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A fantastic new cozy mystery series with a vintage flair from USA Today bestselling and Agatha Award-winning author Ellen Byron. Twenty-eight-year-old widow Ricki James leaves Los Angeles to start a new life in New Orleans after her showboating actor husband perishes doing a stupid internet stunt. The Big Easy is where she was born and adopted by the NICU nurse who cared f A fantastic new cozy mystery series with a vintage flair from USA Today bestselling and Agatha Award-winning author Ellen Byron. Twenty-eight-year-old widow Ricki James leaves Los Angeles to start a new life in New Orleans after her showboating actor husband perishes doing a stupid internet stunt. The Big Easy is where she was born and adopted by the NICU nurse who cared for her after Ricki's teen mother disappeared from the hospital. Ricki's dream comes true when she joins the quirky staff of Bon Vee Culinary House Museum, the spectacular former Garden District home of late bon vivant Genevieve "Vee" Charbonnet, the city's legendary restauranteur. Ricki is excited about turning her avocation - collecting vintage cookbooks - into a vocation by launching the museum's gift shop, Miss Vee's Vintage Cookbooks and Kitchenware. Then she discovers that a box of donated vintage cookbooks contains the body of a cantankerous Bon Vee employee who was fired after being exposed as a book thief. The skills Ricky has developed ferreting out hidden vintage treasures come in handy for investigations. But both her business and Bon Vee could wind up as deadstock when Ricki's past as curator of a billionaire's first edition collection comes back to haunt her. Will Miss Vee's Vintage Cookbooks and Kitchenware be a success ... or a recipe for disaster?


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A fantastic new cozy mystery series with a vintage flair from USA Today bestselling and Agatha Award-winning author Ellen Byron. Twenty-eight-year-old widow Ricki James leaves Los Angeles to start a new life in New Orleans after her showboating actor husband perishes doing a stupid internet stunt. The Big Easy is where she was born and adopted by the NICU nurse who cared f A fantastic new cozy mystery series with a vintage flair from USA Today bestselling and Agatha Award-winning author Ellen Byron. Twenty-eight-year-old widow Ricki James leaves Los Angeles to start a new life in New Orleans after her showboating actor husband perishes doing a stupid internet stunt. The Big Easy is where she was born and adopted by the NICU nurse who cared for her after Ricki's teen mother disappeared from the hospital. Ricki's dream comes true when she joins the quirky staff of Bon Vee Culinary House Museum, the spectacular former Garden District home of late bon vivant Genevieve "Vee" Charbonnet, the city's legendary restauranteur. Ricki is excited about turning her avocation - collecting vintage cookbooks - into a vocation by launching the museum's gift shop, Miss Vee's Vintage Cookbooks and Kitchenware. Then she discovers that a box of donated vintage cookbooks contains the body of a cantankerous Bon Vee employee who was fired after being exposed as a book thief. The skills Ricky has developed ferreting out hidden vintage treasures come in handy for investigations. But both her business and Bon Vee could wind up as deadstock when Ricki's past as curator of a billionaire's first edition collection comes back to haunt her. Will Miss Vee's Vintage Cookbooks and Kitchenware be a success ... or a recipe for disaster?

30 review for Bayou Book Thief

  1. 4 out of 5

    PamG

    Ellen Byron’s new cozy mystery resonated with me. Bayou Book Thief is the first book in the Vintage Cookbook mystery series that features twenty-eight year old widow Ricki James. Her husband died doing a stunt and her boss was a criminal (unbeknownst to her) so she decides to move from Los Angeles to New Orleans, the city of her birth. Ricki turns her avocation of collecting vintage cookbooks into a job by establishing a gift shop in the late home turned museum of Genevieve (Vee) Charbonnet, Ellen Byron’s new cozy mystery resonated with me. Bayou Book Thief is the first book in the Vintage Cookbook mystery series that features twenty-eight year old widow Ricki James. Her husband died doing a stunt and her boss was a criminal (unbeknownst to her) so she decides to move from Los Angeles to New Orleans, the city of her birth. Ricki turns her avocation of collecting vintage cookbooks into a job by establishing a gift shop in the late home turned museum of Genevieve (Vee) Charbonnet, who ran one of the city’s finest restaurants before she died. Her gift shop will feature vintage cookbooks and kitchenware. Finding the body of a museum employee who had been exposed as a book thief, Ricki decides to investigate. Ricki is a likeable person that makes friends easily, but she has trust issues due to her backstory. That backstory also gives readers insight into Ricki’s thoughts, behaviors, and actions towards others. There are a large number of characters, but there is a character list at the front of the book for reference. With quirky characters intermixed with dangerous characters, who is which? Diverse characterization, great world-building details, and the internal dialogues deepened the conflict and pulled this reader into the inner world of the characters. The author captures the characters, as well as the cultural lifestyles and traditions of New Orleans and brings them to life. There are unpredictable moments in the story and some red herrings. I enjoyed how the author twists the plot points. The well-plotted and beautifully executed story gradually builds momentum until it reaches the astonishing conclusion. The slower pace and background allow readers to become familiar with the characters and to have a good foundation for the rest of the series. I enjoyed the humor that was interspersed within the novel and admired how multiple threads were brought together effortlessly. However, the very ending was a little too much “tell” versus “show” for me. The Epilogue sets up a thread for the next novel in the series. At the end of the book are some recipes from a variety of vintage cookbooks. Themes include murder, theft, family, friendship, starting over, and much more. Overall, this was an engaging novel with humor, suspense, action, and the possibility of romance. If you enjoy sleuth mysteries, then I recommend that you check out this one. I am looking forward to finding out what happens next in New Orleans and I want to check out this author’s other series. Berkley Publishing Group and Ellen Byron provided a complimentary digital ARC of this novel via NetGalley. This is my honest review. Opinions are mine alone and are not biased in any way. Publication date is currently set for June 7, 2022. This review was originally posted at Mystery and Suspense Magazine. ----------------------------- Review to be posted the first week of June per publisher guidelines.

