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Welcome to Sarah’s Eatery, where the food is to-die-for! Escaping a dreadful marriage and an angry ex-husband, Kylie Berry moves to the small town of Camden Falls, Kentucky, to run her cousin’s café, Sarah’s Eatery. Only one problem: Kylie can’t cook to save her life, and the longtime chef walks out on Kylie’s first day. Answering the call for a new chef, in walks l Welcome to Sarah’s Eatery, where the food is to-die-for! Escaping a dreadful marriage and an angry ex-husband, Kylie Berry moves to the small town of Camden Falls, Kentucky, to run her cousin’s café, Sarah’s Eatery. Only one problem: Kylie can’t cook to save her life, and the longtime chef walks out on Kylie’s first day. Answering the call for a new chef, in walks lovely Rachel Summers, a friendly local brownie-addict who immediately gets the job. But when Rachel is found dead a few hours later, all fingers point to Kylie and her killer brownies. Could Kylie have made a major kitchen blunder and poisoned the woman? Did a bitter former employee tamper with her pantry? Or was there more to Rachel than the kind smile and eager-to-please attitude she sported at the interview? With the help of the few remaining café regulars, Kylie sets out on a journey to uncover the truth behind who killed Rachel Summers!


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Welcome to Sarah’s Eatery, where the food is to-die-for! Escaping a dreadful marriage and an angry ex-husband, Kylie Berry moves to the small town of Camden Falls, Kentucky, to run her cousin’s café, Sarah’s Eatery. Only one problem: Kylie can’t cook to save her life, and the longtime chef walks out on Kylie’s first day. Answering the call for a new chef, in walks l Welcome to Sarah’s Eatery, where the food is to-die-for! Escaping a dreadful marriage and an angry ex-husband, Kylie Berry moves to the small town of Camden Falls, Kentucky, to run her cousin’s café, Sarah’s Eatery. Only one problem: Kylie can’t cook to save her life, and the longtime chef walks out on Kylie’s first day. Answering the call for a new chef, in walks lovely Rachel Summers, a friendly local brownie-addict who immediately gets the job. But when Rachel is found dead a few hours later, all fingers point to Kylie and her killer brownies. Could Kylie have made a major kitchen blunder and poisoned the woman? Did a bitter former employee tamper with her pantry? Or was there more to Rachel than the kind smile and eager-to-please attitude she sported at the interview? With the help of the few remaining café regulars, Kylie sets out on a journey to uncover the truth behind who killed Rachel Summers!

30 review for A Berry Deadly Welcome

  1. 5 out of 5

    ✨ Gramy ✨

    . This is the first book of the 'Kylie Berry Mysteries'. It opens with Kylie Berry sneaking off to her cousin's café in the small town of Camden Falls in Kentucky -- in a hurry to escape her cheating ex-husband, who has sullied her reputation with false accusations. But she ran out of money and gas before she made it to her destination. So she ditches the car and walks on toward her new life, carrying the few possessions she was able to recover after the divorce that left her destitute since she . This is the first book of the 'Kylie Berry Mysteries'. It opens with Kylie Berry sneaking off to her cousin's café in the small town of Camden Falls in Kentucky -- in a hurry to escape her cheating ex-husband, who has sullied her reputation with false accusations. But she ran out of money and gas before she made it to her destination. So she ditches the car and walks on toward her new life, carrying the few possessions she was able to recover after the divorce that left her destitute since she had signed a prenup. This is a cozy mystery with the pov from the protagonist. From a practical point of view, she is a total failure as the new boss and in her personal life as well. She owns a restaurant, yet she is not able to cook any edible food. Her ex-Aunt-in-law hates her profusely and has spread ugly rumors to keep people away from her newly acquired restaurant. After a bit of schmoozing with the locals, she suddenly becomes popular with some of the inhabitants and even makes a best friend. True to cozy mystery formula, the murderer was caught by the heroine. The culprit revealed herself quite by accident, allowing these two friends to get her confession, without the police department being involved. The story didn't make much logical sense. However, I did appreciate the bits of humor that were sprinkled on top of the burnt food. The abrupt conclusion provided a necessary twist in order to keep the series alive. I was not overly thrilled with this installment, but will definitely be trying book 2 to discover whether or not I want to complete this light series since I did like it, just didn't love it.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Nola Arganbright

