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 fiance, 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! (Summary via Goodreads)
Restaurant Weeks are MURDER by Libby Klein is the third in her Poppy McAllister Mystery series and I have to admit that it is my favorite .... so far. I have had the pleasure of reading all three of the books in this series and I am a huge fan of Poppy and her Aunt Ginny. I have had the pleasure of watching Poppy grow and flourish. Who would have thought that when Poppy returns to her hometown in the first book, Class Reunions are Murder, that she would stay and be about to open a Bed & Breakfast there and would have 2 guys fighting over her ??
Well that is where she is in Restaurant Weeks are MURDER and she is working along side Tim, her old high school boyfriend/fiance, in a Restaurant Week competition that is similar to a television show, Chopped, where the contestants have a certain amount of time to make a dish with items in a basket. Unfortunately things do not run smoothly during the competition, one judge ends up dead, ingredients are mislabeled, equipment is sabotaged and Poppy's other love interest, Gia, comes into the competition mid-week to help his mother when one of her team members ends up with a serious burn.
Now we know Poppy always has a lot on her plate and it isn't always gluten-free and when she opens up the bed & breakfast to the judges when they have no where else to go, she may be biting off more than she can chew......
One thing I love about this series is Poppy's determination. She will do whatever it takes to solve whatever case she stumbles across and when things hit close to home, she becomes more determined !!
Another thing I love about this series is Poppy's Aunt Ginny.....you have to LOVE her quirky character and you never know what she has up her sleeve......
Another thing I love about this series is the ability that Klein possesses with keeping the reader engrossed in the story and turning the pages.....and in Restaurant Weeks are MURDER she ends the story in a way that will have the reader screaming for more !!! Sadly we have to be patient and wait for the fourth book in this captivating series.........
Review by Missi S.