First off, Paige Shelton’s A Country Cooking School Mystery, aka Gram’s Country Cooking School series, is one of my all-time favorite series – period! Nope, not going to say in the amateur sleuth, cozy, mystery genre or any of that discombobulated craziness. Shelton’s A Country Cooking School Mystery series is my book tater chip. Seriously, did I just say “tater chip”? Wow! Did I fall into the Duck Dynasty realm or did Honey Boo Boo and all of that ridiculousness blow my way? Please let me be dreaming… although, having a nightmare is more like it.
Back to Shelton and her magnificent story telling. I just can’t devour one. I wish she’d tap quicker – listening maestro of cozy chips and Berkley Prime Crime. I just cannot get enough of this series. I am pulled in from the beginning and am filled with ecstasy at the end… oops, hold up, this can get a bit spicy... then again, spicy is a seasoning. Hahaha!
If Mashed Potatoes Could Dance is an entertaining tale on par with the best storytellers in all the land of fiction. Shelton doesn’t force ghostly apparitions upon the reader nor does she strain her paranormal muscle making us believe just for the sake of keeping the story rolling. Shelton’s second installment flows like the waves in the Aegean Sea and keeps us basking in bliss as we furiously flip pages old skool style or on our newfangled devices. Word!
While Shelton is a brilliant storyteller, it is her comedic timing that sets her above those ghostly wannabe writers delving into the paranormal realm. Not for nothing, while ghosts are all the rage and Morasco does love a delicious bump in the night, it seems a staleness has set over the genre and some are just penning boo tales to make a few bucks. Hey, I understand the economy, but let’s keep our integrity intact people and write with a fierce passion and listen to the muse inside… if not, please keep it moving until it goes over the lack of originality cliff.