    She can't cook. I loved it. A new series. Kylie has been through a rough divorce and has nothing but the clothes on her back. Her cousin signs over a restaurant to her but her cook quits. A fun story, a good plot, introductions to the premier characters. I am going to be following this series. She can't cook. I loved it. A new series. Kylie has been through a rough divorce and has nothing but the clothes on her back. Her cousin signs over a restaurant to her but her cook quits. A fun story, a good plot, introductions to the premier characters. I am going to be following this series.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Tammy

    A cute cozy witty mystery. After a divorce that left her broke Kylie moves to Camden Falls, Kentucky. Her cousin leaves her with a business deal to own her building and restaurant. Which is really nice except she can't cook, her ex- aunt-in-law has ruined her reputation and she is a person of interest in a murder. This story is fast-paced, witty, a diverse cast of fun characters, and a new kitten named Sage. I think I will enjoy this series. My only complaint is the many grammar errors. That is A cute cozy witty mystery. After a divorce that left her broke Kylie moves to Camden Falls, Kentucky. Her cousin leaves her with a business deal to own her building and restaurant. Which is really nice except she can't cook, her ex- aunt-in-law has ruined her reputation and she is a person of interest in a murder. This story is fast-paced, witty, a diverse cast of fun characters, and a new kitten named Sage. I think I will enjoy this series. My only complaint is the many grammar errors. That is the reason for 3 stars instead of 4.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sherry

    A Fun Whodunnit! This is a brand new series for Winters. Main character Kylie Berry marries her husband at the very young age of 18. Not knowing any better she signs a terrible prenup. Eleven years later she takes off from her ever cheating louse of a husband with nothing but a small suitcase. She heads for the small town of Camden Falls hoping to start fresh. Unfortunately things do not work in any way shape or form. She buys a cafe, loses almost all her staff, & oh, yeah, one of her customers e A Fun Whodunnit! This is a brand new series for Winters. Main character Kylie Berry marries her husband at the very young age of 18. Not knowing any better she signs a terrible prenup. Eleven years later she takes off from her ever cheating louse of a husband with nothing but a small suitcase. She heads for the small town of Camden Falls hoping to start fresh. Unfortunately things do not work in any way shape or form. She buys a cafe, loses almost all her staff, & oh, yeah, one of her customers ends up dead after eating her brownies. Did I mention that Kylie can’t cook or bake, not at all!! She is probably the worst cook on the planet! Her cooking/baking attempts had my laughing out loud! The poor girl is completely in over her head. But I really liked Kylie. I just wanted to give her a hug & some cooking lessons! The story is loaded with some really colorful characters both good & evil. I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for Kylie & Little Sage.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    This is the first book in a new series. I was fortunate enough to get a free copy of the 2nd book before I received this one. That said, this book is really good but I think the series gets better and better. The characters get more fleshed out and their relationships develop. In this one everyone is just getting to know each other so it may feel a little awkward but that soon dissipates and the laughs start and you have to root for Kylie. She tries so hard and is so good hearted. The mystery is This is the first book in a new series. I was fortunate enough to get a free copy of the 2nd book before I received this one. That said, this book is really good but I think the series gets better and better. The characters get more fleshed out and their relationships develop. In this one everyone is just getting to know each other so it may feel a little awkward but that soon dissipates and the laughs start and you have to root for Kylie. She tries so hard and is so good hearted. The mystery is good and you don't figure it out until the end. Really good first book. I received a free copy of this book and voluntarily chose to review it.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ellie

