Killer Green Tomatoes (Farm-to-Fork Mystery Series #2)

Killer Green Tomatoes (Farm-to-Fork Mystery Series #2)

by Lynn Cahoon

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""The time seems ripe for success as Angie Turner opens her farm-to-table restaurant in her Idaho hometown-until her new tomato supplier is accused of murder and Angie has to pick the real killer...

To Angie, nothing tastes more like summer than her Nona's fried green tomatoes. Eager to add the recipe to the menu at the County Seat, she's found the perfect produce supplier-her sous chef Estebe's cousin, Javier. Just one problem: ladies' man Javier's current hot tomato, Heather, has turned up dead, and he's the prime suspect. Somehow, between managing her restaurant and navigating a romantic triangle between Estebe and Ian, the owner/manager of the farmer's market, Angie needs to produce evidence to clear Javier-before this green tomato farmer gets fried . . .

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"Murder, dirty politics, pirate lore, and a hot police detective: Guidebook to Murder has it all! A cozy lover's dream come true."
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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781516103843
Publisher: Random House
Publication date: 07/03/2018
Series: Farm-to-Fork Mystery Series , #2
Pages: 184
Sales rank: 240,220
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.42(d)

About the Author

Lynn Cahoon is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Tourist Trap Mystery series. Lynn has also authored several romance novels and novellas, including Shawnee Holiday and Return of the Fae, which was a finalist for a Readers' Crown and a RONE Award.

Susan Boyce is the award-winning narrator of over 140 audiobooks. A veteran variety theater performer, she is also one half of the song-and-dance team of Jones & Boyce. Susan can be heard in phone trees, in computer games, and as the voice of the pink "Care Bear." She lives in St. Augustine, Florida.

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CHAPTER 1

A good sauce is like a strong family. Mixing all the elements together in a hot pot, letting it steep and boil, gives you the deeper flavors. Flavors that make each ingredient more than what it was alone. And that family bonding stays with you forever. Even when the actual people are gone, random memories can hit at any time. Memories about settings, or laughter, or even food. Bits and pieces can be almost in our grasp, then float away as quickly as a puff of smoke. Today was one of those days.

The aromas of three different sauces filled the kitchen of the County Seat and mixed together into a pleasant cacophony of the sweet, tangy, and tart. Angie Turner, head chef and co-owner, and the rest of her kitchen staff experimented with what might be Angie's favorite summertime treat ever, fried green tomatoes. A dish she planned on elevating to be able to put the appetizer on the menu, just as soon as they found the right recipe. They'd been working on their recipes all morning, and it was almost time for the taste testing. Angie knew she was trying to create a memory from when her Nona had fried up tomatoes straight from the garden. But just because it was a vague and distant food memory didn't mean it wasn't worth pursuing.

Angie grabbed a bottle of water from the fridge and glanced at her team. They'd only been together about a month, but the chemistry was working. Nancy and Matt worked together on one dish, with Nancy clearly taking the lead and Matt following her directions like they were cooking for the White House. Angie wondered if there was a romance brewing between the two, and if so, if it would mess up her kitchen if it got serious or imploded.

On the other side of the kitchen, Estebe Blackstone, her sous chef and second in command, walked Hope through the knife cuts. Hope was actually their dishwasher, but she was attending culinary school, so she jumped at any chance she got to actually cook. Angie watched as Hope practiced the chop she'd just been shown, then looked up at Estebe for guidance. This was the kind of kitchen she'd dreamed of running. One where people were engaged and willing to help each other. She'd worked in a few places where the competition took main stage and the food was more of a sideline. She like this environment much better.

"Wrap it up, people. We've got a taste testing to serve." Angie started plating her own dish. The taste test would be the first order of business at the staff meeting that Felicia had already started with her servers and the bartender. The kitchen staff was expected in less than ten minutes. "And remember, no lobbying for votes. This is about the food, not about who cooked it."

"Yeah, but we are so going to kick butt in this." Matt high-fived Nancy.

His partner shook her head at his exuberance. She glanced over at Angie. "Sorry, he's a little bit wired on coffee this morning."

