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  1. says:

    Rebecca Anderson’s popcorn shop is under renovation which is how she finds a mysterious diary in the kitchen’s wall She is trying to figure out who the writer was when someone dies after eating her popcorn – popcorn that was poisoned Her attempts to clear her reputation and save her business end with her in prison for impeding a police investigation What’s going on? Will Rebecca get out of jail?This book has a uniue first half as we get flashbacks to what landed Rebecca in jail It absolutely works; I was engaged the entire way through and the plot comes together perfectly at the end There’s some fun humor although a couple of scenes that were supposed to be funny irritated me Likewise I didn’t feel the repercussions of the jail plot twist were adeuately dealt with We didn’t see uite as much of the series regulars but I did enjoy what we saw And the new characters were wonderfulNOTE I received a copy of this bookRead my full review at Carstairs Considers


  2. says:

    Dollycas’s ThoughtsKristi Abbott takes a uniue approach for the third book in this series We find our protagonist Rebecca Anderson in jail She then uses flashbacks to tell how the gourmet popcorn maker ended up there Between her shop being under construction to repair the damage that happened in the last book a found dairy from the 50’s a town council race and a dead body Rebecca has her hands full It seems her habit of popping herself into police business has pushed Sheriff Dan way too far he may be her best friend and brother in law but right now he is not her favorite personI loved the way this story was told Rebecca in jail in a town surrounded by friends was fun and at times laugh out loud funny Antics portrayed in this story could only happen in a small town We learn the details of her incarceration as she tells her story to the woman in the cell across from hers The why was understandable the how and the who was surprising and the prosecutor’s case and the judge’s orders made me a bit upset It was stereotypical of an earlier time in history It fit with the story and set forth than a few comedic scenes so I understand the reason the author went the way she did for the storyThe story has an even pace the first half of the book takes us through the past and then catches up to present day At this point the pace picks up as we start to look closer at the suspects and their motives Secrets revealed and than a few twists had me totally captivated to the last pageThe story is well written and the characters really “POP” This is my favorite book of the series and I hope it isn’t the last I am excited to read about Rebecca and her friends and familyThere are also recipes in the back of the book The S’s Popcorn Bars will popping up in our home soon


  3. says:

    I was sent Assault and Buttery to read and review and I loved it It was brilliant Not at all what I had expected having read the last two books and this one was innovative and I found it very exciting to read The twists from the start roped me in and kept me grounded A fun and exciting 3rd book in a great cozy mystery series Loved it


  4. says:

    A convoluted mystery with many laughsNice to see Rebecca’s collaboration with Dan and Megan Definitely some surprises and yet Antoine is hanging around Surprise change in her relationship with Garrett I am sad to see no popcorn books in this series If KA writes I will most happily read them


  5. says:

    Loved this cozy series so sad there is only 3 The mystery was very uniue in this one


  6. says:

