Friday, June 20, 2014

A Catered Fourth of July by Isis Crawford

It's a Revolutionary War Reenactment on the fourth of July.  It would be a good idea except it's about 100 degrees and everyone is very hot and perspiring, especially the caterers and the soldiers.  Things get even hotter when one of the muskets blows up and kills one of the men...

Kensington Books sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published on June 24th, so grab yourself a copy then.  This is part of a series and they're all good.

If it isn't bad enough that Jack is killed, Marvin is accused of murder.  He was in charge of the props and it was one of those turned out deadly.  He has no idea how it got corrupted and he didn't hand out the guns, they each grabbed their own.  But it looks like he's going to jail anyway.  He's Bernie's boyfriend and she knows he's innocent.  She enlists her sister, Libby, to help her prove that Marvin is innocent.  This is harder than you might expect.

It seems Jack was romancing the women of the community.  Whether they were young or old, pretty or not, single or married, it didn't matter.  Jack had slept with almost all of them.  That makes the suspect list very long.  Was it an angry husband or boyfriend?  Or was it a scorned lover?  Or was it someone else altogether?

As they wade through the clues and try to find a way to put the puzzle pieces of the crime together in a solution, they continue cooking and making up new recipes to help them feel better.  The recipes are also included at the back of the book.  So you get a good mystery and good mysteries both at the same time!  What more could you want?

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