Title: Expiration Date
Author: Devon Delaney
Publication Date: April 24, 2018
Page Count: 336
My rating: 3 stars
About the book:
After a short-lived marriage, Sherry Frazzelle is living single life to the fullest in her little Connecticut town, accompanied by her Jack Russell terrier, Chutney. Her new passion is competitive cooking—but it turns out that murder is the surprise ingredient . . .
With contestants from Maine to California and a ten-thousand-dollar prize at stake, Sherry’s latest competition, hosted by the CEO of an organic food company, is sure to be heated. But she’s more than ready to step up to the stove. After all, she did win the award for Most Creative Cupcake back in high-school.Today, she’s hoping her flavorful pork tenderloin will sway the judges. Instead, it seems someone’s decided to slay one of the judges . . .
After Chef Birns falls face first into the Seafood Flatbread Pizza, Sherry’s dish is deemed suspicious. Now she’ll have to stir through a stew of rule-breaking, corruption, and gossip to get herself off the chopping block, and find out who turned this food fight fatal . . .
Includes Recipes from Sherry’s Kitchen!
Sherry Frazzelle is in the midst of getting used to being single again and she’s found she has a passion for competitive cooking. Spending plenty of time in the kitchen allows her to tweak recipes until she thinks they will be a hit and maybe win a top prize or two. She was extremely excited to be chosen as a finalist in her latest competition.
As the competition is coming to a close and the judgement should be coming soon however one of the judges collapses. When it’s found that he had been poisoned the police begin their murder investigation and since Sherry’s dish was the last to be tasted they begin to look her way leading her to try to find out just what happened herself.
Expiration Date by Devon Delaney is the first book in the new cozy A Cook-Off Mystery series. As expected with cozies there’s a good amount of fun characters to follow and plenty of mouth watering treats for the foodies out there including some recipes.
While this was an alright start to a new series I did think it had a few flaws in my own opinion. First I noticed that it would drag a bit when the author would have Sherry cooking in the story telling each ingredient and step, made it feel a bit like I’d switched to a cookbook mid stride. I’d also noticed some interactions just didn’t feel very realistic in nature along the way but with a little tightening up it could turn into a really fun series overall.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Devon Delaney is a wife, mother of three, accomplished cooking contester, recent empty nester, and lifelong resident of the Northeast. She has been handsomely rewarded for her recipe innovation over the last twenty-plus years, including a full kitchen of major appliances, top cash prizes, and four trips to Disney World. She has also won the Grand Prize in a national writing contest for her “foodie” poem “Ode to Pork Passion.”