Saturday, July 28, 2018

Who Moved My Goat Cheese + Killer Green Tomatoes - Mini Cozy Reviews

Goodreads:  Who Moved My Goat Cheese (Farm-to-Fork Mystery #1) by Lynn Cahoon

Blurb:  With three weeks until opening night for their restaurant, the County Seat, Angie and her best friend and business partner Felicia are scrambling to line up local vendors—from the farmer's market to the goat dairy farm of Old Man Moss. Fortunately, the cantankerous Moss takes a shine to Angie, as does his kid goat Precious. So when Angie hears the bloodcurdling news of foul play at the dairy farm, she jumps in to mind the man's livestock and help solve the murder. One thing's for sure, there's no whey Angie's going to let some killer get her goat . . .

My Thoughts:  I love Lynn Cahoon and I love foodie books so I was really excited to start this series.  I liked reading about Angie setting up her new restaurant and all the complications that happen - especially when dealing with small vendors. The murder occurs pretty near the beginning and the plot really got moving.  I enjoyed the community Cahoon created and Angie especially is a character I'm looking forward to seeing again.  While I did enjoy this read it wasn't my favorite book from Cahoon.  I'm not sure if this series just doesn't click with me as much as her South Cove series or if this book just suffered a bit from first book setup issues.  This aside, I'm definitely looking forward to continuing the series.  Rating:  Good

Goodreads:  Killer Green Tomatoes (Farm to Fork Mysteries #2) by Lynn Cahoon

Blurb:  To Angie, nothing tastes more like summer than her Nona's fried green tomatoes. Eager to add the recipe to the menu at the County Seat, she's found the perfect produce supplier—her sous chef Estebe’s cousin, Javier. Just one problem: ladies’ man Javier’s current hot tomato Heather has turned up dead, and he’s the prime suspect. Somehow, between managing her restaurant and navigating a romantic triangle between Estebe and Ian, the owner/manager of the farmer's market, Angie needs to produce evidence to clear Javier—before this green tomato farmer gets fried . . .

My Thoughts: Normally I have some time in between books in a series but that was not the case here.   As soon as I finished the first book I dove into this one and I really enjoyed staying in Angie's world.  I forgot to mention when talking about the first book how much I enjoyed the giant puppy, Dom.  I love a big goofy dog in a book and Dom is the biggest and goofiest which is a lot of fun.  There are some scenes that aren't related to the mystery but more to Angie's life in general.  I really enjoy this in a cozy because what pulls me to a series is the characters and the setting so I like getting to know both.  The mystery was good and the pacing kept me entertained which is expected in a Lynn Cahoon mystery.  This doesn't replace the South Cove series as my absolute favorite but I am excited to see where it goes and the first two mysteries have been very solid and enjoyable.  Rating:  Good


  1. I love a big goofy dog in a story. I'm like you I like the character and setting build up, they make the mystery side of it interesting for me.

  2. The County Seat looks like a restaurant I'd love to visit! These both look like lots of fun. Who Moved My Goat Cheese- love that title!

  3. I'm glad you enjoyed these two! I like Lynn Cahoon's two other series very much, as you know, but something about this series just didn't grab me, so I haven't read them yet. I think it's just that for some inexplicable reason, food-themed cozies don't really appeal to me— though there are a few notable exceptions, like Connie Archer's Soup Lovers series.

  4. Those covers are fun. I'd love to try fried, green tomatoes.