Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Whodunit Wednesday 

Do you like to solve mysteries?
Do you love to win prizes?
If you said yes to both questions,
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It's easy.
Read the following story and if you think you know
Whodunit, enter your answer into 
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This week's Whodunit is being hosted by author
J. J. Cook!
aka Joyce & Jim Lavene

One lucky winner will receive a copy of 
Book 2  in the Biscuit Bowl Food Truck Mystery series!

From the national bestselling author of the Sweet Pepper Fire Brigade Mysteries comes the second in a new series featuring Zoe Chase, a Southern food truck chef who serves justice on the side.
With a few loyal friends in tow—including her handsome attorney, Miguel, and her cat, Crème Brûlée—Zoe drives the Biscuit Bowl to Charlotte, North Carolina, to enter a nationally televised food truck race. The contest features challenges across the Southeast, and with a fifty-thousand-dollar grand prize, competition isn’t just fierce—it’s killer.
As everyone gears up for the first challenge, another food trucker from Zoe’s hometown is found dead. The race rolls on, but when the body count rises, police begin to suspect Miguel. Now Zoe must race to catch the killer before her attorney needs an attorney.

My Review

A sweet and savory mystery that left me hungry for more!

In this second installment of the Biscuit Bowl Food Truck Mysteries, author J. J. Cook has ensured this series will be around for a long time.

In FRY ANOTHER DAY, Zoe and her friends are on a food truck competition television show. Author Cook really captures the feel of the competition shows I’ve watched. (I think the shows I’ve seen would do well to use a few of the ideas in this book.)

The quirky cast of characters are even more endearing than they were in the first book, DEATH ON EAT STREET. The more time I spent with them, the more I wanted to be part of the Biscuit Bowl truck crew.

The murder of a rival food truck competitor, and countless other catastrophes led to a whodunit that had me completely shocked when all was revealed.

And for foodie fans, there are some yummy recipes included!

With wonderful writing and a flawless plot, FRY ANOTHER DAY has won a spot on my favorites of 2015 list!

You really want to win a copy, don't you?

Well then, read the Whodunit and get your entries in!


   It was a balmy, late summer evening. Sergeant Wilson examined the mangled body in the driver's seat, exchanging a few words with his forensic's crew. When he finally trudged up the side of the ravine to the break in the railing, he was only slightly surprised to find Sherman Holmes pulling his antique Bentley into the roadside turnout.

   "Well, that clinches it," Wilson muttered. "If Sherman shows up on the scene, it's got to be murder. Good evening, Mr. Holmes."

   "Evening, my good Wilson." Sherman scanned the broken railing and the winding, downhill road leading to it. "No tire marks. May we assume that the driver's breaks malfunctioned?"

   "Brake lines were neatly cut. The victim is one one Milton Graves. His driver's license says he lives up the hill. Want to join me while I break the news to his next of kin?"

   The men hopped into a police cruiser and hopped out again in front of a comfortable mountain retreat. The thirtyish, attractive woman answering the door identified herself as Dominique Black, the niece and personal lawyer of the deceased. 

   Dominique was stunned by the tragic news and asked the sergeant and his companion to step inside. The first thing Sherman noticed was a balloon bouquet nestled high in the oaken rafters.

   "A birthday party?" he inquired.

   "For Uncle Milton," she answered. "My cousins and I came over for a little celebration. Afterwards, Uncle Milton drove off to pick up another cousin at the airport. We were expecting them back any moment. And now you say he's dead?"

   "Yes, ma'am. Probably just minutes after leaving the house." Wilson didn't mention the brake lines.

   "The other inhabitants wandered into the entry hall and were informed of the news. The cousins, Tyrone and Chuck Graves, seemed just as stunned as Dominique, while the housekeeper, Mrs. Watts, reacted with a chilly frown. 

   "Do you know anyone who might have wanted your uncle dead?" 

   "I can think of three," Mrs. Watts answered. "During dessert, Mr. Graves made an announcement. He had just changed his will. Instead of leaving his money to charity, he had divided his estate evenly among his nieces and nephews."

   "That's right," Tyrone admitted. "It came as a complete shock." 

   "What a tragic coincidence!" Chuck could barely repress a grin. 

   "Exactly," agreed Sherman. "What did you all do after dinner?"

   Chuck, a Wall Street broker, answered first. "I was overwhelmed by the news. I telephoned my wife as soon as we left the table. I was still on the phone when Uncle Milton drove off."

   Tyrone, a pediatric surgeon, has a similar, equally provable alibi. "I was on my cell phone, talking to the hospital. I imagine the phone company can verify the time."

   "And I was with Uncle Milton", Dominique said, "taping a video birthday greeting for the company offices. Mrs. Watts was working the camera." 

   Mrs. Watts nodded. "Why do you need to know this, officer?"

   "For our report," Wilson replied, then took Sherman aside. He looked disappointed. "If their stories check out, Sherman, we're stumped. None of them had a chance to get to the garage an tamper with the brakes." 

   "But someone did tamper with the brakes," Sherman said. "And I think I know who."

Who cut the brakes? 

How did Sherman know?

Hmmm...I haven't read the answer yet. 
This one has me stumped.
How about you?

The Whodunit solution will be posted on tomorrow's blog .

I want to thank J. J. Cook for hosting this week's Whodunit Wednesday.

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  1. Fry Another Day sounds great, especially since there are so many cooking contests on tv. Thanks for doing this contest.

    1. It was an awesome book! It's hard to go wrong with any books Joyce & Jim Lavene write under any pen name.

  2. Thanks for inviting us, Lisa! Always love to visit!!

  3. Hi, Lisa. I love Whodunit Wednesdays! I already have Fry Another Day, but still want to try solve the mystery, so don't count me in the giveaway. Thanks.

    To anyone who hasn't read this series, you will love Zoe and her friends!

    1. Hi Pat! Yeah, it's been a while since Sherman was here. I still haven't read the answer, and still have no idea who or how he knew. Thanks for letting me know you already have the book.

  4. Hello, Lisa! Thanks to you and J.J.Cook for the chance to enter the giveaway. I think I solved the murder, but there are probably twists and turns I hadn't expected.

  5. Thank you, Lisa and J.J. Cook for the chance to enter this giveaway. It was an excellent review, Lisa.

  6. This was a tough whodunit. Can't wait to see, if I was right. Not really feeling sure that I got it right or not.

    1. Amanda, it seems it was a tough one. There were only three correct guesses this time!

  7. Fry Another Day sounds like a fun book - I read and enjoyed the first book in the series and look forward to reading this one. This is the first "Who Done It" Wednesday for me and I've probably guessed wrong but it was fun!

  8. Maria, I hope you come back for more Whodunits!