Series: Della Cooks Mystery book 1
Della has just started her new cooking show "In the Kitchen With Della". On the day of her first live episode, the worst possible thing happens - a taste tester drops dead after eating Della'a chocolate "killer" mousse. Struggling to prove her innocence, Della discovers family secrets, greed, and the mystery behind the murder.
Who doesn't love a good murder mystery? And to top it all off, this one includes a cooking show! Those are two things that I enjoy, so Killer Mousse was a natural pick off the library shelf for me.
On the whole, this book was pretty decent. The writing is nothing special, and at times I found it to be cheesy. The dialogue was sometimes predictable, and I felt like a few of the characters were flat in terms of their personality. However, I didn't start this novel expecting to find exquisitely written phrases and perfection on every page, so this wasn't a huge deal for me. For what I was expecting, Killer Mousse delivered!
As for the plot, it was original and kept me guessing until the very end. Like I mentioned in my Midway Checkup, I honestly could not figure out the mystery on my own. There were many clues that pointed me in many directions, so I was always anxious to keep on reading! One chapter leads to the next, which leads to you not being able to slip that bookmark in and stop reading.
However, I do have one more complaint. The ending was really abrupt! Della has this huge speech about how she discovered the killer, and whithin the next page or two the novel ends. I would've preferred to find out what happens after she solves the crime, how her cooking show is going, and the criminal's punishment.
Final say: This is a solid start to a series that I hope will soon contain more books. If you enjoy mystery and are looking for an entertaining yet light read, consider Killer Mousse! As long as you don't have high expectations in terms of style and character development, you should be satisfied with this one.