Release Date: Jun 26, 2018
Series: Ethnics Eats
Publisher: Penguin Group
A year ago, Laurel Inwood left Hollywood, where she was a personal chef to the stars. Now she helps her aunt run a restaurant in the small town of Hubbard, Ohio. Laurel was able to keep the local diner afloat by adding a rotating menu of ethnic foods to the selection of comfort foods that have been a regular part of the diner’s offerings for years. Most of the new dishes have been a hit with customers, and the diner is doing well. The latest cuisine to be featured is Italian. Laurel is excited to debut the new foods, but then she sees her former celebrity boss, Meghan Cohan, there in the restaurant. Laurel’s worries over the woman’s motives for coming to town begin to put a damper on her excitement. When Meghan is found dead in the diner’s freezer, Laurel begins looking for someone who had a motive to kill the temperamental Meghan.
This is the third book in the Ethnic Eatsseries. I read the series debut but missed the book that came right before this one. However, I had no problems catching up with the main characters. Laurel is more settled into her new town and career in this installment, so I enjoyed it more than the first book when she was still mourning her old life. Laurel background as a foster child is somewhat complicated, but the main facts are given at the beginning and that’s all that’s needed to understand her character. Things she has gone through in her life have caused her to fear marriage, even though she is very much in love with her boyfriend attorney, Declan Fury, which could cause obstacles in their relationship.
Laurel’s investigation is interesting and because of the kind of person Meghan is, Laurel finds she has several suspects to investigate. I don’t want to spoil anything, but Laurel has to be the most forgiving employer ever after what she puts up with from one of the diner’s employees. It does show Laurel is a caring person, but her ease at forgiving the person for things done throughout the book is a little hard to believe. Overall, the book is well-written and I loved both the solution of the case and the unexpected ending of the book. I don’t know, but the way the final chapters read, this could be the final book in the series. Going along with the restaurant setting and featured cuisine, there are recipes for two different pasta dishes at the end. Fans of this series or of Kylie Logan’sother cozy mysteries will enjoy Italian Iced.