Sybil Potts moves to Little Tatterford, a small town in the middle of nowhere in Australia, seeking to find peace and quiet after the upheaval of her divorce.
Although the town is sleepy and nothing has ever happened, her arrival coincides with a murder in the property adjacent to her cottage. Sybil soon finds she is at odds with the attractive Blake Wessley, the exasperated police officer who is trying to solve the murder.
After Sibyl narrowly misses becoming the next victim, she turns her attention to the suspects. Is it the English gentleman, Mr. Buttons, who serves everyone tea and cucumber sandwiches, or her landlord, Cressida Upthorpe, who is convinced that her fat cat, Lord Farringdon, speaks to her? Or is it someone else entirely?
My thoughts: Unequivocally, Live and Let Diet is proof Best is the heir apparent to Dame Agatha. Hmmm…I wonder if Best has done an Ancestry DNA to see if there are some roots stemming from her Aussie lineage to Christie’s English branches?
Best’s writing is as smooth as Australian Whiskey, as pulled together as a sailor’s knot and as hilarious as a natural comedian fresh out the stable. Genius!
Best knows not only how to sketch life in a small town but relocates the reader there on a magic carpet weaved together by letters of savory goodness. Best does not deliver watery soup disguised as a ‘cozy mystery’ but serves up an alphabet stew of aromatic scenes with piping hot paragraphs and a salted caramel dessert of laughter that is like its namesake, both salty and sweet.
When it comes to characters, Best is an equal opportunity scribe. She powerfully crafts them all. She does not drop the ball when it comes to secondary players or those passing through town or those created as scene fillers. If Best does write characters as “scene fillers” Live and Let Diet does not demonstrate that the gifted Best is capable of diluting characters, scenes or her captivating tale to plow through the weeds. Live and Let Diet has no weeds. Live and Let Diet is a splendid garden of produced magnificence from characters to setting to whodunit with fun, laughter and murder sprinkled in to give you a juicy escape.
In a nutshell, Best is an expert minstrel.
NOTE: THIS IS THE 2nd EDITION, RE-RELEASE OF the 2014 A CEREAL KILLER. IT IS THE LENGTHENED BOOK WITH A NEW TITLE AND COVER AND ADDITIONAL CHAPTERS.
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