  2. 5 out of 5

    James

    Life can be intense sometimes; when your husband does something foolish and leaves you at the end of your rope, what's a girl to do? Start back over again in The Big Easy, where you were born and have some of your fondest memories. That's exactly what Ricki James does, and from the moment she arrives and secures a job at an historic and adored culturally significant home in New Orleans. After getting to know a few of her colleagues and bosses while she sets up her new shop, Ricki unexpectedly di Life can be intense sometimes; when your husband does something foolish and leaves you at the end of your rope, what's a girl to do? Start back over again in The Big Easy, where you were born and have some of your fondest memories. That's exactly what Ricki James does, and from the moment she arrives and secures a job at an historic and adored culturally significant home in New Orleans. After getting to know a few of her colleagues and bosses while she sets up her new shop, Ricki unexpectedly discovers someone among the staff is a thief. And it ain't the rare birds wandering the estate (though they do make the best characters!). Unfortunately, in the process of locating the missing rare book, Ricki also discovers a dead body, and it's clear the person was murdered. What happened to Ricki's fresh start in life? Is Death stalking her? Bayou Book Thief by Ellen Byron is the first installment in her new Vintage Cookbook Mysteries, and it perfectly captures the authentic flavor and eclectic atmosphere of a cherished southern city that's always felt more European than anywhere else in the US. I've previously read two of the author's other series, and it's clear that she undeniably shines when it comes to immersing the core beauty and life of a city and its unique culture into her books. From local tour guides who understand the city's secret history and flair for over-the-top personalities to prim-and-proper society matrons who garner the respect of all, Byron has breathed life into every character in the book. I enjoyed the education on historical cookbooks and mouthwatering food recipes that are sure to delight readers who want to feel like they've stepped into a famous world simply by cooking up dishes in their own kitchens. As a mystery, it's full of clever red herrings, curious plot twists, and multiple side stories that eventually weave together to create a connected and entertaining story. Ricki's personal life is also beginning to take center stage, especially as she asks a few questions about her birth parents and meets a man who gives her hope for falling in love again. Getting to know all the women (and one or two men) who work at Bon Vee Culinary House Museum has been a treat. So many varied personalities and quirky relationships help cement the cast and setting without burdening the reader by sharing too much backstory. Thankfully, the author's actively working on the second book, and I can't wait to get my hands on a copy. For now... I'll settle with sharing this book with others. Maybe it's time for a trip to New Orleans to visit all the places Byron's told us about!

  3. 5 out of 5

    "Avonna

    Check out all my reviews at: https://www.avonnalovesgenres.com BAYOU BOOK THIEF (Vintage Cookbook Mystery Book #1) by Ellen Byron is an enjoyable contemporary cozy mystery set in New Orleans with everything I am looking for in a cozy mystery, wonderful characters, well-paced plot, and writing that gives colorful visual imagery of the setting. Miracle “Ricki” James-Diaz is a twenty-eight-year-old widow who is beginning a new life in the place of her birth, New Orleans. She is excited to land her dr Check out all my reviews at: https://www.avonnalovesgenres.com BAYOU BOOK THIEF (Vintage Cookbook Mystery Book #1) by Ellen Byron is an enjoyable contemporary cozy mystery set in New Orleans with everything I am looking for in a cozy mystery, wonderful characters, well-paced plot, and writing that gives colorful visual imagery of the setting. Miracle “Ricki” James-Diaz is a twenty-eight-year-old widow who is beginning a new life in the place of her birth, New Orleans. She is excited to land her dream job of running a gift shop featuring vintage cookbooks and kitchen gadgets in the former home of a New Orleans legendary restauranteur at Bon Vee Culinary House Museum. While opening several boxes of donated books to Bon Vee, Ricki and Cookie are shocked to find the dead body of a recently fired tour guide who was caught stealing books from the gift shop. Ricki decides to put her research skills to work investigating the death when one of her new friends is considered a suspect. Will Ricki be able to find the killer without getting herself in hot water? This is a perfect cozy mystery read to me! I loved the main character, Ricki and all her quirks and her messy background. The cast of secondary characters are all fully fleshed and realistic window dressing to the city of New Orleans. The plot builds steadily to the climax, and I was guessing right up to the end. Ms. Byron uses her characters, red-herrings, and plot twists to full advantage to keep me turning the pages. New Orleans lifestyle and culture is seamlessly woven into the story without slowing the pace. An all-around enchanting cozy. I highly recommend this cozy mystery and I am looking forward to revisiting these characters in the next book in the series!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Anita

    I loved Ellen Byron's first series "Cajun Country Mysteries". The setting in the bayou area of Louisiana was just wonderful and the characters quirky. This new series is set in New Orleans and it revolves around a young widow who is trying to reinvent her life. The setting is not quite as evocative, but I really enjoyed the restaurant settings. The characters are not quite as quirky, but they do have their moments. Our amateur sleuth does a great job of stirring the pot. Ricki James, a twenty-ei I loved Ellen Byron's first series "Cajun Country Mysteries". The setting in the bayou area of Louisiana was just wonderful and the characters quirky. This new series is set in New Orleans and it revolves around a young widow who is trying to reinvent her life. The setting is not quite as evocative, but I really enjoyed the restaurant settings. The characters are not quite as quirky, but they do have their moments. Our amateur sleuth does a great job of stirring the pot. Ricki James, a twenty-eight-year-old widow, has moved from LA (Los Angeles) to LA (Louisiana) to reinvent herself in the place she was born, New Orleans. Her husband died performing a stupid stunt and her wealthy boss was arrested. Ricki just wants to start with a clean slate. She gets her chance at the Bon Vee Culinary House Museum in the historic home of famed restaurateur, Genevieve "Vee" Charbonnet. Ricki will manage the Miss Vee's Vintage Cookbooks and Kitchenware Gift Shop. When a body is found in a trunk thought to contain donated vintage cookbooks the eclectic employees quickly become murder suspects. Ricki is quickly cleared of the murder of the nasty tour guide, but she still is not convinced the police are following up on every lead, so Ricki decided to lend a hand and winds up a target too.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Chatting About Cozies

