Series: Books & Biscuits Mystery #1
Published by Berkley on November 2, 2021
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
About Body and Soul
BODY AND SOUL FOOD by Abby Collette is the first in her new cozy series, Books and Biscuits Mystery #1. I loved the unusual premise, fraternal twins opening a joint business venture, Books and Biscuits, a combo bookstore and cafe, are the amateur sleuths. And I’m glad to see another diverse entry in a very white lady genre.
Koby and Keaton, were abandoned as children by their mother. Keaton was adopted but not Koby who grew up in foster care. They reconnected as adults and have decided to go into business together. As a librarian, Keaton’s in charge of the bookstore side and Koby, who learned to cook from his foster mom, Mama Zola, is running the cafe.
They’re supposed to meet Koby’s foster brother, Reef, on the light rail but when Keaton gets in the car, Reef’s dead. A detective confirms that it’s murder. And that Keaton and Koby are suspects.
Keaton and Koby juggle opening their business with trying to figure out who murdered Reef and why. As if that’s not enough, they’re also trying to figure out what happened to their mother – is she even still alive? Do they have more family? Which feels like it’s one mystery too many.
My thoughts about Body and Soul Food
This is a quick, fast-paced read. There’s fun banter between Keaton and Koby as they try to develop their twin connection. The food descriptions were delicious and had me craving a soul roll and a biscuit. This looks like it could be a fun series – giving cozy lovers both the books and the food with Books and Biscuits.
I’m glad to see Black main characters in a cozy mystery series. Cozies have long been populated with lots of white ladies and I’m happy that’s changing.
Thank you Berkley for the ARC.