"I'd say he's delusional." Estebe set the family-style plate of tomatoes on the expediting station. "Especially since it's clear that the recipe Hope and I developed is clearly superior."

Angie laughed as she finished her own plating and took the dish forward. "You all forget, the boss always wins."

"Not when it's a blind taste test." Hope joined in the banter. Her face beamed from the heat of the kitchen and the joy she always seemed to radiate. "I love cooking with you guys. It almost feels like I'm a part of the team."

"You are a part of the team." Nancy hugged her. "Now, let's get cleaned up and go join the front of the house. I've got a date tonight with a bathtub and a bottle of wine. Man, my upper body takes a beating at the grocery store."

Nancy worked a second job on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. With her shifts at the County Seat, Nancy was working every day of the week. Angie knew her prep cook/pastry chef needed the money, but she couldn't move the team to a more full-time schedule until fall, although they were getting closer to running that as bookings were filling up quickly.

They left the dishes under the warming lights and went into the dining room where Felicia and her crew were just wrapping up their weekly meeting. At Felicia's nod, two of the servers stood and headed back to the kitchen to bring out the food.

"Welcome to the party. We just finished going over this month's menu and any changes in the service. Anything you want to add?" Felicia poured a glass of water as she sat at one end of the table. They called their meetings family meals, and as a tradition, Felicia, as head of the front of house, sat at one end of the table. Angie took the opposite end. Angie liked the family feel. For too many years after her parents had died, it had been just her and Nona at the table. She'd never had the big, gather-around-the-table kind of meals, so she'd made her own family. Her work family.

"I'm interested in any comments, good or bad, you may overhear from the guests. Just because they don't tell you up front they don't like something doesn't mean everything is all right. Look for unfinished plates or unhappy looks on their faces. If they don't like what they ordered, offer them something else to replace it. We want every guest to want to make the County Seat a regular in their dining-out schedule." Angie glanced over the other notes and decided to leave them for the next meeting. She didn't want her main message to be diluted. "We are playing with some interesting flavor combinations here in the kitchen. Not everyone is going to like what we serve. But we can find something on the menu they will like, or I'll make them something off menu that they will like. No one goes home hungry."

"You sound like a commercial," Jeorge, the bartender, joked.

Angie shrugged. "There's worse mottos for a restaurant. I want people to think of us first when they're making plans. Or a dish we had that they can't get out of their head."

"That's a tall order." One of the servers set a plate of fried green tomatoes in front of her and then took his seat. "But with my off-the-chart serving skills, I'm sure everyone will be coming back, just to sit in my section."

"Conceited much?" Nancy took the plate Angie offered her and put a slice on the tasting plate in front of her. Then she passed the platter on to Matt. "Servers come and go, but people come back to a restaurant because of the food."

"Not always true." Jeorge winked at Nancy as he poured himself a glass of water. "A lot of the time guests come back because of the people. Yes, you have to have good food, but you also have to have great people working. And Felicia and Angie have hired wisely. We're all amazing at our jobs."

"And I thought chefs were full of themselves." Hope glanced at Estebe. "Present company excepted, of course."

The people gathered around the table laughed at Hope's attempt to back out of the insult she'd just thrown her idol. Estebe either hadn't understood the jab or agreed with the description. Either way, Hope was in the clear.

As all three platters had been passed around the entire table, Angie held up a hand. "Let's get this started. I'm looking for a fried green tomato recipe that will fit in with our August menu. The kitchen staff and I have made three different dishes, each highlighting a different Southern twist on the basic idea. When we're done, we'll vote on which one wowed your taste buds."

The room grew quiet as the team dug into the three different appetizers. The sauce Estebe and Hope had made to go with their tomatoes made Angie think of a trip to New Orleans she'd made when she was still in culinary school. She hadn't met Felicia yet so she took the trip solo, mostly just to eat as much Cajun food as possible in a weekend. Nancy and Matt's offering brought back memories of a trip to the North Carolina shore where she'd eaten seafood every night for a week. And finally, her own offering tasted like home. Not quite the recipe Nona had made for her so many years ago, but close. Memories flooded through her as she finished the sampling.

