_“For someone whose greatest culinary skill is ordering takeout, Sarah never expected to be co-owner of a restaurant. Even her Siamese cat, RahRah, seems to be looking at her differently. But while Sarah and her twin sister, Chef Emily, are tangled up in red tape waiting for the building inspector to get around to them, an attention-stealing new establishment—run by none other than Sarah’s late ex-husband’s mistress, Jane—is having its grand opening across the street. _
Jane’s new sous chef, Riley Miller, is the talk of Wheaton with her delicious vegan specialties. When Riley is found dead outside the restaurant with Sarah’s friend, Jacob, kneeling over her, the former line cook—whose infatuation with Riley was no secret—becomes the prime suspect. Now Sarah must turn up the heat on the real culprit, who has no reservations about committing cold-blooded murder …” – Amazon
We are introduced to a lot more characters in this book, especially those of the local motorcycle group that Sarah had no idea existed and three veterinarians who are also Vets that have their practice right next door to Jane’s (Sarah’s arch nemesis) new restaurant. Jane is not a likeable character, but she gets a bit of comeuppance later on in the book when Sarah finds there’s something rotten in regards to Jane’s vegan dishes. We also get to interact more with Jacob and his sister, Anne, who shows a bit of her softer side.
One of the things that draws me to cozy mysteries is the characters; how well they are developed and if I want to come back book after book to see what is new with their lives, and Goldstein does an excellent job in regards to this. Even Sarah’s pets, RahRah and Fluffy have unique personalities and they add a warm and fuzzy layer to the books.
Riley isn’t as sweet as she seemed, which slowly gets discovered, that combined with all the red herrings and lots of suspects makes for a great whodunnit. The end does come pretty fast and there seems to be a lot of this type of killer lately in cozies, but it doesn’t take away from a great book.
The Sarah Blair Mysteries is a series I highly recommend, and although you don’t have to, you may want to start with book one, One Taste too Many, so you can enjoy how the characters grow and get even more of RahRah and Fluffy.
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