    Ricki James-Diaz joins the New Orleans Charbonnet Family as she’s hired to organize and run “Miss Vee’s Vintage Cookbook & Kitchenware Shop” in the Historic Bon Vee Culinary House Museum located in the Garden District. Ricki is surrounded by an eclectic group of people, plus two peacocks! Eugenia Charbonnet Felice is President of the Bon Vee Foundation Board; a lovely person; and she has the last word on all decision making. When murder strikes close to the Bon Vee Museum, a thief is revealed, a Ricki James-Diaz joins the New Orleans Charbonnet Family as she’s hired to organize and run “Miss Vee’s Vintage Cookbook & Kitchenware Shop” in the Historic Bon Vee Culinary House Museum located in the Garden District. Ricki is surrounded by an eclectic group of people, plus two peacocks! Eugenia Charbonnet Felice is President of the Bon Vee Foundation Board; a lovely person; and she has the last word on all decision making. When murder strikes close to the Bon Vee Museum, a thief is revealed, and the employees and volunteers are left wondering who the killer could be… This is such a great cozy mystery debut! Realistic characters; the fun and colorful New Orleans setting; tons of yummy food and drinks; interesting vintage cookbooks and kitchen antiques mentioned; and a sensational plot to pull the whole whodunnit together! There are *multiple* mysteries and murders in the story and they’re all fascinating. I feel like the main characters are already my friends, and I want to visit with them again, soon. They like books, dogs, children, great food and fellowship, good friends, and are hard workers. I thought the characterization was awesome and that’s why I took to the characters so quickly. I’m looking forward to seeing romance develop between Ricki and Virgil. I also adored German and Noisett. And, the murderer? They’re right there, in plain sight, but I didn’t catch on until Ricki did. The ending is very memorable. I’m eagerly anticipating the next story. I highly recommend this cozy mystery to readers. I honestly reviewed a digital arc provided by NetGalley and Berkley Publishing. All opinions are my own. Thank you.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Carrie

    Review coming soon.

  7. 4 out of 5

    LORI CASWELL

    Dollycas’s Thoughts Born in New Orleans and abandoned immediately by her teenage mother Miracle “Ricki” Fleur di Lis James was adopted by the NICU nurse who took care of her. She now packs up her life in Los Angeles after her husband dies while trying to do an internet challenge and returns to New Orleans to start over. That new start happens in a big way when she can combine her love for vintage cookbooks with her new job at the Bon Vee Culinary House Museum, the home of the city’s legendary rest Dollycas’s Thoughts Born in New Orleans and abandoned immediately by her teenage mother Miracle “Ricki” Fleur di Lis James was adopted by the NICU nurse who took care of her. She now packs up her life in Los Angeles after her husband dies while trying to do an internet challenge and returns to New Orleans to start over. That new start happens in a big way when she can combine her love for vintage cookbooks with her new job at the Bon Vee Culinary House Museum, the home of the city’s legendary restaurateur, Genevieve “Vee” Charbonnet. Ricki will be opening the museum’s new gift shop, Miss Vee’s Vintage Cookbooks, and Kitchenware. After being open just a few days she discovers an employee of the museum is stealing books and they are fired for the crime. Trying to put the matter behind her she is excited to learn she has received a steamer trunk and two oversize boxes of donated books. Worried about keeping the shop fully stocked the donation arrives at the perfect time. Ricki along with a couple of employees set out to sort through the donations before the museum opens but the trunk didn’t contain any books. Inside was the very dead body of Franklin Finbloch . . . the recently fired . . . book thief. Being a fan of Ellen Byron’s Cajun County Mysteries I was sad to see that series end so I was ecstatic to learn of this new series again set in Louisiana. Readers are introduced to a wonderful quirky cast of characters led by Miracle “Ricki” Fleur di Lis James who has a very interesting backstory that just starts to unfold within the pages of this story. She comes across already as a very strong protagonist with some great sleuthing skills. We also meet several members of the staff at the Bon Vee Culinary House Museum including Eugenia Charbonnet Felice who is the president of the Bon Vee Foundation Board. She oversees everything at the museum. She works hand in hand with the Executive Director, Lyla Brandt. We also meet Cookie Yanover, the Education Program Director. She and Ricki become fast friends. In fact, all of the employees for the most part get along very well and welcomed Ricki with open arms. Away from the museum we meet Ricki’s landlord, Kitty Kat Rousseau and she is a hoot. Ricki’s AC has been out for days in the steamy New Orleans heat and Kitty is trying to get it fixed but Ricki believes something shady is going on. Speaking of the heat, Ms. Byron’s detailed descriptions will have you sticky and sweating, wait, this takes place in the south, perspiring and glistening, and turning on your own air conditioners. She also paints a clear picture of Miss Vee’s Vintage Cookbooks, and Kitchenware and places in and around the museum including the staff’s favorite hangout, the Bayou Backyard. It was easy to visualize every scene and this author does it without getting overly wordy. The mystery that Ms. Byron put forth was plotted with intricate precision. It flitted in and out with varied subplots perfectly. Filled with clever twists and a red herring or two it wasn’t hard to get completely engaged by everything happening in the story. I did find it hard to truly pin down the killer. I was astonished when the guilty party started to be revealed. The ending was exciting and a bit comical as Ricki gets some awesome assistance from an unlikely duo. Bayou Book Thief has set this series off to an excellent start. Diverse characters, a fun location, and a puzzling mystery have me declaring this book A Perfect Escape. And the cliffhanger introduced in the Epilogue has me excited and intrigued about Ricki’s future. Wined and Died in New Orleans is set to be released on February 7, 2023.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Elle G. Reads

    Cozy mystery books are my comfort reads! Whenever I want to get lost in something easy, breezy, and fun I generally pick up a cozy. Sometimes I go back to old series that I love (I’m slowly reading them because I don’t want them to end) and other times I grab a book from an author I’ve never read before like this one. Ellen Byron is a new to me author and I’m so thrilled to have finally read her books! I’ve heard her Cajun Country mysteries were really good so when I saw this one on netgalley I Cozy mystery books are my comfort reads! Whenever I want to get lost in something easy, breezy, and fun I generally pick up a cozy. Sometimes I go back to old series that I love (I’m slowly reading them because I don’t want them to end) and other times I grab a book from an author I’ve never read before like this one. Ellen Byron is a new to me author and I’m so thrilled to have finally read her books! I’ve heard her Cajun Country mysteries were really good so when I saw this one on netgalley I grabbed it! Like her other series, its set in New Orleans and showcases all the wonderful food, historical venues, and charm. In particular though it mainly focuses on the main characters new business venture of opening a gift shop with vintage cookbooks and cookware. I’ve never read something like this and was really intrigued by all the cool things she found and used in her shop! Readers of Bayou Book Thief can also be sure that they’ll get an intriguing mystery out of the story with a set of interesting side characters and a killer who is hard to figure out! Personally, I wasn’t even thinking about who the killer actually was because I was so mesmerized by the setting and our MC Ricki, so it shocked me when he or she was revealed! Now that’s great writing! If you’re a cozy mystery reader, then this is a must read to add to your list of books! I’m so excited to follow Ricki and the gang in the next book, Wined and Died in New Orleans which releases on February 7, 2023! While I hate to wait that long I think it’ll be worth it! 𝗣𝗘𝗥𝗙𝗘𝗖𝗧 𝗙𝗢𝗥 𝗙𝗔𝗡𝗦 𝗢𝗙: • Cozy Mysteries • Vintage Cookware and Cookbooks • Books that take place in New Orleans 𝗠𝗬 𝗥𝗔𝗧𝗜𝗡𝗚: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