When the vote tally was finally counted, all three dishes came in tied. Angie shook her head. Groans came from the kitchen staff. "You've got to be kidding me. I'm trying to make an informed decision here, and this is all I get?"

"The good news is any of them would be worthy of putting on the menu." Felicia went back to her agenda, and within a few minutes she'd gone through the rest of the items. "Anyone got anything before we break?"

Estebe stood. With a nod toward Felicia, he started. "You all know that I won't be here the last weekend of the month. I'm volunteering for the festival of San Ignazio held annually down at the Basque Cultural Center. I know you all can't come and enjoy the festivities since you'll be working, so I have two tickets for all of you to the volunteer breakfast next Thursday. It's our annual dry run with food, dancing, and a maybe a few adult beverages. Please come as my guest and I'll show you my heritage."

He handed out the tickets, then sat down.

Angie glanced at Felicia, who seemed as overwhelmed by the offer as she felt. "That was very nice of you, Estebe. I'm sure a lot of us will take advantage of your lovely offer."

"I can't, I'm working." Nancy held out her two tickets. "Someone want these? Someone who doesn't work twenty-four-seven like this crazy girl?"

Hope held up her hand. "I'll take them. That way I can take my mom, dad, and baby brother. This will be rad. Thanks, Estebe!"

Shock filled Estebe's face as Hope jumped up and gave him a quick peck on the cheek. Angie stood at the end of the table and excused the group. "I want to thank Estebe for his kind invitation. I'll see everyone Friday afternoon for prep. Let's make this a great week, everyone."

As the group dispersed, Estebe came over to her. "I have someone you need to meet."

"If you want to bring family members to the restaurant, just let Felicia know and we'll book the chef table for them." Angie made some notes in her staff notebook for next week's meeting. When she looked up, he was still standing, waiting for her to finish. She hadn't personally thanked him. That was probably what he was waiting for. The man had his traditions. "Oh, and thank you for the invitations to the festival. I'm sure the team will enjoy it."

Estebe's cheeks turned red and he waved away her words with his hands. "That's not what I'm talking about. Javier Easterly has a farm outside of River Vista. He's been the produce supplier for the festival for years, and I think you'd like his product. Can you come with me to visit him tomorrow?"

Angie liked her current supplier, but it never hurt to make more connections in the area. Especially with produce. You never knew what would happen, so she needed options. She glanced down at the calendar where she kept all of her appointments. "I'm free tomorrow morning. What time and where do you want to meet?"

They made arrangements for Estebe to meet her in front of the County Seat and they'd drive over together. When he left, Felicia came over and sat next to Angie, bringing two glasses of ice water to the table. The dining room had emptied out quickly once the meeting was over, and Estebe had been the last one to leave.

"So, what was that about? Are you going out on a date?" Felicia shook a finger at her. "You're such a loose woman. Ian's going to be heartbroken."

Angie looked up from her notebook. "What are you talking about?"

"Your conversation with Estebe. I overheard you talking about meeting him here tomorrow." Felicia sipped her water, her blue eyes dancing with humor and interest.

"You should have eavesdropped better. We're going out to meet a friend of his who runs a farm nearby. Estebe thought I might like his produce." Angie closed the notebook and picked up the glass, taking a sip before she spoke again. "I can't believe the tomato question is still up in the air. I wanted to get a start on August's menu."

"All three dishes were great. Choose any of them. You should be proud that the staff is so talented." Felicia leaned back in her chair. "You like my front staff, right?"

Angie sat her glass back down before answering. Felicia didn't like conflict, so this might be an indication that she was having trouble with one or more of her staff. "What's going on?"

A twitch of a grin teased over Felicia's lips as she looked back at Angie. "Oh, no. You aren't going to use my probing investigative questioning back on me. I just want your opinion on the staff, not just your half."

