be back soon."
As they walked in the house, Angie wondered if Mrs. Potter would even come back from California or if she'd stay down for the winter. And maybe longer. She was getting up in years and didn't have anyone here except her granddaughter, Erica, who was going to school at Boise State. Angie wanted her to be happy, but even now, she missed seeing her come over with her walker just to chat.
Angie tied on an apron and pushed the sad thoughts out of her head. It was time to cook. By noon, she had a pot of tomato basil bisque on the stove, chili-braised short ribs in the pressure cooker, and she'd tried two different versions of poutine using a variety of potato types.
A quick knock on the back door and then Ian stepped into the room. His dusky red hair and rock-star build only made his blue eyes sparkle that much more. Ian McNeal was the town do-gooder. He ran the farmers market, helped Mildred run Moss Farms, and taught Sunday school. Definitely not the type Angie usually went for. Todd, her last boyfriend, had been more of a bad boy type. She didn't think he'd ever stepped into a church, let alone taught Bible study. Thanks goodness she'd gotten that type out of her system.
"Are you about ready?" Ian paused after closing the door. Mostly he had to stop forward movement because Dom had come and sat on his foot, wanting attention. Next to Angie, Ian was the dog's favorite person. Angie suspected it was because Ian snuck bits of human food to him when she wasn't looking. "What is all this? We don't have to bring anything. You know we're cooking this afternoon, right?"
Angie stirred the soup, the smell of the sweet basil she'd harvested from her garden last summer filling the room. She then set the spoon down on a plate. "Cooking? The County Seat isn't open today."
"You forgot, didn't you?" Ian leaned down and gave Dom a quick hug, moving him off his foot. Then he stepped to the table and snatched a French fry from one of the poutine dishes. Dipping it into the brown gravy, he ate it before nodding his approval. "This is really good. Are you putting it on your menu?"
"Not sure yet. I've got two versions there." She handed him a plate. "Do you have time for lunch? I'd like your opinion."
"Sure. We had planned on picking up takeout on the way into Boise, but lunch here sounds better. Besides, you'll need to put all of this away before we go." He went to the sink and washed his hands. Standing next to her, he gave her a light kiss as he dried his hands. "You still don't remember, do you?"
"We're going somewhere in Boise to cook." Angie thought about where they were going to cook as she filled two bowls of soup and took the pot off the heat. There was no way this would be cool enough to package by the time they were done with lunch. Then the answer hit her. "Crap, today's the day we're volunteering at the mission."
"Give the girl a cigar." Ian took the bowls to the table and went to the fridge. "Want a soda or water?"
"Water, please." Angie got plates, silverware, and napkins out and put them on the table next to the bowls. "I even put it on my calendar, but I haven't looked at it since Saturday. How do you keep all this in your head?"
"I check my calendar each day. I don't have to keep it in my head." He sat and took a minute of silence before starting to eat.
Angie knew he was praying, but he didn't make a big deal of it. He'd invited her to attend his young adult Sunday school class several times, but with her having to work every Saturday night until late to close the County Seat, she'd begged off. Besides, she wasn't sure what she believed. Not like Ian. He knew who he was and what he believed. It was kind of overwhelming at times. She waited for him to pick up his spoon.
"So how long are we there today?" She took some of each poutine to try. One would have a beef spare rib topping that was still on the stove. The other had a chicken gravy and would have grilled chicken with a spicy sauce. Of course, she hadn't completely finished the creating of the topping, but she still had a week or so before they changed their menu at the restaurant.
"You're wanting to get back to work. I get it. But you have to admit that the people we'll be feeding will be appreciative of your talents, just like your customers are." He grinned as he picked up another fry. "Besides, we'll finally get to meet Felicia's boyfriend. She's been spending a lot of time with this Taylor guy."
"I'd like to say my intentions in signing up to cook were pure, but meeting Felicia's guy is the main reason I agreed to this." Felicia was her best friend and partner in the restaurant. If some guy was going to be taking up Felicia's time, Angie wanted to make sure that he wasn't a flake. "I'm not sure she has her eyes open on this relationship. I know feeding the homeless is a worthy occupation, but according to her, this guy has trust fund money. Why would he be running a homeless mission?"
