Rossalyn Channing’s new restaurant, Hawg Heaven, is getting more and more popular in the small town of Chatsworth, Illinois. She and her 13 year old son, Ryan, are doing better than she expected in the short time they’ve lived there. There has been some ups and downs, of course, and most of the downs have been murders.
Ruth Venkman, an accountant and one of Rossalyn’s new friends, offered to look over Rossalyn’s taxes for a small fee. When she took her taxes to the accountant’s office she saw that everyone who worked there was very upset. Ruth explained that one of the accountants, Deedee, started to feel a little ill, went to the ladies room and died there. Deedee was well liked in the office. She always baked brownies and cakes for her co-workers.
Upon investigation it was determined that Dedee was poisoned! But who would poison the woman and why?
Ruth was very concerned and frightened because she thought that the poison was meant for her and not Deedee. Some strange things were going on in Ruth’s life and she was living in fear. One day Ruth poured herself some scotch at her home. It tasted a little odd to her so she spit it right out. Her husband, Russell, sniffed it and said it smelled fine to him. A few minutes later she became sick to her stomach and spent the rest of the night in the bathroom but when day broke she felt better. Ruth put up some water to boil in her kettle for tea but the steam smelled bad to her too. Ruth felt like someone was trying to kill her but she doubted if it was her husband, Russell, but if not Russell then who and why?
Officer Morgan Tyler was investigating Deedee’s death trying to figure out if Ruth’s problems had anything to do with Deedee’s death. He had no idea of the kettle of fish that would soon be opened.
“Hawgs, Dogs, and Murder” by Summer Prescott, is the 4th book in her Hawg Heaven Cozy Culinary Mystery Series.
Once again fans of this cute series will see how Rossalyn and Ryan’s life is progressing in Chatsworth. In this book Rossalyn seems to have yet another stalker and wanting to make sure that son Ryan stays safe she asks her neighbor, Tom Hundman, a motorcycle biker and a veteran, to keep an eye on the boy. It’s a good thing that Tom likes Ryan because he’s a little angry at Rossalyn for something that she did to him a month or so back. She did apologize to Tom but he’s still upset with her.
Making matters more complicated is that Officer Morgan Tyler is interested in Rossalyn but Rossalyn is having some strange feelings towards her neighbor Tom Hundman. And there is that little matter with the stalker.
Once again, Ms. Prescott has give cozy-lovers a good mystery set in small town America. It’s easy and fun to read with lots of talk about food. “Hawgs, Dogs, and Murder” is the perfect short novel for cozy/mystery enthusiasts.
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