Review: Death of a Kitchen Diva by Lee Hollis

Posted June 23, 2017 by Annie in Reviews / 6 Comments

Review: Death of a Kitchen Diva by Lee Hollis
Death of a Kitchen Diva
by Lee Hollis

4 Stars

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Released: March 1 2012
Published by Kensington
Format: eBook
 

Recommended Read!

“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.”
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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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I’m an obsessive makeup junkie and a compulsive reader. I like to call Under the Covers Book Blog my stomping ground, but when I’m not talking about books with my girls, I write New Adult Dystopian and Contemporary Romance under the pen name Ana Jolene (http://www.anajolene.com). I also work as a virtual assistant for authors. You also can find me as a reviewer and columnist for FreshFiction.com.

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I read book 1 a few years ago and liked it, but book 2 has been sitting in my tbr pile since. I should probably check on that!

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I’ll be reading book 2 very soon so keep an eye out for the review in the next couple of weeks 🙂

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Thanks for the review.

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Kathy Valentine

Sounds like a cute read,great review!! Shared on all my socials!!

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Thank you for the wonderful review! I hope you enjoy the books.

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Thanks Annie for the review