"Because he wants to serve mankind?" Ian held up a fry with the beef gravy. "If you want a vote, I'd go traditional with this. The chicken gravy just seems a little flat compared to the richness of the other."
"Still, it seems suspicious." She let her worries about Felicia go for a minute and focused on the food. "I was afraid of that. I'm thinking instead of gravy, I might change it over to a barbecue sauce. But I don't want to overwhelm the potatoes."
"You're always looking for a new path. At least with food." Ian focused on his plate. "I have to say I'm enjoying my frozen dinners you supply me with much more than my usual ramen soup I had before we started dating."
"Don't tell me that you're dating me for the food!" Angie said with a laugh. She finished her soup and glanced at her watch. "I guess I better put this stuff away so we can get going. Remind me who else is going to be there?"
Ian listed off the staff from the County Seat who'd said yes. The only one who hadn't agreed was Nancy, and she was still working a second job. Angie hoped by next summer they'd be able to open the restaurant full-time and get Nancy down to one job. "And Hope called. Her class got canceled for this afternoon, so she's coming as well."
"So the full gang, almost." Angie ladled the soup into freezer containers. Mrs. Potter would be happy to have a pot of this going when she returned and the weather turned chilly. Maybe she'd make her a corn bread to go with the soup when she took it over. She looked up and saw Ian grinning at her.
"Earth to Angie? I asked you where you wanted the leftovers twice." He held the two plates of poutine.
"We'll have to compost those. I'd hoped we'd eat most of it, but it's so filling." She put the soup pot in the sink and turned off the water. "I'll do dishes when I get back."
"I'd help, but I have a meeting with the farmers market board this evening. It's our last meeting until next spring when we reopen." He scraped the scraps into her compost bag and rinsed the plates. "Maybe we could do a date night next Monday? I've got you penciled in on my schedule."
"I feel so honored." Angie took a rag to wash off the table and eyed Dom, who was watching the food move out from his reach. He whined and laid his head between his paws. "Sorry, dude. You have your own food."
Ian came up behind her. "You're always on the top of my list. We're both just so busy, and when I'm free, typically you're working."
"Well, at least we have the car ride to and from Boise to chat." She took off her Kiss the Cook apron and glanced at her capris and T-shirt. "Do I have time for a shower and change of clothes?"
"If it's quick." Ian walked over to Dom. "I'll take him out and do a lap around the barn with him so he gets some exercise today."
"Give me fifteen and I'll be ready." She grazed her lips over his. "You're the best, you know that?"
"I've been told that by many beautiful women. I'm just happy you think so." He grabbed Dom's leash off the key holder by the door. "Come on, big guy, let's go see what's going on outside."
As she got ready for their adventure, she glanced at Nona's picture on her dresser. "You would have loved Ian."
Traffic downtown was crazy busy, but they made it to the mission fifteen minutes before they were supposed to meet Taylor and the group. Sitting in the car, Angie eyed the building. It looked more like a warehouse than a shelter. "Are you sure we're at the right place?"
Ian laughed and turned off the engine. "I keep forgetting you just moved back into the area. They started here about five years ago. And besides, I know it's the right spot because I've come here with my class several times to help serve. But this is the first time I'll be helping in the kitchen."
"It's really not that much different. Except the kitchen staff works harder."
"Don't say that in front of Felicia. I think she could take you. She's been taking a martial arts class." He nodded to the woman who had just walked inside the mission.
"There's Hope. Let's go in so they won't think we're making out in the car."
When they got into the building, they almost ran into Hope, who stood frozen at the edge of the room. Two men were yelling at each other in the middle, and as Hope turned to escape, her face lit up as she realized Angie was right behind her. Tension filled the large room.
"I'm so glad you're here. I'm not good with conflict."
She moved between Ian and Angie. "Should we stop them? Or maybe we should just leave?"
Before Hope could spin around and escape, another man walked over to the uproar and put a hand on each man's shoulder.
"You know we don't solve our issues with loud voices or violence." The man's voice was calm and comforting.