    A nice and easy read about newly-divorced Kylie Berry. Kylie has moved to a new town to help out at her cousin Sarah's cafe, even though Kylie cannot cook to save her life. Kylie quickly realises that her cuz Sarah is actually leaving town, and is handing the keys to Kylie as an act of good will. A downturn in staff quickly leaves Kylie without a chef, so she advertises for a cook. In comes Rachel Summers, who also can't cook, but 'really wants to learn'; Kylie makes a rash decision to hire Rach A nice and easy read about newly-divorced Kylie Berry. Kylie has moved to a new town to help out at her cousin Sarah's cafe, even though Kylie cannot cook to save her life. Kylie quickly realises that her cuz Sarah is actually leaving town, and is handing the keys to Kylie as an act of good will. A downturn in staff quickly leaves Kylie without a chef, so she advertises for a cook. In comes Rachel Summers, who also can't cook, but 'really wants to learn'; Kylie makes a rash decision to hire Rachel (which shows that perhaps her business skills need some work as well), and she gives Rachel a batch of brownies as a way of saying thank you. Rachel is quickly found dead with a plate of brownies beside her ... it seems as though Kyle's cooking is so bad that it kills! Not a great way to get customers in the door at her desolate Cafe. While Kylie is trying to convince the town folk that she's not a killer, she's also trying really hard to move on from her douche of an ex husband. Turns out that this is going to be more difficult than anticipated, as her ex's aunt Dorothy (who I think is actually the wicked witch of this story) is telling everyone who will listen what an awful human being Kylie is. Kylie quickly learns that not only does Dorothy live in Camden Falls, but she's also the 'pillar of society' type, and as such, thinks that EVERYONE will side with her, and while a lot do, Kylie quickly realises that she has her fair share of friends and admirers. Kylie's ability to build relationships plays an important role in her solving who really killed Rachel Summers. An enjoyable read. The pace of the book was pretty good. There was a lot of characterisation, but this is to be expected in the first novel of a series. I look forward to reading more of Kylie Berry's adventures in solving crimes.

  7. 4 out of 5

    QNPoohBear

    Dreadful writing, an implausible plot, ridiculously stupid heroine and crazy ex-aunt. The murderer was a surprise, at least. Won't be reading any more of this series. Dreadful writing, an implausible plot, ridiculously stupid heroine and crazy ex-aunt. The murderer was a surprise, at least. Won't be reading any more of this series.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Karen Sheldon

    cute story Love this beginning book of a new series by this author. Kylie’s life is in turmoil when her marriage ends and she goes to help her friend with her cafe. There the fun starts…she is now the owner of said cafe and can’t boil an egg. When she does try to cook, her brownies poison the new cook! Looking forward to continuing the series.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany Rice

    Super cute! This was a very fun, funny and overall cute summer read. It kept my attention, and frankly I never wanted to put it down. I look forward to book number 2.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sue

    Delightful mystery, suspense story! Easy to read with enjoyable characters. This is my first A.R. Winters book. It seemed like there were a few grammatical errors but all in all I enjoyed this cute story.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    Quick and easy New author. Not sure if this is a stand alone but would enjoy seeing how the characters devolop. Look forward to reading more from this author

  12. 5 out of 5

    Annabella Baum

    Fun and fast An entertaining read. Easy to finish in one sitting. I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Minerva Grant

    Good read! Love your books. They are very entertaining. I love a good mystery 🤩 keeps me guessing and smiling at the same time.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Andrews

    A Berry Delight First book by thus author I read and really enjoyed it. Good characters Ang good story line. Would recommend this book and author to anyone who loves cozy mysteries.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Fleur

    Solid 4.5 star I just love cozy mysteries and I was not disappointed with A Berry Deadly Welcome, Kylie Berry is at rock bottom as in she has no job, recently divorced by her pig of a husband, not a penny to her name and all she now owns fits inside suit case. Due to also having no internet nor phone Kylie doesn't realise her Cousin Sarah is not only going to let her stay at her apartment but also sell her the whole bakery, woohoo things are looking up until her Crazy Aunt in law turns up (yup th Solid 4.5 star I just love cozy mysteries and I was not disappointed with A Berry Deadly Welcome, Kylie Berry is at rock bottom as in she has no job, recently divorced by her pig of a husband, not a penny to her name and all she now owns fits inside suit case. Due to also having no internet nor phone Kylie doesn't realise her Cousin Sarah is not only going to let her stay at her apartment but also sell her the whole bakery, woohoo things are looking up until her Crazy Aunt in law turns up (yup the exes family live here) and next thing someone is dead and all fingers point to her. I just loved how Kylie manages to get her self in suck a pickle with things but also has some new good friends to help her out. There are plenty of laughs, surprises and a good wee twist to keep you entertained and wanting book 2.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Evelyn Grabas