That seemed fair. Angie thought of the interactions she'd had with the crew over the last month. Mostly positive. She'd had to correct a couple, as they hadn't been following Felicia's protocol dish presentation as they delivered the food to the tables, but some of that was just a learning curve. Finally, not finding fault in any of them, Angie shrugged. "I guess they're fine. I mean, no one sticks out as a troublemaker, and they all seem to take correction well. What are you concerned about?"

"They seem too perfect. Like Stepford Wives perfect." Felicia pushed her hair behind her ears and sighed. "In California, I was hiring and firing a server every other month. Here, they seem to like their jobs."

"Don't sound so surprised. We pay a higher-than-average wage for the area. Tips might not be as big as they could get in Boise, but we keep the place and their stations filled with paying customers. They should be happy." In California, they hadn't even been close in payroll to any of the higher-end places in town. And they still paid out almost all their gross profit in wages. Idaho had a lower cost of living, and she could see them actually being profitable in one to two years, rather than the ten years el pescado, her first restaurant, had taken. "Relax. Things are going amazing."

Felicia side-eyed her as she stood. "I'm heading off to a yoga class down at the church. A group of stay-at-home moms meets every Wednesday at two. I've gotten over a dozen bookings from the group. You should come. They'd love to meet a real chef."

"No, thanks. I've got to get home and check on Dom. You go om your way to enlightenment and lighten up a little. We're doing great. Nothing is going to go wrong." Angie closed down her office, making a mental note to work on accounting tomorrow. The numbers were the only thing she really hated to do, but she felt she needed to understand what the business was doing before she hired an accountant to take over this part of her duties. She wouldn't be sad when she could actually give it up. Ten minutes later, she was home, and she had a visitor sitting on her porch.

"I'm so glad you came home. I've got a favor to ask you." Erica, Mrs. Potter's granddaughter who lived across the street, stood to greet Angie as she came up on the porch.

Angie unlocked the door into the kitchen. "Come in. How long have you been waiting out here?"

"Just a few minutes. Granny's taking a nap, so I wanted to catch you now, before she finds me gone. She'd tell me to not bother you with this." Erica followed her into the cool kitchen. The Potters had been her Nona's neighbors ever since the two women graduated from high school so many years ago. They'd both raised their families and lost their husbands since those promise-filled days. Even though Nona was gone, Angie felt compelled to continue the relationship. Mrs. Potter was more like family rather than just being a neighbor.

Angie leaned down to give Dom some attention as she talked to Erica. The baby St. Bernard wasn't much of a baby anymore. The dog was close to a hundred pounds as of his last vet appointment. She nodded to a chair at the table. "Sit down. I was going to warm up some tomato bisque for lunch. Maybe a ham sandwich to go with it? Have you eaten? You can tell me what's going on over a meal."

Erica shook her head. "I've been too upset to eat."

Angie stood and took Erica's arm, leading her to the chair. "Now you have to stay for lunch. What is wrong?"

Instead of answering her, Erica laid her head on the table between her arms and started sobbing.

CHAPTER 2

It took a while, but Angie finally got Erica calmed down and eating the proper lunch set in front of her. Dom had added his comfort by laying his big head on Erica's lap and staring at her with his big brown eyes. Angie knew the power petting Dom's soft coat could have on lightening her own mood. She sat down at the table and picked up a spoon, took a sip, and sighed, hoping the action would cause Erica to follow suit. It did, and in a few minutes, Angie noticed some color coming back into the young woman's face. The power of food.

"So, what did you need to ask me?" Angie tried to make the question seem casual, hoping not to send Erica into waterworks again.

"I told you about my study group, right? They have a trip planned for next week to Cabo. I know, Mexico in the summer, not prime vacation time, but I've never been and it's really cheap." Erica looked at her with pleading in her eyes.

