Monday, July 6, 2015


This report is a little late, do to the July 4th holiday.  I am already at the half way point in my next book.  I read DEATH OF A CRABBY COOK by Penny Pike,  This is the first in the Food Festival Mystery Series.  It takes place in another of my favorite vacation cities San Francisco. 

The main character, Darcy, is a downsized restaurant critic and lives in a motor home on her Aunt Abby's property and is called to duty to help out her aunt in her food truck.  Aunt Abby a retired school "lunch lady" now runs a food truck in a re-imagined school bus.  Aunt Abby also lives with her son Dillon and her dog Basil.  I have to say I LOVE Dillon.  He was removed from college and "wanted" by the FBI for computer hacking.  But, his computer skills come in handy when the crabby owner of a local restaurant is found murdered in his restaurant.  There is no love lost between the restaurant owner and the many food trucks in Fort Mason park.  Aunt Abby quickly becomes a suspect and Darcy and Dillon, who dons many crazy disguises, get to work with the help of the friendly "cream puff" guy, Jake, who is a disbarred attorney turned food trucker.  When one of the food truckers gets murdered as well, things really get crazy.  With quirky food truckers, illegal aliens, criminal meat delivery drivers, the questionable grieving sister of the now murdered restaurant owner and stolen recipes Darcy has her hands full. 
It was a fun, easy read.  My only complaint I would have liked the city to have played more of a role in the story.  San Francisco is quite a colorful city.
Penny Pike also writes as Penny Warner and I did read one of her Party Planner Mystery series---HOW TO HOST A KILLER PARTY. 
This series also takes place in San Francisco and features Alcatraz Island.  If you ever get a chance to visit Alcatraz, Do!  On one visit there was a former inmate speaking and signing his book.  It was fascinating to hear what life was like on The Rock from some one who actually lived it.
My next book is a favorite, a Murder She Wrote by Donald Bain.

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