  9. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    This author is always one of my favorites, and this new series is off to a superb start that I greatly enjoyed. Ricki is a wonderful character as are the others we get to meet throughout the book. There's also a fun tease in the epilogue that promises a continuation of Ricki's future. This author is always one of my favorites, and this new series is off to a superb start that I greatly enjoyed. Ricki is a wonderful character as are the others we get to meet throughout the book. There's also a fun tease in the epilogue that promises a continuation of Ricki's future.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Libby Klein

    What a fun read with a fabulous cast of characters! Lots of twists and turns will keep you guessing right up to the hilarious end. Beware reading while hungry. The food descriptions will make you want to book a ticket to New Orleans today.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kristina

    Bayou Book Thief by Ellen Byron is the debut of A Vintage Cookbook Mysteries. This is a cute, lighthearted Southern cozy mystery. There is a cast of unique characters. Miracle “Ricki” Fleur di Lis James has left her life in Los Angeles behind for a fresh start in New Orleans where she was born. Ricki comes up with the idea for Miss Vee’s Vintage Cookbook and Kitchenware Shop which is to be housed in the Bon Vee Culinary House Museum. She is fortunate that the idea is approved. One morning, Ricki Bayou Book Thief by Ellen Byron is the debut of A Vintage Cookbook Mysteries. This is a cute, lighthearted Southern cozy mystery. There is a cast of unique characters. Miracle “Ricki” Fleur di Lis James has left her life in Los Angeles behind for a fresh start in New Orleans where she was born. Ricki comes up with the idea for Miss Vee’s Vintage Cookbook and Kitchenware Shop which is to be housed in the Bon Vee Culinary House Museum. She is fortunate that the idea is approved. One morning, Ricki is opening donations that arrived that morning with help from other workers at Bon Vee. They open an old trunk to find disgraced former docent, Franklin inside. Ricki is worried when the staff and volunteers come under suspicion. She feels the police are not working quickly enough to solve the crime, so Ricki decides to do a little investigating on her own. Ricki uncovers what she believes could have been the motif. She needs to follow the thread and see if it leads her to the killer. Bayou Book Thief contains Ellen Byron’s fun writing style. She provides us with quirky characters and plenty of Southern charm. I enjoyed the descriptions of New Orleans, the vintage cookware, and the cookbooks. There is humor sprinkled throughout the story that will have readers chuckling. The whodunit was entertaining. No one was sad to see Franklin end up dead in a trunk. The man was not liked. The more Ricki learns about the man, the more she can see why someone murdered him (just surprised it did not happen sooner). Detective Nina Rodriguez is nice and accepts information from Ricki. She does give her a warning about sleuthing on her own. There are clues to help readers solve the mystery before the reveal. I enjoyed the takedown scene (it will have you laughing). There is a secondary mystery involving an air conditioning repairman. I do not know how Ricki put up with the heat and humidity. I would have gone out and purchased a window unit rather than a swamp cooler. Southern heat along with the humidity can be brutal. There is a large cast of characters so it can be difficult to keep them all straight. It will get easier as the series progresses. There are delectable food descriptions that will have you craving a po’ boy, beignets, and shrimp etouffee. I loved the ending. It has me eager for the next A Vintage Cookbook Mystery. There are recipes at the end of the book as well as a preview of Wined and Died in New Orleans. Bayou Book Thief is finer than a frog hair split four ways with a man who is as useless as a screen door on a submarine, a bounty of books, a vile victim, a diligent detective, an artful air conditioning repairman, warm weather, and a riled Ricki.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Tari

    Oh my goodness, this series is just what I was hoping for that helps fill the void left when the author ended her Cajun Country series! I absolutely loved all these regular characters and the whole Louisiana/Cajun food vibe that I used to love in the other series. I gotta admit, it was a little harder warming up to Ricki than it had been Maggie, but she finally worked her way into my heart along with the others. I just love Madame's character, and I really liked Eugenia the minute I met her. I c Oh my goodness, this series is just what I was hoping for that helps fill the void left when the author ended her Cajun Country series! I absolutely loved all these regular characters and the whole Louisiana/Cajun food vibe that I used to love in the other series. I gotta admit, it was a little harder warming up to Ricki than it had been Maggie, but she finally worked her way into my heart along with the others. I just love Madame's character, and I really liked Eugenia the minute I met her. I could tell she was going to be one of the "proper" locals from a good family but still fair enough to her employees that they were all on a first name basis with her--and the lady knew a good idea when it was presented to her. That Cookie was a great comic relief character, and I loved Zellah as a new bestie for Ricki. The ladies made for a fun work trio, and Lydia wasn't so bad either, just a little bit harried from being mom to a crazy teen. The overall camaraderie of the Bon Vee crew was pretty awesome, and I thought it was so cool how they all gathered at their favorite place, Bayou Backyard for just hanging out or going over the case. Maybe I enjoyed it even more because of the comparisons I could make between the two series since I thought about the BB as being a lot like JJ's place only with an outside part to it. I sure never saw the whodunit coming but in the explanation at the end, it made a lot of sense. The dinner Eugenia treated them all to was a lot of fun and really cemented these characters for me. The next day was even better, but you'll have to read the book to find out what fun happened then. I liked that the epilogue added a bit of intrigue to hopefully the next book. I gotta admit I'd toyed with the idea put out there a few times while reading! If you loved Cajun Country Mysteries, you won't wanna miss this series! I absolutely can't wait for the next one! I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book provided by Berkley Publishing via NetGalley, and my opinions are my own. This book releases June 7, 2022.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Dsbook

