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Reviewed by Francine Zane for Readers' Favorite
Lizz Lund brings back the cooking addicted Mina Kitchen for yet another kooky adventure in Perfectly Pickled. This time Mina decides to give up cooking for a full-time job where she is literally surrounded by dead people. She fights to reorganize her life around the new job while resuscitating her comatose love life. Little does she realize she has once again situated herself for a front row view of one too many mysterious and sudden deaths.
Perfectly Pickled by Lizz Lund is the fourth addition to the Mina Kitchen Cozy Mystery series and probably the best one yet. Lund’s talents as a humor writer are honed and a lot more focused in this book than Confection Connection (which I loved as well), and she provides a more satisfying ending for the love-starved readers who are ready to find the klutzy Mina finally getting her act together. I adore the eclectic cast of secondary characters who made me feel at home once again in the friendly town of LANCaster. I am in love with Chef Jack and was thrilled to see he was given a bigger part in this latest adventure.
My only negative comment comes from my own spendthrift personality. I keep wondering how an out-of-work single woman can afford to use the cooking of gourmet meals as a stress reliever when she can barely put gas in the car. I suspect it has a lot to do with the fact that she has an enviable support system that helps her make ends meet without making her feel like a charity case.