There’s a corpse among the chanterelles!
Redwood Cove Bed and Breakfast manager Kelly Jackson is hosting a cooking class during the Week of the Mushroom festival to attract guests, not drama. But soon after she finishes foraging for an edible mushroom species on sacred Native American land, a local newspaper reporter gets shot dead at the same site. With suspicions spreading like fungi in the quaint Northern Californian community over the culprit’s identity, Kelly and a savvy gang of sleuthing seniors known as the “Silver Sentinels” must uncover the truth about the secluded property before a tricky killer prepares another lethal surprise . . .
Murder at the Mushroom Festival puts a different twist on the cozy mystery formula by adding a group of sleuthing seniors to the protagonist Kelly Jackson’s crime solving repertoire. Not that Kelly really needs any help, she’s a pretty good sleuth herself and turns up plenty of clues all on her own.
There are a number of twists in this tale that will keep you guessing as to who the real killer is. There’s also plenty of information about mushrooms. We’re not just talking plain, old, everyday button shrooms, we’re going for the good stuff, including culinary delicacies like truffles—which are found with the help of trained dogs.
For those who like their cozies with a culinary bent, there are plenty of ideas for using mushrooms in recipes—everything from appetizers to dessert, even ice cream! There’s a steady pacing throughout the story and a bunch of quirky characters, from the Silver Sentinels to the contestants vying for to win the mushroom festival.
Murder at the Mushroom Festival is a fun culinary cozy that will keep you entertained and make you wonder, “how come I never tried that with mushrooms?”