    Liked sthes story, but it pushed the limits of reality when it puts forth the idea of someone having been married for 11 years, that's 4,015 days, and NEVER having cooked anything in her life. This might work if that person had married a millionaire and had a cook, maid, and housekeeper - but that was not the case. The author contends that this couple ate 3 meals a day for the aforementioned amount of days outside their home. That would be cost prohibitive among other things. But it does set up Liked sthes story, but it pushed the limits of reality when it puts forth the idea of someone having been married for 11 years, that's 4,015 days, and NEVER having cooked anything in her life. This might work if that person had married a millionaire and had a cook, maid, and housekeeper - but that was not the case. The author contends that this couple ate 3 meals a day for the aforementioned amount of days outside their home. That would be cost prohibitive among other things. But it does set up Kylie as a harebrained, incompetent idiot. So, right there the story is killed as Kylie has to go through the book in the manner she was described. Additionally, a bit of proof reading would have helped. In any case, I will not be reading any more of this series as I don't suffer stupid, whether it is the character or the author.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Theodora Vanyar

    Overview: Blurb: Kylie Berry moves to Camden Falls, Kentucky to get away from her no-good, dirty, rotten, cheater of an ex-husband. She's offered a job at her cousin's cafe and jumps at the chance. Unfortunately for her, she now owns the cafe and a reputation for being a harlot thanks to her ex-husband's harridan aunt Dorothy. Things don't get any better when her admittedly terrible cooking apparently kills her new cook! Life in the tiny town of Camden Falls looks to be trying to take Kylie out Overview: Blurb: Kylie Berry moves to Camden Falls, Kentucky to get away from her no-good, dirty, rotten, cheater of an ex-husband. She's offered a job at her cousin's cafe and jumps at the chance. Unfortunately for her, she now owns the cafe and a reputation for being a harlot thanks to her ex-husband's harridan aunt Dorothy. Things don't get any better when her admittedly terrible cooking apparently kills her new cook! Life in the tiny town of Camden Falls looks to be trying to take Kylie out at the knees before she can even fully stand up. Trigger Warnings: Bullying, Death, Drug Use (Non-Consensual), Emotional Abuse, Food, Gun Violence, Infidelity, Murder, Off Screen Infidelity, Poor Coping Mechanisms, Violence Body Count: 1 Overall review: Thoughts: Overall, it's not a bad book. The pacing is good and Kylie has a decent sense of humor. The character rolls with the punches of being a penniless divorcee, being accused of murder, and having a harridan of an ex-aunt-in-law trying to destroy her reputation in her new home. I suppose it's the mark of a good writer that I wanted to punch Aunt Dorothy in her stuck-up nose. And I do like the variety of people the story portrays. It was a decent romp into the world of Camden Falls with steady world-building, but it seemed a touch tepid. I'm going to read the next book in the series to see if I can connect better with the next one. Was it engaging? Yes Favorite Character: Sage, the kitten. The Specs: • Series  ◦ Series Name: Kylie Berry Mysteries ◦ Book Number: 1 of 8 • Genre ◦ Technical Genre: Cozy Culinary Mysteries, Cozy Animal Mystery ◦ Theo Genre: Cozy Mystery • Page count: 246 pages • POV: 1st Person • Publication information: ◦ Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing/Amazon Digital Services LLC ◦ Language:  English ◦ ISBN-13: 9781986333641 ◦ ASIN: B07BBCWDZ4 Other Fun Stuff: To Read or Not To Read (Again): Donated, but I'll read more of the series Rating out of five: 2.5 out of 5 Representation, Morality, and Sexism Tests: • Bechdel–Wallace Test:  ◦ Purpose: to establish actual female characters that act independently of male characters in a story. ▪ Do two female characters talk about something other than a male character? ◦ Pass or Fail: Pass • DuVernay Test: ◦ Purpose: to establish characters of color in a story. ▪ Are there fully actualized characters of color? ◦ Pass or Fail: Pass • Ellen Willis Test: ◦ Purpose: to show balance in characters regardless of gender. ▪ Would two related characters still work to carry the story if their genders were reversed? ◦ Pass or Fail: Pass • Hays Code Test: ◦ Purpose: to ignore outdated and queer-degrading/punishing standards that once were the standard for produced mass media. ◦ Part One: outdated moral guidelines ▪ Are there any outdated "moral content" rules gloriously kicked in the teeth by this story? ▪ Are there people of color allowed a happy ending? ▪ Is there an interracial couple? ▪ Is there profanity used at all? ▪ Is there one or more homicidal acts and/or murder? ◦ Part Two: queer representation ▪ Are there queer characters that get a happy ending? ▪ Is there an illegal or otherwise distasteful age gap between characters, queer or otherwise? ▪ Do the queer characters die tragically, violently, or at all? ◦ Pass or Fail: Half Pass • Mako Mori Test: ◦ Purpose: to assure that in the story there is at least one female character independent of a male character's story. ▪ Is there a female character? ▪ Does she get her own arc? ▪ Does it do anything other than serve to support a man’s story? ◦ Pass or Fail: Pass • Sexy Lamp Test: ◦ Purpose: to assure that a female character in the story serves as an active protagonist, not just a device to be used by the male main character. ▪ Would the plot fall apart if the female character was replaced by a sexy looking lamp? ◦ Post-It Note Caveat: ▪ Would the character be able to be replaced by a Sexy Lamp with a sticky note on it for information conveyance? ◦ Pass or Fail: Pass • Tauriel Test: ◦ Purpose: to help support the existence of competent, independent female characters regardless of a romantic sub-plot. ▪ Is there at least one woman in the story? ▪ Is this woman competent in her chosen occupation and not immediately shown up by a newcomer male character? ▪ If she has or develops a love interest during the story, either implied or explicitly stated, does she suddenly abandon her job and/or chosen path to support or pursue said love interest?  ◦ Pass or Fail: Pass • Vito Russo Test: ◦ Purpose: to establish more characters that are on the SAGA (Sexuality And Gender Acceptance), QTPOC (Queer and Trans People of Color) or LGBTQIAP+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual/Biromantic/Bigender, Transgender, Queer/Genderqueer, Intersex, Asexual/Aromantic/Agender, Pansexual/Panromantic, and others not listed here) spectrum. ▪ Is there a character on the queer spectrum? ▪ Are they a character beyond their orientation? ▪ Do they actually affect the plot? ▪ Is the character something beyond a punchline? ◦ Pass or Fail: Half Pass Review format updated 10 June 2019

