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Killer Comfort Food–family you choose

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Killer Comfort Food

by Lynn Cahoon

There are lots of threads in Lynn Cahoon’s Killer Comfort Food. Angie Turner is a chef who owns the County Seat restaurant in River Vista along with her friend Felicia, a pastry chef who also excels in front end management of the restaurant. Angie’s initial problem is that a developer wants to buy her beloved home for a soybean plant. Complications arise as Barb, owner of the Red Eye bar, needs her help in finding her missing daughter Susan from whom she is also estranged. Susan had every reason to not just disappear, but an argument with her husband causes suspicions to lie heavily on his shoulders.

There are many other threads in this complex plot, but through them all are two shining themes. Frequently in her books, Cahoon stresses the importance of family, especially the kind of family created by people who have bonded together as a work unit or as a community. She also mentions family heritage a lot in this book, including recipes, relationships, the land worked by a family, and the memories forged there. The other theme is generosity as Angie and her friends go out of their way to support each other and extend that same kindness to people they don’t know.

Lynn Cahoon is one of my go-to authors for cozy mysteries You can even start one of her series in progress as she excels at providing background information. I recommend both this book and this series.

I would like to extend my thanks to NetGalley and to Kensington Books for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 5/5

Category: Mystery

Notes: 1. #5 in the Farm-to-Fork Mystery Series, but great as a standalone.
2. Cahoon reached back through the memories of her childhood and included the recipe for Quick Cookies, a cookie that requires a few minutes on the stovetop, but no baking.

Publication: January 5, 2021—Kensington

Memorable Lines:

“No worrying. Not yet. Save your worry for tomorrow.”

“Hate’s a strong word. I just want Todd sent to live on the surface of the sun so I don’t have to think about him ever again.”

…she was surrounded by people who cooked when they were nervous and who also knew that food made everything just a little more bearable.


  1. I agree Lynn Cahoon is one of my must-read authors. Lynn and myself went to Boise High at different times. She has two series set in Idaho. There is a Magic Valley in Idaho. I review one of the series that I am reading issues.
    A good review, Linda, and a Happy New Year.

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  2. lghiggins says:

    That is fascinating and gives you a special connection to Lynn Cahoon even though you were there at different times. It is fun to read books set in places you live or have lived in. Thank you, Betty, and Happy New Year to you too!


  3. I love Lynn Cahoon’s cozy mysteries, this sounds like another good one!

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  4. Carla says:

    This series seems to get better as it goes along, Linda. I really liked this one a lot. I like that are always storylines to be pulled together. Wonderful review Linda.

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  5. Fantastic review. I agree, one of my go-to authors as well. Love the line about the sun. Cahoon really presents a background setting strongly.

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