silver platter by Shawn Reilly Simmons

Henery Press

4.5 Stars

Publisher: Penelope Sutherland and her Red Carpet Catering company just got their big break as the on-set caterer for an upcoming blockbuster. But when she discovers a dead body outside her house, Penelope finds herself in hot water. Things start to boil over when serious accidents threaten the lives of the cast and crew. And when the film’s star, who happens to be Penelope’s best friend, is poisoned, the entire production is nearly shut down.

Threats and accusations send Penelope out of the frying pan and into the fire as she struggles to keep her company afloat. Before Penelope can dish up dessert, she must find the killer or she’ll be the one served up on a silver platter.

My Review: This is the first book in the Red Carpet Catering Series. The series is about Penelope and her catering company, Red Carpet Catering. She caters various events, specializing in movie sets. Penelope has the ability to get enmeshed in the lives of the people and events around her. When she catered a previous movie starring Arlena, she was asked to move in with her and become her personal chef as well as build her business. She jumped at the opportunity.

This book opens with a snowstorm resulting in a blackout. This gives Zazoo, Arlena’s dog, the opportunity to sneak out into the night. As Penelope and Arlena head outside to look for her, Penelope stumbles on a dead body of a teenage girl. Who is she and what was she doing on this street during a snowstorm? As the story progresses, Penelope and Arlena are working on a movie in New Jersey. Things are happening and Arlena seems to be at risk. Will they have to shut down the movie? It appears the dead girl looks a lot like Arlena. Does this dead young girl have any relationship to Arlena and what is happening to her? The supporting characters in the book, Arlena’s father and brother, the detective investigating the murder and attempts to harm Arlena are all well written and add another dimension to the story. Of course there is some romance with both Arlena and her leading man as well as Penelope and two gentlemen, that I hope will continue in the next book.

Overall, I enjoyed this cozy mystery. Penelope and the police detective actually worked together which is different as it was done happily not begrudgingly as it so often is in cozies. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a cozy mystery.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.