Restaurant Weeks Are Murder (A Poppy McAllister Mystery #3)
Cape May, New Jersey, is the site of a big culinary competition--and the knives are out . . .Poppy McAllister is happy about opening a Jersey Shore B&B--but working in a professional kitchen has always been her real dream. Now it's coming true, at least briefly, as she teams up with her former fianc�e, Tim--and his condescending partner, Gigi--during the high-profile Restaurant Week challenge. Poppy's specialty is pastries, despite her devotion to a Paleo diet. But if anyone can make glorious gluten-free goodies, it's Poppy.Things get heated quickly--especially when some ingredients get switched and Tim's accused of sabotage. Relatively harmless pranks soon escalate into real hazards, including an exploding deep fryer. And now one of the judges has died after taking a bite of Poppy's cannoli--making her the chef suspect . . .Includes Seven Recipes from Poppy's Kitchen!

Restaurant Weeks Are Murder (A Poppy McAllister Mystery #3) Details

TitleRestaurant Weeks Are Murder (A Poppy McAllister Mystery #3)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseFeb 26th, 2019
PublisherKensington Publishing Corporation
ISBN-139781496713070
Rating
GenreMystery, Cozy Mystery

Restaurant Weeks Are Murder (A Poppy McAllister Mystery #3) Review

  • Carrie
    January 1, 1970
    Restaurant Weeks Are Murder by Libby Klein is the third book in the cozy A Poppy McAllister Mystery series. Each book of this series has a new mystery to be solved by the main character so they can be read and understood as a standalone if choosing to do so. Of course as with any continuing series there is some character development that would be missed if not reading from the beginning.Poppy McAllister is a forty something widow who moved back to her hometown of Cape May after the death of her Restaurant Weeks Are Murder by Libby Klein is the third book in the cozy A Poppy McAllister Mystery series. Each book of this series has a new mystery to be solved by the main character so they can be read and understood as a standalone if choosing to do so. Of course as with any continuing series there is some character development that would be missed if not reading from the beginning.Poppy McAllister is a forty something widow who moved back to her hometown of Cape May after the death of her husband. Poppy returned to be near her elderly Aunt Ginny and has made a living for herself when they converted Aunt Ginny’s home into a bed and breakfast.Poppy has always had dreams of becoming a chef so when she gets an invite from an old boyfriend to help out during the Restaurant Week challenge she couldn’t help but accept. What Poppy didn’t expect signing up for the high pressure cooking competition was to find herself in the middle of yet another murder investigation.Having read the first two books of the series and thinking to myself when finished with each that five stars was just not enough for them I had high hopes going into this book. While the series is still at the absolute top of my favorites I did come away with a complaint this time, I truly do wish the author would move away from the old love triangle trope as it’s getting old. A strong female lead doesn’t even need one romantic prospect to be entertaining in a cozy so let’s move on from the back and forth, please? Otherwise I absolutely loved coming back to Poppy and her Aunt Ginny and all the quirkiness that surrounds them.I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.com/
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  • abby
    January 1, 1970
    Trouble seems to follow where ever Poppy McAllister goes, and Cape May's Restaurant Week is no exception. When Poppy agrees to help out her ex-boyfriend Tim in his quest to win the week long cooking competition, she is unprepared for feuding chefs, sabotage... and murder. Once again Poppy and the people she cares about are in Detective Amber's cross hairs as potential subjects, and once she is determined to find the real killer before Restaurant Week claims yet another victim.This is the third b Trouble seems to follow where ever Poppy McAllister goes, and Cape May's Restaurant Week is no exception. When Poppy agrees to help out her ex-boyfriend Tim in his quest to win the week long cooking competition, she is unprepared for feuding chefs, sabotage... and murder. Once again Poppy and the people she cares about are in Detective Amber's cross hairs as potential subjects, and once she is determined to find the real killer before Restaurant Week claims yet another victim.This is the third book in the Poppy McAllister series, and I have been hooked from the first. Goodness knows I'm a harsh critic, but I can't help but love these characters. I was thrilled to be reunited with Poppy, her zany great-aunt Ginny, and her mistevious cat Figaro. This book introduced a whole new cast of characters with the chefs competing in Restaurant Week that I wouldn't be surprised see pop back into the series later. When it comes to characters, author Libby Klein hasn't let me down yet (except in the case of Gia, who I contend is a squirrel from a Disney movie and not an actual character).The murder didn't occur until 40% into the book and was concluded quite a bit before the ending. The mystery was quick and easy, and of course everyone just opened up to Poppy and told her everything on a dime, which is a real time saver. The remaining page real estate is devoted to fun hijinks (which I mostly approve of) and the love triangle between Poppy, Tim and Gia (which I mostly don't). It was really weird and stalkerish that Gia had his mother enter Restaurant Week just to keep an eye on Poppy and Tim. I think Poppy is fabulous. But I think the author is trying too hard giving her one endlessly devoted suitor after the next. I'm absolutely on board with a book that doesn't treat middle-aged, overweight women as if they are invisible. But you can be worthy and have something to offer the world without the validation of a couple of dudes fighting over you.I had fun reading this book and I look forward to the next adventure with Poppy and her clan.
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  • Linda
    January 1, 1970
    Must read! I absolutely love the Poppy McAllister Mysteries! The stories feature slapstick dialogue and witty characterization as well as darn good Mysteries! In book 3, readers who love culinary cozies will be in heaven.Protagonist, Poppy McAllister is a pastry chef who lives in Cape May, NJ, with her slightly spoiled cat, Figuro (who’s a hoot!), and her elderly Aunt Ginny (who Poppy attempts to keep out of trouble!). This fun cozy begins as Poppy agrees to be the pastry chef on her ex-fiance’s Must read! I absolutely love the Poppy McAllister Mysteries! The stories feature slapstick dialogue and witty characterization as well as darn good Mysteries! In book 3, readers who love culinary cozies will be in heaven.Protagonist, Poppy McAllister is a pastry chef who lives in Cape May, NJ, with her slightly spoiled cat, Figuro (who’s a hoot!), and her elderly Aunt Ginny (who Poppy attempts to keep out of trouble!). This fun cozy begins as Poppy agrees to be the pastry chef on her ex-fiance’s (Tim) team for a televised Restaurant Week Competition. Author Libby Klein’s trademark humor kept me laughing out loud throughout the entire story as the competition is plagued by saboteurs from Day 1! The panel of judges is wacky and I found their actions hilarious! The same goes for the Chefs and their team members who range from liars, imposters, revenge-seekers, cheaters, and much, much more! And, of all things, Figaro has a thing for the only judge who has an allergy to cats! Of course, somewhere in the midst of all this craziness is a killer who’s cleverly concealing themself from everyone involved.This reader savored every word on every page of “Restaurant Weeks Are Murder” and give this story and the previous two stories in the Poppy McAllister series my highest recommendation—A must read for all cozy fans! The author includes recipes for readers to try at the end of the book.I reviewed an advanced galley from Kensington Publishing. Thank you.
