Death on Eat Street (Biscuit Bowl Food Truck Mysteries) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Apr 2014
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J. J. Cook is a pseudonym for a married couple who writes mysteries, mostly set in the South, with a touch of paranormal and romance.
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However, business is slow going with few people willing to give her new venture a try. After on particularly bad day, Zoe returns to her restaurant and begins unloading only to find a dead body in a driver’s seat when she goes to lock it up. The victim is Terry of Terry’s Tacky Tacos, and the two had a confrontation that day. Will the police consider her a suspect? Who really killed Terry?
Despite the body appearing in the first chapter, I felt the book took a little bit of time to truly get going. Once it did, the pace was steady with a surprising trail to the final killer. The characters were sharp and always entertaining; I just loved spending time with them. I did feel the narration had too many short, declarative sentences in it, something that distracted me at times as I was reading.
Overall, this was a fun debut by an author I hadn’t tried before. I will be back for Zoe’s next adventure.
NOTE: I won this book in a contest - no review was promised.
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Man oh man, do I love cozy mysteries. It’s one of my favorite genres that I don’t get to read often enough, so I was thrilled to read Death on Eat Street, the first in the new “Biscuit Bowl Food Truck” mystery series.
The story centers around Zoe Chase, an Alabama girl and former banker turned diner owner. When she buys an old run down diner in the sketchier side of town, she starts a food truck company to try and make some money while renovating the diner and trying to get it open. She serves her own special deep fried biscuit bowls from her truck, along with her friend Ollie, from the homeless shelter down the street. Business finally starts picking up and things are going great until a competing food truck driver (from Tacky Tacos) winds up dead in HER food truck. Now there are all sorts of people after Zoe, accusing her of stealing something very valuable, and starting to turn violent. Already battling with her snobby family who are disapproving of her new business endeavor, Zoe must rely on her new friends and cute lawyer to help her track down the real killer before she gets hurt.
This was a really fun and fast paced mystery centering on two of my favorite things: food and the South! I love all cozy mysteries, but as a foodie, I was particularly drawn to this one for its story line and Southern setting. The cast is unique and varied, from Zoe’s swamp-living Uncle Saul, to her down on his luck but intriguing (not to mention CUTE) lawyer, to her conniving, snobby ex-boyfriend Tommy Lee; this book has quite a colorful cast! I grew to really like the characters and was really rooting Zoe on, hoping her new business would flourish, despite the protestations from her family. I liked that she stuck to her guns and followed her dreams, even when they didn’t align with her family’s vision and dreams for her.
This story also had so many twists and turns, with nearly every single chapter ending on a cliffhanger, which really kept me turning the pages. I was constantly racing to find out what drama would happen next.
I have a couple of minor complaints, one being the constant cliffhangers, even though I enjoyed them a lot too. I felt like there was just SO much action that I didn’t see quite as much character development in Zoe that I would have liked. I really liked her as a character, but would have really enjoyed getting an even better glimpse of who she really was. Maybe this will happen in subsequent books? One other little thing was that I would have liked to see was a bit more Southern-ness, if that makes any sense. I knew it was set in the South, but aside from the Southern cooking and some elaborate homes, I didn’t get quite the Southern feel I was hoping for… y’all.
All in all though, I thought this book was a lot of fun. I am really looking forward to future books in this fresh new series!
This book was awesome we got to meet all sorts of people, learn about the various characters and how they worked together for a common goal, to find the truth. In the midst of all this is a Thomas Jefferson recipe that went missing for Crème brûlée, many people seem to think Zoe has the recipe and she spends a great deal of the book finding out what is so special about this missing recipe, and who has the most to gain by it being missing.
I enjoy reading books by J.J. Cook and have been a great fan since the fire brigade series, and this one didn't disappoint either. It really pulled you in seeing how J.J. wove the story together, can't wait to see what is next for Zoe and whether this recipe will appear again!
When Zoe Chase was passed over for a promotion at work, she gave up her banking job to follow her dreams. She cashed in her 401K, gave up her plush apartment and moved Crème Brulee into a run down diner. No one seems happy for her. Her snobby parents think she lost her mind and her boyfriend is playing around. Zoe renovates her borrowed Airstream into the Biscuit Bowl food truck and takes it on the road. She hit’s a few bumps in the road in the form of murders, kidnappers and art thief’s. Death on Eat Street is the first in the new series A Biscuit Bowl Food Truck Mystery.
The author J.J. Cook did an outstand job, giving life to the characters. They are funny and believable. The cat Crème Brulee adds a nice touch to this great book. I give Death on Eat Street 5 stars.
I want to thank the author J.J. Cook and the publisher for bringing a compelling story to life that is a clean read and entertaining. This book has it all, a little romance, mystery and humor. I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
As her parents and Tommy Lee do everything to convince Zoe to change her mind, she puts her heart into making her food truck and diner a success. Her specialty dish is her biscuit bowls and they are a huge success. Her future looks bright until she discovers a dead body in her food truck. To make matters worse, the body belongs to one of her food truck competitors who she happened to recently fought. Of course the police immediately suspect Zoe of the murder, giving her parents another reason to get her out of the restaurant business.
Things continue to go downhill for Zoe when her truck is broken into and she receives threats. Adding to her misery is someone thinks the dead man gave something valuable to Zoe. She has no idea what this is all about but things are heating up and not in a good way. With the help of some friends and her cat, Crème Brulee, Zoe finds her dreams of running a restaurant may come to an end before they even start.
J.J. Cook is fast becoming one of my favorite cozy mystery authors. This is another brand new series and I loved it from page one. Zoe is a fun, lively character. She has a lot of energy and a huge heart to match. She can easily become a beloved character as the series continues. There’s a potential romance in the air with attorney, Miguel Alexander. I’m looking forward to seeing how their relationship develops.
Zoe’s parents and ex-fiance were a bit annoying at times and treated her like she was ten years old but she stood up to them and held her own against them. There is a diverse array of supporting characters that I’m looking forward to reading about again. Of course my favorite, next to Zoe, was her heroic cat, Crème Brulee. What a great name for a cat!
The mystery moved along at a good pace, although I must admit I did suspect the culprit rather early. However, there were so many twists or turns along the way, I wasn’t really sure. I enjoyed this one and will definitely have my open for the next release.
FTC Disclosure: The publisher provided me with a copy of this book to review for this blog tour. This did not influence my thoughts and opinions in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.