Series: Alaskan Diner Mystery #1
Published by Berkley on May 5, 2020
I missed this new cozy series debut when it came out last year so I was happy to see that my library had a copy available using the Libby app.
About Mousse and Murder
Mousse and Murder by Elizabeth Logan stars Charlie Cooke. She’s returned home to Elkview Alaska to run her mom’s diner. Of course, Charlie has ideas of her own about what should be on the diner’s menu. This leads to a very heated argument with the diner’s French-trained chef, Oliver. When Oliver turns up dead, Charlie is the obvious suspect. So it’s up to Charlie and her friends to figure out who the real killer is.
My thoughts about Mousse and Murder
Mousse and Murder has a wonderful sense of place both in the tourist town of Elkview and in Charlie’s diner. Elizabeth Logan used a great mix of descriptions and fun facts about the Alaskan flora, fauna, natural attractions, and history. And the food! I’ve never had a mooseburger but I want one now.
Charlie’s relatable – returning home after a failed relationship, hesitant to start a new one but feeling attracted to a new man and thinking about dipping her toes back into the dating waters. I love that she feels guilty about being gone so much so she uses an app to interact with Eggs Benedict, her cat.
The food descriptions were mouth-wateringly delicious. I’d happily hang out at Charlie’s diner to try a bear claw. And I’d love to give Benny a scritch.
If you’re looking for another cozy series with a strong sense of place, try the Scottish Bookshop Mystery series. Read my full review of 2020’s The Stolen Letter by Paige Shelton.
Eve Calder’s Cookie House Mystery series has quirky characters and descriptions of delicious sounding treats. Read my review of 2020’s Sugar and Vice.
It’s a fun start to a cozy culinary series with all of the components – small town, quirky, likable characters, a relatable amateur sleuth with an adorable pet. I’m looking forward to the next book!
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