No Parm No Foul – ARC Book Review

Title:- No Parm No Foul

Author:- Linda Reilly

No. of pages:- 336 pages

Date published:- will be published on July 26th 2022

Genre:- Cozy Mystery


Plot:- 4/5

Writing:- 5/5

Overall rating:- 4.5 /5

The second book in a delicious culinary cozy series—the muensters have arrived in Balsam Dell in this Halloween cozy mystery featuring a grilled cheese shop owner turned amateur sleuth

After a long hot summer in Balsam Dell, Carly Hale is ready for crisp Vermont weather and gourmet grilled cheeses at her Grilled Cheese Eatery. And the upcoming Halloween food competition is the perfect way to impress the locals.

But Ferris Menard, the owner of Sub-a-Dub-Sub, is nursing a serious grudge against Carly. Two days before the competition, one of Carly’s employees quit his part-time gig at Menard’s sub shop, sending Menard into a serious snit. In a confrontation at the Eatery, Menard accused Carly of sabotage and vowed to bring her down.

That’s when Menard’s body is found in his kitchen the morning after the competition, a steak knife sticking out of his heart. But Menard had a slew of enemies, and if Carly doesn’t figure out which one is the culprit, she might find herself—or someone she cares about—serving grilled cheese sandwiches under lock and brie!

This is the second book of the Grilled Cheese Mystery.

I have read the first book of the series and so I was excited when I got the ARC for the second book. Carly, who owns the grilled cheese restaurant. Now the Halloween season is close by and Carly is looking forward to the Halloween Food Competition. But Ferris Mernard holds a grudge against Carly as one of his employees had quit his restaurant and is working at Carly’s. On the day after the competition, Ferris was found dead in his kitchen. The police think it is murder and all points to Carly’s boyfriend Ari. Carly must find the real murderer before it is too late.

This just like the first book was an enjoyable one! I actually devoured this book within two days. Cozy mysteries are like easy to read and this book was one of that. I like all the characters in the book which made me like this book more and enjoyable to read. Too many suspects makes the reader wonder who the real suspect can be which gives suspense to the reader which is what I like about the mysteries. The ending was unexpected. Last but not least, I like the receipes at the back which I might try out soon! Looking forward to read the third book soon!

Worth five stars!

Many thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the ARC. The review is based on my honest opinion only.

inda Reilly is a mystery writer living with her husband and her cats in southern New Hampshire. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and Cat Writers’ Association.

Her Grilled Cheese Mystery series featuring grilled cheese lover Carly Hale will debut in January 2022, published by Poisoned Pen Press.

Her first cozy mystery, Some Enchanted Murder, was a finalist for the 2014 Silver Falchion Award in the category “Best First Novel: Cozy, Traditional and Historical.”

Linda is also the author of the Cat Lady Mysteries published by Kensington Lyrical and of the Deep Fried mysteries published by Berkley Prime Crime.

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