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July 25, 2022

No Parm No Foul by Linda Reilly ~ a Review

by Donna Huber

Halloween is coming up and grilled cheese restauranteur Carly Hale is looking forward to competing in Balsam Dell's annual Scary-Licious Food Competition for the first time. Unfortunately, the fun is marred by cheating, and when someone winds up dead Carly can't help but try to clear her boyfriend's name.

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book cover of culinary cozy mystery Linda Reilly
July 2022; Poisoned Pen Press; 978-1728238357
audio, ebook, print (336 pages); cozy mystery

No Parm No Foul
 is book two in Linda Reilly's Grilled Cheese Mysteries series. I read book one, Up to No Gouda (read my review), but it isn't necessary to read it to enjoy the second book. Though they are both quick reads so if you have an end-of-summer vacation planned and wondering what to read, you could start this series.

No Parm No Foul made an excellent weekend read - I started it Saturday afternoon and finished it Sunday evening. I'm sweltering in the summer heat wave so it was kind of nice reading the descriptions of crisp cool air. Though with its fall setting and Halloween mentions, if I hadn't been reviewing this book I would have waited to read it as part of my Halloween fun reads in October.

Whether you mentally want to escape the hit or looking for books to put on your fall reading list, you can't go wrong with this one.

Carly is a delightful character. She is someone you would want to be friends with. As Grant is now working full-time at Carly's grilled cheese restaurant, we get to know him a bit more. Having this 20-year-old as a prominent secondary character is interesting. He is struggling with choosing between his two passions - being a cellist (which his parents want) and being a chef (what he is really leaning towards). With this character being part of Carly's circle, we get to see another aspect of her character - the one that acts as a mentor. 

It might just be because I'm listening to an older Hannah Swenson mystery, but I got some of the same vibes from Carly as I did from an early Hannah. There are some similarities so if you are a fan of Joanne Fluke's series, then you will want to try out Linda Reilly's new series.

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Donna Huber is an avid reader and natural encourager. She is the founder of Girl Who Reads and the author of how-to marketing book Secrets to a Successful Blog Tour.

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