Have a Deadly New Year (Farm-to-Fork Mystery #3.5) by Lynn Cahoon #bookreview #mystery

Title: Have a Deadly New Year

Author: Lynn Cahoon

Publisher: Lyrical Press

Publication Date: December 3, 2019

Page Count: 88

My rating:  4 stars

About the book:

Chef Angie Turner of The County Seat—Idaho’s finest farm-to-table restaurant—is preparing a private dinner in the mountains during ski season, but the trip’s about to go downhill . . .

It’s a rockin’ New Year for Angie and her crew as they cater a bash for a famous band—and as a bonus, they’ll get to stay at the singer’s Sun Valley house for a whole week once the party’s over. But there are hints of discord, and the event hits a sour note when one of the musicians is found with a drumstick in his chest.

Is this a case of creative differences turned lethal or is there another motive at play? Angie’s jumping out of the frying pan and into the fire as she and her fellow foodies try to solve the case before the killer comes out for an encore . . .


Have a Deadly New Year by Lynn Cahoon is a companion novella that goes along with the full length books in the cozy Farm-to-Fork Mystery series. This one is best read between books three and four however, as with the rest of the books in the series it does contain it’s own mystery and could be read and enjoyed as a standalone if choosing to do so.

In this series Angie Turner has moved back to her hometown in rural Idaho after her grandmother’s passing and opened up a new restaurant, the County Seat. Angie’s  restaurant has really taken off in the small town offering fresh ingredients straight from the surrounding farms. Angie has also gotten pretty good at solving the murders that keep turning up in the area although she keeps hoping to be done with her crime solving.

I’ve followed this series from the beginning and really enjoy the characters and the mysteries they get involved in solving. With Have a Deadly New Year being novella length the story goes rather quickly of course but you still get that glimpse of the character development from the fuller novels along with a quick mystery with limited suspects to help move along at a faster pace making this a nice addition to the series while waiting for the next full novel.

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

Find this book online: 

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About the author:

Lynn Cahoon is the author of the NYT and USA Today best-selling Tourist Trap cozy mystery series. She also pens the Cat Latimer series available in mass market paperback. And, because she can’t help telling stories, she also writes the Farm to Fork series. Romance novels are published under the pen name, Lynn Collins. She lives in a small town like the ones she loves to write about with her husband and three fur kids. Sign up for her newsletter at http://www.lynncahoon.com

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