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  • Mark Baker
    January 1, 1970
    Poppy McAllister is thrilled to be helping Tim during the Restaurant Week cooking competition as the third member of his team. While their relationship is complicated, she knows they can work well together. The weeks gets off to a shaky start when there is a problem with the hotel where the judges were going to stay, and Poppy volunteers the not quite open yet bed and breakfast she is working on with her aunt. Then, on the first day of the competition, someone sabotages the ingredients. As thing Poppy McAllister is thrilled to be helping Tim during the Restaurant Week cooking competition as the third member of his team. While their relationship is complicated, she knows they can work well together. The weeks gets off to a shaky start when there is a problem with the hotel where the judges were going to stay, and Poppy volunteers the not quite open yet bed and breakfast she is working on with her aunt. Then, on the first day of the competition, someone sabotages the ingredients. As things spiral out of control, Tim and Poppy find themselves at the center of it all. Can Poppy figure out what is happening?Fans of this series will be thrilled with the latest outing for Poppy and the rest of the crew. Yes, everyone is here and causing mayhem and laughs for us like normal. I did sympathize more with the victim of Figueroa’s antics since I allergic to cats as well, but I still found that subplot fun. As usual, Aunt Ginny and her friends steal the show. I do feel the pacing of the mystery could have been better, but this is something I’ve felt with all three books in the series. We definitely did get a good mystery that kept me guessing until the very end. There are seven Paleo friendly recipes at the back of the book to enjoy once you’ve finished the book.NOTE: I received an ARC of this book.Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.
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  • Elle's Book Blog
    January 1, 1970
    Release Date February 26, 2019 Genre: Cozy Mystery Actual Rating: 4.5 starsI just adore this series! Poppy is such a fun character with a sparkling personality and sense of humor. Not only am I devouring the mystery but I am laughing at the things she thinks and says. Another thing that makes this series is Poppy's great aunt Ginny. She reminds me of Grandma Mazur from the Stephanie Plum series- she's silly, quirky, and downright hilarious! Overall, I think this is one of the best cozy serie Release Date February 26, 2019 Genre: Cozy Mystery Actual Rating: 4.5 starsI just adore this series! Poppy is such a fun character with a sparkling personality and sense of humor. Not only am I devouring the mystery but I am laughing at the things she thinks and says. Another thing that makes this series is Poppy's great aunt Ginny. She reminds me of Grandma Mazur from the Stephanie Plum series- she's silly, quirky, and downright hilarious! Overall, I think this is one of the best cozy series around (I place it in my top 5 favorite cozy series of all time), and highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys the genre. In this installment, Poppy is taking part in Restaurant Week which is a cooking competition. Poppy is working with her ex fiance Tim and things seem to be going splendidly. That is until one of the judges drops dead from being poisoned. One would think this is the worst thing that could happen at this televised event, and in all reality it is. But other "pranks" are causing some to come close to their final moments as well, and Poppy will stop at nothing to figure out who is behind it all. For those who enjoy cozy mysteries with flair, this is the series for you! As I mentioned before, I absolutely love this series and am always looking forward to the next installment. I just can't wait to see what kind of trouble Poppy and her crew come in contact next! - Highly recommended.
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  • Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    I seriously love this series...I don't know what it is about the characters or the setting (maybe it is the recipes), but I can't wait to read these books as they are released!Poppy is an engaging protagonist.  A mistake in her youth altered her future but she seems to be doing ok trying to get a B&B off the ground, baking gluten-free items for a coffee shop, and solving the murders that happen in her town.  It doesn't hurt that she has two potential love interests - Gia, the owner of the co I seriously love this series...I don't know what it is about the characters or the setting (maybe it is the recipes), but I can't wait to read these books as they are released!Poppy is an engaging protagonist.  A mistake in her youth altered her future but she seems to be doing ok trying to get a B&B off the ground, baking gluten-free items for a coffee shop, and solving the murders that happen in her town.  It doesn't hurt that she has two potential love interests - Gia, the owner of the coffee shop and a hot Italian and Tim, her college sweetheart who owns a local restaurant.  I am team Gia - just putting that out there - because, while Tim wants to be with Poppy, he lets himself get distracted by GiGi and other women.  Anyway, you can make your own decision on which team to belong.I love to cook (which may be why this series appeals to me) and this one brings together cooking with reality TV.  Poppy teams up with Tim and Gigi to represent Tim's restaurant in a cooking competition.  Gigi is not likable and she gets her due many times throughout the book.  I think my favorite is when the network decides that anyone on the team must cook one of the courses.  This infuriates Gigi because she doesn't think Poppy is a chef because she didn't attend culinary school.  Gigi is in for a rude awakening because not all great cooks have attended cooking school and Poppy knows her way around a kitchen which is more than can be said for Gigi.  As is to be expected, there is murder during the show and Poppy has to figure out the killer before she becomes the next victim.  I really tried to decipher the clues but I did not do a good job because I was quite surprised to learn who the murderer was and the reasoning behind the death(s).  There is a cast of quirky characters that liven up the storyline and of course, we can't forget Aunt Ginny and her antics along with the rest of her Senior friends.  She knows how to liven up this book with her shenanigans.We give this 5 paws up and suggest reading the whole series starting with the first book so you can understand the back story.
