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Secrets and Fries at the Starlight Diner: A sharply funny read featuring suspicion, seduction and shockwaves (The Starlight Diner Series, Book 2) by [Cox, Helen]
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Secrets and Fries at the Starlight Diner: A sharply funny read featuring suspicion, seduction and shockwaves (The Starlight Diner Series, Book 2) Kindle Edition

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 976 KB
  • Print Length: 270 pages
  • Publisher: Maze (16 Dec. 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01GZH4VQA
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #122,390 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By KLFF on 15 April 2017
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After the first in the series, I knew this would be a great sequel, but I wasn't prepared for it to be such a gripping page turner. I didn't mean to read all of Secrets and Fries in a day, either, but here we are. A must-read!
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This is the second book in Helen Cox's 'Starlight Diner' series, and one I have been keen to read for a while after loving the first book! This one picks up where the previous book left off, introducing us to a new character to headline this story, but does keep the familiar faces from the first book too. However, this would work well as a stand alone novel too as the main storylines are completely different, so while I'd recommend you'd read Milkshakes and Heartbreaks at the Starlight Diner first, this can be enjoyed without doing so.

Bonnie is on the run, and not exactly happy about it. She has run away from Atlantic City, and has no-one to talk to except her old friend Esther, someone she hasn't spoken to for a while. Of course Esther can't turn her friend anyway, and ends up offering to help Bonnie. Bonnie ends up working at the Diner, meeting all of Esther's friends and family, and also local journalist Jimmy, who isn't exactly Esther's favourite person. So when Bonnie gets some really bad news, she has to use her new friends around her to help her before her life is changed forever...

I don't want to give too much about this book away because for me a lot of the fun was reading it, and finding out what happened as I was reading it. Needless to say, it was quite an exciting book, and the story within isn't exactly what the cover advertises the book as! I expected something a bit light and fluffy, romantic perhaps, but that definitely isn't the main crux of this book at all. Bonnie and her "adventures" were certainly eye-opening, and I enjoyed reading what happened to her as the book progressed. It was also nice catching up with all the characters I had read about in Helen's first book too.

The setting, as usual, is perfect.
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I need to admit something! Before I began reading Helen's new book, I assumed that it would be a candyfloss style read. I don't read blurbs you see, so I try to guess the book by the cover. It is safe to say that my guess was way, WAY off with this one.
Bonnie is definitely a character to remember. She's quirky, bolshy and isn't afraid to ensure that she's noticed. However, things aren't as they seem and soon enough, Bonnie lands herself in a bit of hot water at the diner she just happened to 'stumble' across. Seeing as I assumed that the storyline would be more candyfloss than pancakes and syrup, I had no expectations of the storyline itself. When Bonnie appeared in the diner trying to find her friend, it didn't take me long to work out that this book would have more sustenance than even pancakes and syrup!
Every chapter seemed to unearth yet another quizzical circumstance and leave me with unanswered questions. More characters appeared on the scene and took the book up another notch, whilst still leaving a lot of boxes unticked. I had no idea where the storyline was headed but I was super excited to find out!
As well as a FABULOUS book soundtrack that you may find yourself singing along to whilst you read, Helen has laced the entire book with on point humour and dry one liners. Absolutely brilliant.
Secrets and Fries was definitely a book that kept on giving and I was pretty disappointed when it ended. Every single character added to the ambience of the diner (and the storyline) in their own unique ways, making the unfolding storyline even more of a surprise.
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I know you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but it was the cover that caught my eye and drew me to this book. I knew nothing of it or the previous book set at the diner.

Having said that, I didn't feel I'd missed anything or had things I needed to know. I settled in with the characters immediately and got so wrapped up in the story that I was over half way through before I knew it.

The story follows the staff and regulars of the diner, but mainly a new arrival and friend of Esther who works there, Bonnie.
Bonnie is on the run to New York from Atlantic City to hide out with Esther. She witnessed a murder and fears for her life. But things get more complicated when she is arrested for the murder.

The characters are very well written and you quickly get involved and start to care for them. The book has made me want to go back and read the first, so I can see where the story started and find out more about the diner and characters in it.
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Simply flabbergasted at just how impressive Secret Fries at the Starlight Diner was, it kept me hooked and guessing from start to finish. In fairness, given how impressed I know I was at the end of the first book, I probably shouldn't have been so surprised, but I think the series may have just got better, and it has definitely proved that the first Starlight Diner book wasn't a fluke.

I literally had no idea what to expect from this book, and what I read was a simply wonderful story, which has more twists than a bobsleigh track! Just when you think you know what will happen next, the story takes an even better turn. It certainly keeps a reader on their toes.

Don't be fooled by the rather sweet innocent 50's diner-esque cover, this is so much more than a a basic bit of women's fiction. It is thrilling, without being a gruesome thriller, it has elements of a crime novel, it has some action, and also some romance. And it all mixes together in a story that really attracted my attention.

Secrets and Fries can be read as a standalone novel quite easily, as it follows a brand new main character and her story, but equally fans of the first will be delighted to see recurring characters, and being able to keep up with their stories.

The prologue is written in such a way that it sets the scene of the Starlight Diner, and gives a tiny bit of background to it. Then from the first chapter, I was intrigued by Bonnie's story, and was eager to discover just why she was running away from Atlantic City, just why she was wondering if her friend Esther Knight would take her in or not, and equally was very curious to see a new side of Jimmy Boyle in this book.

The writing is very easy to read, descriptive and takes you to the heart of the action.
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