TITLE: THE CORNBREAD KILLER
AUTHOR: LOU JANE TEMPLE
Details: nr. 5 Heaven Lee Culinary Mystery
This was the 7th read in the Cozy Mystery Challenge.
Heaven Lee is a chef and restaurant owner in Kansas City with a tendency to run into murder mysteries. And the dedication of Kansas City Jazz and "black" district, Eighteen and Vine, is no different.
The festival planner is an out-of-towner who somehow managed to get the job. A week before the festival is to take place she's found out ripping of the contributors to the festival. But just before the organizing committee can confront her, she dies from electrocution. Accident or murder?
Heaven, in charge of organizing the food end of the festival is never one to let a mystery lie, but has her own troubles as well when an out of town chef sets out to sabotage the catering.
Then Charlie Parker's saxophone is stolen from the soon to opened museum, and Heaven and her adversary are both attacked. And a former lover of Heaven is back in town and could be involved in one or more of the mysteries.
It all leads to a rather eventful finale, where most of the questions are answered to the character's satisfaction. But in this case, the reader knows more than the participants.
A fun and fast read, but I'm not sure I liked it enough to go back and read the whole series.