by Linda Lovely
on Tour April 1-May 31, 2019
Vegan Brie Hooker lives and works with her feisty Aunt Eva at Udderly Kidding Dairy, a hop, skip, and jump away from South Carolina’s Clemson University. Brie’s fun farm outreach attempt backfires when religious extremists decide goat yoga is a form of devil worship. Believing one of the zealots might be persuaded to see reason, Brie’s free-wheeling friend Mollye convinces her they should call on the young woman. Big mistake.
Picketers at Udderly’s gates soon become the least of Brie’s troubles. Not only is she accused of murder, she worries the death might actually be her fault. Danger mounts when an old family friend’s visit ensnares Brie in a high-stakes feud between a U.S. Supreme Court nominee and the woman determined to expose his secrets. In her personal life, Brie’s still torn between the town’s two most eligible bachelors. While she’s edging toward a decision, she must first survive a cunning killer adept at crafting murders that look like tragic accidents. Will Brie be another “accident” victim? Pay a visit to Udderly Kidding Dairy and find out!
Praise for Bad Pick"There's such a lot to enjoy in Linda Lovely's third Brie Hooker mystery Bad Pick. Of course, I came for the goat yoga and the religious extremists (I'm only human), but I stayed for the love triangle, the female friendships, the family members rubbing along so realistically, the sidelights on vegan cooking and the rich depiction of small-town life. And what kept me flicking the pages fast enough to cause a draft? The twisty, knotty, killer plot underneath all that charm. Bad Pick is a good un!"—Catriona McPherson, Multi-Award-Winning Author of the Last Ditch Mysteries.
“Wow! In Bad Pick, Lovely wrote an amazing novel only to see one part of the plot come to life in headlines all over the country. A fringe religious cult, a Supreme Court nominee, and goat yoga combine together in a tale that fans of mysteries won’t want to miss. –Sherry Harris, Agatha Award Nominee and Author of the Sarah Winston Garage Sale mysteries.
“The Brie Hooker mysteries from author Linda Lovely continue to entertain, this time with extremists who really don't like the farm's new goat yoga offering. You'll find yourself muttering, "What the feta?" as you follow the action around not one but two murders from the edge of your seat. Fix yourself a chevre sandwich and sit down to enjoy a delightful - and suspense-filled - read.”—Edith Maxwell, Author of the Local Foods Mysteries and the Quaker Midwife Mysteries.
Book Details:Genre: Cozy Mystery
Published by: Henery Press
Publication Date: April 16, 2019
Number of Pages: 270
Series: Brie Hooker Mystery Series
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads
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I enjoyed the previous books in this series as Brie is figuring out her life, alternating weeks with two potential boyfriends, attempting to raise funds for rehabbing a big old house her aunts purchased for her, possibly by catering events and holding goat yoga classes at Udderly Kidding.
Unfortunately at every step there are obstacles, some severe, as discovering dead bodies, and others emotionally difficult as having religious fanatics picketing the farm.
This third book of the series is equally enjoyable with humorous moments and phrasing mixed in with the dark and deadly deeds. Brie is also trying to clean up her language and creating colorful swear words featuring food terms.
Coincidentally, and sadly, as I was reading this book, food poisoning made an appearance in my own home. I got to live with the real life effects as I read the book!
This third book brought up very controversial yet timely topics, from politics and religion to some more salacious. All are handled tastefully and provided twists and turns in the investigations.
Brie's father is known for growing poisonous plants and one of her Beau's is a veterinarian, with access to drugs. When a food blogger dies after tasting Brie's food creations, and Brie's home is subsequently vandalized, with any evidence cleared out, things are not looking good for her future.
What is the connection between her mother's college friend and a political candidate and these vocal religious fanatics? Everything gets tangled together and lives are endangered before Brie has to make some difficult decisions.
I can hardly wait to see what happens next!
Hundreds of mystery writers have met Linda Lovely at check-in for the annual Writers’ Police Academy, which she helps organize. Lovely finds writing pure fiction isn’t a huge stretch given the years she’s spent penning PR and ad copy. She writes a blend of mystery and humor, chuckling as she plots to “disappear” the types of characters who most annoy her. Quite satisfying plus there’s no need to pester relatives for bail. Her new Brie Hooker Mystery series offers good natured salutes to both her vegan family doctor and her cheese-addicted kin. Bad Pick is her eighth published mystery novel. She served as president of her local Sisters in Crime chapter for five years and belongs to International Thriller Writers and Romance Writers of America.