    and ButteryPopcorn Shop Mystery Book #3By Kristi AbbottISBN13 9780425280935Author website wwwkristiabbottauthorcomBrought to you by OBS reviewer KaytSynopsisWith her poodle Sprocket popcorn entrepreneur Rebecca Anderson must bag a killer in the latest Popcorn Shop Mystery from the author of Pop Goes the MurderRepairs are under way at Rebecca Anderson’s gourmet popcorn shop With production of her tasty treats on hold Rebecca has plenty of time to read the old diary she discovered hidden in the shop’s walls It’s a fun peek into her town’s historyuntil the diary’s abrupt ending leaves Rebecca wondering whether she’s actually stumbled upon a cold caseUnfortunately for Rebecca mysteries are popping up right and left When local busybody Lloyd McLaughlin is found dead the police suspect he was poisoned by Rebecca’s popcorn But Rebecca has only made one batch of popcorn recently and it wasn’t intended for Lloyd Nothing about Lloyd’s death makes sense–until Rebecca discovers a startling connection between the missing diary writer and the murdered manNow with her reputation on the line Rebecca must discover who’s been cooking up murder–both in the past and in the presentReviewI am a fan of this series – Popcorn Shop Mystery I really enjoy Rebecca Anderson and her poodle Sprocket Author Kristi Abbott has written another wonderful installment in this fun and delightful cozy series Assault and Buttery is the third It starts out a bit different that the other two and for that matter most other cozies Rebecca is in jail I enjoyed the way Abbott set up the beginning and went between the past and what was going on right then It gave the story even “meat” and pop Rebecca was bored since her shop was under repair so what better way to spend your time then being in jail notI love that this book comes in just after the last one so there is wonderful continuation When Rebecca was doing some demolition on her shop in order to repair it she and her friend found an old diary Now she has the time to read it and even when she is sitting in jail Things start out normal but end up making her worried for the safety of the author Also her own grandmother is in the diary What could have been going on? A Nazi in their little town? No way If that is not bad enough a local man Lloyd McLaughlin is murdered and her popcorn is the weapon How did that happen Is Lloyd a nice man or not who would want to kill him besides everyone how did he get any of her popcorn since she is not in business right now?I really enjoy these characters Rebecca is a fabulous protagonist and she makes me happy I was shocked to find her arrested for meddling but I guess it is about time an amateur sleuth was made to pay for sticking their nose where they should not be The author played that one exceedingly well I love the relationship Rebecca has with her friends family and even her boyfriend Even when it gets rocky The mystery is well written and kept me guessing I was sure I had the killers figured out and then nope I did not I did finally pick part of it correctlyI really look forward to the next book in this clever well written and highly entertaining read Assault and Buttery was a real pleasure to read It popped with humor intrigue and fun The characters just get better and better with each book If you have not read the other two books you will still be able to enjoy this one Of course Sprocket makes me very happy This is a super cozy mystery that will keep you in suspense give you plenty of laughs and make you drool for the great popcorn recipesOBS would like to thank the publisher for supplying a free copy of this title in exchange for an honest review as part of their ongoing blog tour


  7. says:

    Rebecca Anderson is in jail for obstructing justice and her brother in law Sheriff Dan put her there and won't let her out Her boyfriend Garrett fired her as a client and her only confidant is a criminal It all started when Rebecca found an old diary in the wall of her shop still under repairs The diary written in the 1950s at first seems to be that of a typical dramatic teenage girl As Rebecca reads on she discovers a mystery that leads her to investigate to discover who the writer was and if she is still alive With POPS still under repair Rebecca picks up some extra income making special orders for the mayor to give out to the candidates running for city council When an unrelated man ends up dead after eating Rebecca's popcorn she is labeled a murderer and orders fall off Rebecca is bound and determined to clear her name even if she's stuck in jailThis book gets three stars because the mystery started off with a bang and I could NOT put it down It got too late to read the whole thing so I had to go and skim the end There were so many suspects and twists and turns that it was difficult to figure out who did what and why I did suspect the villain but I wasn't sure and I didn't really want it to be that person I was surprised by what they did None of the reveal makes a whole lot of sense especially what happened back in the day It was all very tragic and I'm not sure it was all that believable What I did not like about this novel was Rebecca She lands herself firmly in the TSTL category Sure she stumbled across murderers before when it was obvious but this time she really goes above and beyond She doesn't trust Dan to do his job which doesn't make sense It would have made sense for her to get involved if say Dan had been excused from the case because he's a relative and friend and some big city detective who doesn't know Rebecca came in to solve the crime Rebecca continually behaves childishly and stupidly I DO give her credit for trying to figure out the identity of the diarist I would too as an archivist and historian I have read many diaries and used the clues to figure out who the diarist was It broke my heart when other characters didn't care and suggested the diary should have been tossed in the trash NO The characters are all well developed and interesting Sprocket Rebecca's faithful Poodle is very sweet He's my favorite character in the book Hayley isn't in the book much but she's still intense Baby Emily doesn't have a personality yet but she doesn't like sleeping which may indicate she's strong willed like her mother I could do without Evan He sounds young for 4 I would guess 2 or 3 I hate babies and toddlers so this family plot is not at all my thing Dan and Rebecca don't seem like best friends He puts his job first which is good and then his family He's all bad cop here but he's just trying to keep people safe and do the best he can to solve a complicated mystery I like him Garrett doesn't have much personality He's a little too good and bland for my taste There are lots of new characters here Several people are running for city council and they all end up as suspects in the murder investigation Justin seems a little smarmy to me and I don't know whether I'd vote for him He's a little too business oriented Sheri is all about organic and protecting kids and there are important things to care about than making schools nut free Her family has been in the town for ages so she may have insight into what can make the town great She seems like a great mom with wonderful kids Geraldine comes across as very intense and Chris and Taylor don't have much personality The murder victim Lloyd McLaughlin was a colorful character Finally there's Cathy in jail for embezzlement She's smart crafty and a bit too blind to the nature of her crime I liked her relationship with Rebecca though and it was the only section in the book I actually liked RebeccaReturning characters include Megan the diner owner who holds a grudge against Rebecca for stealing her customers I don't see why because diner and popcorn are not the same thing Coffee is gross so I wouldn't buy it anywhere but if I did it would be at a coffee shop not a greasy spoon For breakfast however I would go to the diner not go for popcorn breakfast bars Megan's attitude may have something to do with her losing customers There's also hunky Dario working at POPS to appeal to customers Rebecca's friends Annie and Faith are a lot of fun and great friends Anyone would be lucky to have friends like that Antoine returns to Grand Lake to be a pain in Rebecca's side He is such a needy person such a narcissist yet I can see why people like him In many respects he and Rebecca are actually a lot alikeBack in the 1950s we have the diary writer a teenage drama ueen with boy and parent problems Her parents are crazy strict but she seems a little immature and dramatic at times Then her cousin arrives Her lack of empathy for her cousin is appalling as is her mother's attitude some things are better off forgotten Yes the cousin saw unimaginable horrors but it is obvious why the cousin has only a few hairs on her head and a couple of teeth and why she has night terrors it puts things into perspective and the mother's comment is shocking I didn't understand her rationale at all My heart bled for the cousin and the other millions who didn't make it and I wanted to know what happened to her It sounds like her story was forgotten like her aunt wanted Just tragic The book includes some recipes some sweet and some savory I want to try S's Popcorn Bars It was disappointing Rebecca turned out to be TSTL or I would have really enjoyed this book