  18. 4 out of 5

    Diane ~Firefly~

    Kylie is escaping a bad marriage with nothing and her cousin basically gives her a business and apartment What I enjoyed: * Supporting characters - I am intrigued by Zoey * Quick read What could have been better: * There is going to be a love triangle or square, every man she met was gorgeous * People in this small town were surprisingly ok with a virtual stranger asking them personal questions * Editing issues - Rachel's sister's name changed from Veronica to Nancy at the end * She is the worst cook ev Kylie is escaping a bad marriage with nothing and her cousin basically gives her a business and apartment What I enjoyed: * Supporting characters - I am intrigued by Zoey * Quick read What could have been better: * There is going to be a love triangle or square, every man she met was gorgeous * People in this small town were surprisingly ok with a virtual stranger asking them personal questions * Editing issues - Rachel's sister's name changed from Veronica to Nancy at the end * She is the worst cook ever and seems convinced she should be the cook at her new café and people still go there * The ex-aunt-in-law was over the top with her hate

  19. 5 out of 5

    Graham Rook

    A very shallow story I failed to see the humour in this supposedly "laugh out loud" book. It didn't raise a smile in me. The heroine hadn't even got near to solving the mystery when the culprit revealed herself as the murderer. Surely that defeats the whole object of a "who done it". Why are so many would-be authors jumping on the overdone themes of restaurants, diners, bakeries, chefs, witches and the ludicrous psychic cats and dogs. Let's have some refreshing originality - not the same old rubb A very shallow story I failed to see the humour in this supposedly "laugh out loud" book. It didn't raise a smile in me. The heroine hadn't even got near to solving the mystery when the culprit revealed herself as the murderer. Surely that defeats the whole object of a "who done it". Why are so many would-be authors jumping on the overdone themes of restaurants, diners, bakeries, chefs, witches and the ludicrous psychic cats and dogs. Let's have some refreshing originality - not the same old rubbish.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Mayers