"He stole my paper. I was looking at the jobs section and Harrold took it." The taller man poked a finger into Harrold's chest. "I told him to leave it alone."
"I was just looking at it. George was in the bathroom. He didn't need it in the bathroom." Harrold slapped the man's hand away from his chest. "And don't poke me."
"Don't touch my stuff and I won't poke you." George poked the guy again.
Angie stiffened. "This isn't going to end well."
The guy trying to stop the fight turned and smiled at her. An unspoken challenge danced in his eyes. He mouthed the words watch this.
He stepped between the two men. "What's our motto?"
"We are all friends and soldiers in the war against poverty," the two men chanted.
Angie watched as the man smiled and tapped both men on the shoulders. "And who do we fight?"
"We don't fight others, we fight discrimination, injustice, and hunger." This time their voices were stronger, like they really believed what they were saying.
"And what do we do when we've hurt someone else?"
Now George shuffled his feet. "We apologize. I'm sorry, Harrold, I shouldn't have yelled at you."
Harrold held out a hand, "I shouldn't have read your paper without permission. I'm sorry, friend."
As they shook, the other man smiled and nodded. "Great job. Now, both of you head out of here. We've got a dinner to get ready for."
As the men shuffled past Angie and the others, she could hear the mumbled threat from George. "Next time you take my stuff, Taylor's not going to be in earshot when I take you down."
"You're the one who should be glad he stopped me." Harrold glanced back at Taylor and waved. "I would have crushed you."
"Taylor ..." Felicia popped out of the kitchen, her blond hair pulled back into a ponytail. "Oh, I didn't realize you guys were here already. I was going to ask Taylor to keep an eye out for you. I know first impressions of this place and the guys can be a little intimidating."
"Intimidating isn't the word. Scary as heck is more accurate." Hope almost ran toward Felicia. "If I wasn't getting extra credit for this, I'd be running home right now."
The man now known as Taylor smiled. "We all need a little help now and then. Let me introduce myself. I'm Taylor Simpson. You must be Felicia's friends."CHAPTER 2
Ian held out his hand. "Ian McNeal. And this is Angie Turner, head chef and partner in the County Seat with Felicia. And that over there, quivering in fear, is Hope Anderson. She's usually stronger than she appears today."
"I think you're overestimating my character, Ian." But Hope smiled and waved.
"We're still missing a few, but we can get started and the rest will come in as they arrive. What's on the menu for tonight?" Angie walked toward Felicia and gave her a quick hug.
"We have tons of chicken and potatoes. What you do with that is up to you." Taylor joined the group heading into the kitchen. "We like our guests to have freedom to create. Besides, the guys are thankful for any meal they get. Sometimes, they don't eat for days. I can't even imagine that. And with all the food that goes to waste in America."
"You don't have to lecture me on food waste. I work with the River Vista Farmers Market, and I've seen a lot of perfectly good produce go to the compost heap because it's not sold or not perfect. Maybe we could work out a deal?" Ian studied Taylor with interest. "We're shutting down the market this Saturday for the season, but I'm meeting with the board tonight. Maybe I could come up with a proposal."
"You're always saving the world." Angie gave Ian a hug. "Let's just feed this group, and you and Taylor can talk after we get dinner set up. I wish Estebe was here, I'd like to run a few ideas off him as we look at your pantry."
As if she'd called him, her sous chef and the other cook, Matt, walked in the door. Matt waved at Angie. "Boss, you take us to the nicest places."(Continues…)
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With an emphasis on choosing your family from the friends grouped around you, Lynn Cahoon’s One Potato, Two Potato, Dead is a fun cozy mystery featuring Angie Turner, chef and owner of the County Seat restaurant, her boyfriend Ian, her best friend and business partner Felicia, and a number of other staff members. Set in a little town in Idaho, the book introduces Taylor, who seems like a really nice guy dedicating himself to a homeless mission. In this book there are a number of people who are not what they profess or appear to be. A visiting professor from Canada is found murdered, and one of Angie’s staff is accused of the crime, leading to Angie’s involvement in the investigation. There are many complications and distractions to add to the enjoyment of solving this mystery. One Potato, Two Potato, Dead is an entertaining story with plenty of activity, a huge focus on food, and many conflicts of interest as Ian’s uncle is the local sheriff. A little romance is presented for various characters. All-in-all, a highly recommended mystery by one of my favorite cozy writers. I would like to extend my thanks to netgalley.com and to Lyrical Underground (Kensington Press) for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
Angie Turner's entire restaurant team meet Hope's teacher at the local mission where they have volunteered to cook a meal. When he later is found murdered Angie must find the truth before Hope ends up behind bars. This series is fast becoming a favorite, I always have a hard time putting them down until I know who the killer is and why. Lynn Cahoon has a way for making the characters feel like you live in their community which gives the reader a stake in finding the truth.
