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Body and Soul Food: 09/18/22

Body and Soul Food

Body and Soul Food by Abby Collette and L. Malaika Cooper (Narrator) is the start of the Books & Biscuits mystery series. Set in Seattle, it's the story of fraternal twins going into business together. Just days before opening, a dear friend of both of them ends up dying on the train to nearby Timber Lake.

Keaton is reminded of Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie (1934) and that informs the direction her investigating takes. Her brother, Koby, has a more logical approach, thinking of motive and opportunity. Together, though, they also must concentrate on their shop, where he runs the restaurant and she runs the bookstore.

The mystery ultimately ends up hinging on what the Reef owned. He had unexpected ties to Timber Lake, the town where Keaton grew up with her adopted family. Her twin brother, though, had remained in foster care and lived for quite some time as a foster brother with Reef.

Despite their closeness, he is just as surprised by his foster brother's second life in the small town. Overall I enjoyed the book, though sometimes the narrator seemed to stumble over the words she was reading. I couldn't tell if those stumbles were reflected in the text or not. Perhaps the recording session needed a few more takes but chose not to.

The second book is Soul of a Killer and is due on October 4, 2022.

Four stars

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