May 5, 2011

Holy Guacamole by Dan and Denise Harmer

What do you get when you cross a washed-up sports writer, the queen of cuisine, and a couple of Mexican thugs? A great read for Cinco De Mayo - Holy Guacamole by Dan and Denise Harmer.

 The story is set in Baja California and stars washed-up sports writer, Trace, as he enters into Bonnie Miller's culinary boot camp. The boot camp days are short-lived as Trace helps Bonnie to clear up something in her past, and they both get caught in a quick and crazy Mexican adventure full of mud, murder, and mischief.

This is a quick read, and a fun one for foodies, who will enjoy all of culinary references. However, that was one of the only bright spots I found in the novel. The plot was low-caliber, the characters weren't particularly exciting to me, and the romance just wasn't believable. The story did move along quickly and kept you guessing for the most part, but I found that even at the end of the novel I really didn't care a ton about what happened to anyone.

The only other bright spot that was kind of haphazardly thrown in at the end of the book was the idea of redemption, forgiveness, and living our lives for other people rather than getting sucked into the vanity of fame and fortune. Always a good theme, even if a little misplaced. An okay debut novel for the authors but if you're looking for a culinary adventure, I would stick to Josi Kilpatrick's Devil's Food Cake and other culinary mysteries.

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