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  • Shalini
    January 1, 1970
    Move over all the cookery shows - Restaurant Weeks are here and Poppy is the chef, a pastry chef and this is her moment to shine!!Years ago, she had left the culinary school and now she was called by teenage love Tim to participate in the week long show. And as the psychic in the previous book had predicted - deadbodies follow Poppy and a judge was found slumped in the chair, dead!! Poppy was asked to investigate along with her aunt Ginny and friend Sawyer.My third book by Libby Klein, I was on Move over all the cookery shows - Restaurant Weeks are here and Poppy is the chef, a pastry chef and this is her moment to shine!!Years ago, she had left the culinary school and now she was called by teenage love Tim to participate in the week long show. And as the psychic in the previous book had predicted - deadbodies follow Poppy and a judge was found slumped in the chair, dead!! Poppy was asked to investigate along with her aunt Ginny and friend Sawyer.My third book by Libby Klein, I was on a roll. This book was done in pure Masterchef style with mystery baskets and different ingredients each day along with the rivalry and politics and some sabotaging. Triple the fun... I am not a foodie, but I definitely love watching...now reading...about the books written with the cooking show flair... Libby's trademark style of writing was well evident with humor provided by Aunt Ginny and her friends and cat Figaro, and tinge of romance provided by Tim and Gia... Both liked Poppy. And why not, Poppy was likable, she was gutsy and bold and overall nice. And I loved the support she garnered, the studio audience were all there only for her, basically aunt Ginny and her friends. And yes... There was betting too. Mostly in her favorAnd you bet, there were my niggles too, murder occurred at 36% and Poppy's investigation started much later. I was pretty much done with the romance triangle. It was no longer cute. Poppy should select one and get on.Overall, this book kept me great company during my flu. A good diversion and an enjoyable read.
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  • Mary Brown
    January 1, 1970
    Restaurant Weeks Are MurderA Poppy McAllister Mystery, Book #3Libby Klein5 StarsSynopsis:Poppy McAllister is happy about opening a Jersey Shore B&B--but working in a professional kitchen has always been her real dream. Now it's coming true, at least briefly, as she teams up with her former fiancee, Tim--and his condescending partner, Gigi--during the high-profile Restaurant Week challenge. Poppy's specialty is pastries, despite her devotion to a Paleo diet. But if anyone can make glorious gl Restaurant Weeks Are MurderA Poppy McAllister Mystery, Book #3Libby Klein5 StarsSynopsis:Poppy McAllister is happy about opening a Jersey Shore B&B--but working in a professional kitchen has always been her real dream. Now it's coming true, at least briefly, as she teams up with her former fiancee, Tim--and his condescending partner, Gigi--during the high-profile Restaurant Week challenge. Poppy's specialty is pastries, despite her devotion to a Paleo diet. But if anyone can make glorious gluten-free goodies, it's Poppy.Things get heated quickly--especially when some ingredients get switched and Tim's accused of sabotage. Relatively harmless pranks soon escalate into real hazards, including an exploding deep fryer. And now one of the judges has died after taking a bite of Poppy's cannoli--making her the chef suspect . . .Includes Seven Recipes from Poppy's Kitchen! (Goodreads)Review:The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and she pulled me right into the story from the very beginning. Whether at the Restaurant Weeks challenges or back at the Bed and Breakfast, the story remained interesting and exciting. Poppy gives her all no matter what she is doing and she likes to help people if she can, even her ex-fiance. She also seems to be a dead body magnet, much to her dismay. She will have her hands full trying to solve this murder, but she will give it her all, before the murder is pinned on her. The characters are well developed, well rounded and three dimensional. Poppy’s family and friends are funny and unpredictable and you never no what they are going to do next, which is great as a reader, but not so great for Poppy. Figaro, Poppy’s cat, is one of my favorite animals in a cozy, I just laugh whenever I am reading about him. The mystery was well plotted and there were enough clues to sift through and suspects to consider. The murder did not happen until about 40% into the book but that was okay because I was enjoying all of the other things that were happening. I would recommend this book (and series) to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy. If you like food cozies, this is a must read. I felt like I was watching an episode of Chopped as I was reading this book, which was a very good thing.I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Kensington Books, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.
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  • NicoleG
    January 1, 1970
    Restaurant Weeks Are Murder is like getting a Food Network episode along with reality show with some snippets of Bad Kitty thrown in for good measure!Poppy, Aunt Ginny and Figaro are once again up to their eyeballs in Paleo treats, naughty cat hi-jinks, and murder! In this book, stakes are high when Poppy tries to help her old flame, Chef Tim, in a cooking competition. Not only is there sabotage on the set with some innocent (and some downright deadly) pranks but something on the menu ends up be Restaurant Weeks Are Murder is like getting a Food Network episode along with reality show with some snippets of Bad Kitty thrown in for good measure!Poppy, Aunt Ginny and Figaro are once again up to their eyeballs in Paleo treats, naughty cat hi-jinks, and murder! In this book, stakes are high when Poppy tries to help her old flame, Chef Tim, in a cooking competition. Not only is there sabotage on the set with some innocent (and some downright deadly) pranks but something on the menu ends up being fatal. This well planned mystery is fast paced with many twists and turns that will keep you guessing until the very end! The author generously includes some mouth watering recipes! This is a must read for fans of cooking competitions or just fun, engaging cozy mysteries!I am eagerly awaiting the next book in this series!