I really enjoyed this book I got from Netgalley. It was the first book I have read of Lynn Cahoon's but it won't be my last. This cozy mystery is set in Idaho and the MCs are two friends that have opened a farm-to-fork restaurant. One of the friends, Angie Turner, also tends to like to snoop into local murders to help her friends out. In this one, she's helping to clear the name of her dishwasher Hope in the murder of a local visiting professor at the University - but things are not as they appear. Really fun characters and story line.
4.5 Stars. After a couple of rather grisly crime novels, One Potato, Two Potato, Dead was a refreshing change. This cozy series is exactly what I expect from author Lynn Cahoon. Her characters are smart, tough yet charming, her murders are quick and not gory or grisly (this one is a poisoning) and her sleuthing and detecting is usually questioning, snooping and deducing, not heading into seedy areas where you put your life on the line. Of course, there is a recipe included at the end of the book, this one for Idaho Potato Pie, which is a bit like a quiche. This is the third installment in the Farm-to-Fork mystery series. Chef Angie Turner is busy with her successful farm-to-fork restaurant, County Seat In River Vista, Idaho.Her best friend and partner sets up a monthly volunteer experience at the Mission in Boise (she is dating Taylor, the director). As the crew, Felicia, Angie, Hope (dishwasher and chef hopeful), and Estebe (sous chef) are working the meal. Hope notices her new professor, Canadian Daniel Monet and he helps them out. When Hope drives him home and goes in for a glass of wine, she has made a big mistake. The next morning her is dead, poisoned, and her fingerprints are on the other wine glass. She immediately becomes a suspect in the murder. With Ian disappearing, Taylor and Felicia having a falling out and Hope getting arrested, Angie steps into the investigation. I really enjoy this cast of characters and the country setting of this novel. As stated in the book, the employees are like family and that is how they feel to me. I would love to share a meal and swap recipes with this crew. I think the mystery aspects were fantastic. Author Lynn Cahoon is a pro at dropping clues and red herrings throughout the story to keep readers guessing. I didn't figure out the killer until it was revealed. She had me fooled on this one. I was entertained in a relaxing way with this cozy mystery and recommend not only this book, but the whole series, to cozy mystery readers. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.
Another fun and enjoyable visit to The County Seat with Angie and her friends. I really wish the restaurant was real-I would love to eat there...if I could get a reservation! The mystery was solid and had plenty of moments that kept me wondering who the killer would turn out be. I enjoyed the banter in the book especially between the Sheriff and Angie when he comes to tell her of the murder. That scene made me laugh. A quick and easy read with lots of fun along the way. I easily devoured this in one day! Highly recommend for cozy mystery lovers everywhere! I received this book from NetGalley and was not required to post a positive review. All thoughts are my own.
Fall is descending on River Vista, Idaho and the team at the County Line restaurant is working on their upcoming menu changes to reflect the local harvest availability. Angie, her business partner and BFF Felicia and their restaurant family are seeing the hard work pay off as the business grows. As a means to give back, the team volunteers to cook dinner at a local men’s shelter run by Felicia’s boyfriend. College intern, Hope, is surprised when her hot professor joins them for the evening. Turns how the professor may not be who he says he is when Angie’s boyfriend, Ian, recognizes him and calls him by an entirely different name. In the morning the visiting professor is found murdered and Hope is on the suspect list after joining the professor at is home after dropping him off. But Angie and the team know that Hope would never hurt anyone and end up not only trying to clear her name, but having to protect her. I love this series and the characters. The restaurant theme is delicious and I enjoy how the author brings Angie’s creativity to life on the pages as she plans menus, tweaks recipes, and solves murders. Lynn Cahoon is one my must read authors and I enjoy all of her series! If you haven’t read any books by this author, what are you waiting for? You won’t regret any of her books!
