Death of a Crabby Cook

Death of a Crabby Cook First in a new series At the San Francisco Seafood Festival someone is steamed enough to kill a cook When restaurant reviewer Darcy Burnett gets served a pink slip from the San Francisco Chronicle s

  • Title: Death of a Crabby Cook
  • Author: Penny Pike
  • ISBN: 9780451467812
  • Page: 310
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • First in a new series At the San Francisco Seafood Festival, someone is steamed enough to kill a cook When restaurant reviewer Darcy Burnett gets served a pink slip from the San Francisco Chronicle, she needs to come up with an alternative recipe for success quickly Her feisty aunt Abby owns a tricked out school bus, which she s converted into a hip and happening foodFirst in a new series At the San Francisco Seafood Festival, someone is steamed enough to kill a cook When restaurant reviewer Darcy Burnett gets served a pink slip from the San Francisco Chronicle, she needs to come up with an alternative recipe for success quickly Her feisty aunt Abby owns a tricked out school bus, which she s converted into a hip and happening food truck, and Darcy comes aboard as a part timer while she develops a cookbook project based on recipes from food fests in the Bay Area.But she soon finds someone s been trafficking in character assassination literally when a local chef turns up dead and her aunt is framed for the murder The restaurant chef was an outspoken enemy of food trucks, and now Darcy wonders if one of the other vendors did him in With her aunt s business and freedom on the line, it s up to Darcy to steer the murder investigation in the right direction and put the brakes on an out of control killer CIPES INCLUDED

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    1. At the San Francisco Seafood Festival, someone is steamed enough to kill a cook….Dollycas’s ThoughtsI absolutely loved Penny’s Party Planning Mysteries so I am so glad she has returned with this Death of a Crabby Cook: – A Food Festival Mystery Series.We meet Darcy Burnett who wrote restaurant reviews for the San Francisco Chronicle, I use the past tense because she was laid off as the story began. She quickly starts helping her Aunt Abby with her food truck with hopes of writing a cookb [...]

    2. VERY average at best. I loved this author's party planner series, but this one doesn't measure up to that one. Didn't care for the characters and the story just never grabbed me, so I skimmed parts of it. J.J. Cook's (Joyce & Jim Lavene) food truck series is much better. The only thing this one had going for it was the location. Love San Francisco. Have the 2nd one, but no hurry to read it.

    3. Fantastic! This is the first book in the new Food Festival mysteries. Darcy loses her job at the newspaper she was working for, and goes to work for her Aunt Abby helping her out in her food truck. One of the chefs who has a restaurant across from the food truck, is found murdered, and Aunt Abby is blamed. So Darcy sets out to prove her Aunts innocence. I loved the setting of this book, San Francisco is one of my favorite cites, and I love the dialogue between Darcy and her cousin, they are hila [...]

    4. I had a great time with this first-in-a-series book by Penny Pike (Warner). Not surprising, since I also loved her party planning series. I especially liked the inclusion of a character with Asperger's as well as the fun setting in the food-truck business. Here's hoping this series lasts a very long time!

    5. In my opinion, it's good cozy mystery debut series. the plot was simple and not complicated. every chapter, describing about snooped and investigated about murder in road food area only. I enjoyed reading without boring. Ms. Pike writing style was easily understood. however, Heroin and another character has one-dimensional character. especially her aunt and nephew. Because named A Food Festival mystery and super cute cover, i bought it immediately. sadly, it did not tell about Festival in San Fr [...]

    6. Good start for the first novel in the Food Festival series. The Death of a Crabby Cook had all of the things I want in a cozy:- Likeable main character- Fun secondary characters- Cute romance, but the couple wasn't shoved down your throat- Good and surprising mystery/killerI'm excited to read the rest of the novels in the series.

    7. Darcy is a newspaper journalist who recently lost her job. With nothing else to do she soon starts working part-time for her aunt on her aunt's food truck. But soon a body of a rival appears, and then another body appears. Can Darcy stop the killer before it's too late, or will she be the next on his hit list? This was fun-filled debut to a new series. Death of a Crabby Cook, was a fast-paced interesting read that left me craving Crabby Cheerleader Grilled Cheese and Science Experiment Spaghetti [...]

