Cheddar Off Dead (Undercover Dish Mystery Series #2)

Cheddar Off Dead (Undercover Dish Mystery Series #2)

by Julia Buckley

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From the author of The Big Chili comes her latest mystery about caterer and cook Lilah Drake who is up to her elbows in deadly trouble during the Christmas holidays...
The Christmas holidays are one of Lilah’s favorite times of the year, filled with friends, family, and, of course, tons of food orders for her covered dish clients. But Lilah’s Yuletide cheer ends when she sees a most Grinch-like crime: the murder of a Santa in a school parking lot.
It turns out the deceased Kris Kringle was a complicated tangle of naughty and nice, with a long list of people who might have wanted him dead. And whoever did the deed wants to make sure that Lilah keeps quiet. Now, Lilah will have to team up with her former fling, Detective Jay Parker, to unwrap the mysteries of a deadly Christmas killer and stay alive long enough to ring in the New Year...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425275962
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/06/2016
Series: Undercover Dish Mystery Series , #2
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 138,017
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Julia Buckley is the author of the Undercover Dish Mysteries, including The Big Chili, and the Writer’s Apprentice Mysteries, including A Dark and Stormy Murder. She is a member of the Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and the Romance Writers of America, along with the Chicago Writer’s Association. Julia has taught high school English for twenty-eight years. She lives in in the Chicago area with her husband, two sons, three cats, and a rambunctious Lab puppy named Digby, who is a lot like Mick.

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Cheddar Off Dead 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
BeckyMcF More than 1 year ago
Even though Book 2 seemed to have less undercover cooking, it still had a great plot and characters and some interesting tidbits about the world of gaming. The Christmas season was well-used! I like how Lilah uses her brain and observation skills to help solve the murder. I hope there will be books in this series.
SewWrite More than 1 year ago
Lilah Drake is busy working a regular job while also running her own side business. While delivering one of her undercover dishes to a customer, Lilah runs into a Santa in costume and they have a nice chat. Moments later she hears a gun shot and finds Santa laying in the school parking lot. As if seeing such a thing isn't bad enough, Detective Jay Parker is on the case and Lilah must figure out her feelings toward the man who broke her heart. I really enjoyed this book. I picked it up because of the Christmas theme. I enjoy reading Christmas themed cozy mysteries to get me into the holiday spirit. But, I enjoyed the characters and story so much that I am going to look for the first book in the series so i can see how it all started.
ReadYourWrites More than 1 year ago
Last year, I read The Big Chili and immediately fell in love with the characters. I couldn’t wait for Cheddar Off Dead to come out. When I found out the book was going to have a Christmas theme, I was beyond excited. The only thing holding me back from reading the story in September when it came out was the fact that it revolved around Christmas. I wasn’t prepared to think about Christmas. Now, I am. While Cheddar Off Dead is the second book in the Undercover Dish Mystery series, it is a standalone read. Cheddar of Dead starts out with the delivery of macaroni and cheese, the ultimate comfort food. It's interesting that food that brings comfort is an integral part of a story that also brings comfort. I’m one of those readers who loves to sit back and lose myself in a cozy mystery. I’m talking hot tea or hot chocolate with a cozy blanket and I’ve created my comfort zone. This story hit on everything I love in a cozy mystery. There was enough to keep me invested in figuring out what happened. The secondary characters were great and provided enough misdirection to make you look in the wrong direction. The Christmas setting was one of my favorite parts. I loved the tug of war with the romance between Police Detective Jay Parker and Lilah Drake, caterer and amatuer slueth. There was a lot of back and forth of “are they or are they not a couple”. Surprisingly, this part was written in such a way that it didn’t become irritating. One thing I didn’t like about the story was that it portrayed the Pine Haven police force as keystone cops. I’m not exactly sure what they were investigating. It’s like they never knew the right questions to ask and every lead they got was the result of Lilah doing her own investigating. The moment when Julia Buckley made an unexpected, surprising connection was shocking. I loved the reveal of the murderer and the fallout from it. Julia Buckley’s Undercover Dish Mystery series is one I hope never ends. I’m looking forward to returning to Pine Haven and seeing what’s in store for Lilah, Jay, and the rest of the characters. **Received a copy from Penguin Berkley and voluntarily reviewed the book.**
chefdt More than 1 year ago
Cheddar Off Dead is the second book in the An Undercover Dish Mystery series. A wonderful follow-up to the first book, The Big Chili. Lilah is waiting in a school’s parking lot delivering Macaroni and Cheese to her college days friend, Jenny, for a Christmas party where Jenny teaches. As Lilah is about to pull out of the parking lot, a car pulls in and shoots Brad Whitefield who is dressed in a Santa’s suit and was to entertain the children at school. The detective who arrives on the scene is none other than Jay Parker, someone she has been trying to avoid seeing after a disastrous earlier date. It is soon learned that Whitefield has some gambling debts that might have been owed to members of a mob. With a couple attempts on her life, Lilah has constant police protection when not staying at her brother's, which works to her advantage, as she does her sleuthing in front of the police. Another well written and told story Buckley and provides the readers with an interesting look at the catering business. Mick, Lilah’s chocolate lab is back to help her keep herself centered. Delicious recipes are also included. I love this series and will definitely be looking for the next book.
LisaKsBooksReviews More than 1 year ago
Even better than the first book in the Undercover Dish Mysteries, CHEDDAR OFF DEAD was a book I devoured! I fell instantly in love with author Julia Buckley’s first book in this series, THE BIG CHILI so it came as no surprise to me that book two, CHEDDAR OFF DEAD was going to be brilliant. Author Buckley has just the sort of writing I enjoy. Not cluttered with wasted words or scenes. Every word read is necessary to the plot, needed for the flow of the story. The characters in this series are wonderful. It took me no time at all to warm up to them in book one. Mick the chocolate Lab has stolen my heart. Being with them in book two was like visiting with old friends. CHEDDAR OFF DEAD was a delicious mystery. Ms. Buckley wasted no time getting right into it with the victim being discovered in the first chapter. From that moment on the story filled me with yummy plot twists, deception, humor, and incredible writing. By the time I reached the reveal, and then moved on to the conclusion, I was left completely sated. When you have your own copy, cause I know you want one, take a peek in the back of the book for some tasty recipes!