"No Parm, No Foul" A Grilled Cheese Mystery By Linda Reilly: Review/Giveaway

Review by Sandra Murphy

Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of the book and a link to purchase it.

In Balsam Dell, Vermont, Carly Hale opened her own business: a restaurant with a focus on grilled cheese. How many kinds of cheese, how to combine them, and what to pair them with? it’s what dreams are made of, at least for Carly.

Her part-time employee, Grant, feels the same way. A talented cellist, his dream is to become a chef, much to his parent’s dismay. His other part-time job is for Ferris, owner of the sub shop. It’s a mess of a place with little thought spared to hygiene. Grant finally can’t stand it anymore and quits, right before the Halloween competition. That went over like a busted pumpkin. Carly’s happy, Ferris is furious and blames her.

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When Ferris is found dead in the sub shop, a knife in his chest, suspects include Carly, Grant, Ferris’ daughter Holly, a divorcing ex, and anyone else who ever met him. To add more pressure, Carly’s car is graffitied, her server, Suzanne sprains an ankle and has to wear ‘the boot’ meaning she’s not able to work, and Grant’s dad is none to happy with her encouraging Grant to do what he loves best—cook.

Against her better judgment because she’s desperate, Carly hires Holly (Ferris’ daughter) to cover for Suzanne after the sub shop is closed. That also brings Portia, Holly’s mother into the picture, another complication. Will this ever end?

This is book two in the series. Carly’s someone you’d like to know, Grant is someone you’d hope would name a grilled cheese especially for you. Suzanne didn’t get to make much of an appearance this time but surely will be back in book three. The mystery is a good one, with twists and turns, and red herrings that don’t clash with the cheese!

Recipes include Alvin’s Panko Perfection as Grant’s dad adds his own touch to a sandwich and the popular Farmhouse Cheddar Sleeps with the Fishes tuna melt. Get your cheese on and read while you eat. Have plenty of napkins on hand for drooling over Carly’s food descriptions.

To enter to win a copy of No Parm, No Foul, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line "parm,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen September 10, 2022. US residents only and you must be 18 or older to enter. If entering via email please include your mailing address in case you win. If entering via comment please include your email address so we can contact you. You can read our privacy statement here if you like.

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Sandra Murphy lives in the shadow of the Arch in St. Louis Missouri. She writes about eco-friendly topics, pets and wildlife for magazines and reviews mysteries and thrillers for KRL. A collection of her short stories, published by Untreed Reads, From Hay to Eternity: Ten Tales of Crime and Deception can be found at all the usual outlets. Each one is a little weird and all have a twist you won't see coming.

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  1. Enjoyed book one. Looking forward to beek two.
    thanks. txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot0com

  2. This sounds like such a good book and I love the cover. ckmbeg (at) gmail (dot) com

  3. Would love to win this book. Thanks for the chance. Becky Prazak

  4. So excited to read this! makennedyinaz(at)hotmail(dot)com

  5. A restaurant with a focus on grilled cheese sounds like fun! I'd love to read "No Parm, No Foul" A Grilled Cheese Mystery by Linda Reilly!

    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

  6. Do they serve tomato soup too? Count me in the drawing!

  7. Sounds good, count me in! tWarner419@aol.com

  8. Sounds like another great read. Looking forward to reading it.

    1. I really enjoyed the first book in the series and am looking forward to reading this book as well. Who doesn't like grilled cheese? I enjoyed the recipes in the first book. suemngirl(at)yahoo(dot)com

  9. We have a winner!
    Lorie Ham


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