Sunday, July 2, 2023

Death by Food Truck Book Review

About the Book:

Birch Tree, Maine, is experiencing a rash of deaths, all mysteriously linked to food trucks that frequent the Birch Point Lake Park. Angel’s new donut truck was doing great, until deathly rumors started. Shanice thought she had customer support when taking over her grandpa’s potato truck, until one started complaining. Marisol’s taco truck is a fixture in the park, until linked to a food judge’s death. Mey’s noodle truck was her ticket to a new life, until her ex-boyfriend threatens to take it away. Could competition between vendors have led to this murder and mayhem?

My Review:

This is a good collection of novella length cozy mysteries centered around four food trucks. Each novella involves a murder that must be solved by the food truck owner to keep from being arrested. It was interesting to read how each amateur sleuth worked to ultimately identify the villain. I was a little surprised that one of them did some illegal acts. That just didn't feel right.

It is sometimes the case with fiction collections that the quality of the writing varies greatly. These authors were consistent in their good quality of writing. Characters were crafted well as were the plots. There is a good faith message in each one but not overwhelming. Two of the food trucks are ethnic (Asian, Mexican) and I would have liked to know a bit more about the food such as spices or unique ingredients.

Reading a collection of novellas like this one is a good way to be introduced to new authors. Each of these authors writes well enough that I will be looking for full length novels by them.

My rating: 4/5 stars.

Barbour Books, 448 pages.

I received a complimentary egalley of this collection from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.

(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)

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