    8. Death Of A Crabby Cook is the first book in the A Food Festival Mystery series.Darcy Burnette, after losing her job as restaurant reviewer for a local paper, decides to help out in her Aunt Abby's food truck. One day hears Aunt Abby is a very heated discussion and see that she is arguing with Oliver Jameson who owns a restaurant across the street from where all the food trucks park. Jameson feels that the food trucks are killing his business and wants to get rid of all of them. If the truth be t [...]

    9. Darcy has taken a job helping her aunt in her San Francisco food truck. On her first day, Aunt Abby gets into an argument with the chef at a nearby restaurant who wants the food trucks, which he views as competition, gone. When he is murdered that night, Abby becomes the chief suspect.This was a wonderful debut. The characters were real and fun to spend time with. I absolutely love how the romance is already progressing. The plot is strong with plenty of twists and turns that kept me guessing ri [...]

    10. Oh my god, the typos and inconsistencies.So many please get a better editor! Or pay attention while you're writing! There was an entire chapter that she referred to Darcy's cousin as her nephew. Totally ruined my immersion. Good twist, though. I would read another one, but I don't think I can stand to read another published book full of typos.I can forgive self-published books and newer author's typos but apparently this lady has been writing forever. Come on.

    11. I picked this up at the library because I forgot a book at home I already had in the progress of reading. Right now my daughter is doing the reading program at the library and I read while she is taking a break from reading to me and I read while the day's program is going on. From the moment I picked up this book, I was pulled in. I loved the characters and how each one of them are like their own little group that the main character is trying to solve a murder while figuring out secrets of peop [...]

    12. When Darcy isn't craving caffeine or drooling over one of Jake the Dream Puff Guy's cream puffs, she's being a busybody and trying to solve two murders while at the same time proving her aunt Abby had nothing to do with either one. I didn't like either the story or the characters. There were some very obvious inconsistencies in the story.

    13. openbooksociety/article/deBrought to you by guest reviewer JoAnneDarcy Burnett loses her job at the Chronicle due to downsizing. Her ex-boss, however, throws her a bone in the fact that he tells her he will be offering her freelance positions occasionally, and the first one is the San Francisco Crab and Seafood Festival, which includes the food trucks. Since her aunt is owner of one of them, serving up comfort food, Darcy is reluctantly helping her aunt out during the festival. Reluctantly, beca [...]

    14. This novel is a terrific start to a new series by Penny Pike. Some readers may know the author from the Connor Westphal Mysteries or Party Planning Mystery Series by Penny Warner. It was my first introduction and now I'm a fan forever. "Death of a Crabby Cook: A Food Festival Mystery" has a catchy title, a cute book cover and is a fun-filled read from cover-to-cover whether you like to cook, like to eat, like to cook and eat, or love to sit on the couch and snack as you watch episodes of "The Gr [...]

    15. Death of a Crabby Cook is the first book in the Food Festival Mystery series by Penny Pike (aka Penny Warner). What a delight to have a new series to enjoy! Darcy, laid off from her reporting job at the newspaper, is living in her aunt's RV, and working alongside her aunt in her aunt's food truck, The Big Yellow School Bus serving comfort food such as Crabby Cheerleader Mac and Cheese. The action takes place in San Francisco. The grumpy and antagonistic owner of the bricks-and-mortar restaurant [...]

    16. I loved this book. I received my copy of it from the author (Penny Warner writing as Penny Pike), with no mention of the necessity of writing a review. This is the first book in the Food Festival Mystery series, and it was a lot of fun.Darcy Burnett is a food critic for a San Francisco paper that has suddenly been downsized from her job. Now she's helping her Aunt Abby at her food truck when a murder occurs at a local restaurant. Darcy teams up with food truck owner Jake Miller in an effort to s [...]

    17. The only thing wrong with this first book in a new series is the fact that I have to wait until 2015 for the next one to come out. Once I started it, at the suggestion of a close friend, I didn’t want to put it down. Of course I had to because of life. This series is about food trucks. The main character, Darcy is newly released from her job at a newspaper so she moves into her Aunt Abby’s r.v. that is parked beside Abby’s house. She begins working for her aunt just to make ends meet. What [...]

