This time her sort of boyfriend is on the police force and she runs a cooking school with her grandmother in a small town in Missouri. The twist that makes this such a fun book is that she and her grandmother can see and talk to a few ghosts that live in their town. Sally, one of the ghosts, has asked for their help. It sounds odd but it's quite entertaining. I'm looking for the rest of the books in t I loved this fun cozy mystery. I'm looking for the rest of the books in the series right now.
Jul 17, Kathy rated it really liked it. Not so much about the cooking school after the very beginning, when a tour bus shows up to spend the night there, since everything else is booked up. Some thievery, 2 people going missing and one murder have Betts and her friend Jake busy. And a new ghost shows up, who wants them to find out if she really killed her parents. The 2 mysteries run together sometimes, and almost end with more murders, but pla Book 2 of The Country Cooking School Mysteries: The 2 mysteries run together sometimes, and almost end with more murders, but plans are thwarted and mysteries solved.
Hope my library has more of this series. Jul 23, Alison Lady Coffin S rated it really liked it. This is another fun cooking related cozy mystery series. In this one, I have been enjoying the dynamics of the MC her Grandmother, her brother, her straight male best friend, and the ghostly visitors. I think having the series set in an old west Missouri town with lots of historical "characters" is brilliant. It gives the author a lot of different stories as well as personalities to pull from without the location needing to change much.
I look forward to where the story will go and who we will m This is another fun cooking related cozy mystery series. I look forward to where the story will go and who we will meet next May 26, Jessica rated it it was amazing. Ok, so this book isn't Shakespeare, but it's fun and light and that's exactly what I was craving right now. This series is perfect for me - I love the history that's slowly being built up about Broken Rope with each novel and how the ghosts of the town's old West legends play a part in each story. I adored Sally in all her Lizzie Borden-esque glory.
It was hard to put down I read it all in one marathon reading session. Aug 23, Christine rated it really liked it. This series is great so far. Oct 01, Fiona Skye rated it it was ok Shelves: This is the third cozy series I've read by this author, and her characters are hit or miss for me. This series and these characters are a definite miss. Jun 04, Cherie Bush rated it liked it. Jun 16, Margaret rated it really liked it.
Was Lizzy Bordon guilty? Author Paige sets forth an alternate explanation in another enjoyable mystery. May 26, Kathie rated it it was amazing. A really fun story. I enjoy all the characters from the book especially the ghosts. Mar 12, Sam Bakunzi rated it it was amazing. Feb 14, Mary rated it it was amazing. Delightful mystery with ghostly goings on to add to the mix. Jan 07, Melanie rated it really liked it Shelves: I love the history of the old wild west, and all of the characters that rolled through in the day.
Old western movies, tall tales spun out of the wild west, and loads of picture books for kids about some of the varmints that wrangled and won! Tourists from all over come to hear the stories of the cowboys that road through the area, and unfortunatly most of them typically on the wrong side o I love the history of the old wild west, and all of the characters that rolled through in the day. Tourists from all over come to hear the stories of the cowboys that road through the area, and unfortunatly most of them typically on the wrong side of the law.
Broken Rope had its fair share of murders in the past decades, you would think it would be exempt from anymore. Not so, when it comes to Cozy Mysteries, you have got to have a murder! Betts and Gram run a cooking school in Broken Rope and are in the middle of the summer cleaning when Bett's good friend Jake asks them to house an emergency 'foodie' tour group when the hotel has a mix up. An idea of an all night cooking class with cots available for those who need to rest, Betts and Gram figure they can handle it for one night. The 'foodie' group ends up being a group of retired, wealthy people who aren't overly excited about sleeping on cots in a cooking school.
They make the best of it though and Grams tackles the twice baked potato with her students. A newly renovated bed and breakfast owner, Suzi says she can take the group in her bare bones set up if that would help. They are much more excited to sleep dormitory style than on the cots in the school, until 3 of the group come up missing! Jake the town's historian and 'fake' sheriff finds one of the foodies on his office porch, dead!
The foodies are in a panic! Betts and Gram are in a panic as they had recently in the book If Fried Chicken Could Fly found a dead man in their school. This small town is certainly keeping up it's reputation. Add to that reputation the fact that ghosts actually visit Broken Rope, and can talk to both Gram and Betts! In the midst of the latest chaos and murder, Sally Swarthmore, a legendary ax murderer shows up and asks Betts and Gram to help clear her name. She doesn't believe she commited the crime and that her missing diary can help point to the real killer.