This is the 3rd book in the Farm-to-Fork mysteries, and the first book I've read by this author. There were a few references to characters and events from previous books that I was unfamiliar with but I was still able to read the book without feeling too lost. I thought the first few chapters were a little slow moving but it did pick up about half-way through. The bad guy was pretty obvious but not the reasoning behind everything. All in all, I found this book to be fairly interesting and entertaining. I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. My thoughts and opinions are my own and without bias.
Angie is happy to help out her partners boyfriend and cook at his local mission, giving back to the community is something her business strives to do. While preparing the food she is introduced to Daniel Monet, a visiting culinary professor and her dishwasher Hopes favorite teacher. When sitting down to eat her boyfriend Ian thinks he recognizes the professor but he knows him as Arnie not Daniel. The man acts like Ian is mistaken and Angie tells him to let it go. After everything is cleaned up and all are ready to head home Daniel asks if he can catch a ride with someone and Hope jumps forward saying she would be happy to give him a lift. The next morning the sheriff shows up at Angie's door with the news that Daniel has been murdered and ask her for her take on the previous evening. It comes to light that Hope didn't just drop the man off but went inside and had a drink with him. Angie is worried that the cops will think Hope murdered the man but she knows that the young woman is innocent. Angie decides that even though the sheriff has told her to stay out of it she must find the answers that will keep Hope from jail. Things become odd when Ian up and leaves the country without telling Angie where he is going and what he is doing. She is quite upset but knows that she can't really deal with that situation until he returns. During one of her hikes she runs into a man who says he is a visiting professor, when he seems to pop up everywhere she goes Angie begins to wonder if he has a role to play in Daniels murder. Follow along as Angie juggles working her restaurant, looking for clues in Daniels murder, and keeping Hope safe from jail. This was the first book I've read in this series and will definitely be going back and reading the others. I enjoyed the characters, the plot line, and wonderful setting. I can't wait to see what has happened in the previous book and look forward to what happens next in future books.
I received a free copy of ONE POTATO, TWO POTATO, DEAD (A Farm-to-Fork Mystery, Book 3) by Lynn Cahoon, through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. Angie Turner’s restaurant, The County Seat, is doing better than expected, so she, her boyfriend Ian, and her staff share some of their good fortune by cooking a meal at a local mission. There, they meet Daniel Monet, who is a new culinary professor at the college and who is also a shameless lothario romancing every married woman, female student, staff, and faculty member he encounters. Ian recognizes the man as “Arnie” from his childhood, but Daniel denies being Arnie. Things go awry when Daniel is murdered that very night, and The County Seat’s sous-chef Hope becomes a primary suspect. Ian mysteriously disappears without notice, but, strangely, law enforcement never considers Ian a suspect in the murder. Can Angie get Hope out of the hot seat? I enjoyed this book. I like Angie and crew. However, as hinted above, I did think that Ian’s bizarre and inconsiderate behavior was shrugged off a little too quickly. I enjoy Lynn Cahoon’s other series. I recommend this book to those who enjoyed the first two books in the Farm-to-Fork series, to fans of Lynn Cahoon’s books, and to those who like restaurant themed mysteries. #OnePotatoTwoPotatoDead #NetGalley
One Potato, Two Potato, Dead by Lynn Cahoon is book 3 in the Farm to Fork Mystery series. This is a great series and just keeps getting better. It can be read as a stand alone but, you will want to read the series. There is a great story line with a couple mysteries through out the story. There are plenty of twists and turns that will have you wondering until the end with some humor, loyalty and friendship. It is a clean and easy to read cozy with a recipe included. I was given an ARC via Netgalley and Kensington Books.
