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If Fried Chicken Could Fly (Country Cooking School, Bk1)
If Fried Chicken Could Fly - Country Cooking School, Bk1
Author: Paige Shelton
At Gram's Country Cooking School, Betts and Gram are helping students prepare the perfect dishes for the Southern Missouri Show-Down, the cook-off that draws the first of the summer visitors. Everything is going smoothly until they discover the body of local theater owner Everett Morningside in the school's supply closet, and Everett'...  more »
PBS Market Price: $8.09 or $4.19+1 credit
ISBN-13: 9780425245859
ISBN-10: 0425245853
Publication Date: 1/3/2012
Pages: 304
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.

3.9 stars, based on 78 ratings
Publisher: Berkley
Book Type: Paperback
Members Wishing: 0
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ASJ avatar reviewed If Fried Chicken Could Fly (Country Cooking School, Bk1) on + 340 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
Excellent Cozy. The setting is well developed you get a good feeling for what the time is like to live in. Very engaging characters. Gran is a hoot, nice blend of cooking background and mystery. Mystery is well developed and not easy to figure out. Recipes look really yummy. Definately want to read book 2.
moondance120 avatar reviewed If Fried Chicken Could Fly (Country Cooking School, Bk1) on + 422 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
I really like the Farmer's Market series and looked forward to reading this book. It certainly did not disappoint. I enjoyed the relationship between Betts and her grandmother, Miz. The addition of a high school sweetheart and a handsome ghost moved evertything up a notch. I look forward to the next book in the series and hope that other "residents" of Broken Rope cemetary are featured. 4 stars
booksinvt avatar reviewed If Fried Chicken Could Fly (Country Cooking School, Bk1) on + 448 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
This is the first book in the Country Cooking School series featuring Isabelle "Betts" Winston and her Gram - Missouri Winston. Together they operate Grams Country Cooking School in Broken Rope, Missouri.

When a dead body is found in the supply closet of the cooking school - Gram is immediately suspected because of her relationship with the victim. Betts sets out to clear her Gram's name and enlists the help of her best friend Jake.

Broken Rope is a town that thrives in its reputation as an old Western town where fake gunmen and cowboys wander the streets. The annual cookoff is held on the stage of an old hanging platform.

The appearance of Jerome Cowbender (a suspected thief from the olden days) is a delightful additional to the story. The relationship between himself, Betts and Gram is wonderful.

I had no idea that the book had a hint of paranormal involved until partway through - but for an old western town you would expect a few specters to appear right?

I haven't read any of the Farm Fresh series by Paige Shelton, but I will certainly give them a try now if this series is any indication of her writing style.

This book was a quick page turner and I read it in one day - not even suspecting the killer's identity until they were revealed in the last chapter.

I can't wait for the next in the series - hopefully, the wait will not be too long. Oh, and did I mention the mouthwatering recipes found in the back? I'll be giving them a try too.
SierraK avatar reviewed If Fried Chicken Could Fly (Country Cooking School, Bk1) on + 191 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
Welcome to Broken Rope, Missouri, home of the Country Cooking School. The Cooking School is run by "Gram" Missouri Anne Winston and her granddaughter Betts. Both of these characters are likable and interesting. Throw in a good mystery, a hunky ex-boyfriend, and a cowboy ghost, and you've got a real winner! Looking forward to reading more in this series.
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Helpful Score: 1
Take a pinch of ghost, a mystery, treasure hunt and a bit of romance --- and what a wonderful read! The whole story was well plotted, very well written and the characters were more then well developed! This series starts off with so much potential and ability to be a pleasure reading with each edition made -- and not enough stars to rate it!
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cathyskye avatar reviewed If Fried Chicken Could Fly (Country Cooking School, Bk1) on + 2188 more book reviews
First Line: If the items in the cast-iron skillet hadn't burst into flames just as Gram was dunking the coated chicken breast into the hot bubbling grease, we might not have found the dead body so soon.

Everything was going fine until then. Betts Winston and her grandmother were helping their students in Gram's Country Cooking School prepare for the Southern Missouri Show-Down-- the cook-off that begins the summer tourist season in Broken Rope, Missouri. Then that kitchen fire occurred, and Betts and Gram had to get the cleaning supplies. There in the supply closet was the body of local theater owner Everett Morningside, buried under buckets, mops, and rolls of paper towels.

Everett and Gram had been seeing each other, so it comes as a shock when Everett's widow appears and accuses Gram of being the killer. It also doesn't help when Betts learns that her old high school flame is back in town and a member of the police force. Betts' grandmother is in trouble, and she's going to move heaven and earth to make sure the real killer is the one put behind bars.

I personally don't enjoy cooking, but I did enjoy this first in the Country Cooking School mystery series. Betts Winston, the law school drop-out, has joined her grandmother in running a cooking school that specializes in down home cookin', and Gram cooks the exact same way as my mother and great-grandmother did: with passion and intuition-- and no measuring cups or spoons. (That gene skipped my grandmother and me for some reason.)

The school is in Broken Rope, Missouri-- a town with a very colorful past. In fact the cooking school (converted from a former bingo hall) is next to the old cemetery, a draw for tourists where several of the town's more memorable citizens are buried. That cemetery is where Betts begins seeing a cowboy that no one else seems to see, and that elusive man is going to be the one who helps her solve this case.

Yes, the setting is a definite winner; the fictional town being a combination of Rolla, Missouri, and Tombstone, Arizona. Shelton has to have fun creating Broken Rope with its great old buildings and rich history. I'm looking forward to reading more books in the series just because of the setting.

But of course, there has to be more to the book than its setting, and there is here. Betts and Gram are just the type of characters I love to get to know, although Gram does tend to get my back up with her stubbornness. Betts' best friend Jake, the town historian, is another character I want to know more about, and I thought the town's legal eagle, Verna Oldenmeyer, was a hoot as well as being one sharp lawyer. The other characters who own shops on Main Street as well as the ghostly presence of Jerome Cowbinder also add to a strong, vivid cast that do an excellent job in solving future crimes.

The plot is a fast-moving one that involves the town's history as well as a strong glint of gold, but I'll say no more about that because the story is so much fun that I don't want to spoil it for any of you.

If you're in the mood for a strong cast of characters in a fun, fast-moving plot, you can't go wrong with If Fried Chicken Could Fly. I'll definitely be visiting Broken Rope again.

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