When the chef of Sunset Paradise Retirement Village ends up dead, life for sisters Fern and Zula Hopkins is whipped into a froth. Their zany attempts to track down the killer land them in hot water with Detective Jared Flynn. Should he be concerned about their safety or the criminal’s?
But there are deadly ingredients none of them expect. Drugs. Extortion. International cartels. And worst of all…broken hearts–especially when the Hopkins sisters’ niece KC arrives on the scene.
Before the snooping pair gain any headway with the case, it becomes crystal clear that the sisters share a mysterious secret that takes life from the frying pan and into the line of fire.
What I Loved: Out of the Frying Pan was a ride from page one till the very end. One of those crazy, big-haired, and old-lady perfumed rides where anything can happen…and usually does. Griep and Klepfer crafted characters with heart, spunk, and just a bit of attitude. Alongside the shenanigans of Fern and Zula is the unfortunate love life of their niece, KC and a serious life-and-death drug investigation for Detective Flynn.
The story, while weaving in a realistic crime, was light-hearted and full of laughs. The mystery was complex enough to keep your mind working through the puzzle. And the story was overall enjoyable.
Rating and Recommendation: I’m giving Out of the Frying Pan 4.5 stars and recommending it to anyone who enjoys Cozy Mysteries or Christian Contemporary.