Steamed - Gourmet Girl, Bk 1 Author:Jessica Conant-Park, Susan Conant Chloe Carter, food connoisseur and resilient survivor of failed romances, is forever on a quest for the perfect meal and the perfect man. Getting both in one shot is irresistible. That's why Chloe (aka Gourmet Girl) accepts a date with DinnerDude online. Too bad her fellow food lover is just another cheap, pompous, well-fed bore. But there m... more »ust be an easier way to run out on a tab than being stabbed to death in the men's room. Talk about a rocky love life. Chloe's first date of the week is murdered--and her second is a sweet chef who'd be ideal if he wasn't the prime suspect. As the investigation plunges the amateur sleuth into the gourmet restaurant scene, she discovers a cutthroat world rife with killer competition, stormy love affairs, and a recipe for Baby Bok Choy Slaw that's to die for...« less
This book started out sooo slow for me. In fact, I kept starting and stopping it for over a month after receiving it until I made myself keep plowing ahead and then... I started to like it. It's different than most other cozies, other mysteries. There's just so many inconsequential details discussed and thought about. Probably too much but you know, I somehow found myself liking the main character and her friends and enjoying some of the extra stuff about their lives. I am near the end and have a few guesses about the murderer but nothing definite and that's always a big plus for me. I love when an author can fool me. I'm looking forward to reading the next one in the series.
I was looking forward to reading a cozy with a younger sleuth and this was definitely that. The mystery was solid and the story included a romance that was a little more prominent than in most mysteries. I didn't feel any real attachment to the characters, but I'll keep reading to see where the authors go with the series. It has the potential to be really good.