Saturday, March 2, 2019

Review + Tour GIVEAWAY: Restaurant Weeks Are Murder by Libby Klein

Restaurant Weeks Are Murder
By Libby Klein
Poppy McAllister Series #3
Kensington, 2019


Cape May, New Jersey, is the site of a big culinary competition—and the knives are out . . .

Poppy McAllister is happy about opening a Jersey Shore B&B—but working in a professional kitchen has always been her real dream. Now it’s coming true, at least briefly, as she teams up with her former fiancée, Tim—and his condescending partner, Gigi—during the high-profile Restaurant Week challenge. Poppy’s specialty is pastries, despite her devotion to a Paleo diet. But if anyone can make glorious gluten-free goodies, it’s Poppy.

Things get heated quickly—especially when some ingredients get switched and Tim’s accused of sabotage. Relatively harmless pranks soon escalate into real hazards, including an exploding deep fryer. And now one of the judges has died after taking a bite of Poppy’s cannoli—making her the chef suspect . . .

Includes Seven Recipes from Poppy’s Kitchen!

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My thoughts

The dynamic duo of Poppy McAllister and her Aunt Ginny return in the wholly entertaining Restaurant Weeks Are MurderIt’s a clean, light-hearted read with lots of local color from Cape May, New Jersey.  Filled with sparkling humor and rich characterization, this story captured my interest from the first and moves at a steady pace throughout.  From Paleo diet to the most exquisite culinary delights, Poppy’s creative genius shines.  My favorite feline buddy, Figaro, is also very much present, with his cute antics and effective methods for expressing disdain to those who might not care for him. My own cat can suddenly flop over the way he does, but with a softer thud.

Poppy is a strong, appealing leading lady and I adore her. She’s very funny but can easily laugh at herself. Every story in this series has been excellent so far, even though I’m not usually a fan of food-themed mysteries. The restaurant-week competition is fascinating, as each team member is given a mystery basket containing three ingredients and has to create a dish using all of them. A competitive spirit abounds, for success equates with financial gain for their restaurants. From contestants to judges, the characters are interesting and quirky, many with egos a mile high.

The mystery plot itself is well crafted and not easy to solve, at least for me. But my favorite part of this story is its humor. In fact, I wish I could meet the author, because she would certainly bring much joy and laughter into my life. Romance isn’t a major theme, but the love triangle between Poppy, Gia, and former fiancée Tim continues. I hope this resolves itself soon, because I don’t enjoy triangles, but this is no way lessens my enjoyment of this series.

Highly recommended.

I received a copy of this book through Great Escapes. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.


Libby Klein dabbles in the position of Vice President of a technology company which mostly involves bossing other people around, making spreadsheets, and taking out the trash. 

She writes culinary cozy mysteries from her Northern Virginia office while trying to keep her cat Figaro off her keyboard.



  1. Thanks for the chance to win this book. Looks really good.
    faithdcreech at gmail dot co

    1. It really is, Faith. Best wishes in the drawing!

  2. I love the Jersey shore location of the B & B
    marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com

    1. I imagine some artistic license was taken with the picture I posted above, but Cape May is undoubtedly lovely. And you're right, it makes a great setting, Merry.

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  4. Thank you for the review and chance to win this book. The storyline sounds like a lot of fun and perhaps delicious is included!

  5. Thank you so much for the lovely review! I appreciate you giving me a little leeway with the love triangle that resolves very soon. �� Good luck to everyone! Libby