Good thing they have history loving Jake on their side who knows they can talk to Sally, though he can't see her.
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I am not typically one that likes to read about ghosts, but these ghosts are more like historic characters with a sense of humor. I love the history of them, the way they bring the past into the here and now and how Betts has to explain so much to Sally since she has been dead for centuries! Paige Shelton always keep me guessing with her 'who done it' cozy mysteries and I love finding out the latest adventures of her characters. She her readers a fun, exciting read without anything gruesome or scary.
I am a wimp and prefer to have a bit of mystery and fun, without being scared out of my wits! Paige does that wonderfully for me, and has the historic edge that I just love! Oct 13, K. Davis rated it it was amazing.
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The town caters to tourists and when a bus carrying a foodie group breaks down, Betts and Gram are asked to take the tourists in and provide shelter and distraction in the way of a cooking class. On top of that Sally Swarthmore shows up. Dead for more than years and accused of murdering her parents with an ax, Sally wants to find her old diary which could prove she is innocent. Since Betts and Gram are the only ones who can see and talk to ghosts, Betts feels compelled to help Sally. I love how the author weaves both historical settings and mysteries into current day mysteries. There were plenty of twists and turns to keep me guessing who the culprit was in both intertwined plots which kept me turning the pages faster and faster!
Jun 15, Fred rated it really liked it. Betts and Grams are planning on getting started on the midsummer cleaning on their cooking school. But then the town's fake sheriff, millionaire and town historian, Jake, volunteers them to put up a bunch of tour bus foodies, their hotel rooms having been overbooked. Fortunately for everyone involved better accommodation are found nearby.
But Betts and Gram soon agree to hold some cooking classes, in hopes that everyone will be happy. That evening Betts finds one of the tour members on the bus apparently looking for something. The next morning they learn that three of the tour members are missing and soon one is found dead in front of Jake's storefront office. Betts soon seeks out her former boyfriend, Cliff, who is a policeman, to get and give information to.
The current day mystery was well done and with interesting characters, but for me the best character is the "ghost" Sally Swathmore. Sally is blond and top heavy and carries an ax, reportedly the one she was using to kill her parents with. Gram and Betts are the only people that can see and communicate with the ghosts. Sally wants Betts and Gram to find out if she did in fact kill her parents. The reader doesn't need to believe in the existence of ghost to enjoy this series, just enjoy the stories the ghosts have to tell.
I really enjoy this series and am looking forward to the next book. Recipes for different potato dishes are included. Nov 19, Kourtney rated it really liked it Shelves: Betts and Grams are roped into hosting a busload of foodies for an impromptu cooking lesson and sleepover. All is going well, until two of the foodies go missing and one turns up dead with a broken rope around his neck. BTW I had no idea who was behind the foodie murder and kidnapping until the very last pages of the book.
Sally is an intriguing character whose true story begs to be told. I love tagging along while they put the pieces together. Oct 09, Jeannie and Louis Rigod rated it it was amazing. Isabelle Betts Winston and her grandmother, Gram run a country cooking school in the historic western town of Broken Rope, Missouri.
Tourism is the number one industry in Broken Rope. Second, to the Winston family is talking with ghosts in their town. Yes, Betts and Gram are able to communicate with residents of their local graveyard. Jake, Betts best friend, and portrayor of the Sheriff of Broken Rope telephones Betts and Gram and asks for their help in housing a bus load of retired folks that Isabelle Betts Winston and her grandmother, Gram run a country cooking school in the historic western town of Broken Rope, Missouri. Jake, Betts best friend, and portrayor of the Sheriff of Broken Rope telephones Betts and Gram and asks for their help in housing a bus load of retired folks that are foodies.
Reluctantly, the Winstons agree. That is until three of the members of the bus go missing. One member is found dead with a noose around his neck in front of Jake's fake Sheriff's office. Betts joins Jake is trying to solve this mystery. Meanwhile another crime is under scrutiny, that of Sally Swarthmore and the killing of her parents a mere hundred years ago. Betts is back and forth with both cases and with the help of her friends and family she just may discover the truth of both crimes.
