Author: Kendel Lynn
My Copy: ARC courtesy of Henery Press
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Synopsis: It’s time for the Irish Spring at the Ballantyne Foundation, and charity director/PI-in-training Elliott Lisbon kicks off the annual Pot of Gold Cook-Off in shamrock style. Twenty chefs compete for the corned beef and cabbage crown but only one can win the title. The odds improve when one chef goes missing…until Elli finds the Ballantyne’s own Chef Carmichael standing over the body with a knife.
With pug puppies, Colonel Mustard and Mrs. White, by her side, Elli searches both sides of coastal living for a clue to the killer. From million dollar condos to a run-down trailer park, the evidence pits her against sexy Nick Ransom, and the case gets hotter than a handful of peppercorns. Something about the case smells funny—and it has nothing to do with the cook-off. The luck of the Irish is nowhere in sight, but if Elli can’t crack this one open, Chef’s goose will get cooked for good.
Kendel Lynn’s Pot Luck is the fourth book in the Elliott Lisbon series. Lynn doesn’t make it habit of revealing past Elliott cases and if you haven’t read the first three books in the series, it’s not necessary to do so in order to enjoy Pot Luck.
We continue to have good character development. Often times, an author will forget that there are new readers to a series, but Lynn doesn’t forget. We still get information about Elliot’s love of hand sanitizer and why, but we also find out what Elliot was like when she was younger. I loved finding out about how she took a young woman under her wings and how that young lady followed in her footsteps. I liked the character growth as well as that of secondary characters. We also have a few new characters and I admit, the pugs stole the show!
I liked that Pot Luck was all about Elliott. She has some assistance from friends, but in many ways this was just about Elliot and her promise not to give up on a particular character (I won’t go into detail because it would spoil the book). It was also fun seeing certain characters say no to Elliott. Readers of the series will know right away who they are, but if you’re new to the series, you should have no problem guessing who it is.
What I enjoyed about Pot Luck was the overall mystery surrounding the motive and suspect. I know a lot of people say they don’t read mysteries because they can tell right away who did it, but Lynn really takes us on a ride. Secrets are revealed and just when I think I had it all figured out, Lynn proved me wrong. Although, I keep hoping the Ballantyne Foundation will finally get a break and no more bad things will happen, but then again we won’t solve cases alongside Elliott.
Overall, Kendel Lynn’s Pot Luck is a delight! Not only does Lynn give us a clever title (I confess it took me a few days after I finished reading to make a connection), but it was such a fun read! I can’t wait to see what the future holds for Elliott as she’s one hour closer to achieving her PI license. My only real complaint? I wish there had been more of Ransom, but the pugs made up for it! 😉