Friday, March 11, 2022

Body and Soul Food by Abby Collette: Review & Giveaway!

 Body and Soul Food

About Body and Soul Food


Body and Soul Food (A Books & Biscuits Mystery) 

First in Series 

Setting - Timber Lake, Washington (Near Seattle) 


In this page-turning new mystery series, fraternal twins Keaton and Koby will pull double duty when they take down a killer while preparing to open their new bookstore and soul-food café, Books & Biscuits.

When Koby Hill and Keaton Rutledge were orphaned at age two, they were separated, but their unbreakable connection lingered. Years later, they reunite and decide to make up for lost time and capitalize on their shared interests by opening up a well-stocked bookstore and cozy soul-food café in the quaint Pacific Northwest town of Timber Lake. But this new chapter of their lives could end on a cliffhanger after Koby's foster brother is found murdered.

The murder, which occurred in public between light-rail stops, seems impossible for the police to solve. But as Keaton and Koby know, two heads are always better than one, especially when it comes to mysteries. With just a week to go before the grand opening of their new café, the twins will use their revitalized connection with each other to make sure this is the killer's final page.

About Abby Collette

Wall Street Journal bestselling author Abby Collette loves a good mystery. She was born and raised in Cleveland, and it's a mystery even to her why she hasn't yet moved to a warmer place. As Abby Collette, she is the author of the Ice Cream Parlor mystery series, about a millennial MBA-holding granddaughter running a family-owned ice cream shop in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, and the Books & Biscuits mystery series, starring a set of fraternal twins who reunite and open a bookstore and soul food café. Writing as Abby L. Vandiver, she is the author of the Logan Dickerson Mysteries, featuring a second-generation archaeologist and a nonagenarian, as well as the Romaine Wilder Mysteries, pairing an East Texas medical examiner and her feisty, funeral-home-owning auntie as sleuths. Abby spends her time writing, facilitating writing workshops at local libraries and hanging out with her grandchildren, each of whom are her favorite.

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My Thoughts

Koby Hill and Keaton Rutledge are twins who became separated after being deposited into foster care at two years of age.  They have recently reunited and are going to open a business together.  Koby came up with the idea for a bookstore and soul food café.  It will be opening in a just a few short weeks in Timber Lake, Washington, but there is still so much work to do.  One evening, Keaton is taking the light rail from Seattle back to Timber Lake.  Koby’s foster brother happens to be taking the same train and is going to meet Keaton at her stop.  When Keaton steps on the train, she finds Reef dead in his seat.  Koby is a natural sleuth and wants to know what happened to his foster brother.  Keaton believes Reef’s death is similar to one of her favorite Agatha Christie’s books.  Keaton and Koby work together to reveal Reef’s killer.

Body and Soul Food by Abby Collette is the debut of A Books & Biscuits Mysteries.  I liked the premise for this series.  A bookstore with a soul food café run by fraternal twins.  I bet as the scent of the delectable soul food wafts through the bookstore, people will be clamoring to get in the café.  I enjoyed the author’s detailed descriptions of the Pacific Northwest, Timber Lake, and Books & Biscuits.  Keaton is a woman after my own heart.  She is a lady who loves books.  Her brother convinced her to give up her job as a librarian and open a bookstore.  There are a number of characters in this story.  It can be difficult to keep them all straight.  I like Mama Zola who raised Koby and Reef.  She is the one who taught Koby how to make soul food.  The death of Reef Jeffries was sad.  He was such a friendly, warm character.  I prefer it when the cruel or the nasty are killed off.  Koby is a man who notices the details.  It takes Keaton longer to put together the clues.  The pair work together to find out who killed their friend.  I like how Keaton’s keen sense of smell played into the story.  The twins are also searching for their biological mother.  Koby is determined to find the woman and get answers.  He also wishes to expand his family circle.  At the end we are left with a cliffhanger regarding this matter.  We will have to wait for Soul of a Killer to get the answer.  Body and Soul Food has a more serious tone compared to Abby Collette’s An Ice Cream Parlor Mysteries.  There is some humor sprinkled here and there.  Koby and Keaton are just getting to know each other.  I hope we get to learn more about them in the next A Books & Biscuits MysteryBody and Soul Food will have your mouth watering with the food descriptions.  Body and Soul Food is a tempting tome with soul rolls, a bevy of books, an uncovered cousin, a curious killing, several suspicious suspects, and a searing reveal.  

Body and Soul Food is available from AmazonB&NKobo, Google PlayIndieBoundAlibris, and Penguin Random House.  You can find Abby Collette's An Ice Cream Parlor Mysteries here.  You can follow Abby Collette on Amazon to receive notifications of her latest novels.  As part of the tour, Abby Collette is hosting a giveaway!  The prize (sorry, but US Only) is a tote bag filled with the books mentioned in Body and Soul Food (Agatha Christie novels).  You can enter using the Rafflecopter form below or click here to enter.  Leave a comment on my blog for an extra entry.  Good Luck!  Thank you for stopping by today.  Tomorrow I am featuring Malicious Intent by Lynn H. Blackburn.  It is the second book in Defend and Protect series.  I hope that you have a relaxing weekend.  Do not forget to enter the giveaway and leave a comment for that extra entry.  Take care, stay safe, and Happy Reading!


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