Snoop to Nuts by Elizabeth Lee is the second book in the “Nut House” mystery series. Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime, January 2015
Lindy Blanchard’s family pecan farm is known county-wide, but it’s the goodies her grandmother sells at their store, the Nut House, that really bring in the crowds—until someone turns one of her tasty treats deadly. . .
The “Most Original Pecan Treat” contest at the Ag Fair is the talk of Riverville, Texas, especially when it’s clear that Miss Amelia Blanchard’s Heavenly Texas Pecan Caviar will take home a blue ribbon. Which is why everyone is amazed when her dish doesn’t even place—and even more shocked when one of the judges, Pastor Jenkins, keels over dead, right after taking a second taste of Miss Amelia’s food.
No one in town truly believes that Amelia would even hurt a fly, but all the evidence points to poor Pastor Jenkins’ death being caused by poison in the caviar. Now, unless Lindy figures out who wanted to frame Amelia for murder, her meemaw may have baked her last famous pecan pie. . .
This was enjoyable. When the pastor dies after tasting Miss Amelia’s treat, Lindy is on the case to clear her grandmother and the family’s name. With Southern charm, Lindy does her best to get her questions answered, which brings her closer to the killer. The author did a great job in maintaining the flow and tone in this light drama that put me in the middle of all the action. Lindy is a very likable heroine and I enjoy the eccentric townsfolk that inhabit Riverville, Texas. A good read and I look forward to the next book in this tasty series.