Just when I thought Summer Prescott might be running out of words, I discovered the Hawg Heaven series of culinary cozy mysteries. I’m wondering if she’s either really a robot, or several people? Can’t be, the books are all too much fun to read!
These mysteries center on a military widow whose husband was killed in the line of duty. She goes back to her childhood home with her son, buys an old building, and starts an eatery called Hawg Heaven with lots of scrumptious pork and bacon dishes. Everything goes great until a dead body turns up and scary characters threaten her.
As promised, more Summer Prescott books! It looks like this series was written in between the Frosted Love books, and there are 8 in the set. A few characters cross over from other series, notably “creepy neighbor” Tim.
Of course the plots center around murder and Key Lime pie (one of my favorite pie flavors). The books are fun to read, and fill the daily cozy requirement. As usual, I like Summer’s books and recommend them, especially if you are 1.) a murder mystery fan, 2.) a cozy fan, or 3.) a pie fan.
I used to live in Newburg, Oregon. I’m LDS/Mormon, and while I was there I met Donna Gustainis Fuller at church. I remember Donna mostly for her sweet personality and dazzling smile (plus I think I remember some cookies). I haven’t seen her in years, but we are Facebook friends, so we can keep track of each other. I had NOidea she could write, so it came as a complete surprise when I saw her posting about her first book, A Strand of Doubt. Well, of course I bought it and read it – it’s a policy of mine to read books written by and watch movies with friends/family in them.
I was surprised again when it turned out to be an excellent book! When people find out I write and publish books myself, they have a tendency to try to get me to read their books, which I usually do, and most of them are, shall I say, not all that good? I find myself looking for an adjective that satisfies them without hurting their feelings (“Your book/concept was so unusual/interesting”). A few of my friends are really good writers, and Donna is one of them. I just read her second novel, Code Name Scorpion, and I like it even more than the first one, which is saying a lot. I basically picked it up and couldn’t stop reading.
In describing this book, only superlatives come to mind: fascinating, amazing, affecting, wonderful, fabulous, incredible, beautiful, etc. You won’t truly understand, however, unless you read it yourself. The book is based on the true story of teenager Pino Lella, an Italian youth who comes of age in World War II Italy. It is the tale of a real forgotten hero.