November 7, 2021

Series Sunday: Body and Soul Food

(Books & Biscuits #1) 

Series Sunday is a bookish meme hosted by Literary Marie. I encourage all of my fellow book bloggers and bookhearts to play along.
  • Read an installment of a series.
  • Share your review/recommendation below.
  • Include the title, author and series name.

"A killer comes to your house and takes a book." ~ 21%

My Series Sunday pick is Body and Soul Food, the first book in the Books & Biscuits Mystery series by Abby Collette. Fraternal twins Koby and Keaton track down a killer while preparing to open their new bookstore and soul food café, Books & Biscuits. (I need this place in real life!)

Introducing Koby Hill and Keaton Rutledge! Twins with different last names?! Orphaned at age two, they were separated but their bond lingered. Years later, they reunite and decide to open a business capitalizing on their shared interests: books and soul food. But with just a week to go before the grand opening, Keaton finds Koby's foster brother murdered.

I love new cozy mysteries and this new series fed my soul! Matter of fact, I am going on the record to say Koby and Keaton are my new favorite storybook siblings in a series. Of course they have twin vibes but their chemistry is strong! Collette writes their dialogue in a way that strengthens their character development. Readers can learn a lot through conversations and less setting the stage in lengthy paragraphs. Well done!

"Tangential reference." ~ 42%

The thing with cozy mysteries are they literally fall into the character's lap (or kitchen). The main character either owns the restaurant (scene of the crime) or is the main suspect. But in Body and Soul Food, it is different than the norm. The victim is family. The murder takes place on public transit. The police are more useless than useful. And the main characters—though they are possible suspects—are trying to solve the murder for reasons other than clearing their name.

I've read a lot of Abby's books so trust when I say this series is her far. Treat your body to a little soul food and pre-order this new cozy mystery featuring characters of color. I am sure you will enjoy it, Bookhearts. 

Happy Early Pub Day, Abby Collette! Body and Soul Food will be available Tuesday, November 9.

Disclaimer: An advance copy was received directly from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Opinions are my own and would be the same if I spent my hard-earned coins.

Author: Abby Collette 
Published: November 2021
Pages: 336
Edition: Galley
Rating: 🖤 🖤 🖤 🖤

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