  8. says:

    Another enjoyable read from Kristi Abbott I really enjoyed this book and it was hard to put down once I started it Excited to read future adventures


  9. says:

    In a change from the ordinary cozy opening into a scenario that perfectly matches exactly the kind of treatment Rebecca deserves the book opens with her in jail awaiting her day in court on a charge of impeding a criminal investigation And she stays in there for over half the book It was amazingly refreshing but unfortunately and expectedly she learns absolutely nothing Okay What's next?Nothing's next We wait for your day in court and get you out of here At least for the time being Cynthia sat back in her chair looking relaxedI was anything but relaxed Right But shouldn't we be looking into who wanted to poison a city council member?She stared at me her big hazel eyes unblinking Do you remember why you're here Rebecca?Kristi Abbot Assault and Buttery p152Spoiler alert she doesn't Cynthia her lawyer spends the next two pages trying to press her circumstances onto her upon which Rebecca decides she's not getting anywhere and changes the subject Lest the reader think she understands why she's in jail she immediately starts grilling the sheriff for information the moment she next sees him as often as she does this to him he doesn't even seem to realize she's doing it otherwise I'm sure he'd happily send her right back down to her cell I stood Judge Romero may I speak frankly?Are you sure that's wise? he askedNo I answered I'm not sure but I'm not going to keep uiet any longerRebecca Cynthia hissed at me Sit down Let me handle this We're going to get you out today if you keep uietNo Cynthia I will not keep uiet I am sick of keeping uietKristi Abbot Assault and Buttery p177Oh lordy this one was a doozy Faced with the prospect of his girlfriend being stuck in jail another three weeks her boyfriend and former lawyer Garret offers to babysit her instead promising to keep her from further meddling Instead of being grateful Rebecca instead makes a big speech about how she's being persecuted by the patriarchy and accuses the judge of sexism Because that sounds like something that'd make her seem like less of an entitled baby And it's a moot point anyway because she immediately jumps in a car with her ex husband and leaves Garret's ass in the dust which as he rightly points out could have gotten her immediately rearrestedAnd there was a rock solid case for keeping her safely behind bars too As the prosecutor points out there'd only been one murder in their town's history before she moved back home and now there've been three in the past year not including the two attempts on her She doesn't so much attract trouble as track it down and poke it with a stick It's only a matter of time until a bystander gets killed But naturally the whole point of her being in jail is ignored as soon as she's out when the Sherriff who rightly arrested her apologizes and says he only wanted to keep her handy to help him solve the case since she I don't know is a better investigator than he is? I'm a little unsure where he was going with that offer to have her tag along on the investigation as a consultant except that I suspect he only came up with the idea to keep her under police observation without her realizing itThe rest of the plot is decent even if I'd figured out the killer nigh immediately At least the 'why' 'how' and all the rest were still up in the air I don't want a parade but I don't want to be slandered I took another step toward herShe wasn't backing down either Slandered? How about what you tell everyone about my au jus? How about that? Or my chicken with rice soup?I pressed my lips together I had not been complimentary about those two items The soup was gloopy and I was pretty sure she made her au jus with a bouillon cube It's not slander if it's true MeganNot all of us got some fancy culinary school education Some of us learned our trade at the grill working our fannies offCongratulations It came out sounding snottier than I'd intendedMegan shook her head and walked out to the dining roomI watched her go It was a shame really The diner had so much potential I personally loved good diner food but the emphasis had to be on good Fresh ingredients Simple cooking methods It could be doneBut apparently not hereKristi Abbot Assault and Buttery p96 97Oh I think you said that exactly as snotty as you'd intended you colossal snob I've said it in previous reviews for the series but I'm going to mention it again here since this is apparently going to stay as a major character trait for Rebecca She rubs her culinary education in everyone's faces then acts offended when they aren't impressed Speaking as a pastry chef graduate from the Culinary Institute of Canada she is everything that's wrong with 'foodies' much in the same vein that in one of the previous uotes she is everything that's wrong with 'white