Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Book Review~ Grilled and Seasoned with Murder (A Josie Rizzo Cozy Mystery, Book #1) by JR Pearson #CozyMystery

Book Details:

Kindle File Size: 576 KB
Print Length: 133 pages
Publisher: Pearson Publishing
Publication Date: February 19, 2016

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Goodreads Description of the Book:

Josie Rizzo has a lot on her plate. 
(Double bacon cheeseburger not included) 

She and her furry companion, Petey, set out to start fresh in the food loving town of Greenville. Josie is excited to introduce the readers of her food blog to the town's delicious creations.

But when a young woman is murdered at a local burger joint, Josie must sacrifice all she has planned to accomplish to prevent a person from her past from being wrongly accused of the woman's death. 
And things start to heat up when the killer sets his sights on Josie.

Will she be able to enjoy Greenville's belly-rubbing cuisines and begin a new chapter in her life? Or will the killer cut Josie's dreams short and make sure that basket of onion rings are her last?

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My Review:

Josie Rizzo is a mid-twenties woman craving independence.  She just moved from her home town of Jewel Cove to Greenville, about a half an hour away.  The writer behind the food blog Good Eatin' for the Curvy Soul, Josie is looking for a change in cuisine she can taste test and recommend to her followers.  What she wasn't planning on is murder behind a restaurant she's dining in or a long ago neighbor to come into that same restaurant.

Tony is neck-deep in the case as the woman that was murdered was picked up and driven to Greenville by none other than himself.  The only pair of friendly eyes he was able to capture in the restaurant is a girl from his past, Josie Rizzo.  In hopes that she could help him out, he seeks her out.  This, unfortunately, puts her in danger.

Josie, Tony, and the cops race to solve the case before anyone else ends up dead.

Grilled and Seasoned with Murder is a fun start to a new series by an author that is new to me.  Josie is a happy character that gets along with everyone she meets.  This is a great quality for someone that frequents restaurants and writes about the food on her successful food blog.  Josie is a really likable character.  Her bestie, Brad, is protective but more interested in his career at one point.  He's around but not really involved in anything pertaining to the plot.  The story is unique and I enjoyed it for the most part.

Only a couple things were distracting me with this book.  First, there were a lot of thought and scene shifts that were abrupt.  The usual transitions weren't there; i.e. end of a chapter, mention of a new topic in the previous paragraph that leads into the next, even asterisks across the page to indicate a new subject that didn't warrant a new chapter yet.  The second thing relates directly to a scene in the book involving Josie and a road rage incident.  Again, there wasn't any lead up to the event, making it seem completely out of place.  It wasn't out of place as you read on but there could have been something added prior to the event so that when it actually happened it was clearer.  Plus, Josie and her car were injured, there is a murderer in town, and she chose to call Tony - not an ambulance or you know, the cops.

I enjoyed the writing style of the author and she told a pretty good tale of murder.  I was engaged in the fast-paced story from the beginning and read it in one sitting.  Even with the distractions I noted above, Grilled and Seasoned with Murder is an entertaining who-done-it.  Josie doesn't knowingly put herself in harms way and I enjoyed that about her.  I also liked that Josie and Tony had a small reunion (not sexual) after not seeing each other for many years.  Like typical friends, they were able to pick up where they left off and there wasn't any discomfort between them.  A romance between seems natural and I hope that the author explores that in future books.  

My Rating:


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