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  • Karen (BaronessBookTrove)
    January 1, 1970
    I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy from the Great Escapes Book Tours. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Be on my team for the cooking competition, he said. It will be fun, he said… Restaurant Weeks Are Murder by Libby Klein combines this splendid mystery with real to life character that stole my heart.This book is the first that I have read by Libby Klein and I can’t wait to try some of the recipes that she included in the book. I adored the way I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy from the Great Escapes Book Tours. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Be on my team for the cooking competition, he said. It will be fun, he said… Restaurant Weeks Are Murder by Libby Klein combines this splendid mystery with real to life character that stole my heart.This book is the first that I have read by Libby Klein and I can’t wait to try some of the recipes that she included in the book. I adored the way that she described people. Here is an example:He leads us up to a very dignified chef, who reminded me a little of Sam the Eagle from the Muppets, with his bushy eyebrows and tufts of gray hair over a serious expression. Poppy McAllister Our sleuth is Poppy McAllister. She is living with her 80-year-old Aunt Ginny, whose house they have turned into bed and breakfast. Poppy has gone on a Paleo diet and has lost some weight. She is feeling really good about herself. I think she should be; Poppy is reliable and compassionate. She has also turned into one of the trouble magnets; you know the ones that find dead bodies or are present when people are murdered.Poppy is also in a love triangle at the moment, and she doesn’t seem to know which way to go or whom to choose. Let’s say that both guys are hot and they want her undivided attention. What I like about Poppy Poppy is a brilliant baker, and she creates these fabulous gluten-free desserts. Yum! She is polite nice even when her inner voice is telling her not to be. OK, most of the time she is nice. Poppy treats her Aunt Ginny with respect and tolerates Ginny amusing fashion outfits and attitude. She has the cutest little cat Figaro, who is a naughty little sneak.  Poppy doesn’t hold it against him. Poppy is trying to better herself and be the best that she can be. I adore her attitude. What I didn’t like about Poppy That she wore that yellow apron when she could have just gotten another one herself. Poppy allowed Gigi to make her feel bad, all the while knowing that she was just as good as Gigi.   The Mystery What a crazy mystery with suspects galore. I honestly didn’t figure out who the murder was or the motive until Poppy stumbled upon it herself. The restaurant business is crazy, or was that just the Jersey shore? No seriously, there were so many things going on, and it was so entertaining. I loved the accents, the outfits, whole Chopped-like cooking competition.Well done, Ms. Klein. My favorite character Let me tell you there were lots of characters; they are funny, snarky, quirky, rebellious, and sweet ones. But, my favorite is Aunt Ginny. She is dynamic, fresh, witty and outrageous. Aunt Ginny has lost her filter, and the things that come out of her mouth are hilarious. Ginny and her senior friends just go and do what they want.One of the best things about Ginny were the outfits that she would show up in; here is one of them:Aunt Ginny was dressed in marine-blue harem pants and a matching gauzy long-sleeved to bejeweled with aqua sequence and tiny gold bells. There were gold bedroom slippers on her feet. 5 Stars for Restaurant Weeks Are Murder by Libby Klein My rating for Restaurant Weeks Are Murder by Libby Klein is five stars. Once, I started this one I just couldn’t put it down. I had to know what was happening to Poppy next. Although, I haven’t read the first two books in this series, I have added them to my TBR (yes, it is huge, but that is OK).I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a marvelous mystery with laugh out loud characters and their antics. Other Books in the Series Class Reunions Are Murder by Libby KleinSeries: A Poppy McAllister Mystery #1Published by Kensington Publishing Corporation on January 30, 2018Genres: Mystery, CozyPages: 304Format: Paperback Buy on Amazon       For fortysomething Poppy McAllister, taking a stroll down memory lane in Cape May, New Jersey, isn’t just awkward—it’s deadly.Newly widowed and stuck in a middle-aged funk, Poppy has been running on cookies, infomercials, and one-sided chats with her cat for months. There’s no way on earth she’s attending her twenty-five-year class reunion—especially after receiving a very bizarre letter from Barbie, the popular cheerleader who taunted her all through high school. At least, not until Poppy’s best friend practically drags her to the event . . .Using the dreaded homecoming as an excuse to visit her eccentric Aunt Ginny, Poppy vows to leave Cape May with pride and Spanx intact. Too bad Barbie is still the queen of mean at the reunion. And worse, that her dead body is lying right in front of Poppy’s old locker. Singled out as the killer, it’s up to Poppy to confront her past and clear her name. But between protecting her aunt from disaster and tackling a gluten-free diet, can Poppy crack the case before she’s voted “Most Likely to Die” by the murderer?Includes Seven Recipes from Poppy’s Kitchen!Midnight Snacks Are Murder by Libby KleinSeries: A Poppy McAllister Mystery #2Published by Kensington Publishing Corporation on July 31, 2018Genres: Mystery, Cozy, Paranormal Pages: 371Format: Paperback Buy on Amazon       When her sleepwalking aunt is accused of committing murder, Poppy McAllister finds out there's no rest for the weary . . .Between trying to get her gluten-free baking business off the ground and helping her aunt remodel her old Victorian into the Butterfly House Bed and Breakfast in Cape May, New Jersey, Poppy is ready to call, “Mayday!” And now Aunt Ginny—who's a handful wide-awake—is sleepwalking on her new sleeping pill prescription and helping herself to neighbors’ snacks and knickknacks.Even more alarming, a local humanitarian who worked with troubled teens is found murdered, and the police suspect the “Snack Bandit.” Other than a bad case of midnight munchies and some mild knickknack kleptomania, Aunt Ginny is harmless. Someone’s trying to frame her. Poppy will need to work tirelessly to uncover the killer and put the case to rest—before Aunt Ginny has to trade in her B & B for a bunk bed behind bars . . .Includes Seven Recipes from Poppy’s Kitchen! 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  • Kristin Cochran Schadler
    January 1, 1970
    Libby Klein scores again with another laugh out loud mystery. Love the colorful characters and the mystery was fantastic. Didn't see the ending coming. Fantastic read. You won't want to put it down.
  • Peggy R
    January 1, 1970
    This is the third book in what I consider to be a very entertaining cozy mystery. It is fast paced and will keep the reader engaged from start to finish. The characters are highly likable and there is plenty of humor and witty dialogue that made me smile. Poppy McAllister is one of those protagonists that is very easy to like. As a reader, I find myself rooting for her to get out of whatever trouble she has gotten herself into and to finally settle into her place in her new life. Her Aunt Ginny This is the third book in what I consider to be a very entertaining cozy mystery. It is fast paced and will keep the reader engaged from start to finish. The characters are highly likable and there is plenty of humor and witty dialogue that made me smile. Poppy McAllister is one of those protagonists that is very easy to like. As a reader, I find myself rooting for her to get out of whatever trouble she has gotten herself into and to finally settle into her place in her new life. Her Aunt Ginny is one of my favorite cozy characters. She provides plenty of humor and spunk in each of the books and you can't help but like her and look forward to whatever mischief she can get herself into. The only part of the book that I would love to see resolve sooner rather than later is the love triangle between Poppy, Gia and Tim. Personally, I'm rooting for Gia.The mystery was well done. The authors throws the reader a curve ball along with plenty of twists and turns as you try to navigate the clues to discover the identity of the killer. This mystery kept me on my toes and once again the killer's identity is revealed in a climatic fashion.I will definitely be back to see what this author has in store for the next book. I voluntarily read a digital ARC provided to me by Kensington, through Netgalley.
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  • Betty
    January 1, 1970
    This humorous and relaxing book is the third one of the Poppy McAllister series. The B&B. Is ready to open and Poppy will host the judges another personal need for the competition. The opening paragraph will have you laughing and smiling which will be with you throughout the book. Tim, her high school finance has her to be his Pastry Chef and Poppy was honored to accept. Figaro is in his element doing what many cats do to those who don't like them. Aunt Ginny and Gigi added humor. Gia and Ti This humorous and relaxing book is the third one of the Poppy McAllister series. The B&B. Is ready to open and Poppy will host the judges another personal need for the competition. The opening paragraph will have you laughing and smiling which will be with you throughout the book. Tim, her high school finance has her to be his Pastry Chef and Poppy was honored to accept. Figaro is in his element doing what many cats do to those who don't like them. Aunt Ginny and Gigi added humor. Gia and Tim are both courting Poppy.Things go wrong the first day of the competition and throughout the competition until it ends with a murder. Poppy's high school .enemie, police officer, Amber is the lead in the MURDER investigation. Poppy needs an answer to clear Tim's name. Who will Poppy choose as her man? I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK AND SERIES.Seven recipes from Poppy'Kitchen are included.Disclosure: Thanks to Kensington Books through NetGalley for a copy. The opinions expressed are my own.
