The third book in the Deep Fried Mystery series by Linda Reilly, A FRYING SHAME finds Talia Marby entered in Steeltop Foods’ first annual cook-off and bake-off contest with her Miniature Deep-Fried Apple Pies. As owner of Fry Me a Sliver eatery, the large cash prize would go a long way towards helping her business. When the contest winner is found murdered and Talia’s new friend, and the runner-up in the contest, becomes the suspect, Talia finds she must become involved and find the killer. In addition to the murder mystery of who killed the contest winner, the author has many subplots that twist and turn, keeping the reader turning pages. I wasn’t sure how some of the subplots connected to the overall story but in the end, Linda does an amazing job of weaving them together, creating a cohesive, exciting book.
The characters in this series are endearing. Talia is a good boss and a good friend, showing her caring nature in the way she treats both friends and employees. I love her employee, Martha, a crusty sort of woman, adds another dimension to the story. Talia is dating Ryan Collins, but he has a minor role in this story as he is out of town on business. But, could there be trouble with their relationship when he stops returning her phone calls and texts? Along with a number of viable suspects there were also non-suspects who had secrets or were hiding something which keeps the reader guessing and second guessing themselves trying to figure out the killer.
I was happy that Linda includes the recipe for Talia’s Miniature Deep-Fried Apple Pies at the back of the book. The apple filling is so delicious I could literally eat it on its own and would be terrific served over ice cream! I found the pie dough a bit tricky to work with even after trying to make it twice. It cracked and crumbled when I filled the pies… but maybe I tried adding too many of the delicious apples. However, one of my young taste testers said that the pies were like eating cookies with apple pie filling. And then it dawned on me that once the pastry was deep-fried it reminded me of the texture of sable cookies! Of course you can take the easy route and use pre-made refrigerated pie crust, such as Pillsbury…which I did as well. Either way, these are a fun dessert to both make and serve!
The town of Wrensdale is abuzz with excitement when Steeltop Foods sponsors a cooking contest to promote its new product, the Flavor Dial. With a $25,000 prize at stake, all the contestants are on edge, including Talia Marby, owner of Fry Me A Sliver. She hopes her mini deep-fried apple pies will win her the money to pay off the renovations on her restaurant. But when Norma Ferguson wins with her flaky-top chicken stew, the tensions dial up even more.
After Norma is found dead at her cooking station, the police suspect a losing contestant got a little too hot under the collar. Now it’s crunch time as Talia works to catch the killer and clear her name before another cook gets burned.
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I was provided an advanced copy with the hopes I would review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.