    This is the first book in a new cozy mystery series set in New Orleans. I did enjoy this book and with the cliff hanger ending I will definitely be watching for the next book in this series

  14. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    "Bayou Book Thief" is a cozy mystery. Ricki stumbled across a lot of crime, not all of it related to the murder. Since her last boss had been (unknown to her) pulling off a scam, she's more aware of the possibility now. She's a friendly, easy-to-talk-to sort of gal, and she's good at tracking a clue down to its source. The detective was overworked so didn't mind the tips. But she told Ricki to run the scenarios that her vivid imagination came up with through a logic test to see if her ideas were "Bayou Book Thief" is a cozy mystery. Ricki stumbled across a lot of crime, not all of it related to the murder. Since her last boss had been (unknown to her) pulling off a scam, she's more aware of the possibility now. She's a friendly, easy-to-talk-to sort of gal, and she's good at tracking a clue down to its source. The detective was overworked so didn't mind the tips. But she told Ricki to run the scenarios that her vivid imagination came up with through a logic test to see if her ideas were really reasonable before reporting them to the police. This was a clue-based puzzle mystery. As there were several crimes, I'll just say that some whodunits were more obvious while others needed a longer accumulation of clues to guess. There was no sex. There were only a couple of uses of bad language. Overall, I'd recommend this enjoyable mystery. I received an ebook review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Karen Hollins

    “Bayou Book Thief” the first instalment in A Vintage Cookbook Mystery series by Ellen Byron set in New Orleans. What a great start to a new series! I absolutely loved this story, and it has made me want to visit the Bon Vee Culinary House Museum and New Orleans. I really like Ricki, Zellah , Lyla, Madame Noisette, and Virgil almost makes you wish you were part of their little community. The interaction between Ricki and Detective Rodriguez I found entertaining as well. The mystery is interesting “Bayou Book Thief” the first instalment in A Vintage Cookbook Mystery series by Ellen Byron set in New Orleans. What a great start to a new series! I absolutely loved this story, and it has made me want to visit the Bon Vee Culinary House Museum and New Orleans. I really like Ricki, Zellah , Lyla, Madame Noisette, and Virgil almost makes you wish you were part of their little community. The interaction between Ricki and Detective Rodriguez I found entertaining as well. The mystery is interesting and well plotted, and had plenty of twists to keep engaged right to the very end. I kept guessing and second-guessing myself but I was right on who the killer was. The story moves at a steady pace, and I had a hard time putting it down. I also liked how the author left the ending making us wait in anticipation for book 2 . I highly recommend this book to all my cozy lover friends. I can’t wait for book two! I requested and received an Advanced Readers Copy from Berkley Publishing and NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen

    Bayou Book Thief Earns 5/5 Vintage Recipes…Clever & Entertaining Gem! Ellen Byron has taken readers deep into The Big Easy in an exciting first book in her Vintage Cookbook Mystery. Thanks to an internet challenge gone wrong, Ricki James is a “too young to be” widow, and thanks to how her employer funded his first edition collection, she’s also unemployed. Fresh start is required, so she heads home to New Orleans to open a vintage cookbook and kitchen gadgets gift shop in the Bon Vee Culinary Hou Bayou Book Thief Earns 5/5 Vintage Recipes…Clever & Entertaining Gem! Ellen Byron has taken readers deep into The Big Easy in an exciting first book in her Vintage Cookbook Mystery. Thanks to an internet challenge gone wrong, Ricki James is a “too young to be” widow, and thanks to how her employer funded his first edition collection, she’s also unemployed. Fresh start is required, so she heads home to New Orleans to open a vintage cookbook and kitchen gadgets gift shop in the Bon Vee Culinary House Museum. Businesses, of course, are always on the look out for the occasional shoplifter, but what do you do when the shoplifter is an employee? Fire him! What do you do when the same book thief is found dead? Investigate! What do you do when it opens a can of worms? Watch your back! Ellen Byron’s descriptive writing and strong narrative has made me a fan. Her entertaining style developed well a clever, complex mystery exploring several avenues with diverse characters (Refer to Cast of Characters info) and all wrapped up in vintage cookbooks and kitchen accessories. The Big Easy plays a prominent role with its heated climate, eclectic natives, and fascinating culture and places of interest. The lead character, Miracle Fleur di Lis James, “Ricki” for obvious reasons, has a complex background which explains some trust issues, yet she seems to still emerge with a strong, talented personality. Her co-workers are a bit of comic relief and the relationship that develops between Ricki and Detective Rodrigues offers a fascinating yin/yang dynamic. Fascinating insights into vintage cookbooks are incorporated throughout the story, and at the end recipes are included: easy-to-follow, some multi-cultural, inspired by actual recipes from some of Byron’s own vintage cookbooks. Each recipe has a brief insight into the vintage cookbook from which her inspiration came for French Pancakes a la Gelee, Swedish Salad, Daisy Canapes, Old-Fashioned Gingerbread, Coconut Patties, and Crawfish Etouffee. Disclosure: I received an ARC from Berkeley thru NetGalley. My review is voluntary with honest insights and comments.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Hannah Monson

    For a cozy mystery set in New Orleans, I expected more vibrancy, but, unfortunately, this one fell a bit flat for me. Ricki is likable enough, and her backstory certainly has compelling potential, but the other characters all muddled together for me. All of the Bon Vee employees were introduced in quick succession and there were so many that they all blended together a bit for me, despite some unique names. I did, however, really appreciate the diversity in the cast of characters which is rarely For a cozy mystery set in New Orleans, I expected more vibrancy, but, unfortunately, this one fell a bit flat for me. Ricki is likable enough, and her backstory certainly has compelling potential, but the other characters all muddled together for me. All of the Bon Vee employees were introduced in quick succession and there were so many that they all blended together a bit for me, despite some unique names. I did, however, really appreciate the diversity in the cast of characters which is rarely seen in cozy mysteries. The characters’ races were not focal points of the story but rather incidental in that they were just existing in the world (and making the setting feel more authentic as New Orleans has such a diverse population). Particularly given the cliffhanger, I would certainly pick up a next in series.