(Continues…)


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Killer Green Tomatoes 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I always love Lynn Cahoon's books. I think the editor needs to improve their game, however. Lynn is a very prolific writer and spins a fun tale, but more and more, I see conflicting details and other errors slipping through. It's Lynn's job to write a good story, which she does. It's the editor's job to catch the errors, and they are slacking.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fast moving mystery.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good mystery, supportive cast & heart warming memories
Debb23 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this second of the series by Ms. Cahoon. Angie's sous chef introduces her to his cousin for some fresh produce which then entangles Angie into helping when his cousin is arrested for murder. Add the temporary houseguest of her neighbor Mrs. Potter who is with Angie for a week while her granddaughter is away on vacation. Mrs. Potter tries to be helpful but isn't always so which keeps you guessing what she'll get into next. Angie definitely is kept busy. The mystery was good, I was led down a couple of false trails until I figured it out. Love these characters and will continue on with this series.
Rockport_rocker More than 1 year ago
Killer Green Tomatoes stands up well to Lynn Cahoon's other books and to other cozy mysteries out now. The mystery is complex enough to keep the reader guessing and the personal relationships are real enough to make the reader feel part of the community. The warm and well-developed or developing relationships are among the greatest strengths that Ms. Cahoon brings to her books and that is my favorite aspect to any light mystery so her books are a must purchase for my. Just when The County Seat opens for business, sous chef Estebe is pull away by family problems. His cousin my be aggravating but he isn't murder no matter what the evidence shows. Naturally, Angie can't resist trying to find the real killer, especially since the police seem to have no clue and she wants her sous check back and working with a clear mind.
Rockport_rocker More than 1 year ago
Killer Green Tomatoes stands up well to Lynn Cahoon's other books and to other cozy mysteries out now. The mystery is complex enough to keep the reader guessing and the personal relationships are real enough to make the reader feel part of the community. The warm and well-developed or developing relationships are among the greatest strengths that Ms. Cahoon brings to her books and that is my favorite aspect to any light mystery so her books are a must purchase for my. Just when The County Seat opens for business, sous chef Estebe is pull away by family problems. His cousin my be aggravating but he isn't murder no matter what the evidence shows. Naturally, Angie can't resist trying to find the real killer, especially since the police seem to have no clue and she wants her sous check back and working with a clear mind.
Rockport_rocker More than 1 year ago
Killer Green Tomatoes stands up well to Lynn Cahoon's other books and to other cozy mysteries out now. The mystery is complex enough to keep the reader guessing and the personal relationships are real enough to make the reader feel part of the community. The warm and well-developed or developing relationships are among the greatest strengths that Ms. Cahoon brings to her books and that is my favorite aspect to any light mystery so her books are a must purchase for my. Just when The County Seat opens for business, sous chef Estebe is pull away by family problems. His cousin my be aggravating but he isn't murder no matter what the evidence shows. Naturally, Angie can't resist trying to find the real killer, especially since the police seem to have no clue and she wants her sous check back and working with a clear mind.
ethel55 More than 1 year ago
ngie's new restaurant project is going well. With her friend Felicia, they have staffed it with people who work well together. Estebe is the chef and part of the local Basque community. I thought that brought an interesting side to the story. When his womanizing cousin is accused of murder, Angie steps up when information becomes available to her. I also liked Angie's continued efforts to use nearby ingredients for her restaurant and her blossoming relationship with her grandmother (Nona's) old neighbor, Mrs. Potter. Hope I get to spend more time with them, and that little goat Precious in the next book.
Mayor More than 1 year ago
This book was ok. I felt that some of the characters were added to give substance but added little to the story line. (ex. the grandmother) A little disappointing to me.
Becky5 More than 1 year ago