    Unrealistic Entertaining? Yes. Realistic? No. I wanted to give this book a higher rating, but just couldn't when too many things didn't make sense, like serving the same one dish to customers everyday or baking a cake from scratch with no recipe when you know you can't even bake from a box mix or thinking you killed someone by poisoning when you ate the same brownies as the deceased and didn't even get sick. Unrealistic Entertaining? Yes. Realistic? No. I wanted to give this book a higher rating, but just couldn't when too many things didn't make sense, like serving the same one dish to customers everyday or baking a cake from scratch with no recipe when you know you can't even bake from a box mix or thinking you killed someone by poisoning when you ate the same brownies as the deceased and didn't even get sick.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Daydreamer

    I think this is one of those books where technically it has the important parts…but still doesn’t quite drag you in. The story of the book is okay. A woman trying to get onto her feet again after leaving her shitty ex-husband and taking over a cafe. Being framed for murder and trying to find answers. All kinda logical. There was just not a lot of build-up to the reveal of the murderer? At least that’s how I felt. It wasn’t boring or anything. The main character, I forgot her name already, sadly, w I think this is one of those books where technically it has the important parts…but still doesn’t quite drag you in. The story of the book is okay. A woman trying to get onto her feet again after leaving her shitty ex-husband and taking over a cafe. Being framed for murder and trying to find answers. All kinda logical. There was just not a lot of build-up to the reveal of the murderer? At least that’s how I felt. It wasn’t boring or anything. The main character, I forgot her name already, sadly, was okay. She sometimes rushed into stupid actions and honestly didn’t seem quite as business savvy as she presented herself, but okay, she learned. Though still running after answers when a policeman tells you it’ll be too dangerous… Zoey was nice, but I have to say I was confused how fast she became the darling of so many people, especially with such an ex-aunt poisoning everybody against her? The setting was okay. Seh takes over a Café which seems like the worst thing you can do when completely without money or any resources, given how they’re often not profitable. She does some stupid stuff. People dislike her after listening to some old woman. Some people decide to like her. She gets a cat and doesn’t do any research on her own 🤦🏻‍♀️ She cooks for the cafe even tho she can’t cook (and is stupid about it-you can’t just combine random recipes and expect it to work out?) Small town business for the most part. The style was…sometimes okay, sometimes nearly nice, and sometimes a little cringe. All in all, it’s not a bad book, but it also didn’t excite me that much. It’s entertaining enough tho. (view spoiler)[ best thing was how she secured herself two dates in the end?? 😂😂 (hide spoiler)]

  22. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    Well this answered the question of Kylie's beginnings at Sarah's Eatery. I still don't think you have to read the books in order, but it does help. However, this also raised more questions for me. In this book, she wants to rename the café and announced that she is changing the name effective immediately, but by book 3, it is still Sarah's Eatery. Her relationship with Zoey, Brad and Joel seems to have grown by leaps and bounds, unless I missed how long she's lived in Camden Falls from book 1 to Well this answered the question of Kylie's beginnings at Sarah's Eatery. I still don't think you have to read the books in order, but it does help. However, this also raised more questions for me. In this book, she wants to rename the café and announced that she is changing the name effective immediately, but by book 3, it is still Sarah's Eatery. Her relationship with Zoey, Brad and Joel seems to have grown by leaps and bounds, unless I missed how long she's lived in Camden Falls from book 1 to 3. I have no idea how Dorothy gets away with what she does to Kylie or why she puts up with it, and the idea that she gave up on her marriage too easily is a load of hogwash too. 11 years with a liar and cheater? Someone who took advantage of a teenager and then left her high and dry when she walks? Seriously? The woman should have been asking Brad and Joel out from day 1 and celebrating her newfound freedom and chance to start over. I'm actually amazed she is failing so quickly with the café given her role as the brains behind her husband's success. Perhaps the point is she grows into herself as we progress through the series, but she comes across as such a contradiction. Smart enough to solve murders...although the fact that everyone tries to kill her and she basically stumbles onto the killers as a result is closer to the truth of how she does it...but not quite savvy enough to run a café? As I said, the books are enjoyable and easy to read for the most part so hey, I'll keep reading them, but definitely not your high suspense, keep you on the edge of your seat mysteries.