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  • LORI CASWELL
    January 1, 1970
    Dollycas’s ThoughtsPoppy McAllister is so excited. Her ex, Tim and his partner Gigi are representing his restaurant in the upcoming Restaurant Week Challenge for a local television station, think Chopped, but crazier :), and Tim as asked her to be their pastry chef. It will be tough spending that much time with Gigi, but cooking in a professional kitchen and showing her talents with desserts has been her dream, so she quickly accepts.The “Challenge” is not creating awesome appetizers, entrees, a Dollycas’s ThoughtsPoppy McAllister is so excited. Her ex, Tim and his partner Gigi are representing his restaurant in the upcoming Restaurant Week Challenge for a local television station, think Chopped, but crazier :), and Tim as asked her to be their pastry chef. It will be tough spending that much time with Gigi, but cooking in a professional kitchen and showing her talents with desserts has been her dream, so she quickly accepts.The “Challenge” is not creating awesome appetizers, entrees, and desserts from the crazy basket ingredients, it is making it through the week. Less Chopped – More Survivor. Pranks like the labels being switched on ingredients escalates to machinery malfunctions including an exploding deep fryer, to one of the judges being poisoned. The chaos in the kitchen is getting out of control so Poppy does it again. She starts her own investigation. If she isn’t careful she may find herself cooking her very last dessert and chopped down before any of her dreams come true.I have loved these characters since book 1, Class Reunions are Murder. Aunt Ginny always has me laughing out loud. This time her antics were a little tamer but they still cracked me up. Poppy is growing stronger. Her confidence is shaky at first but she gets some nice feedback that by the end helps her to really move forward. I am excited about the opening of her B&B because I think she will really shine, depending of course what kind of obstacles Aunt Ginny throws in her path. I loved every scene when Poppy and Gia were together. I could feel the heat right through the pages. Don’t worry the author keeps it cozy and G-rated. I can’t forget Figaro, that naughty, naughty, kitty. A cat with a mission and he was hilarious.As a huge fan of Chopped, I really enjoy the Restaurant Week challenge with its own little twist of a points system. The themed baskets and what the chefs did with them was fun even with all the struggles they had along the way. The author shares some of the recipes at the end of the story.The mystery was very developed. Secrets, grudges, innuendo, revenge, all play into this captivating whodunit. With plenty of suspects, the author set a blazing pace with the twists. The last one almost gave me whiplash. The ending was edge of my seat exciting. I was totally surprised.Ms. Klein has found the perfect recipe for a marvelous cozy mystery. Wonderful characters mixed in a sensational story with a dash a romance and sprinkled liberally with humor. A delectable treat for every cozy lover.This is an extraordinary series and while each can stand on its own, they are best read in order for maximum enjoyment.
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  • Colleen
    January 1, 1970
    This third book in the series by Libby Klein is an excellent, whitty read. It was full of edge of your seat moments. The characters were well written (including the ones you loved to hate) and the plot was entertaining. I was guessing who the murderer was clesr up to the reveal!I can't wait to read the next book in the series!
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  • Jeanie Jackson
    January 1, 1970
    I fell in love with the Poppy McAllister Mystery series with the first book and love it more with each novel I read. Restaurant Weeks Are Murder is the best of a fantastic series! The great characters feel like people I know and the plot offers many reasonable possibilities but no easy answer. The humor ranges from witty to silly and is always fun. It is the strength of our protagonist that calls to me most. Poppy is very human with health and emotional issues and a temper that she really tries I fell in love with the Poppy McAllister Mystery series with the first book and love it more with each novel I read. Restaurant Weeks Are Murder is the best of a fantastic series! The great characters feel like people I know and the plot offers many reasonable possibilities but no easy answer. The humor ranges from witty to silly and is always fun. It is the strength of our protagonist that calls to me most. Poppy is very human with health and emotional issues and a temper that she really tries to control. She has recently discovered that many of her physical issues come from the autoimmune disease Hashimoto's which is similar to celiac disease and can lead to the more common disease, so she is a baker who loves food and is gluten intolerant. I know a lot of people who can relate to that problem! She is willing to work hard to take care of her aunt who raised her, and loves the Chaos Queen in spite of the trouble Aunt Ginny causes. I am not sure how she manages to stay so kind to some people but kindness and loyalty are two of the keys tenets that she lives by. In spite of her great character, she is a strong multidimensional person who is sure to hold this series at the top for a long time.The only thing I do not love is that here is a tradition love triangle. I like both guys but do not like that she is pulled between them. Of course for a person who has not been all that popular, she kind of likes the attention from two hot men and I can't blame her for that. After living her teen years with the weight problems and breakouts that come with the disease, she eats up the attention of those two pretty great guys.Thanks to NetGalley of provided the ARC for Restaurant Weeks Are Murder, I am already sharing my excitement with my friends. #NetGalley #RestaurantWeeksAreMurder.
