Pasta Pinot & Murder by Jamie Lee Scott
2 of 5 stars
I checked this out because it was free on Kindle. It had an interesting concept, as the main character was a food stylist and blogger, and it seemed like it would be quite fun to read. It was a quick read, and not very layered. I expect a murder mystery to have some level of complexity, but this did not. I’m okay with unlikable and/or unreliable narrators or victims or any sundry characters, but at least make it work. The premise was shallow at best, and as mentioned, I did read through it very quickly. That was only because I try not to DNF books as far as possible, otherwise this would have made the cut.
The protagonist, Willa, just goes around inserting herself into the investigation when it is actually no business of hers. And somehow local law enforcement authorities are completely okay with this nonsense, and are even happy to divulge private details about the ongoing investigation. It is quite illogical, and God, the details. Such unnecessary details. We don’t need to know that she dries her hands after washing them. Or that to eat something, you have to move it from the serving dish to your plate. Who knew things worked like that? Not us readers, I suppose.