This is the second book in the Cape Cod Foodies series by Amy Pershing who appears to be a newer cozy mysteries writer, but I’d say she has being a cozy writer nailed. Both books so far have been fun, funny and filled with new character friends to get to know…or some you’re kinda glad got offed…as well as a picturesque location. And don’t forget sweet Diogi, Sam’s dog that she first was telling people came with her inheritance, but now she’s been referring to him as her dog. I’m eager to read the next book now that comes out in June 2022. Thanks again to @Berkley Publishing for letting me read and review this book!
My Goodreads review:
Sam Barnes is definitely an acquired taste as far as main characters go, but now that it’s the second book, I’m finding I like her much better now than in the first book. I’ve always enjoyed her sense of humor though. Sam’s realized she’s where she belongs now and is even getting her sweet Diogi to listen better, well maybe a little better. It’s hilarious how the pup responds and learns from Helene though.
It was fun (for us readers) having her parents in town although Sam didn’t seem to enjoy it much until closer to Christmas. Her mom was in her element again, and Dad was just being secretive about something. The mystery was complex and really good. I like how Sam and an old acquaintance worked on the last part of the case, and I sure didn’t realize who it was until Sam said their name. The showdown was a really good one with some surprising help from someone I never would’ve expected to be there.
All in all, Sam survived her first Christmas in Cape Cod. The ending was pretty hilarious since it ended on New Year’s Eve which was supposed to be a nice quiet romantic evening for Jason and Sam. But this was Sam, of course it couldn’t be the way she hoped things would go. I was laughing while picturing the scene and I think others will too!
I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book provided by Berkley Publishing via NetGalley, and my opinions are my own.