I read and reviewed this novel at the request of the author, Mary Birdie. Kill It By Skillet, the first in her new Kitchen Shop Mystery Series, is a fun and intriguing cozy mystery set in a cookware store in a charming small town called Walnut Creek. It’s a light, quick, fun, and easy read that will give your brain a break if you’ve been reading heavier stuff.
Belle Meyer runs The Wild Goose, a cookware store started by her grandmother. Belle gives cooking demonstrations and free samples of scrumptious foods, making The Wild Goose a favorite neighborhood store.
Luke Knight, a popular award-winning local baker with his own cooking show, buys a skillet from Belle, and is killed with it that night. After finding the body, and being a suspect for a brief time, of course, Belle cannot stop herself from doing her own investigation of the murder. The race is on to learn who-done-it.
Although it was a bit heavy on the cooking-related similes, I thoroughly enjoyed Kill It By Skillet, especially because I enjoy cooking. Also, I love perusing kitchen stores, so this was right up my alley.
What Makes This Book Reviewer Grumpy?
- Some incorrect verb tenses;
- beginning sentences with the conjunctions, “and” and “but”;
- misplacement of the word “only” in sentences;
- using “brought” instead of “took”; “bring” instead of take.