  18. 4 out of 5

    PugMom

    Cookbooks and thieves and murder, OH MY! That's what you'll get when you dive into the first book in Ellen Byron's new cozy mystery series. From the eclectic characters to the well planned mystery that kept me guessing until the very end, I can already tell this series is going to be another favorite of many cozy mystery lovers. Also, the author has generously provided some fun "extras" such as a Cast of Characters at the beginning of the book (helps me keep all of the characters straight) and som Cookbooks and thieves and murder, OH MY! That's what you'll get when you dive into the first book in Ellen Byron's new cozy mystery series. From the eclectic characters to the well planned mystery that kept me guessing until the very end, I can already tell this series is going to be another favorite of many cozy mystery lovers. Also, the author has generously provided some fun "extras" such as a Cast of Characters at the beginning of the book (helps me keep all of the characters straight) and some vintage cookbook recipes (which are always fun to read)! I am eagerly awaiting the next book in this series!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Katreader

    Bayou Book Thief by Ellen Byron The First Vintage Cookbook Mystery After spending most of her life in California, Ricki James decides to return to New Orleans, the city of her birth, after the death of her husband. A lover of vintage cookbooks and kitchen accoutrements, Ricki has a great idea to open a culinary themed gift shop in Bon Vee, a Garden District mansion turned museum. Fortunately, the grande dame of the estate loves the idea and Ricki is soon selling wares and making friends. While goi Bayou Book Thief by Ellen Byron The First Vintage Cookbook Mystery After spending most of her life in California, Ricki James decides to return to New Orleans, the city of her birth, after the death of her husband. A lover of vintage cookbooks and kitchen accoutrements, Ricki has a great idea to open a culinary themed gift shop in Bon Vee, a Garden District mansion turned museum. Fortunately, the grande dame of the estate loves the idea and Ricki is soon selling wares and making friends. While going through boxes of donations, she makes a grisly discovery, the body of the cantankerous tour guide who was recently fired for stealing books! When the police appear to shrug off the clues Ricki's found, she decides to stop sharing and start sleuthing. The elegance as well as the attempts to hide fading glory and the gritty realness that is New Orleans imbue the first Vintage Cookbook Mystery with a real sense of this wonderful city. That reality also reminds us not to judge a book by its cover! Miracle James-Diaz has a tendency to jump to conclusions. As a book lover she should remember the adage to never judge a book by its cover and readers would be wise to keep that in mind. The characters truly make BAYOU BOOK THIEF stand out. A young widow with loving and fun parents who nonetheless would like to discover more about her birth, a hot chef with a damaged heart, a lost soul, a rowdy senior, and more intriguing people inhabit the pages and not only make me want to learn more about them, but make me start to care for them. I like Zellah and Kitty while I'm not a fan of Cookie, and I absolutely adore German and want to learn more about Mordant. I'm also a huge fan of Gumbo and Jambalaya. The murder was intriguing leading to several additional mysteries. I like that while the murder is solved, there are lots of other questions still raised and I'm eager to see developments as the series progresses. BAYOU BOOK THIEF brings together quirky characters and an engaging mystery in a wonderful setting. Vintage cookbooks, memorable characters, and the intoxicating setting that is New Orleans make this a fantastic start to a new series. Just remember, looks can be deceiving.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lesa

    Agatha Award-winner Ellen Byron launches a new cozy mystery series set in New Orleans with Bayou Book Thief. I love her setting, but thank heavens her latest book includes a list of characters because there are so many quirky characters involved in this one that it’s hard to keep them all straight. Ricki James is a twenty-eight-year-old widow who fled Los Angeles after two high-profile events that put her in the spotlight. Her husband’s death was all over social media because he was attempting a Agatha Award-winner Ellen Byron launches a new cozy mystery series set in New Orleans with Bayou Book Thief. I love her setting, but thank heavens her latest book includes a list of characters because there are so many quirky characters involved in this one that it’s hard to keep them all straight. Ricki James is a twenty-eight-year-old widow who fled Los Angeles after two high-profile events that put her in the spotlight. Her husband’s death was all over social media because he was attempting a stunt when he died. And, she lost her job as curator of a collection of first editions when her billionaire boss was arrested for a Ponzi scheme. Now, she hopes to find obscurity and a fresh start in the city of her birth. Ricki makes a proposal to open a gift shop at the Bon Vee Culinary House Museum. Her gift shop would be “Miss Vee’s Vintage Cookbook and Kitchenware Shop”, named after Genevieve “Vee”Charbonnet, the late owner of the house in the French Quarter, and a legendary restauranteur. It takes Ricki a little time to feel accepted by the odd staff, partially because she lacks confidence after her eventful past in LA. Then, Ricki catches one of the tour guides stealing cookbooks, and he’s let go. She feels as if she’s responsible, but she feels even worse when she opens a trunk and finds his body inside. Ricki’s an absolute disaster when it comes to dealing with Detective Nina Rodriguez. She’s such a nervous wreck that the police officer suggests Ricki needs meds. Then, she’s a little too pushy, calling Rodriguez every time she has an idea or suspects someone of killing the tour guide. She’s so pushy that she realizes she really needs to investigate. To be honest, Ricki’s past has made her a mess. She’s lonely in New Orleans, insecure, and, at times, too immature for a twenty-eight-year-old widow. She still feels guilty about her husband’s death because she just tuned him out when it came to his social media stunts. Now, she feels guilty about the guide’s death. Her neighbor, a bartender, describes Ricki as “Attractive, but a little insecure in a charming way.” He also says she has “A sexy librarian vibe, with a side of California hippie chick.” Despite her insecurity, Ricki is a welcome addition to the amateur sleuth field. Byron’s love of New Orleans comes through, and it’s part of the pleasure of this story. Of course, it takes time to introduce a whole new cast of characters to the cozy mystery field. Bayou Book Thief launches Ellen Byron’s Vintage Cookbook Mystery series. It’s going to be fun to stick with Ricki and her new friends.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Deborah Almada