Another Cozy Cooking Murder in Idaho This is the latest episode of the Farm to Fork Restaurant cozy mystery series. This series has some great cooking, rural living and murder: all told in a cozy manner. The plot is wonderfully done with great interpersonal relationships, college student drama, and pets needing attention. While this is the first of the series that I have read, this episode makes me want to read the others. The book stands alone well, but it makes the other stories sound neat. I received this book for free and this is my honest review.
Angie, co-owner and head chef at County Seat, is trying to grow and improve her business, but she gets distracted by a murdered professor, an AWOL boyfriend, and one of her kitchen staff getting stared down by the eyes of the law. This book is packed with activity, from the everyday duties of feeding farm animals and preparing meals for customers, to more unusual tasks like searching a dead man's office and home and planning cooking classes at the restaurant. I couldn't put it down! I like the main characters Angie, her dog Dom, her best friend and business partner Felicia, and Angie's boyfriend Ian. They're all realistic and dynamic and I care about what happens to them. The whodunit is a real head-scratcher and I didn't really piece it together until the very end. All in all, One Potato, Two Potato, Dead is a great addition to the Farm-to-Fork series, though it works as a stand-alone if you haven't read the other two books. Looking forward to many more books in this series! I received an advance copy of this book. This review contains my honest thoughts and opinions.
Angie Turner and her friend, Felicia, are partners in the County Seat restaurant. The kitchen staff is family. The look out for each other. When Professor Daniel Monet is murdered, Hope, her employee, is a suspect because she had driven him home after they volunteered at the homeless mission. Angie is determined to help. Investigating on her own shouldn't be a problem. Right? Except the Police don't appreciate her assistance. Angie is a dynamo. She's a creative chef, an animal lover and an involved friend. She tires me out. She wants to protect everyone. Dom, her St. Bernard, is a scene stealer. He's very protective. I enjoy having animals in a story. They add humor and love. Ian McNeal is Angie's boyfriend. He works hard for the good of the town. These two are a perfect match. They have so much in common. He cares for her and is happy to help with her animals. I fell for him then and there. Though his unexpected trip was a concern. The mystery is well written and suspenseful. The characters are easy to care about. I like a small town where the residents help solve the mystery. I found the dialogue believeable. It made me feel as if I was there in River Vista Idaho. I'm enjoying the Farm-To-Fork mystery series.
Angie Turner’s chef-in-training, Hope, is enamored with her professor. But, when the professor is found dead, and Hope is a suspect, Angie will need all of her sleuthing skills to find the truth behind the dead man’s lies. This was a great installment to a wonderful series. I love the family atmosphere Angie created at her restaurant. People can depend and rely on each other. I wish that workplaces in the real world could be as supportive. The plot was a steady-paced guessing game that will delight any cozy mystery fan. I received an Advanced Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and am voluntarily reviewing it.
Lynn Cahoon's Farm-to-Fork Mystery series has been a winner from the first book. Its greatest strength is one that it shares with her awesome Tourist Trap books and that is an amazing community of characters. The staff at The County Seat are melding in to a loving family and that makes the book for me. I love that Ms. Cahoon gives us time in the restaurant with the gang and away from it with Angie. Those, what I call every-day scenes, are part of what makes the book feel real, so real that I am craving donuts! In One Potato, Two Potato, Dead, one of the staff becomes a person of interest in the murder of man to whom she had a connection, so Angie feels compelled to investigate and everyone steps up to help the accused. The search for the killer leads to an even more complex investigation into the victim which draws deadly attention. I suspect one of these days she will admit that she is intrigue by real life puzzles and can’t stay out of police business but some of her efforts pay off for the sheriff so that revelation may be a long time coming. I received an ARC of One Potato, Two Potato, Dead via NetGalley. I loved the book and will be sharing my pleasure with friends and followers. #NetGalley #OnePotatoTwoPotatoDead
Chef Angie Turner is busy with her successful farm-to-fork restaurant, County Seat In River Vista, Idaho. Her best friend, Felicia, runs the front, and sous chef, Estebe smoothly helps handle the kitchen. When her dishwasher/chef protégée, Hope Anderson is suspected of murdering a man who Ian (Angie’s boyfriend) knows from the past; red flags go up concerning the deceased and his reasons for moving to town. A fun and entertaining whodunit follows! I really enjoy this cast of characters and the country setting of this novel. Author Lynn Cahoon is a pro at casting lures to keep readers from guessing the true villain. She had me fooled on this one! I was entertained relaxing with this cozy and recommend it plus the 2 previous stories to cozy mystery readers. A delicious recipe is included for your enjoyment. I reviewed a digital arc provided by NetGalley and Kensington Lyrical Underground. Thank you.