feminists' before anyone gets huffy I beg of you to check the below definition She looks down everything not made by herself or another professionally trained chef It wasn't as pronounced in this book as she's insulting lackluster diner food but in previous books she's spat out cookies in front of the people who've gifted them to her She must be the absolute worst person to cook forHowever she has a point Not about the restaurant that's just her thinking she's Gordon Ramsay on Kitchen Nightmares but I've watched enough Judge TV to know what constitutes slander It's a lie that damages a person's reputation Rebecca was sharing her opinion of Megan's cooking but Megan was telling everyone in town that Rebecca poisoned one of her customers and people were calling her to cancel their orders and specifically citing Megan's claims as the reason behind it Even if it's not enough for an arrest Rebecca'd at least win a civil case for the lost income Unless she was breaking the law herself which I actually suspect she was Her popcorn shop is undergoing repairs so her only business was the special orders she was filling out of her home kitchen which I'm pretty sure is a violation of the health code unless someone from the Health Department had gone out to inspect her property And I feel sure they didn't since no one showed up for an emergency re inspection after the poisoningBut Rebecca's battle with diner owner Megan is a key point in this book since it finally comes to a head in easily the best scene of the book The plot takes a melancholy turn as Megan has to face the conseuences of her slander It was a little unsettling and definitely laid the groundwork for a slow reorganization of the diner on Megan's own terms and maybe a bit of an understanding between the two competitors maybe even some much needed humility for Rebecca and maturity for Megan But the scenario was flipped into another comedic set up by an ending that cheated us out a chance for some decent character growthFinally this bit just bears mentioning as a general cooking lesson Operating the microfiche machine wasn't nearly as hard as I'd expected It was all a matter of following instructions Years of following recipes had primed me for jobs like this one Start at Step One Progress to Step Two Don't uestion Don't think too hard Someone else has already done that hard thinking for youKristi Abbot Assault and Buttery p111That is 100% not how you follow a recipe Has this author ever cooked? You're supposed to read the entire recipe through first so you're prepared before you start following the directions Do you have any idea how many new recipes I've tried and not read through only to find out that the oven should have been preheating or an ingredient hadn't been listed? My cookbooks are all filled with marginalia about adjustments suggestions or flat out warnings 'I DON'T CARE HOW LONG IT'S TAKING TO CARAMELIZE DON'T LEAVE THE DAMN STOVE DON'T TAKE YOUR EYES OFF IT AND DON'T TURN UP THE HEAT'CHARACTERS There was some potential for growth between Rebecca and Megan oh my god Rebecca if you hate her food just stop eating there but that rug was pulled right out from under us No growth no maturity Rebecca's relationship with Garret develops but since it was less a 'development' and a 'uestionably huge leap forward' I'm not adding a star for it Rebecca actually got on my nerves than usual The only star for this one goes to Sprocket the poodle who is far and above the most mature and responsible character in the seriesSETTINGWORLD BUILDING A little bit of exploring and a bit of evolution for Megan's diner but not enough for a decent scorePLOTSOLUTION A good twist had potential but it ended up taking the easy route As I said the murderer can be uickly identified but the secondary mystery of the diary writer is enough of a puzzle that you'll have some trouble putting everything together Sadly the poor characters overshadowed the plot good characters can carry a bad plot but bad characters can ruin a good oneOTHER ASPECTS I'd turn this series into a drinking game where you'd take a shot every time someone mentions culinary school but any players would die of alcohol poisoningTHE VERDICT? I've enjoyed the series or less for this long so I might pick up the fourth book but I'm not recommending it any and I'm chucking the books I have into the recycling binWhite Feminist n slang term; derogatory; a well off heterosexual attractive white cis girl who believes feminism should exclusively benefit other well off heterosexual attractive white cis girls; one who argues that anything that inconveniences them personally is an example of sexism often used alternately with 'feminazi' in order to further dismiss and ridicule the latter's argumentsCisgender av a person whose gender identity corresponds with the one assigned at birth as opposed to transgender agender etcFeminazi n slang term; derogatory; outspoken feminist