    Wow, I know this is a first in a new series. It is also the first book I have read by this author, I can guarantee it won't be the last, I have already ordered the next book in the series! I love Ricki, Miracle, James-Diaz. She is definitely an interesting character, with a varied background and some unfortunate events in her past, but all of that makes her the interesting character she is, add that she has come home to New Orleans and you have the setting for a really fun story! RIcki gets to l Wow, I know this is a first in a new series. It is also the first book I have read by this author, I can guarantee it won't be the last, I have already ordered the next book in the series! I love Ricki, Miracle, James-Diaz. She is definitely an interesting character, with a varied background and some unfortunate events in her past, but all of that makes her the interesting character she is, add that she has come home to New Orleans and you have the setting for a really fun story! RIcki gets to live a dream and open a vintage cookbook and kitchen treasures shop in the museum dedicated to a New Orleans cooking celebrity. She is making a success of it and growing a new family with friends and coworkers when there is a murder that threatens everything. Can she help the police figure out what happened or will this bring down a disaster on the museum and her new venture? You definitely want to be around for this ride!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Morin

    Fun and quirky, this book will entertain most readers. I didn't find I really connected to anyone in this story and I found myself skimming the pages. This doesn't mean I will give up on this book, I just may have to read it at another time. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for selecting me to read an advanced copy of this book. #BayouBookThief #NetGalley Fun and quirky, this book will entertain most readers. I didn't find I really connected to anyone in this story and I found myself skimming the pages. This doesn't mean I will give up on this book, I just may have to read it at another time. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for selecting me to read an advanced copy of this book. #BayouBookThief #NetGalley

  23. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    What a great start to a new series! I love Byron's twists and turns, quirky characters, and all the flavor and fun of New Orleans! What a great start to a new series! I love Byron's twists and turns, quirky characters, and all the flavor and fun of New Orleans!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Samantha Fraenkel

    A fun, foodie, first in a new cozy mystery series! I liked the Southern atmosphere and the vintage kitchen angle. ARC Provided by NetGalley

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jerri Cachero

    Ellen Byron has given us another "keep you reading" mystery set in Louisiana! The reader is transported into the wonderfully quirky, lush and mysterious city of New Orleans! Ricki James-Diaz is rebuilding her life after becoming a widow. Her love of vintage cookbooks takes her to the Garden District and the grand "Bon Vee Culinary House Museum", former home to Genevieve "Vee" Charbonnet, a legendary NOLA restauranteur. There she creates a place for herself as the manager of "Miss Vee's Vintage C Ellen Byron has given us another "keep you reading" mystery set in Louisiana! The reader is transported into the wonderfully quirky, lush and mysterious city of New Orleans! Ricki James-Diaz is rebuilding her life after becoming a widow. Her love of vintage cookbooks takes her to the Garden District and the grand "Bon Vee Culinary House Museum", former home to Genevieve "Vee" Charbonnet, a legendary NOLA restauranteur. There she creates a place for herself as the manager of "Miss Vee's Vintage Cookbooks and Kitchenware" gift shop. When a disagreeable employee's body is found, in a trunk of books, the suspect list grows daily. Now, Ricki has to save her new friends and herself from the wrath of a murderer. Wow! I felt like I was in New Orleans and right there with Rickie, looking for clues! Ricki is smart, kind and relatable. I loved the supporting characters and their quirky and charming ways. Each character is well-written and adds to the "deliciousness" of the book! From Ricki's eccentric landlord, Kitty Kat Rousseau and her tasty pralines, to her friendship with an older gentleman, named German, that I adored! So many wonderful characters to meet and the recipes, in the book, are fantastic! I can't wait to return to NOLA and discover another mystery for Ricki and her friends to solve! I received an ARC from NetGalley and the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kristen Lewendon

    There is a lot going on in this book. It makes for compelling reading as you’re pulled from one revelation to the next, but I admit to being a bit distracted by it all. I really liked Ricki. She’s got a backstory that leaves me hungry to know more. Especially after the way this book ends. And the mystery? Well, that kept me guessing all the way to the big reveal. I adored the author’s last series and I’m well on my way to loving this one just as much. I can’t wait to find out what’s going to hap There is a lot going on in this book. It makes for compelling reading as you’re pulled from one revelation to the next, but I admit to being a bit distracted by it all. I really liked Ricki. She’s got a backstory that leaves me hungry to know more. Especially after the way this book ends. And the mystery? Well, that kept me guessing all the way to the big reveal. I adored the author’s last series and I’m well on my way to loving this one just as much. I can’t wait to find out what’s going to happen next. I received a complimentary advanced copy of this book through NetGalley.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Gail C.

    Opening Bayou Book Thief is like being instantly transported to New Orleans. The characters are well crafted, just a bit on the quirky side, and uniquely southern without a forced use of exaggerated dialect or cliches. The city, New Orleans, is depicted with a combination of its flaws, the unimaginable heat; and charm, the beauty of the surroundings, and the laissez faire attitude that pervades the area. They all come together in a house turned into a museum, dedicated to the original resident w Opening Bayou Book Thief is like being instantly transported to New Orleans. The characters are well crafted, just a bit on the quirky side, and uniquely southern without a forced use of exaggerated dialect or cliches. The city, New Orleans, is depicted with a combination of its flaws, the unimaginable heat; and charm, the beauty of the surroundings, and the laissez faire attitude that pervades the area. They all come together in a house turned into a museum, dedicated to the original resident who was one of NOLA’s founding female chefs. The central character, Ricky, was born in New Orleans and lived there seven years before her adopted parents moved her to California. She’s come back now, feeling the pull of “home” with an idea of creating a gift shop in the museum featuring her vintage cookbooks and other kitchen/entertaining items. When she makes her proposal to the executive director it is enthusiastically embraced and she opens to rousing success. Other characters making up Ricky’s new family include the executive director of the museum, a classic woman of the “old south” impeccably dressed and coiffed, with an unexpected streak of humor and acceptance, an artist who uses her face as her canvas and works at the museum cafe, Ricky’s landlady, a member of a senior citizen’s dance team who routinely joins second lines, and a docent at the museum whose signature color is purple and who is also a member of NOLA’s grand old families. Ricky opens her shop and it is a major success, with everything seeming to go well until one of the tour guides, a rather nasty man, is leaving the shop one day when he is jostled and a number of books fall out from under his coat. Although he is fired, he remains connected to the museum when he is murdered and his body is shipped to the museum along with a box of donated books. When Ricky is eliminated as a suspect, she becomes concerned about her friends being accused, and decides to do some investigating on her own. She regularly calls the detective in charge of the case with her latest theory and reasons, usually to have her suspicions shot down by the detective in charge. While Ricky is investigating, she travels through some of NOLA, giving the reader the opportunity to experience some of the sights and sounds, as well as some of the cajun food and exclusive restaurants. She also involves herself in several other minor investigations, including one involving the HVAC man who services her units, a nonagenarian who lives in a retirement home and yet has more life in him than some twenty year olds, and the intriguing question of who wrote and published a series of cookbooks/romance novels that bumped up against soft porn and are valued at several hundred dollars. When the author, who published the books under a pseudonym is revealed, it causes quite a stir and more than a little controversy. There are several more characters, all well crafted, who make up this book and who are so interesting the reader will hope to find them in the next book in the series. The book is a highly entertaining read that will be enjoyed by anyone who wants to take a short trip to New Orleans and yet can’t get away. It’s easy to have as a beach read or to read it straight through when the reader is looking for something high on entertainment and low on tension and angst. A large part of the book is spent in introducing characters and establishing their relationship with Ricky and most readers will find themselves identifying several they hope will be part of an on-going series. While Ricky does eventually solve the murder mystery, it isn’t until she comes across a final clue that gives her the answer, so the reader doesn’t have a chance to identify the villain before Ricky gets there. Byron knows Louisiana and New Orleans well, and shares that knowledge in this enjoyable book. I will be looking forward to the next book in the series to see what adventures are next for Ricky, who is going to continue as part of the series, and a new armchair trip to New Orleans. My thanks to Berkley Publishing and NetGalley for providing me with an advance copy for this review. The opinions expressed are entirely my own.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Susan Z