In Lynn Cahoon’s second book of the Farm-to-Fork series, titled Killer Green Tomatoes, Angie and Felicia are beginning to hit their groove with the rest of the restaurant staff. The County Seat is a popular place to eat, with reservations needing to be secured well in advance. Angie soon finds she has more than she can chew, though, when she has her elderly neighbor for a house guest and Estebe, her sous chef, has family involved in a murder and disappearance. I really enjoyed the difficulties between Angie and Mrs. Potter. (Sorry, Angie!) They made for very realistic, yet hilarious times. The portrayal of the Basque people was very tasteful and sensitive to a group very proud of their heritage. In this book, we start to see the inner connectivity of people in the town. Several attitudes and actions are based upon someone’s protectiveness or love for another. This is actually true for multiple characters. Small town living, as Angie rediscovers, has both its joys and its jinxes. Things one may not like: some may figure out the murderer, but there were enough twists that I was ultimately surprised. Sex was mentioned quite a bit. However, true to cozy form, there were no bedroom scenes. Bottom line, I enjoyed this book, as Angie and Felicia and their crew really start to become their own “work family.” I gratefully received a copy of this book from the author and NetGalley. This in no way affected my opinions, for which I am responsible. I was not required to leave a positive review.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts I have never been a fan of fried green tomatoes but I am a fan of this story. Angie Turner’s farm to fork restaurant is becoming a big success. She wants to add her Nona’s fried green tomatoes to her menu and sous chef, Estebe Blackstone, tells her he has the perfect supplier, his cousin, Javier. Estebe takes her to his farm to check things out. Javier is not what she suspected, he’s a bit of a “player”, a flirt, thinks he God’s gift to women, but his produce is fantastic so she places her first order. Shortly thereafter, Javier’s current girlfriend is dead and he is the police’s #1 suspect. He begs Angie to help him clear his name. She doesn’t want to get involved but again she ends up right in the middle of the investigation. We meet more of Estebe and Javier’s family and Angie’s steps up to take care of her elderly neighbor while her granddaughter takes a vacation. Mrs. Potter is not a very happy houseguest and adds more stress to Angie’s life. I applaud Angie, she kept her wits about her and her sense of humor. I don’t think I would have handled things half as well. As for the Blackstone family, they are planning for the Basque Festival in Boise. It is a very important event for the family. Estebe has taken the week off from the restaurant and has invited all the staff to come for a special breakfast. I don’t know how Ms. Cahoon packs so much into these pages. The characters are well defined including Dom, Angie’s growing St. Bernard puppy, Mabel, a black and white chicken and Precious, the goat. The mystery is well plotted out and the setting is wonderfully described. The romance between Ian and Angie is comfortable and doesn’t overtake the mystery. The pace is quick too. I was unable to set the book down, I read it all in one sitting. I am really enjoying this new series from Lynn Cahoon. I am excited for One Potato, Two Potato, Dead coming March 19, 2019.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
Killer Green Tomatoes by Lynn Cahoon is the second story in A Farm-to-Fork Mystery series. Angie Turner is the co-owner as well as the head chef at County Seat. She has been trying to recreate her Nona’s fried green tomato recipe for the restaurant, but she has yet to get it exactly right. Estebe Blackstone, Angie’s sous chef, knowing that Angie is looking for good produce suppliers recommends Pamplona Farms which is run by his cousin, Javier Easterly. Javier is quite the flirt and is known for his rotating girlfriends. The produce, though, is exceptional and Angie is excited to create new dishes for the County Seat with the fresh veggies. One day Estebe gets a call at work from an agitated Javier. His latest girlfriend, Heather was found murdered behind the Red Eye Saloon after a very public disagreement. Javier is accused of the crime and Estebe asks Angie for her assistance. Angie will need to work in her investigating in between managing the restaurant, filling in for Estebe, making sure her farm animals get fed and taking care of her temporary roommate. Erica, Mrs. Potter’s granddaughter, has the chance to take a vacation in Cabo, but she needs someone to take care of Mrs. Potter. Angie agrees to watch out of for her elderly neighbor despite her misgivings. Angie is in for a busy and entertaining week. Things are heating up and Angie needs to be careful or she will get burned. I enjoyed reading Killer Green Tomatoes. I like the author’s conversational writing style and the engaging characters that she created. Angie is a smart, hardworking woman who is getting her new business off the ground. I find Angie to be a likeable and relatable main character with her unusual pets of