  10. says:

    I think it was my favorite in the series I will miss Rebecca Dan Garrett and Sprocket


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Assault and Buttery A Popcorn Shop Mystery #3

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With her poodle Sprocket popcorn entrepreneur Rebecca Anderson must bag a killer in the latest Popcorn Shop Mystery from the author of Pop Goes the MurderRepairs are under way at Rebecca Anderson's gourmet popcorn shop With production of her tasty treats on hold Rebecca has plenty of time to read the old diary she discovered hidden in the. Dollycas’s ThoughtsKristi Abbott takes a uniue approach for the third book in this series We find our protagonist Rebecca Anderson in jail She then uses flashbacks to tell how the gourmet popcorn maker ended up there Between her shop being under construction to repair the damage that happened in the last book a found dairy from the 50’s a town council race and a dead body Rebecca has her hands full It seems her habit of popping herself into police business has pushed Sheriff Dan way too far he may be her best friend and brother in law but right now he is not her favorite personI loved the way this story was told Rebecca in jail in a town surrounded by friends was fun and at times laugh out loud funny Antics portrayed in this story could only happen in a small town We learn the details of her incarceration as she tells her story to the woman in the cell across from hers The why was understandable the how and the who was surprising and the prosecutor’s case and the judge’s orders made me a bit upset It was stereotypical of an earlier time in history It fit with the story and set forth than a few comedic scenes so I understand the reason the author went the way she did for the storyThe story has an even pace the first half of the book takes us through the past and then catches up to present day At this point the pace picks up as we start to look closer at the suspects and their motives Secrets revealed and than a few twists had me totally captivated to the last pageThe story is well written and the characters really “POP” This is my favorite book of the series and I hope it isn’t the last I am excited to read about Rebecca and her friends and familyThere are also recipes in the back of the book The S’s Popcorn Bars will popping up in our home soon Verdicts on Nehru: The Rise and Fall of A Reputation (e-Single) the latest Popcorn Shop Mystery from The Magic Drum And Other Favourite Stories the author of Pop Goes Goal Butterfingers the MurderRepairs are under way at Rebecca Anderson's gourmet popcorn shop With production of her Psychoanalytic Case Formulation tasty Red Sun treats on hold Rebecca has plenty of Uncle Sam (Short) time Nine Book Three: The Rise of the Kalingan to read Nonalignment 2.0: A Foreign & Strategic Policy for India in the 21st Century (A Foreign and Strategic Policy) the old diary she discovered hidden in Rebels in Rajasthan (Adventures of the Flying Jharokha) the. 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Shop's walls It's a fun peek into her town's historyuntil the diary's abrupt ending leaves Rebecca wondering whether she's actually stumbled upon a cold caseUnfortunately for Rebecca mysteries are popping up right and left When local busybody Lloyd McLaughlin is found dead the police suspect he was poisoned by Rebecca's popcorn But Rebec. A convoluted mystery with many laughsNice to see Rebecca’s collaboration with Dan and Megan Definitely some surprises and yet Antoine is hanging around Surprise change in her relationship with Garrett I am sad to see no popcorn books in this series If KA writes I will most happily read them Las correcciones town's historyuntil The Return of Sherlock Holmes the diary's abrupt ending leaves Rebecca wondering whether she's actually stumbled upon a cold caseUnfortunately for Rebecca mysteries are popping up right and left When local busybody Lloyd McLaughlin is found dead The Tomato Book the police suspect he was poisoned by Rebecca's popcorn But Rebec. A convoluted mystery with many laughsNice Loving Lilly to see Rebecca’s collaboration with Dan and Megan Definitely some surprises and yet Antoine is hanging around Surprise change in her relationship with Garrett I am sad The Complete Idiot's Guide to Quinoa Cookbook to see no popcorn books in Christmas Eve on Sesame Street this series If KA writes I will most happily read An Atheist Defends Religion them

