Cooking Up Murder by Miranda Bliss

(A Cooking Class Mystery, #1)

Some culinary disasters can be deadly. Annie and Eve are life-long best friends who have absolutely nothing in common - except a lack of skill in the kitchen. So when they sign up for a cooking class at the local gourmet shop, they figure the only things at risk are a few innocent fruits and vegetables. But on their first night, Annie and Eve see their fellow student Beyla arguing with a man - a man who later turns up dead in the parking lot. Now the friends feel bound to uncover whatever secrets she's hiding, before someone else's goose - perhaps one of their own - gets cooked.

I enjoy genuinely funny cozy mysteries, and this one does meet that mark. The MC Annie was a fun and quirky character who, as a refreshing change, isn't naturally good at everything. Her southern belle best friend drags her along to a cooking course to get her mind off relationship woes, and of course the two stumble upon a murderous story line while trying not to burn the food. Somehow Annie even manages to ruin the art of boiling.

The mystery is a fun one because they do sleuthing, breaking and entering, sabotaging, interviewing, and misleads. It's not one of those lazy mysteries where everything just falls on their laps. They have a strong enough reason to solve the crime. Unfortunately the threads of the story became unraveled a little too much toward the end, and I started feeling a little impatient with it.

The romance was a little forced and out of left field, but it works for this type of genre so that can be overlooked.

For fans of fun, light cozies with a sense of humor, this is one that delivers. It also has a generous portion of recipes in the back - more than most books.

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