“Murder She Wrote meets Peyton Place’” is an apt description of Diner Impossible. The book is a lovely cozy mystery with a bit too much sexuality woven into the story for this reader. Rose (aka Rosi) Strickland has rejected the well to do lifestyle of her mother and sister and replaced it with the life of independence as she serves as a waitress in the local diner. With the help of her co-workers, she is called on to investigate and eventually solve the murder of the crooked police chief’s administrative assistant.
The chief could have done it - but so could have a dozen other people, including Rosi’s criminal boyfriend. The locale, the characters, and the story is very blue collar compared to many cozy mysteries - these facts make the book approachable by a great many readers. Though it was not my favorite read, there will be those who will find the country clubs, bars, diners, and other rural haunts that define Huntingford, MO, a comfortable home - not just for a mystery, but for Rosi’s friends and family as well.
This review is based on a free electronic copy provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review. The opinions expressed are mine alone.