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  • Patty
    January 1, 1970
    Restaurant Weeks are Murder by Libby Klein is the 3rd book in A Poppy McAllister Mystery, and another fun addition. Poppy is excited about working with her former fiance Tim in a real kitchen during the Restaurant Week Contest, unfortunately she also has to work with Gigi on their team too. The contest is not going smoothly, someone is changing ingredients, and sabotaging equipment, when one judge dies while tasting Poppy dessert, she is determined to find the real killer. Not only is this book Restaurant Weeks are Murder by Libby Klein is the 3rd book in A Poppy McAllister Mystery, and another fun addition. Poppy is excited about working with her former fiance Tim in a real kitchen during the Restaurant Week Contest, unfortunately she also has to work with Gigi on their team too. The contest is not going smoothly, someone is changing ingredients, and sabotaging equipment, when one judge dies while tasting Poppy dessert, she is determined to find the real killer. Not only is this book laugh out loud funny, it a great mystery too. There are twists and turns around every corner. I found this book to be a quick read, with a well developed plot and characters. If you love fun cozy mysteries, I strongly recommend this book/series. I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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  • K.A. Davis
    January 1, 1970
    RESTAURANT WEEKS ARE MURDER, the third book in the Poppy McAllister Mystery series by Libby Klein, is another laugh out loud, can’t put down read! Ms. Klein continues to create and develop characters that are entertainingly funny with plenty of witty dialog to tickle the funny bone. Her use of clever similes brings each scene to life. Protagonist Poppy McAllister is smart yet a bit self-deprecating. I’ve appreciated her internal growth over the course of the series and this book is no exception. RESTAURANT WEEKS ARE MURDER, the third book in the Poppy McAllister Mystery series by Libby Klein, is another laugh out loud, can’t put down read! Ms. Klein continues to create and develop characters that are entertainingly funny with plenty of witty dialog to tickle the funny bone. Her use of clever similes brings each scene to life. Protagonist Poppy McAllister is smart yet a bit self-deprecating. I’ve appreciated her internal growth over the course of the series and this book is no exception. Poppy has learned to “manage” her feisty, always getting into trouble Aunt Ginny while she’s almost given up on trying to corral her always getting into trouble cat, Figaro. Between Aunt Ginny (who is a hoot) and Figaro, Ms. Klein has plenty of opportunities to insert even more humor.I greatly enjoyed the theme of the book: a week-long cooking competition very similar to the Food Network program Chopped where the participating chefs must create a dish using strange mystery ingredients. I’ve always liked these types of television programs and reading about Poppy’s participation in such a competition was highly entertaining. The combination of cut-throat competitors, sabotaged ingredients plus kitchen equipment, and a murder victim create plenty of suspense and mystery for Poppy to solve. Are the crimes connected or are there multiple people out for revenge? Ms. Klein writes a tight plot that kept me turning pages late into the night until I finished the very last page.Poppy is an accomplished pastry chef, specializing in paleo desserts and treats. I love that Ms. Klein provides several paleo recipes at the back of the book, all which sound mouthwatering! I was provided an advance copy with the hopes I would review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    This is the third book in this series and I loved it!Poppy is a realistic, contemporary woman, who I really enjoy reading about.I am not usually a fan of culinary competitions, either in print or on television, but this mystery was so well written and the characters were so intriguing, that I could not put it down!All in all, this book was a delight to read and a great continuation to this series.I highly recommend this book and look forward to reading the next in the series.I voluntarily review This is the third book in this series and I loved it!Poppy is a realistic, contemporary woman, who I really enjoy reading about.I am not usually a fan of culinary competitions, either in print or on television, but this mystery was so well written and the characters were so intriguing, that I could not put it down!All in all, this book was a delight to read and a great continuation to this series.I highly recommend this book and look forward to reading the next in the series.I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.
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  • Bobbie Kirkland
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free copy of RESTAURANT WEEKS ARE MURDER (A Poppy McAllister Mystery Book 3) by Libby Klein in exchange for an honest review. Poppy McAllister is excited to be helping her high school boyfriend and former fiancé, Tim, compete on a television special called Restaurant Week. When the competition is plagued by sabotage, people are injured, and one dies, Poppy, at continuing odds with local law enforcement, decides to find out what’s going on. Can Poppy survive to the finish or will she I received a free copy of RESTAURANT WEEKS ARE MURDER (A Poppy McAllister Mystery Book 3) by Libby Klein in exchange for an honest review. Poppy McAllister is excited to be helping her high school boyfriend and former fiancé, Tim, compete on a television special called Restaurant Week. When the competition is plagued by sabotage, people are injured, and one dies, Poppy, at continuing odds with local law enforcement, decides to find out what’s going on. Can Poppy survive to the finish or will she be “Chopped?”I giggled throughout this book. I loved the sassy senior citizens who served as the Greek chorus in this tale. I really liked this one and plan to read the first two books since this was my introduction to the series.#RestaurantWeeksAreMurder #NetGalley
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  • Carole Jarvis
    January 1, 1970
    Reviewed at The Power of Words: https://bit.ly/2SDyUOxThe dynamic duo of Poppy McAllister and her Aunt Ginny return in the wholly entertaining Restaurant Weeks Are Murder. Filled with sparkling humor and rich characterization, this story captured my interest from the first and moves at a steady pace throughout. From Paleo diet to the most exquisite culinary delights, Poppy’s creative genius shines. My favorite feline buddy, Figaro, is also very much present, with his cute antics and effective me Reviewed at The Power of Words: https://bit.ly/2SDyUOxThe dynamic duo of Poppy McAllister and her Aunt Ginny return in the wholly entertaining Restaurant Weeks Are Murder. Filled with sparkling humor and rich characterization, this story captured my interest from the first and moves at a steady pace throughout. From Paleo diet to the most exquisite culinary delights, Poppy’s creative genius shines. My favorite feline buddy, Figaro, is also very much present, with his cute antics and effective methods for expressing disdain to those who might not care for him. Every story in this series has been excellent so far, even though I’m not usually a fan of food-themed mysteries. The restaurant-week competition is fascinating, as each team member is given a mystery basket containing three ingredients and has to create a dish using all of them. A competitive spirit abounds, for success equates with financial gain for their restaurants. From contestants to judges, the characters are interesting and quirky, many with egos a mile high. The mystery plot itself is well crafted and not easy to solve, at least for me. But my favorite part of this story is its humor. In fact, I wish I could meet the author, because she would certainly bring much joy and laughter into my life. Romance isn’t a major theme, but the love triangle between Poppy, Gia, and former fiancée Tim continues. I hope this resolves itself soon, because I don’t enjoy triangles, but this is no way lessens my enjoyment of this series. Within the cozy mystery genre, 5 stars. Highly recommended.I received a copy of this book through Great Escapes. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
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  • Cozy Cat Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    This is the third book in the series and each book is a laugh out loud fun enjoyable read that kept me guessing throughout. I love the witty repartee in this series and such clever dialogue throughout. I do recommend the entire series and found each in series so enjoyable that I look forward to the next book with anticipation. This is a fun clever series that will not disappoint and is the perfect culinary cozy series. Protagonist Poppy McAllister is a pastry chef who lives in Cape May, NJ, with This is the third book in the series and each book is a laugh out loud fun enjoyable read that kept me guessing throughout. I love the witty repartee in this series and such clever dialogue throughout. I do recommend the entire series and found each in series so enjoyable that I look forward to the next book with anticipation. This is a fun clever series that will not disappoint and is the perfect culinary cozy series. Protagonist Poppy McAllister is a pastry chef who lives in Cape May, NJ, with her funny cat, Figuro, and her elderly Aunt Ginny. Aunt Ginny is always in trouble and is a active fun character of the series. Fans of the series will delight in these two . This next in series starts when Poppy agrees to be the pastry chef on her ex-fiance’s (Tim) team for a televised Restaurant Week Competition. The panel of judges is very funny and I found myself laughing out loud throughout. Figaro has a thing for the only judge who has an allergy to cats of course as all cats do and that was so funny. When a murder occurs Poppy is on the case with hilarious antics following her as she pursues clues and suspects. There is plenty of clues to keep the reader guessing and a well crafted clever sleuth that had me guessing to the very end. Another great addition to this fun series that is a laugh out loud fun cozy to read. I look forward to the next in series. Thank you to the publisher and to Net Galley for the ARC for review with gratitude. My opinion is my own. Simply put, I love this series and it always makes me laugh ! 5 stars are not enough to rate this wonderful cozy series.