    18. I really enjoy cozy food mysteries like this one. And while I did enjoy this one, there were a couple of content issues that I didn't like. I liked the characters including Darcy, the main character, and her aunt and cousin, Dillon. Darcy's Aunt run's a food truck business that Darcy starts helping out with after being downsized as a food critic at the local newspaper. Darcy's love interest, Jake Miller, also runs a food truck (cream puffs, yum!). When a local restaurant owner gets killed after [...]

    19. Mediocre cozyI love cozy mysteries and I'm always happy when a new series appears. This series opener is a disappointment to me. The mystery was only so-so and the murderer was figured out easy and early. The background of food trucks was interesting but I would've liked more background on them. My real complaint is the main character. She's another too stupid to live (TSTL) character. She acts so thoughtlessly and recklessly, frequently putting herself into potentially dangerous situations . I' [...]

    20. I read this book for my mystery reading group. We are reading as many food truck mysteries as we can find and then challenging ourselves to actually have dinner at a food truck!I thoroughly enjoyed this mystery. I liked the characters (all except the bad guys, ie suspects) and thought that the plot was nicely complicated.I enjoy contemporary settings, and I felt that the San Francisco setting was right on.The menus sounded much nicer than the food trucks I have run across. There were only two re [...]

    21. What a fantastic start to a great new series! Death of a Crabby Cook was fabulous. It was unique, funny, exciting and appetizing. The food was indescribable (in a great way!). Darcy and Jake have great chemistry. The mystery was believable and fun to guess. The setting - perfect. I truly believe that Ms. Pike has a gem on her hands with this series, and I simply cannot wait to indulge in the next installment. I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All [...]

    22. Downsized restaurant critic Darcy plans to write a cookbook, but she needs to eat during the process. A part-time job with her Aunt Abby's food truck sounds ideal, until the owner of a nearby restaurant is murdered right after a very public fight with Abby. Darcy isn't sure the police are examining all possibilities, so she enlists her slacker cousin, a computer whiz (often misidentified as her nephew), and the hot guy who sells creampuffs from his food truck to help her sleuth. I enjoyed this m [...]

    23. I really enjoyed this book. The characters are likeable and diverse along with the various food trucks. Darcy the main character is not an obnoxious in your face person which I like. Her aunt is quirky ranging from ditzy to having her head on straight, you never know what's coming out of her which keeps you laughing or grabbing your head and groaning. The mystery I admit I figured out who did it but there was enough going on to make me second guess myself often. I look forward to the next in thi [...]

    24. I do love the words "1st in a new series". Then when I discover that it was an author I have enjoyed, but is writing under another name I am even happier. Penny also wrote the Party Planning series, if you haven't read them I think you may enjoy them. Now she's jumping into the Food Truck business head first. Death of a Crabby Cook it the 1st in her new Food Festival Mystery. The book was easy to read And unlike some books, there were not a lot of unconnected characters hanging around. Be sure t [...]

    25. I really enjoyed this book! The food sounded wonderful, and the mystery was full of surprises. I loved the son of the food truck owner, and his quirky habits. The people seemed real, with all the associated attitudes and temperaments, and not everyone was nice. I enjoy reading culinary mysteries, and San Francisco is an interesting food cart venue. I hope to read more in this series, so I can see where Darcy's romance goes. I will say Darcy was a lot more pragmatic about losing her job than I wa [...]

    26. Penny you did it again! A wonderful new mystery series with a laid off reporter and her aunt who has a food truck. A restaurant owner who doesn't like the food trucks parked near his restaurant is murdered. Almost all the food truck owners don't like him as they feel he is trying to sabotage their businesses. There are several other murders and our heroine is a target. There is a cousin who is not suppose to be on the net but and is in hiding from the FBI. I am looking forward to the next book d [...]

    27. Cute, fun, current murder mystery involving food trucks and family loyalty. Darcy is a recently unemployed newspaper food critic, now filling in on her aunt's food truck. Chefs are being killed and she decides to investigate why when her aunt is under suspicion. Don't read this book when you are hungry, there is a lot of yummy food talk in it!

    28. Very good start to a first in series. Fun characters, fun location (all though I may be biased since I'm from the San Francsisco Bay Area), and a very good plot that kept me guessing. The author has the ability to make me feel as if I'm right there watching and partaking of the action. I look forward to the next in the series.

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