After a stupid (but funny) mistake, impulsive news reporter Trudi Wells is reassigned to her struggling paper’s food desk, forced to write cuddly features about restaurants and recipes.
Smart-mouthed Trudi is definitely no foodie: she knows nothing about fine dining, surviving happily on peanut butter and breakfast cereal. But the murder of the most famous chef in town — killed with a cooking knife — presents an opportunity: if Trudi can prove her skills as a reporter, she can return to the news desk where she belongs.
In a tight-knit California foothills community of cooks, caterers and wine snobs, can Trudi make her way through a new world of delicious food and drink? And can she track down the murderer — or will he find her first?
When Trudi Wells is demoted to the position of food critic for the newspaper, she never expected to be wrapped up in a murder-mystery – on day one! Food critic turned amateur detective, Trudi balances solving a murder while writing reviews for the local restaurants.
KNIFE SKILLS follows the usual patterns of the cozy mystery genre – heroine who gets herself in trouble/finds a dead body/becomes an amateur detective – so if you enjoy cozy mysteries, you will dig this book. I found it a bit slow-moving at times, but the second-half really picks up and the story comes together.
I was surprised with the ending – it was a bit of a head-scratcher! But, I’m assuming that in Book 2, MURDER AND PESTLE, the different direction will unfold into something new and exciting for Trudi Wells. A new start for a new book.
I believe it is only available as an e-book and the price is an absolute steal at .99 cents! Purchase, here!
About The Author
Julie Adler loves reading (and writing) about food almost as much as she loves cooking and eating it. Her current addictions include Central American estate chocolates, Amador County zinfandels, salted caramel flan and geoduck ceviche from Washington state (but, obviously, not all at the same time).
Preferences: nine ball over eight ball, hip hop over hard rock, ice skating over rollerblading, and getting emails from readers over just about anything else on earth.