No Parm No Foul
Series: Grilled Cheese Mysteries #2
by Linda Reilly
Publication Date July 26, 2022
Published by Poisoned Pen Press
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Genres: Fiction / Holidays, Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Amateur Sleuth, Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Cozy / Culinary, Fiction / Small Town & Rural, Fiction / Women
***I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.***
"Foodies and mystery lovers will come for the red herrings and stay for the cheese."— Kirkus Reviews
The second book in a delicious culinary cozy series—the muensters have arrived in Balsam Dell in this Halloween cozy mystery featuring a grilled cheese shop owner turned amateur sleuth
After a long hot summer in Balsam Dell, Carly Hale is ready for crisp Vermont weather and gourmet grilled cheeses at her Grilled Cheese Eatery. And the upcoming Halloween food competition is the perfect way to impress the locals.
But Ferris Menard, the owner of Sub-a-Dub-Sub, is nursing a serious grudge against Carly. Two days before the competition, one of Carly's employees quit his part-time gig at Menard's sub shop, sending Menard into a serious snit. In a confrontation at the Eatery, Menard accused Carly of sabotage and vowed to bring her down.
That's when Menard's body is found in his kitchen the morning after the competition, a steak knife sticking out of his heart. But Menard had a slew of enemies, and if Carly doesn't figure out which one is the culprit, she might find herself—or someone she cares about—serving grilled cheese sandwiches under lock and brie!
No Parm No Foul by Linda Reilly is her second book in her Grilled Cheese Mystery Series, and was just as delightful as her first book! I loved visiting Balsam Dell, Vermont again, seeing some of the same townspeople and getting to know Carly and her friends a bit better.
Carley Hale is happy that her Grilled Cheese Eatery is doing so well in the small town of Balsam Dell. She really wants to impress the locals, so she decides to enter the Halloween food contest held annually in Balsam Dell. Ferris Menard is the owner of the local sub shop, and he’s been angry with Carly ever since she stole his best employee to work in her shop. Ferris also usually wins the Halloween food contest, but he’s never gone up against one of Carly’s grilled cheese sandwiches.
Ferris confronts Carly in her eatery about stealing the employee, but Carly stands her ground interesting the employee came over to her eatery on his own. Tension is high, but the next day, Ferris is found dead in his kitchen with a steak knife in his heart. When the police blame Carly’s friend, Ari, she takes matters into her own hands to find out who killed Ferris.
This is just what a cozy mystery should be! I love the setting in a fictional small town in Vermont, it just sounds like such a lovely little town (except for all the murders!) The mystery was very well done. I just knew who the killer was until it turned out it was someone else completely! I love it when I can’t figure it out until the end.
I like how Carly and Ari’s relationship is slowly growing, but not too fast. And Carly’s relationship with her mother is getting better and better. We get plenty of character development, but not so much that it slows the book down or detracts from the mystery.
And the food descriptions were wonderful. I’m ready to make some Alvin’s Panko Perfection grilled cheese!
I highly recommend No Parm, No Foul to anyone who enjoys a good cozy mystery. I received a complimentary copy of this book. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.