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U with one exceptionWhen rival food writer Karen Appelbaum is found face down dead in a bowl of Hayley's creamy clam chowder all signs point to Hayley To clear her name she'll have to enlist some help including her BFFs a perpetually pregnant lobster woman and a glamorous real estate agent As she whips up a list of suspects Hayley discovers a juicy secret about the victim and finds herself in a dangerous mix with a cold blooded killerIncludes seven delectable recipes from Hayley's kitchenWhat a delicious debut mystery Laura LevineA delicious read that I ate up in one sitting Isis CrawfordM. 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 uniue because it employs a few different techniues 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 about her I used to wonder about this techniue 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 itIn 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 personal as if it’s a friend who is giving you a homemade family recipeOne 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 from Lee Hollis

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Ore Mouth Watering Praise For Lee Hollis And Hayley PowellSleuth Hayley Powell slides down as easily as one of her Lemon Drop Martinis recipe included and readers will be calling for a second round from author Lee Hollis Leslie Meier author of Chocolate Covered MurderDelicious and satisfying Another course please Carolyn HartMore Mouth Watering Praise For Lee Hollis And Hayley PowellSleuth Hayley Powell slides down as easily as one of her Lemon Drop Martinis recipe included and readers will be calling for a second round from author Lee Hollis Leslie Meier author of Chocolate Covered Murder. What I Liked The pacing was really good which is a major point for me The writing was good but there was a lot of errors Not enough to hinder the reading but they were noticeable I loved the mystery and I didn't even figure out the 'Whodunit' until Haley did Major props for that because I was so surprisedWhat I Didn't Like Mainly I had issues with the characters I just couldn't connect with them They were a bit petty and childish Personally most of the drama felt like something you'd witness in the hallways of public high schools I also didn't like the articles Hayley wrote Though the recipes were okayOverall Impression Once I let go and just read the book it was moderately enjoyable It was recommended to me by my mother based on it being funny which I did not think it was so I felt obligated to read it all But it came very close several times to being a DNF the pacing saved it in the long run thoughEven though it was somewhat enjoyable it doesn't warrant a re read and I doubt I'll read the other installments in the series I would recommend it to fans of cozies that like cooking though There were a couple recipes in there that I plan to try Planetside there was a lot of errors Not enough SANDITON and A MEMOIR OF JANE AUSTEN (Cambridge World Classics) Complete Unfinished Novel Sanditon by Jane Austen and Biography by James Edward Austen (Leigh) (Annotated) (Complete Works of Jane Austen) NOOKbook to hinder The House Of Gabriel the reading but Great Things to Do Outside: 365 Awesome Outdoor Activities they were noticeable I loved Blackpeak Vines the mystery and I didn't even figure out Being Magdalene the 'Whodunit' until Haley did Major props for It's a Bit Rugged, Mate that because I was so surprisedWhat I Didn't Like Mainly I had issues with Mathematics and the Real World: The Remarkable Role of Evolution in the Making of Mathematics the characters I just couldn't connect with Critical Terms for Literary Study them They were a bit petty and childish Personally most of Surrounded by Spirit the drama felt like something you'd witness in Hard Country: A Golden Bay Life the hallways of public high schools I also didn't like Circle Of Shadows the articles Hayley wrote Though The Secret Life of the Garden the recipes were okayOverall Impression Once I let go and just read Flight Club the book it was moderately enjoyable It was recommended Plains of Giah to me by my mother based on it being funny which I did not In the Hands of Strangers think it was so I felt obligated Like Wind, Like Wave to read it all But it came very close several Land And The Ruling Class In Hong Kong times Horse Show to being a DNF Ask a Midwife the pacing saved it in 100 People Who Made History the long run Orchid Moon thoughEven The House of Rajani though it was somewhat enjoyable it doesn't warrant a re read and I doubt I'll read The Water's Edge the other installments in The Road Home the series I would recommend it The Road Home to fans of cozies The New High Protein Healthy Fast Food Diet that like cooking Everyday Sports Injuries though There were a couple recipes in The Baby Doctor there Zafarnama that I plan Ghalib: The Man, The Times to All You Who Sleep Tonight: Poems try