  23. 4 out of 5

    SandyL

    I'm still trying to decide how I feel about this book. I did enjoy parts of it and the story was interesting and moved along quickly. But the premise behind it didn't make a lot of sense. Kylie Berry is struggling after her divorce, without a penny to her name. Her cousin offers her a spot at her diner in Kentucky. When Kylie shows up, her cousin throws her the keys, says she selling the place to Kylie and takes off. Huh? Then Kylie's ex-aunt-in-law badmouths her to the town, so she starts losin I'm still trying to decide how I feel about this book. I did enjoy parts of it and the story was interesting and moved along quickly. But the premise behind it didn't make a lot of sense. Kylie Berry is struggling after her divorce, without a penny to her name. Her cousin offers her a spot at her diner in Kentucky. When Kylie shows up, her cousin throws her the keys, says she selling the place to Kylie and takes off. Huh? Then Kylie's ex-aunt-in-law badmouths her to the town, so she starts losing business. Next, Kylie can't cook. At all! I was dumbfounded when she was baking things from scratch without a recipe and couldn't understand when they didn't turn out. When a woman turns up dead after eating one of Kylie's creations, she decides she needs to figure out what happened. All the while serving only spaghetti and store-bought cookies at her diner. Again, huh? It is the first book in the series, so I may continue on to see if things get better, and to see what happens between Kylie and Brad.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    Enjoyed reading this cozy mystery Fast, clean read with a varied cast to support the lead character Kylie This should allow for series growth. This story centers around Kylie moving from Chicago to a small Kentucky town to run a cafe. She is newly divorced and left with nothing. Her cousin offers her a job but when she arrives she finds out she is going to be the new owner. She lacks cooking skills.. So when the chef quits she must hire a new cook. When she finally hires someone, she never shows Enjoyed reading this cozy mystery Fast, clean read with a varied cast to support the lead character Kylie This should allow for series growth. This story centers around Kylie moving from Chicago to a small Kentucky town to run a cafe. She is newly divorced and left with nothing. Her cousin offers her a job but when she arrives she finds out she is going to be the new owner. She lacks cooking skills.. So when the chef quits she must hire a new cook. When she finally hires someone, she never shows up for her first day. Kylie is a suspect and decides to investigate. The story pacing was good. The investigation becomes entwined with her getting involved with the community. For a first in series, I think the author did a good job of introducing her world. The teaser chapter at the end was also a good hook to create interest in book 2.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sandra Lopez

    Kylie Berry just left her ex and has returned to her hometown of Kentucky to help out in her cousin’s café. She never would’ve thought that her could would leave and sell her the café unknowingly. Of course, she had no clue how to run a café, but was glad that she wouldn’t starve. After all, cafes have food, right. On the first day, the head chef quit. Oh, what to do? She hired someone as inexperienced as her. Yeah, smart move. What could go wrong? Well, the new chef could turn up dead right next Kylie Berry just left her ex and has returned to her hometown of Kentucky to help out in her cousin’s café. She never would’ve thought that her could would leave and sell her the café unknowingly. Of course, she had no clue how to run a café, but was glad that she wouldn’t starve. After all, cafes have food, right. On the first day, the head chef quit. Oh, what to do? She hired someone as inexperienced as her. Yeah, smart move. What could go wrong? Well, the new chef could turn up dead right next to a batch of brownies made by Kylie. Needless to say, the cops shut her down to run an investigation. I liked how this started, but it was kind of slow. Kylie is such a nubie in this whole thing. She doesn’t really get her head into solving this case. But, then again, she wasn’t a sleuth (well, she also wasn’t a baker either.) It’s an okay read.

  26. 4 out of 5

    2manymhyls

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Besides finding it difficult to suspend my disbelief at the generosity of the protagonist's cousin, I don't like the protagonist. She's aware of how terrible she is at cooking but still A) insists on being the chef and B) bakes a cake without following a recipe and expecting for it to turn out fine because "of all the ingredients" she put in it. Also, why would she hire someone who can't cook AS the cook? Why would she sell day old cookies and on sale cakes from the grocery store at the restauran Besides finding it difficult to suspend my disbelief at the generosity of the protagonist's cousin, I don't like the protagonist. She's aware of how terrible she is at cooking but still A) insists on being the chef and B) bakes a cake without following a recipe and expecting for it to turn out fine because "of all the ingredients" she put in it. Also, why would she hire someone who can't cook AS the cook? Why would she sell day old cookies and on sale cakes from the grocery store at the restaurant? And after all that, how could anyone continue going there? I get that this is first and foremost a cozy mystery series. However, the overall expeience and world building really put me off which is a shame because I enjoyed her other mystery series.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Marty