Mabel, the chicken and Precious, the goat as well as the lovable, Dom (her St. Bernard puppy). Mrs. Harriet Potter is a delightful addition to the series. I am glad that she had a more prominent role in Killer Green Tomatoes. Mrs. Potter provided levity with her well-meaning antics (you will have to read the book to find out what I mean). Angie’s romance with Ian is progressing. I appreciate that the author is not rushing their relationship. They are taking the time to get to know each other. Working in time for dates is difficult, though, with their busy schedules and the pesky murders. The mystery was well-plotted and is woven throughout the story. The author manages to combine the cozy and mystery elements, so they are balanced. If you are an avid reader of cozy mysteries (like me), then you will not have a problem arriving at the solution. There are many cozy moments in Killer Green Tomatoes with friendship, animals, cooking, romance, mishaps, creating new recipes and, of course, eating. I like how everyone who works at the restaurant comes together for a meal each week. It gives all the workers a chance to try the food and get to know each other. Killer Green Tomatoes can be read as a standalone. Personally, I would read Who Moved My Goat Cheese? prior to Killer Green Tomatoes. It will allow you to see the development of the characters and the restaurant. My rating for Killer Green Tomatoes is 4 out of 5 stars (I liked it). There is a recipe for fried green tomatoes at the end of the book.
ganderson523 More than 1 year ago
Killer Green Tomatoes is a great addition to the Farm-to-Fork Mystery series. In fact, I think it is better than the first one. Lynn always does a great job creating a cast of recurring characters in her small town cozies. This one is especially fun to read with all the good food prepared by Chef Angie Turner and her kitchen staff at the County Seat in small town River Vista, Idaho where she purchases local produce and dairy products. Her best friend and business partner, Felicia, runs the front of the restaurant and helps make the running of everything go smoothly. Angie has a new boyfriend in Ian, who works with the local farmers and their co-op. Everything is going smoothly until Javier, a cousin of her sous chef, Estebe, is accused of murdering his girlfriend. Estebe is out of the restaurant this week working with the Basque Festival going on in Boise. Even though, she doesn't want to get involved with the investigation, especially with Ian's uncle, Sheriff Brown warning her to stay away from it, it seems that she does anyway. Throughout dealing with that situation, she is torn between the restaurant duties and her guest for the week. Mrs. Potter from across the street is visiting while her granddaughter, Erica is on a vacation. An old friend of Angie's Nona, she is quite a character. This is another winner by Lynn Cahoon where you can expect a pool of suspects, twists and turns, fun repeat characters with some mean girls thrown in, great storyline, danger and an ending that I didn't see coming. I received a complimentary of copy from Lyrical Underground and Kensington Publishing through NetGalley. All opinions stated are mine only.
BookloverUT More than 1 year ago
Angie, owner of The County Seat in rural Idaho, is looking for a new produce supplier. She wants to add a recipe for fried green tomatoes to her menu. Her sous chef introduces her to his brother, Javier, who runs a produce farm. When Javier becomes a suspect in his girlfriend’s murder, and then disappears, Angie starts to investigate. She finds that Javier is a ladies man who is going to be the head of his family’s company. He was also going to break up with his now deceased girlfriend. Could someone in his own family be involved? If Angie is not careful, things may turn deadly. This was a great mystery with a character that I “befriended” and liked automatically. It seemed like she would not want to investigate, but then she just found herself in situations where she would find some clue that would bring her right back into it. The other characters were written in a way that you would never get them mixed up. I adored her love interest, Ian. He gave the story a shot of romance. The rumor mill that is a part of small town life was authentically represented. Busy bodies and gossip are annoying parts of everyday life. I received an Advanced Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and am voluntarily reviewing it.
CozyOnUp More than 1 year ago
