Book Review: No Parm No Foul

Posted October 10, 2022 by geograph in adult, contemporary, cozy mysteries, review / 0 Comments

Book Review: No Parm No FoulNo Parm No Foul by Linda Reilly
Series: Grilled Cheese Mysteries #2
on July 26, 2022
Genres: Fiction / Holidays, Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Amateur Sleuth, Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Cozy / Culinary, Fiction / Small Town & Rural, Fiction / Women
Pages: 336
Format: ARC, eBook
Source: Netgalley

"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!

Narrator: Carly Hale, owner of the Grilled Cheese Eatery
Supporting characters: Holly, Grant, Suzanne, Ari, Gina
Location: Balsam Dell, Vermont
Sub-location: Grilled Cheese Eatery
Magic?: No
Animals: Carly’s little white dog, Havarti
Recipes: YES. Included are: Alvin’s Panko Perfection and Farmhouse Cheddar Sleeps with the Fishes.
Series #: Grilled Cheese Mysteries #2
Theme: Halloween, grilled cheese, sandwiches
Mystery notes: They think that Carly’s love interest, Ari, committed the crime! I didn’t even guess at the killer, but when it was revealed, it felt like it all fit together.
Copaganda/police involvement:
Police chief: No! Do not investigate this murder, you are a grilled cheesery owner, not a policeman!
Carly: Yeah whatever I’m stubborn and I think I can solve it!!!
Notes on the puns of the title: incredible. amazing. no notes.
Further Notes: There is a competing sandwich shop called “Sub-a-Dub-Sub”.

Honestly, I think that the concept of a grilled cheese shop is SO charming, PLUS the recipes in the back combined make this a four-star read, not to mention the additional charm of the surrounding characters. I also like that Carly is a really kind of blunt person who Gets Things Done. You need tomato soup to go along with this book.

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