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  • April
    January 1, 1970
    In Restaurant Weeks Are Murder, by Libby Klein, we catch up with Poppy Montgomery who is in the process of opening a Bed and Breakfast. She is also finally getting the chance to work in a professional kitchen, temporarily, as she helps her former fiancé and his assistant during a competition. From the beginning of the competition, things begin going wrong. At first it is the mislabeling of ingredients, and then it becomes more serious with malfunctioning appliances. Before long, one of the judge In Restaurant Weeks Are Murder, by Libby Klein, we catch up with Poppy Montgomery who is in the process of opening a Bed and Breakfast. She is also finally getting the chance to work in a professional kitchen, temporarily, as she helps her former fiancé and his assistant during a competition. From the beginning of the competition, things begin going wrong. At first it is the mislabeling of ingredients, and then it becomes more serious with malfunctioning appliances. Before long, one of the judges is found dead. We then journey along with Poppy as she investigates who is responsible for the murder and also the other mishaps that occur during the competition.I liked the idea behind this story. A week long competition with some of the challenges presented to the contestants was very entertaining. I however felt as though the humor in the book was forced and did not come as naturally as it could have. This is my first book by the author and I know that I am coming in late to some of the story lines carried over from previous books. Despite my finding the humor forced and not as funny as other reviews have stated, I will try other books in the series because there potential with the character of Poppy Montgomery and I would like to see where she goes in the future.I received a copy of this book from Kensington through NetGalley in exchange for a review. All opinions expressed here are entirely my own.
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  • Laura Reading
    January 1, 1970
    Another fun, funny and interesting mystery with Poppy McAllister and friends. A local, yet cut throat, restaurant competition has come to town. Based on the premise of Iron Chef as well as those Great Bake-Off competitions, each team must create a three course meal from secret ingredients. Sounds difficult enough, doesn't it? Well, these tricky producers have upped the difficulty level and added twists. Someone else has added their own challenges to this competition. If that is not enough, Poppy Another fun, funny and interesting mystery with Poppy McAllister and friends. A local, yet cut throat, restaurant competition has come to town. Based on the premise of Iron Chef as well as those Great Bake-Off competitions, each team must create a three course meal from secret ingredients. Sounds difficult enough, doesn't it? Well, these tricky producers have upped the difficulty level and added twists. Someone else has added their own challenges to this competition. If that is not enough, Poppy finds herself sandwiched between two handsome and attractive men.Part of the intrigue is who is sabotaging the competition and teams. When someone dies, are all bets off or are the stakes (steaks) even higher?Among my favorite characters are a mischievous cat with a mind of his own and a "granny" unlike any you've met or dealt with in your own life. (I hope.) I was rolling when Poppy told her Aunt Ginny she could not wear a ballgown. Aunt Ginny went one better.Will Poppy survive until the end of Restaurant Week? Who else will feel the effects of grudges and a sharp competitive edge?Laugh your way through this fast paced cozy mystery but watch your back!
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  • Karen Hollins-Stallman
    January 1, 1970
    The Protagonist, Poppy McAllister is a pastry chef who lives in Cape May, NJ, with her mischievous cat, Figuro, and her elderly Aunt Ginny. This installment begins as Poppy agrees to be the pastry chef on her ex-fiance’s (Tim) team for a televised Restaurant Week Competition. Author Libby Klein’s humor kept me snickering throughout the entire story as the competition is plagued by saboteurs. The panel of judges are comical and the same goes for the Chefs and their team members who range from lia The Protagonist, Poppy McAllister is a pastry chef who lives in Cape May, NJ, with her mischievous cat, Figuro, and her elderly Aunt Ginny. This installment begins as Poppy agrees to be the pastry chef on her ex-fiance’s (Tim) team for a televised Restaurant Week Competition. Author Libby Klein’s humor kept me snickering throughout the entire story as the competition is plagued by saboteurs. The panel of judges are comical and the same goes for the Chefs and their team members who range from liars, imposters, revenge-seekers, cheaters, etc. Figaro stalks the only judge who has an allergy to cats (having owned cats all my life I could just see him doing this). Somewhere in this tangle of secrets and craziness is a killer who’s cleverly concealing themselves from everyone involved. Poppy is such a fun character with a sparkling personality and a real sense of humor. Not only am I engrossed in the mystery but I am smiling at the things she thinks and says. Another character that really makes this series entertaining is Poppy's great aunt Ginny, she's silly, quirky, and downright hilarious. I found the mystery was well written and paced with lots of twists and turns. It kept me guessing to the end. I look forward the the next installment and finding out which man, Tim or Gia, will claim her heart.I thought that this was book one for me in the Poppy McAllister Mysteries but I must of read Midnight Snacks are Murder book (2) as a Library book. (I remember Aunt Ginny sleep-walking) But I did just buy both 1 and 2 in kindle version as I enjoyed this one so much. I highly recommend this series to all my cozy mystery friends.I requested this book from NetGalley and am thankful that Kensington and the author provided me with an advance copy.