Angie Turner and the gang are back in the second installment of the Farm to Fork Mystery series and it just gets better! When her sous chef’s cousin is accused of murder and then disappears, Angie is asked to look into things. While she claims to just be a chef, and a fantastic one at that, she does have a knack for solving murders. While Esteban’s cousin, Javier, was a ladies man with a long list of lovers, he might be a cad, but he sure didn’t come off as a murderer, so who killed his last girlfriend? All signs point to Javier, but Javier’s family and Angie don’t think this is the case. Between running her restaurant, the County Seat, and caring for an elderly neighbor for a week, Angie finds herself exhausted and overextended as she tracks clues and figures out what really happened. Lynn Cahoon has a fantastic cast of characters and her writing transports you to River Vista, Idaho as you immerse yourself in the story. I loved her first book and found the second to be even better. Can’t wait for the next course in this series!
Marshathereader More than 1 year ago
Killer Green Tomatoes is the 2nd in the Farm to Fork Mystery series by Lynn Cahoon. Having read book one I was excited to read this and was not disappointed.. When her sous chef's cousin, Javier, girlfriend of the month is found murdered he becomes the main suspect. Chef Estebe wants Angie to investigate. Yes, Javier is a womanizer but he surely is not a murderer, or is he. As much as Angie has vowed to not get involved in another murder, she is again drawn into the investigation. Now in addition to searching for the murderer, she is also keeping an eye on her elderly neighbor, Mrs. Potter, who is keeping Angie on her toes. There is mystery, humor , and a touch of romance. Cahoon does a great job keeping you up on Angie's friend and resturant partner, Felicia, her employees, her farm critters, and puppy Dom. The story has a great flow and twists, turns, and surprises. I was guessing until the end. I was given an ARC by Netgalley for an honest review.
Chatting-About-Cozies More than 1 year ago
You’ll want to book your reservations to the County Seat well in advance for a nice table with a great view while you enjoy a batch of Chef Angie Turner’s fried green tomatoes! Angie and her friend/co-partner, Felicia, have their new restaurant running smoothly when head sous chef, Estebe takes a leave of absence after a family member, Javier, is accused of murder and jailed. Author Lynn Cahoon scatters seeds of doubt among the cast of characters who come and go through the doors of the County Seat. As one family wars for control of a legacy, the guilty wilt and show their hand under the pressure the sheriff and Angie put them under. Fresh as rain the springtime, this fast moving plot grows on you, and there are bushels of clues to sift through. I adore Angie’s St. Bernard puppy, Dominic, who is one of her protectors, along with her boyfriend, Ian. Neighbor, Mrs. Potter, provides lots of chuckles as she moves over and spends a week with Angie and they comically ‘speak a different language’! Farm living is one of the ‘in’ themes for cozy mystery’s, and I’m sure enjoying this tasty series! I reviewed an ARC provided by NetGalley and Kensington. Thank you.
bluegreen91 More than 1 year ago
This is a fun, engaging mystery set in a lovely, small Idaho town. Angie, who co-owns a new restaurant in town, gets a house guest in this story. This adds to Angie's stress of investigating-yet-not-investigating a murder and a disappearance in town. Although Angie can be a bit short and snippy with people sometimes, I find her to be pretty down-to-earth and realistic. I was also happy to read more about some of the other characters: fun-loving restaurant co-owner Felicia; sweet, hardworking Ian; grumpy, but wise Mrs. Potter; and restaurant sous-chef Estebe. With two mysteries to solve and several suspects and motives, this book entertained me and kept me guessing right to the end. I love this new series by Lynn Cahoon and look forward to more Farm-to-Fork mysteries! I received an advance copy of this book. The honest thoughts and opinions in this review are my own.
GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
In this second book in the Farm-To-Fork Mysteries, Angie Turner is diligently trying to add more dishes and get more suppliers for her restaurant. When her sous chef, Estebe tells her about his cousin Javier and the family farm, they head off to see what produce he had available. Javier is quite the womanizer and tries to make time with Angie. When Javier’s girlfriend, Heather, turns up dead, he is the prime suspect as they had just had a major, public argument in the local bar. Estebe asks Angie for help and she can’t turn him down. This is a fun series with great characters. Angie is a smart, loyal, friendly chef and friend. She has a small farm with a goat, chicken and her dog. They are a hoot with actual personalities that add fun to the story. Angie’s neighbours across the street add a much of the humor to the book. Mrs. Potter plays a much bigger role in the story this time as she actually moves in with Angie for a week. The plot moves quickly and the mystery is solved in a very believable way. I love the small town vibe, the rumor mill that has Angie stepping out on her beau Ian, and the colourful characters. Another wonderful addition to this series that cozy mystery lovers are sure to enjoy. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.