    Kylie is escaping a lousy marriage and an angry ex-husband when she accepts her cousin’s offer to go to Kentucky and help her run Sarah’s Café. Arriving at her cousin’s, broke, with only a small suitcase, she finds her cousin in the middle of a going-away party. To Kylie’s complete surprise, the cousin is selling her the café complete with the whole building and leaving to go meet her boyfriend. One problem, Kylie can’t cook!! – and the chef decides he doesn’t want to stay and work for Kylie. He Kylie is escaping a lousy marriage and an angry ex-husband when she accepts her cousin’s offer to go to Kentucky and help her run Sarah’s Café. Arriving at her cousin’s, broke, with only a small suitcase, she finds her cousin in the middle of a going-away party. To Kylie’s complete surprise, the cousin is selling her the café complete with the whole building and leaving to go meet her boyfriend. One problem, Kylie can’t cook!! – and the chef decides he doesn’t want to stay and work for Kylie. Her ex Aunt-in-law also lives in the town and tells everyone that Kylie is horrible and to not patronize her establishment. – When Kylie finally does hire a cook, Kylie offers her some brownies – and the cook winds up dead. Can anything else happen??? – Of course, but it is a fun tale of woe.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Gail M. Ferguson

    Cute however unbelievable The story is cute, someone running away from a bad marriage and ends up buying a restaurant from a friend, but can't cook. Then turns sleuth to find the murderer of the person she is accused of murdering herself with her burnt brownies. Finds the murderer with not much effort, makes new friends, and still can't even cook eggs! Not mention in all this, how is she paying for the restaurant, employees, food, and living expenses? If you don't mind not knowing the answers to Cute however unbelievable The story is cute, someone running away from a bad marriage and ends up buying a restaurant from a friend, but can't cook. Then turns sleuth to find the murderer of the person she is accused of murdering herself with her burnt brownies. Finds the murderer with not much effort, makes new friends, and still can't even cook eggs! Not mention in all this, how is she paying for the restaurant, employees, food, and living expenses? If you don't mind not knowing the answers to those questions and just like a quick read without a lot of substance, then you will enjoy this.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kat

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. free ebook she left her x husband , whos business she made a success and took his car. it ran out of gas just as she got to the cafe in kentucky. she found out she was owning the cafe, not just working there. but she didnt know how to cook or anything about a restaurant her x husbands aunt in town bad mouthed her to everyone. the cook and most of the wait staff quit. the customers stopped going in after hearing she gave her x husband food poisoning 3 times she hired someone who didnt know how to c free ebook she left her x husband , whos business she made a success and took his car. it ran out of gas just as she got to the cafe in kentucky. she found out she was owning the cafe, not just working there. but she didnt know how to cook or anything about a restaurant her x husbands aunt in town bad mouthed her to everyone. the cook and most of the wait staff quit. the customers stopped going in after hearing she gave her x husband food poisoning 3 times she hired someone who didnt know how to cook. the girl took her burned brownies home and died. the cop came in to question her after throwing the gloating x aunt out turned out it was the wife of the man who cheated on her with

  30. 5 out of 5

    Leslie Ooten

    This was a good read for me. I thought that the writing flowed well, and I liked most of the characters. I say most, but even though Kylie is the main character, I'm not sure how much I'm going to like her. She was annoying part of the time, and the whole not being able to cook thing started to grate after a while. I was really hoping that she would have stood up to her ex aunt-in-law. I loved Zoey though :) I can honestly say that I didn't know who the killer was. I will be interested in seeing This was a good read for me. I thought that the writing flowed well, and I liked most of the characters. I say most, but even though Kylie is the main character, I'm not sure how much I'm going to like her. She was annoying part of the time, and the whole not being able to cook thing started to grate after a while. I was really hoping that she would have stood up to her ex aunt-in-law. I loved Zoey though :) I can honestly say that I didn't know who the killer was. I will be interested in seeing how the series progresses though. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced readers copy of this book.

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