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COZY/CULINARY/
INNS MYSTERY
FRIED BY JURY
When the judge for a deep fat frying contest disappears-along with a butcher's knife from Quill and Meg's kitchen-the Quilliam sisters know they have a new murder to solve.
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Hemlock Falls, New York, sounds like a town I'd like to visit.  I'd definitely enjoy a visit at the Inn at Hemlock Falls run by sisters Meg and Quill.  I think that's why I enjoy this mystery series so much.  It's set in a place I could see myself visiting. 

Meg is the chef at the Inn and Quill is the manager.  In this book the town's mayor, Elmer Henry, tries to convince Meg to judge the Fry Away Home contest being held in town.  Meg emphatically refuses.  She is appalled to be asked to judge a deep fat frying contest.  Harry Holcomb of Holcomb's Wholesome Fried Chicken wants celebrity chef Banion O'Haggerty to judge the contest.  Unfortunately O'Haggerty wants more money than Holcomb is offering.  Elmer will have to come up with the difference.  He'd rather Meg do it -- he wouldn't have to pay anything.  Holcomb is opening the town's first Holcomb's Wholesome Fried Chicken.  O'Haggerty arrives and decides to stay at the Inn.  Meg hates O'Haggerty.  Then Holcomb's most hated rival, Colonel Cluck, is setting up shop here, too, and decides to stay at the Inn as well. 

O'Haggerty is found dead.  Meg and her fiancÚ, Andy (and the town doctor), are suspects.  Meg and Quill jump into action to help solve the murder.  Sheriff Myles Hales, who Quill sees on a regular basis, is not happy when Meg and Quill try to help.  He even calls in an old friend he once worked with, Jordan Bellemarin, to run the investigation as he was too connected. 

The setting in this book really assists this story.   Having everyone staying under one roof helps in the investigation and "snooping."  The characters are very well developed and life-like.  The plot always has plenty of twists and turns.  I definitely couldn't figure this one out ahead.  I also like that Quill, who does most of the detecting, is smart.  I don't like books where you can't figure out why they can't see what's right in front of them.  I never feel that way in this series. 

I highly recommend you read this book.  It is the greatest in a long line of great books in this series.

Dawn Dowdle