Delightful story and characters with the bonus of delicious potato themed recipes. I truly enjoyed this novel. May 11, Kimberly rated it liked it Shelves: Just like the last book, you get two mysteries for the price of one. This book started off slow. I'm still trying to warm up to Betts and Gram. They both seem so, so, yeah okay, nice to meet you but I'm going for another drink. The addition of Sally and what happened to her diary was fun. Sally was a cute character but she was kind of pushy. Betts didn't help matters much because she kept putting Sally off.
Then Betts made a point with her internal dialog to remind us that she keeps Two for one!! Then Betts made a point with her internal dialog to remind us that she keeps her promises and doesn't like to let people down. Sally is practically handing you a solution to her diary problem. I think you need to pay attention.
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Which then leads to the other mystery of the tourists, the murder and then the missing tourists. I figured out one part of that mystery as soon as it happened, but when the explanation of the murder and the why of it were explained, I was left with a "huh"? Dec 29, Zack! Empire rated it really liked it Shelves: A really nice second book to this series. This is the kind of book that's perfect to read when you are laying on the couch under a big comfy blanket. The book goes along at a nice pace, which was nice, and the reveal of the mystery felt natural.
In some mystery books I've read people seem to fall ass backwards into clues to move the story along, bit in this book it felt more organic.
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In one scene a character is basically ripping up floor boards to find clues! Taking about looking for evidence! Th A really nice second book to this series. This is the first book I've read where I actually guessed how the book would end. There was one small detail that just made it clear to me what was happening. But that didn't make it less enjoyable. I wasn't actually sure I was right until the very end anyway. Now I've read the first two books in this series, and I wouldn't be at all surprised if I keep reading them.
Jun 13, Angela rated it it was amazing Shelves: I didn't want it to end!! This is the second book in the Country Cooking School series, the fourth book I've read by Paige Shelton, and my favorite for sure!! I love Broken Rope, MO and all it's tall tales and tourist attractions! I adore Betts and her best friend Jake, they are wonderful main characters, but my favorite in this story was Sally the ghost!! The author has a gift for making the ghost fit right in like another character in the book!!
Both mysteries were fun t I didn't want it to end!! Both mysteries were fun to solve and it was a nice surprise to see Sam from the author's Farmers Market series make an appearance! I just love it when writers reference other books they've written or other authors or characters in the same genre. As silly as it sounds, it's like realizing that we have mutual friends, LOL!!
I can't wait to get my hands on the next one!! Jul 28, Alice Liu rated it it was amazing. I've been working my way backwards through this series and this second book is my favorite. Shelton creates strong, interesting characters that lend themselves to the whodunit feel of the book. I particularly like how she weaves a historical ghostly story into a present day murder, and how the clues and multiple trails culminate in a haunted house.
Betts terror of the house creates conflicting emotions about the need to preserve Broken Rope's historical landmarks. But she soldiers through becaus I've been working my way backwards through this series and this second book is my favorite. But she soldiers through because she has come to care for her ghost, Sally. I've always loved Jake's character, but it was gratifying to see a bitchy character showing concern and respect for the past as well.
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A scary ax and the death of a foodie were also big pluses. Jan 10, Sarah rated it really liked it. I won this book in a book contest via Facebook. I have read some of Paige Shelton's Farmers Market books and thought they were decent. I decided that free is free and this looked like a good lazy day on the boat book. I enjoyed it but I think you do need to read the 1st one. There were several allusions to things that had happened before in the first book and while it wasn't difficult to follow, it would've been easier having read the first one.
I am also not a ghost fan but this one wasn't too b I won this book in a book contest via Facebook. I am also not a ghost fan but this one wasn't too bad. There were a lot of secondary characters on the foodie tour and it was a little bit difficult to keep up with who was who. The writing was good and the characters likeable enough. It wasn't my favorite read of the summer but I didn't hate it either. Oct 04, Dharia Scarab rated it really liked it.
Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future. This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author.
This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read more, But if I find another book by the author for under a dollar I'd pick it up. I loved this book! It had earned a permanent home in my collection and I'll be picking up the rest of the series and other books from the author ASAP. Jun 01, Georgiann Hennelly rated it it was amazing. It couldn't be worse timing the Ax - Wielding Ghost of Sally Swarthmore one of the towns legendary Murderers shows up wanting Betts help to find her diary, which could prove that she didn't murder her family.
Than one Tourist turns up dead with a noose around his neck and two others have disappeared. It is up to Betts and Gram to solve the murder and find the two tourists who have disappeared. Jan 14, Barb rated it it was amazing. This series falls into the sub genre of cozies in which we must suspend our disbelief.
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