    A cute cozy mystery about a book thief who meets a terrible demise. After a tragic ending to a less than perfect marriage, Ricki relocates from Los Angeles to New Orleans, her original home town. She opens up a shop selling vintage cookbooks and kitchen gadgets in a museum. There is a huge cast of characters, and I appreciated the inclusion of the character list in the beginning as it helped me keep everyone straight. Ricki was a great main character, a scrappy ameteur sleuth with quite an active i A cute cozy mystery about a book thief who meets a terrible demise. After a tragic ending to a less than perfect marriage, Ricki relocates from Los Angeles to New Orleans, her original home town. She opens up a shop selling vintage cookbooks and kitchen gadgets in a museum. There is a huge cast of characters, and I appreciated the inclusion of the character list in the beginning as it helped me keep everyone straight. Ricki was a great main character, a scrappy ameteur sleuth with quite an active imagination. This was a great start to a new cozy mystery series. The inclusion of recipes front he author's own vintage cookbook collection was a nice added touch.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Barb

    3.5 stars, rounded up When Ricki's husband dies during a ridiculous internet stunt, she decides to return home to New Orleans, where she is fortunate to be given an opportunity to open a gift shop at the Bon Vee Culinary House Museum. She is excited about the vintage cookbooks and other kitchenware she continues to collect, but when she opens a box that contains a dead body rather than the cookbooks she expected to find, she launches her own investigation in order to save Bon Vee. This is the fi 3.5 stars, rounded up When Ricki's husband dies during a ridiculous internet stunt, she decides to return home to New Orleans, where she is fortunate to be given an opportunity to open a gift shop at the Bon Vee Culinary House Museum. She is excited about the vintage cookbooks and other kitchenware she continues to collect, but when she opens a box that contains a dead body rather than the cookbooks she expected to find, she launches her own investigation in order to save Bon Vee. This is the first book in a new series by an author I first read not too long ago, and I was excited about getting in on this series right from the start. I liked the story, although there were times I wanted to take some of the characters to task for being so irrational. The characters are a good mix of personalities, professions and backgrounds, which could lead to some interesting situations as the series progresses, and the setting – the city of New Orleans – is almost a character by itself. The mystery kept me guessing, with quite a few suspects at hand, and I figured out who the killer was just before it was revealed in the story. I look forward to reading the next book in this series. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book.

  30. 4 out of 5

    K.A. Davis

    BAYOU BOOK THIEF is the first in the brand-new Vintage Cookbook Mystery series by Ellen Byron and every bit as charming as I’d anticipated! From captivating diverse characters to dastardly deeds to iconic New Orleans locales, the author pens a vivid tale featuring protagonist, Ricki James. From the very first page, I couldn’t read fast enough as I wanted to get to know the quirky characters and their backstory. Keeping a firm grasp on the pacing of the mystery, Ms. Byron prudently doles out thos BAYOU BOOK THIEF is the first in the brand-new Vintage Cookbook Mystery series by Ellen Byron and every bit as charming as I’d anticipated! From captivating diverse characters to dastardly deeds to iconic New Orleans locales, the author pens a vivid tale featuring protagonist, Ricki James. From the very first page, I couldn’t read fast enough as I wanted to get to know the quirky characters and their backstory. Keeping a firm grasp on the pacing of the mystery, Ms. Byron prudently doles out those details, which only made me more intrigued. Ricki is a compelling protagonist in that she was born in New Orleans, then adopted at birth by her NICU nurse and then grew up in Los Angeles. After the demise of her husband and a scandal concerning her previous employer, she returns to New Orleans. Despite her tragic life, Ricki has a sense of humor and a strong sense of justice, mostly in thanks to the couple who raised her. I was pleased that while they’re not physically with Ricki, having retired to Mexico, their long-distance relationship is strong and loving. This gives the book a balance of community and family that can often be missing in mysteries. Starting over is never easy, but Ricki lands a job operating Miss Vee’s Vintage Cookbooks and Kitchenware gift shop at the Bon Vee Culinary House Museum. Unfortunately, it doesn’t take long for the body of a former employee who she’d accused of stealing to show up and wreak havoc on her new life and new venture. As Ricki delves into the life of the victim and starts asking questions to figure out who there are twists and turns to keep the reader guessing. Ms. Byron pens a tightly plotted story peppered with secrets, lies, and betrayal. With a tempting teaser to close out the book, I cannot wait until the second book releases! With several vintage cookbooks mentioned throughout the story, it was a pleasure to find out that several recipes from actual vintage cookbooks are included at the back of the book. Ms. Byron includes an introduction to the cookbooks featured on how she came to collect the vintage cookbook. I was provided with an advance copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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