Sunday, February 19, 2023

A Scone of Contention

 A Scone of Contention (Key West Food Critic Mystery, #11) by Lucy Burdette takes a slight deviation from her norm.  Instead of being set in Key West, most of this book is set in Scotland.  But readers need not despair there is still plenty of recipe/foodies talk in this book as well.  As the title implies this book is all about scones and their different recipes.  Included in this book as well are some other Scottish courses.  Other than haggis I must admit I wasn't aware of many of those dishes mentioned.  I was more familiar with the descriptions Burdetter included of the Old Course at St Andrews golf course. These details were amongst many she gave about Scotland and the countryside and culture.  I felt I learned quite a bit about the 'thin veil' between the worlds of the living and the dead.   The Scottish beliefs that surround this relationship were quite interesting to read about.  Additionally, the scenes and descriptions using the VR gear to experience history were quite vivid and while intriguing, I appreciated the cautionary tale of being aware of unintended consequences when messing with modern technology.

The mystery as always was well constructed and kept me guessing as to the guilty party.  Even at the reveal, it was a bit surprising on the "why"  I look forward to reading the next book in the series.

A Scone of ContentionA Scone of Contention by Lucy Burdette
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book made a divergence from the normal Key West setting and instead focused on a trip to Scotland. Hayley and Nathan brought Miss Gloria along for an unconventional honeymoon visit to see his sister. His mom then joined in so it was a big family affair complete with a murder. Envy and competition amongst old friends was present as they toured around Scotland and made for an awkward trip. I enjoyed how Burdette mixed Scottish history and scenery into the story. It was a nice change to have a book with these endearing chara characters set somewhere besides Key West. The foodies will really enjoy reading about different Scottish fare and scones in particular

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Challenge Prompts

The Challenge Prompts I will use this for are:  

  1. Goodreads and Reading by the Numbers #ReadingByNumbers2023 Book #8  
  2. Library Love  #LibraryLoveChallenge  Book #7   
  3. Literary Escapes  #LiteraryEscapes Scotland
  4. AtoZ   #2023AtoZReadingChallenge  #AlphabetSoupChallenge  S 
  5. Finishing the Series   #FinishingTheSeries2023  Series:2  Book #2
  6. Stacking the Series  #stackingseries2023 11
  7. Series Catchup #seriescatchup2023 1
  8. What an Animal Book #3
  9. Virtual Mount TBR #VirtualMountTBR2023   Book #8
  10. Back List Reader  #Backlistreader  Book #7
  11. Cruisin thru Cozies  Travel  #1
  12. Cloak & Dagger  #CloakDaggerChal  Book #5
  13. Craving for Cozies  Book #5
  14. Six Shooter Challenge  Target #16  Shot #4
  15. Medical Examiner Challenge 1 Toe Tags
  16. 52 Book Club  #the52bookclub2023  #36 Chapters have Cliffhangers
  17. 52 books in 52 weeks  #16 character vs technology
  18. Around the Year in 52 Books #32 A book set in a UNESCO City of Literature
  19. Bookworm #43 Read a book with a cat on the cover 
  20. BooklistQueen  #booklistqueenreadingchallenge2023  #20. Mother-Daughter Story
  21. Beat the Backlist #BTB2023  #43 protagonist has a pet 
  22. Cozy Mysteries   #8 A Cozy opposite the season
  23. HP Quidditch 23 #19 Quidditch Teams of Britain and Ireland: Set in the British Isles
  24. Nerdy Bookworm  #NerdyBookwormChallengeXO #7 Thriller, mystery, or suspense novel
  25. Nerd Daily #thenerddaily #nerdreading2023 #52 FEATURES AN A
  26. PopSugar #popsugarreadingchallenge #3 A book about a vacation
  27. Pick your Poison  # 89 Macbeth: A book set in Scotland
  28. RAD Challenge #aradreadingchallenge #8 Teaches you something new
  29. Read with Allison #24 About Family Relationships
  30. Sci and Nature # 23 That Teaches You Something New
  31. Uncorked Reader #UncorkedReading2023 25 Scotland: Films About Scotland
  32. Unruly Reader Bingo  #22 Homework

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