Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Killer Punch: A Killer Wasps Mystery by Amy Korman

Kristin is looking forward to summer and hanging out with her best buds.  At the moment, the tomato festival is coming up and everyone around is helping out.  The famous TV chef bursts in on the scene and says he'll do the cooking and banishes the other cook.  Then a famous painting disappears off the wall.  The painting is worth six digits, so the owner wants it back.  Kristin knows the local cop isn't going to be much good at locating it, so she calls on her friends.  What they learn is that even their small local town can be a hotbed of cheating and double-dealing.

Witness Impulse and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published today.  There are more in the series so if you like to begin with the first book, check it out.

This is light cozy with odd characters.  There are the very rich, the economically challenged, some Italian mafia, a divorce going on that is going to be a fight to the finish, and Kristin's challenged love life.

One of the ladies is sneaking in tomatoes grown in New Jersey, who has better soil.  (That's against the rules.)  The famous chef is trying to bed a young waitress.  Kristin's boyfriend is out of town at a veterinarian education class and the guy with the hot kisses is on the site of the festival.  Then her boyfriend's ex comes to town and she's worried about her.  It's like the picture is a small problem in this world.  But find it they must.  Not only do they find the picture, they also find out that the major new development in town is a breach of contract.  They fumble right along, everyone doing their part and somehow it comes out OK at the end of the story.

Wonder what trouble they'll find in the next book?  And will Sophie ever get all her shoes back?

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