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Ca has only made one batch of popcorn recently and it wasn't intended for Lloyd Nothing about Lloyd's death makes sense until Rebecca discovers a startling connection between the missing diary writer and the murdered manNow with her reputation on the line Rebecca must discover who's been cooking up murder both in the past and in the prese. In a change from the ordinary cozy opening into a scenario that perfectly matches exactly the kind of treatment Rebecca deserves the book opens with her in jail awaiting her day in court on a charge of impeding a criminal investigation And she stays in there for over half the book It was amazingly refreshing but unfortunately and expectedly she learns absolutely nothing Okay What's nextNothing's next We wait for your day in court and get you out of here At least for the time being Cynthia sat back in her chair looking relaxedI was anything but relaxed Right But shouldn't we be looking into who wanted to poison a city council memberShe stared at me her big hazel eyes unblinking Do you remember why you're here RebeccaKristi Abbot Assault and Buttery p152Spoiler alert she doesn't Cynthia her lawyer spends the next two pages trying to press her circumstances onto her upon which Rebecca decides she's not getting anywhere and changes the subject Lest the reader think she understands why she's in jail she immediately starts grilling the sheriff for information the moment she next sees him as often as she does this to him he doesn't even seem to realize she's doing it otherwise I'm sure he'd happily send her right back down to her cell I stood Judge Romero may I speak franklyAre you sure that's wise he askedNo I answered I'm not sure but I'm not going to keep uiet any longerRebecca Cynthia hissed at me Sit down Let me handle this We're going to get you out today if you keep uietNo Cynthia I will not keep uiet I am sick of keeping uietKristi Abbot Assault and Buttery p177Oh lordy this one was a doozy Faced with the prospect of his girlfriend being stuck in jail another three weeks her boyfriend and former lawyer Garret offers to babysit her instead promising to keep her from further meddling Instead of being grateful Rebecca instead makes a big speech about how she's being persecuted by the patriarchy and accuses the judge of sexism Because that sounds like something that'd make her seem like less of an entitled baby And it's a moot point anyway because she immediately jumps in a car with her ex husband and leaves Garret's ass in the dust which as he rightly points out could have gotten her immediately rearrestedAnd there was a rock solid case for keeping her safely behind bars too As the prosecutor points out there'd only been one murder in their town's history before she moved back home and now there've been three in the past year not including the two attempts on her She doesn't so much attract trouble as track it down and poke it with a stick It's only a matter of time until a bystander gets killed But naturally the whole point of her being in jail is ignored as soon as she's out when the Sherriff who rightly arrested her apologizes and says he only wanted to keep her handy to help him solve the case since she I don't know is a better investigator than he is I'm a little unsure where he was going with that offer to have her tag along on the investigation as a consultant except that I suspect he only came up with the idea to keep her under police observation without her realizing itThe rest of the plot is decent even if I'd figured out the killer nigh immediately At least the 'why' 'how' and all the rest were still up in the air I don't want a parade but I don't want to be slandered I took another step toward herShe wasn't backing down either Slandered How about what you tell everyone about my au jus How about that Or my chicken with rice soupI pressed my lips together I had not been complimentary about those two items The soup was gloopy and I was pretty sure she made her au jus with a bouillon cube It's not slander if it's true MeganNot all of us got some fancy culinary school education Some of us learned our trade at the grill working our fannies offCongratulations It came out sounding snottier than I'd intendedMegan shook her head and walked out to the dining roomI watched her go It was a shame really The d