Thursday, April 18, 2013


I enjoyed this Country Cooking School Mystery by PAIGE SHELTON. IF MASHED POTATOES COULD DANCE takes place in Broken Rope, Missouri. It seems like everybody knows the other person in this small town. It's nice when people are personal friends with the police in the town. Betts is the main sleuth. Betts talent is being comfortable in the presence of ghosts. They are also comfortable with her. There is more than one ghost, but Sally Swarthmore is the one in the forefront. Sally went to her death being blamed for the murder of her mother and father. This is a takeoff from the true story of Lizzie Borden who many years ago was accused of killing her parents. Lizzie Borden was acquitted.

I fell in love with Sally almost immediately. She's not a cruel or unruly ghost not even pushy. She would like to find her diary, and I think she's happy seeing the Monroe House again. I thought the reason for the murder of Sally's parents was very interesting and made for a good motive. My only discomfort was the fact that the reader doesn't get to see a bit of the play that's going on in town about Sally Swarthmore.  I like onstage mysteries in plays. I also felt there needed to be more meals cooked and served in the cozy. After all, it's "A Country Cooking School Mystery. Otherwise, this is a cozy you won't want to miss. I am looking forward to reading another one.paigesheltongramcookingschool By the way, there are quite a few wonderful potato recipes at the end of the book. I think this is the best advice Gram could ever have given Betts. "Don't get attached to them, Betts. They come and they go. They don't have any control over any of it. Neither do you." Gram, of course, is talking about the ghosts.

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