Reviewed by Donna
TITLE: Deal with the Deviled Eggs
SERIES: Yolks on You #3
AUTHOR: Jessica Payseur
PUBLISHER: JMS Books
LENGTH: 200 Pages
RELEASE DATE: October 29, 2016
After a chaos-filled summer, Kiko and Dom are ready to ease into a more laidback autumn and really put in some quality time together. Allowing Dom’s ex roommate to crash with them, however, turns out to be a mistake when the guy won’t leave.
Dom struggles to cope as Travis dredges up things from his past he’d rather not remember and slowly casts doubts on his relationship with Kiko. Just when the tension seems to be too much, a murder after a Halloween party reignites the spark between Kiko and Dom again.
But when the body count begins to rise, it becomes clear that this is no ordinary killer. With few leads and no end to places the murderer could strike, this could either be a Halloween for Kiko and Dom to remember, or their very last.
My favourite amateur sleuthing couple is back in this third book in the Yolks on You series. If you’re interested in picking up the series my review of the first book can be found here. I definitely recommend reading the books in the correct order. While each mystery is a standalone, the series is set in the same town and involves the same couple, so it’s probably best to see their romance develop from the beginning and to meet the quirky town folk along the way.
This time around we find the good towns folk getting ready to celebrate Halloween. But it can’t be a holiday in Mount Angus without some murder and mayhem thrown into the mix. We’ve seen bombings, we’ve had stabbings and even some poisoning, but this time our crazed killer chooses a good old-fashioned rifle to do his slaughtering. Lucky for the vulnerable citizens, our two main characters are getting good at solving murders and they’re quick to get on the case.
As always with this series, I find that the romance is really a side dish for me. I’m not sure if the author intended it that way or if the murder mysteries are just too darn engrossing, but while I enjoy the time spent on Kiko’s and Dom’s relationship what I really love reading about is the sleuthing and the madcap Mount Angus townies. To be honest, I’d forgotten how much I loved this town until I started reading this book. As soon as I reached the first scene with the diapered goose, I was grinning like mad and remembering how great this cast was. But as the blurb says, in this book we have the new addition of Travis to the usual troupe. Dom’s friend Travis, who is a character I hated like no other. I’ve never wished a serial killer would shoot up a character as much as I wished it on this one. In fact, the author made this guy so absolutely detestable that it almost ruined this story for me. If he hadn’t been drowned out by the attention stealing town residents I think my review of this book would have gone very differently.
Of course it wouldn’t be one of this author’s egg themed tales without the usual over the top settings – the haunted house, the creepy corn maze…the box wine party. Who doesn’t love a cheap box wine party?!
I can’t wait to see what the next book and the next holiday brings us. God only knows what Mount Angus will think up to celebrate Christmas and ring in the New Year.