Lee Hollis Ì 4 Summary

Welcome to Bar Harbor Maine one of New England's most idyllic coastal towns But as new food writer Hayley Powell is about to find out the occasional murder can take a bite out of seaside blissSingle mom Hayley Powell is barely keeping her leaking roof over her head when her boss at the Island Times gives her a new assignment taking over the paper's food column Hayley's not sure she has the chops she's an office manager not a writer even if her friends clamor for her mouth watering potluck dishes But the extra income is tempting and Hayley's chatty first column is suddenly on everyone's men. ZERO stars This cozy mystery is the first in the Hayley Powell Food Cocktails Mystery series Hayley is a single mother of two teenagers in Bar Harbor Maine She works at the Island Times newspaper as the office manager but when the much loved food columnist finally retires Hayley steps in to that role Unfortunately she immediately runs afoul of the rival newspaper’s kitchen diva and everyone in town is soon aware of the bad blood between Hayley and Karen Appelbaum So when Karen is found poisoned suspicion is immediately focused on HayleyOkay there’s a decent idea for a cozy here But the execution and I use that word purposely is terrible The characters are cardboard cutouts the plot thin as it is is completely ridiculous and the dialogue is tortured None of the characters – victim suspects Hayley her friends her brother the police chief her fellow reporters etc – has an ounce of sense They are simply too stupid to live The author pads the book with nonsense – colorful descriptions of the dog or the librarian or the hunky groundskeeper – that does little or nothing to advance the plot or explain the characters’ motivations I kept reading only because fulfilled several challenges At least it was a fast read


10 thoughts on “Death of a Kitchen Diva

  1. says:

    Some not bad sounding recipes but other than that pretty ho hum Didn't care for the writing style at all


  2. says:

    ZERO stars This cozy mystery is the first in the Hayley Powell Food Cocktails Mystery series Hayley is a single mother of two teenagers in Bar Harbor Maine She works at the Island Times newspaper as the office manager but when the much loved food columnist finally retires Hayley steps in to that role Unfortunately she immediately runs afoul of the rival newspaper’s kitchen diva and everyone in town is soon aware of the bad blood between Hayley and Karen Appelbaum So when Karen is found poisoned suspicion is immediately focused on HayleyOkay there’s a decent idea for a cozy here But the execution and I use that word purposely is terrible The characters are cardboard cutouts the plot thin as it is is completely ridiculous and the dialogue is tortured None of the characters – victim suspects Hayley her friends her brother the police chief her fellow reporters etc – has an ounce of sense They are simply too stupid to live The author pads the book with nonsense – colorful descriptions of the dog or the librarian or the hunky groundskeeper – that does little or nothing to advance the plot or explain the characters’ motivations I kept reading only because fulfilled several challenges At least it was a fast read


  3. says:

    Release Date March 1 2012 Actual Rating 5 stars Cozy Mystery | Culinary | Humor OMG I absolutely LOVED this book I read it in one sitting while lounging in my pool and couldn’t get enough of it It’s charming hilarious and has a wonderful mystery that keeps you guessing until the bitter end I actually loved it so much that I went ahead and ordered the next 4 books in the series because I know it’s going to be a top favorite of mine That my friends is a winner I usually wait to read a few books before purchasing the authors backlist but I can’t stop and I need these books I think this makes it pretty clear that I highly recommend this one I don’t need to rehash the entire plot in my review because if you’re a cozy mystery reader like me you know how these types of stories go However what makes this one stand apart from many of the other cozies I’ve read is the characters Hayley is a single mom who works as a columnist at a local paper who writes recipes for the readers She’s new to the job and makes a rival out of someone else who does it for another paper who also happens to be the victim of the crime but takes the heat in stride She’s funny sassy and smart Her two goofball friends also make this story glow and I laughed at their antics the whole way through The possibility of a romance starts to bloom in this series starter and I look forward to watching Hayley grow and find love hopefully I’m so excited to see what she gets up to nextIf you’re a cozy mystery lover especially if you love culinary cozies with delicious recipes included then this series is a must have for you I can’t recommend it enough It belongs on the list of my top favorite cozy series which include the following1 The Hannah Swensen Mystery series find it here 2 The Scrumble River Mystery series find it here 3 The Lucy Stone Mystery series find it here


  4. says:

    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 uniue because it employs a few different techniues 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 about her I used to wonder about this techniue 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 itIn 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 personal as if it’s a friend who is giving you a homemade family recipeOne 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 from Lee Hollis


  5. says:

    Death of a Kitchen Diva by Lee Hollis is the first book in the Hayley Powell Food and Cocktails Mystery series Hayley takes over writing the Bar Harbor Island Times food column and becomes an instant hit When rival food writer Karen Appelbaum is found murdered after a public altercation with Hayley Hayley is accused of the crime and sets off to clear her name I enjoyed this book very much I liked the uirky characters and there were plenty of fun and crazy moments My main complaint is starting the book with Hayleys arrest before we know anything that has happened I feel it would have been better if the story was kept in seuence rather than going backwards The 'if only she had known' comments were also a bit repetitive I loved Hayley's food column and recipes A typical cozy mystery with humour and plenty of silly moments


  6. says:

    Adding some thoughts to this older review nowI enjoyed this book just as much the second time around because big surprise I didn't remember whodunit I fell for most of the red herrings then finally put things together around the time that Hayley was doing the same I loved Mona's part in the showdown and could picture this happening on TV I wanted to give this a reread because I had been planning to read the next book which I'm actually going to do nextOriginal review from 2017Could barely put it downThis was a really awesome series start and I definitely look forward to continuing this series Hayley's two friends Mona and Liddy cracked me up and so did her kids I loved her love of NCIS and especially its handsome star totally agree with that I enjoyed the story itself very much and never guessed the perp until it was revealed


  7. says:

    uick synopsis Hayley divorced single mother of two works at a local newspaper writing a food column when she is wrongly accused of murdering her competitor a food column writer at the other newspaper in town With the help of her friends and family she goes on a mission to discover the identity of the real killer to clear her name My review This book was a silly uick read I'm a fan of the cozy mystery genre but this one was a little bit lackluster It did however have all the major components that one looks for in a cozy middle aged heroine with a pet a murder that the police seem either inept or uninterested in solving a love interest who is mysterious and handsome and completely enad with the heroine and lots of recipes throughout I found that many of the characters actions were unbelievable especially the main character Hailey Some of the things she did seemed out of character and completely over the top Also the book often veered off track into back stories and side notes in a way that took you out of the moment and weren't necessary to the plot The recipes were fun to read and there are uite a few of them for those who love to have recipes with their cozies but the food columns that went with the recipes seemed rather unprofessional for a newspaper they felt like blog entries rather than something you'd see in a real newspaperOverall I wouldn't recommend this book except to avid cozy readers Especially if you enjoy a side of guffaw and a few eye rolls with your cozy


  8. says:

    What I Liked The pacing was really good which is a major point for me The writing was good but there was a lot of errors Not enough to hinder the reading but they were noticeable I loved the mystery and I didn't even figure out the 'Whodunit' until Haley did Major props for that because I was so surprisedWhat I Didn't Like Mainly I had issues with the characters I just couldn't connect with them They were a bit petty and childish Personally most of the drama felt like something you'd witness in the hallways of public high schools I also didn't like the articles Hayley wrote Though the recipes were okayOverall Impression Once I let go and just read the book it was moderately enjoyable It was recommended to me by my mother based on it being funny which I did not think it was so I felt obligated to read it all But it came very close several times to being a DNF the pacing saved it in the long run thoughEven though it was somewhat enjoyable it doesn't warrant a re read and I doubt I'll read the other installments in the series I would recommend it to fans of cozies that like cooking though There were a couple recipes in there that I plan to try


  9. says:

    Really 45 stars but I rounded upWhen I sat down and started reading this I never expected it to be as good as it was This book was engrossing engaging and simply funHayley was wonderful; she was extremely realistic She really didn't pay too much attention to her children which I thought was strange but she was running off her feet during the book so it was easily overlooked The rest of the characters were also well written and I really want to know about Lex and BruceThe setting was wonderful; I seriously think that Maine is the most used setting for cozies The mystery was very good Unfortunately however I guessed the culprit about ten pages before the revealOne word to describe this book would be wonderful I had so many laugh out loud moments and I absolutely couldn't put it down A definite beach read Highly recommend


  10. says:

    Of course I like it my ice cream shop serves as a setting for one of the scenes


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