Cheddar Off Dead by Julia Buckley is the second book in the “Undercover Dish” mystery series. Publisher: Penguin Random House, September 2016
Caterer and cook Lilah Drake is up to her elbows in deadly trouble in the latest mystery from the author of The Big Chili. . .
The Christmas holidays are one of Lilah’s favorite times of the year, filled with friends, family, and, of course, tons of food orders for her Covered Dish clients. But Lilah’s Yuletide cheer ends when she sees a most Grinch-like crime: the murder of a Santa in a school parking lot.
It turns out the deceased Kris Kringle was a complicated tangle of naughty and nice, with a long list of people who might have wanted him dead. And whoever did the deed wants to make sure that Lilah keeps quiet. Now, Lilah will have to team up with her former fling, Detective Jay Parker, to unwrap the mysteries of a deadly Christmas killer and stay alive long enough to ring in the New Year. . .
Julia has done it again by delivering an engaging and entertaining whodunit that was hard to put down. The pacing was perfectly paired with how well this story was written with a comfortable tone and narrative that put me smack dab in the middle of all the action. The author did a great job with setting this drama up in a manner that kept me intrigued with suspects here and there and plot twists that sneaked upon me, spinning a web of deceit that enhanced the telling of this tale. This was a fun read that boasts a wonderful cast of characters and enjoyable conversations.