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  • Marsha
    January 1, 1970
    Restaurant Weeks are Murder is book three in the Poppy McAllister Mysteries. This was the first one of the series I have read but Ms Klein does a great job of getting new readers up to date.There is a great story line that has plenty of twists and turns and even an explosion. I love the setting and felt like I was there. The characters are relatable and likeable and add a cat, perfect! Plus, I want an aunt like Aunt Ginny.There is mystery, murder, romance, and a lot of humor. This is one of the Restaurant Weeks are Murder is book three in the Poppy McAllister Mysteries. This was the first one of the series I have read but Ms Klein does a great job of getting new readers up to date.There is a great story line that has plenty of twists and turns and even an explosion. I love the setting and felt like I was there. The characters are relatable and likeable and add a cat, perfect! Plus, I want an aunt like Aunt Ginny.There is mystery, murder, romance, and a lot of humor. This is one of the funniest books I have ever read! It is a great, easy to read cozy mystery. I can't wait to return to Cape May.There are recipes included and some are gluten free.I received an ARC from Netgalley and Kingsington Books for an honest review.
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  • Janet Graham
    January 1, 1970
    Wonderful Cozy with Great RecipesThis fun cozy takes place at a chef's competition. Every recipe that our heroine makes is included at the back of the book. Most are Paleo and gluten-free. The mystery is pretty intense with many crimes, many suspects, many secrets and lots of motivation. This builds on prior episodes but stands alone well. I believe that I will go back and read the earlier episodes. There are a couple of great characters in Aunt Ginny and the cat, Figaro. I received this ARC boo Wonderful Cozy with Great RecipesThis fun cozy takes place at a chef's competition. Every recipe that our heroine makes is included at the back of the book. Most are Paleo and gluten-free. The mystery is pretty intense with many crimes, many suspects, many secrets and lots of motivation. This builds on prior episodes but stands alone well. I believe that I will go back and read the earlier episodes. There are a couple of great characters in Aunt Ginny and the cat, Figaro. I received this ARC book for free and this is my honest review.
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  • Meg Gustafson
    January 1, 1970
    Watch out Food Network! Poppy McAllister is in the kitchen and on the case! Poppy, along with her ex-fiancé Tim, and his annoying sous chef and restaurant owner Gigi, are part of Cape May’s first ever “Restaurant Weeks” competition, like the Food Network’s show, Chopped! Each kitchen has an executive chef, sous chef and pastry chef. When the event starts to experience sabotage, and a judge is murdered, Poppy involves herself in solving the mystery! Her romantic triangle with Tim and Gia, a hot I Watch out Food Network! Poppy McAllister is in the kitchen and on the case! Poppy, along with her ex-fiancé Tim, and his annoying sous chef and restaurant owner Gigi, are part of Cape May’s first ever “Restaurant Weeks” competition, like the Food Network’s show, Chopped! Each kitchen has an executive chef, sous chef and pastry chef. When the event starts to experience sabotage, and a judge is murdered, Poppy involves herself in solving the mystery! Her romantic triangle with Tim and Gia, a hot Italian she bakes for, are all part of the story that gives it that interesting edge. Which one will Poppy choose? No telling at this point but for me, I am Team Gia!Ms. Klein’s Poppy series is one of my favorites! I love the well-developed characters, especially Poppy’s Aunt Ginny, as well as her friends and cat Figaro! The recipes at the end of the book are always a bonus. I find myself laughing out loud as well as some suspenseful moments as well. Great author! Great series! Join in on the fun and mystery of Restaurant Weeks Are Murder!
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  • Mary
    January 1, 1970
    This is the 3rd installment in the Poppy McAllister mystery series. I had the first book in my TBR pile and purchased the 2nd so I could read the series in order. I am glad I did but I do feel you can read this as a standalone and still enjoy. Poppy has been asked to be on Tim’s (her ex fiancé) team during restaurant week. This is a first competition of South Jersey restaurants with the grand winner getting a nice $10,000 check. The competition is going to be cancelled due to a water issue where This is the 3rd installment in the Poppy McAllister mystery series. I had the first book in my TBR pile and purchased the 2nd so I could read the series in order. I am glad I did but I do feel you can read this as a standalone and still enjoy. Poppy has been asked to be on Tim’s (her ex fiancé) team during restaurant week. This is a first competition of South Jersey restaurants with the grand winner getting a nice $10,000 check. The competition is going to be cancelled due to a water issue where the judges were supposed to stay. Poppy offers up the B&B that she and her Aunt Ginny are getting ready to open to allow the competition to continue. The judges vary from Miss New Jersey, local weatherman, and 2 professional chefs/critics. Poppy has to deal with the competition and keeping her new guests happy. She is still trying to sort out her feelings for Tim and Gia. As the competition starts Gigi (a chef Tim has been mentoring) continues to get under Poppy’s skin as she is constantly pointing out that Poppy is not a chef. An old classmate (Adrian Baxter) of Tim’s and a competitor in Restaurant week accuses him of cheating back when they were in school together by swapping out ingredients. So it is no surprise that the first day of the competition the same thing happens for all the chef’s and Adrian accuses Tim and a fight between the two breaks out. Ratings are great and the producers are thrilled. Day 2, the chefs have to deal with appliances that have been tampered with and one chef is injured. Poppy also has to deal with the antics of the judges at the B&B. Judge Bess is very snooty and she refuses to eat any food at the B&B and appears drunk all the time. Bess later dies after sampling Poppy’s dessert the next day at the competition. She was poisoned but fortunately nothing was in Poppy’s dessert to make her a suspect. When the police (Amber of course) investigate botulism is found on the spoon Bess was using, however, the place settings were backwards so was Judge Horatio the intended victim. He is a food critic who has destroyed many a career. The competition continues with one of the hosts becoming a substitute judge. Ashlee must leave as she is hospitalized after eating Adrian’s food and asks if peanuts were in the food. Adrian swears he never put nuts in his food. Poppy is asking a lot of questions and trying to sort out what is happening so she can help Tim’s reputation as everyone believes her changed out the ingredients. The suspects are endless as the real target of the murder could have been Bess or Horatio. The next day in the competition, Aunt Ginny becomes a judge and Poppy’s oven is sabotaged and she is hospitalized. She must be hitting a nerve with someone right? This was a good solid mystery with lots of red herrings and it was hard to figure out motive and who was responsible. I hope there is more in this series. Aunt Ginny and all of her friends are great comic relief in this series. Highly recommend.
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  • Marie McNary
    January 1, 1970
    I’ve wanted to read this series for awhile now (others have recommended it) and it did not disappoint. The author infuses humor into the pages in an entertaining and charming way. A fun book full of flair and fire. Great characters – I always enjoy multi-generational characters in a book. I did feel I probably missed a bit of Poppy’s backstory starting in at book three, but that made me want to go back and read the first two books in the series. #TeamGia
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