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Book Review | The Big Chili by Julia Buckley – An Undercover Dish Mystery Book 1

Date Published | October 6, 2015

Date Read | July 2021

Goodreads Rating | 2

Overall | I didn’t understand how this could be a viable business in 2021. No one fakes that they prepared a home-cooked meal to impress or please their man anymore. Unless June Cleever is your neighbor and it’s 1936, this is a totally unneccessary and useless service to bring secret meals for wives that can’t cook. Not to mention, deceitful and just felt wrong. So there was that. But even without that, I was kind of offended by the main character and her brother’s ethnic fetish with Italian people – like those are the only kind they will date.

Pros | I liked the idea of a chili contest – although it felt weird that the suspect would not only lie about cooking her entry but also has a detective as her son and then wants to set her son up with the main characterbut forces her to promise to keep lying to him about the cooking.

Cons | The main character and her brother are supposedly millenials but they keep singing songs from the 70’s and older and then their favorite couple to dress up as is Sonny and Cher which is from the 60’s so the book says they’re in their twenties but they talk and act like they’re my retired 70-year old parents. Plus, it was a little skeevy how close the sister and brother were, like in a creepy way versus a sibling friendly way.

Warnings | None

POV | First Person POV Past Tense

Will I Be Continuing With The Series | No

Description | Lilah Drake’s Covered Dish business discreetly provides the residents of Pine Haven, Illinois, with delicious, fresh-cooked meals they can claim they cooked themselves. But when one of her clandestine concoctions is used to poison a local woman, Lilah finds herself in a pot-load of trouble….

After dreaming for years of owning her own catering company, Lilah has made a start into the food world through her Covered Dish business, covertly cooking for her neighbors who don’t have the time or skill to do so themselves, and allowing them to claim her culinary creations as their own. While her clientele is strong, their continued happiness depends on no one finding out who’s really behind the apron.

So when someone drops dead at a church Bingo night moments after eating chili that Lilah made for a client, the anonymous chef finds herself getting stirred into a cauldron of secrets, lies, and murder-and going toe to toe with a very determined and very attractive detective. To keep her clients coming back and her business under wraps, Lilah will have to chop down the list of suspects fast, because this spicy killer has acquired a taste for homicide….

The Big Chili An Undercover Dish Mystery Book 1 by Julia Buckley - Lisa Siefert Book Reviews
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