by Lee Hollis
Released: March 1 2012
Published by Kensington
“We are really able to connect with Hayley’s character and get inside of her head. So actually, her recipes become that much more personal, as if it’s a friend who is giving you a homemade family recipe.”
~ Under the Covers
After reading one of the latest books in this series and falling in love with it, I decided that I just had to return to beginning where it all began. DEATH OF A KITCHEN DIVA is the first book in the Hayley Powell Food and Cocktail Mystery series. This series is unique because it employs a few different techniques. For example, a lot of Cozy Mysteries have recipes included inside but in this series, the recipes act as part of the story. Hayley is a Food and Cocktail columnist and in this book we discover how that all came to be. As she writes personal articles about herself and her life, you definitely learn more about her. I used to wonder about this technique because sometimes I do feel like it can disrupt the flow of the mystery, especially when things start to get intense. However, now I have really come to appreciate it.
In this way we are really able to connect with Hayley’s character and get inside of her head. So actually, her recipes become that much more personal, as if it’s a friend who is giving you a homemade family recipe.
One other thing I really enjoyed about this book is the humor. I read a lot of books and sometimes the author tries really hard to create that upbeat atmosphere. A lot of the time it can be forced, but Hollis does a really good job of finding that balance. Not only are the jokes actually hilarious, but they aren’t so abundant that they detract from the mystery. I’ve really fallen in love with this series and I’m looking forward to reading more from Lee Hollis.
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