Lynn Cahoon has written another great addition to the Farm-to-Fork Mystery series set in River Vista, Idaho. Chef Angie Turner's restaurant, The County Seat, is running smoothly. The staff is really like a family that eats together before each meal that they serve and really care about each other. They even have a work day away from the restaurant when they go prepare a meal for a homeless mission center in nearby Boise. Angie's best friend and business partner, Felicia, gets them signed up to serve the meal because she is dating the mission director, Taylor. College student and chef in training Hope sees one of her culinary professors from the college at the dinner and it is obvious that she has a crush on him. Angie's boyfriend, Ian, recognizes him as someone he used to know back in England. When he needs a ride home, Hope gives the professor a ride but it was a mistake. The next day he is found dead in his house along with a wine glass with Hope's fingerprints on it. The whole County Seat family surround Hope with concern. Chef Estebe calls in his cousin who is an attorney to represent Hope and Angie sets out to find the real killer. Ian mysteriously disappears to England for a while but when he is back, his Aunt Maggie and Uncle Allen Brown (better known to Angie as Sheriff Brown) want Angie to attend the family Sunday dinner after church. Angie is afraid to "meet the family." Expect a warm welcome to the County Seat family and River Vista with lots of caring friends, great food, local gossip, adventure and danger along with a mystery for Angie to solve. I received a complimentary ARC from Lyrical Underground and Kensington Books through NetGalley. The thoughts and opinions expressed are mine only.
One Potato, Two Potato, Dead is light, relaxing story with a smidgen of mystery tossed in. If you have not read the previous A Farm-to-Fork Mystery novels, you will not be lost. The author provides the necessary information for new readers. Angie Turner is not herself in this story. She is moody, short-tempered and negative (it is off-putting). Angie has her farm with Mabel (the hen), Precious (the goat) and Dom (St. Bernard). I am particularly fond of Dom (though I could do without the endless walks Angie and Dom take). She co-owns The county Seat with her best friend, Felicia. While Angie is a whiz in the kitchen, she leaves the front of the house to Felicia. There are a variety of characters that include Estebe Blackstone (chef at the restaurant), Hope (dishwasher, college student training to be a chef), Bar Travis (owner/bartender of the Red Eye), Ian McNeal (the boyfriend) and Sheriff Allen Brown (who loves Angie’s baked goods). Felicia is dating Taylor Simpson who runs the local homeless mission and Angie wants to check him out to see if he is suitable for her friend. I will say that Taylor is dedicated to the mission. Hope is infatuated with Professor Daniel Monet, a visiting professor and chef from Canada. When Daniel turns up dead the morning after Hope gives him a ride home, she is at the top of Sheriff Brown’s suspect list. It does not help that her fingerprints are on a wine glass near the body. There is little investigation into the murder. When Angie tries to give Sheriff Brown information, he tells her to keep her nose out of the investigation (which she cannot do). It is not apparent that the sheriff is investigating (it is not mentioned). There needed to be proactive investigating by Angie and Sheriff Brown. Angie feels Hope is young, innocent and naïve and wants to protect her. There is a lack of suspects, and, when the killer is finally introduced, it is obvious that this person is the guilty party. Most of the novel comprises Angie doing day-to-day activities like feeding her animals (twice a day), walking Dom, cooking, working on her cookbook, chatting with friends, eating, driving, working at the restaurant, getting ready for the day, and wondering why Ian took off without talking to her (he left for England the day after the murder). There were a couple of mentions that Angie’s neighbors are out of town. I kept expecting that to play into the story (like the killer using their house as a hideout), but it never did (then why was it mentioned more than once). The books pacing is mild (it lacked action). This is not my favorite book by Lynn Cahoon. It needed more substance.