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Cookin' the Books
Severn House. (Tish Tarragon, Bk. 1). Mar. 2019. 219p. ISBN 9780727888495. $28.99. M
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With the help of a couple friends from college, Tish Tarragon plans to open a restaurant and catering business with a literary theme, the Cookin' the Books Café. Before the doors open, her landlord mentions that he gave her name to Binnie Broderick, the executive director of the Hobson Glen library. The overbearing Binnie demands a three-course dinner for 300 for a fundraiser. When Tish learns there's been trouble at the library over 500 books that Binnie tossed out, and watches her insult people at the dinner, she's not surprised when Binnie keels over dead. Tish fears for the future of her café, so she and her friends sneak around town asking questions, while the local sheriff observes with amusement.
VERDICT This amusing series debut from Meade (Straighten Up and Die Right) contains a number of literary puns and eccentric supporting characters who steal the show. Additional development is needed for Tish, however, who's a little insecure as the lead. Recommend to readers of Tamar Myers's entertaining titles.

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