BOOK REPORTI just finished Murder She Wrote KILLER IN THE KITCHEN. What can I say about this series by Donald Bain, other than if you loved the television series, you can't help but love the books. I am always amazed at how much like the great show the books are. It is written first person, through Jessica Fletcher. Many books are set in Cabot Cove, while others are set all around the globe. I stick with the books set in Maine. When I read these books I can hear the voices of the characters from the show in my head; Donald Bain really has it down pat.
In this story a local couple decides to open a seafood restaurant in Cabot Cove, "a life long dream." Problems arise when a pompous celebrity chef, his model wife and delinquent son decide to open a French restaurant right next door. The chef has two constant companions (in the form of thugs) at his side, which Jessica finds curious. There is some bad behavior on the part of the chef and his entourage; tempers fly and threats are made.
When the chef turns up dead, there is no shortage of suspects. But, Mort, with assistance from two State Investigators, quickly arrests the local owner of the seafood restaurant. Jessica quickly jumps into action, determined they have the wrong man.
The two State Investigators are not the only strangers in town, there is also and FBI Agent and a stranger with multiple identities that gets roughed up by the constant companions.
It looks like the chef and his family have a few skeletons in their closets.
The story is full of all the regular Cabot Cove favorites and some new folks integral to the story.
All in all Donald Bain crafts a great mystery, with twist and turns and side and back stories that keep you guessing right up to the end.
I will admit I was hesitant at first to read this series, thinking that maybe it would not hold up; but it not only holds up it surpasses in many ways. If you are at all hesitant, trust me give it a shot.