Betts Winston and her grandmother have the ability to
communicate with ghosts. In between their jobs with
Broken Rope's Old West tourist attractions and Gram's
country cooking school, Betts and Gram try to uncover
what is going on with the various ghosts they encounter.
Meanwhile, someone in the town of Broken Rope has
committed murder. Betts will have her hands full if she
hopes to figure out exactly what is going on.
IF ONIONS COULD SPRING LEEKS is the fifth book in the
Country Cooking School series. We aren't given a
lot of back history about the ghost, Jerome Cowbender, or
the various live residents and their relationships.
Meanwhile, the ghosts in Broken Rope, Missouri, are
starting to do some new and different things, even for
readers familiar with the series. For a reader new to the
series (like me), it takes a little bit of time to fully
absorb Paige Shelton's world as it has a surprising
amount of depth. Once I became acclimated, however, I
loved Paige Shelton's world and I've already downloaded
the first book in the Country Cooking School
series to dive further into it.
I love the concept of an Old West tourist attraction
blurring to allow ghostly presences to come through and
re-enact their pasts. Jake is perhaps my favorite
character as his role as an archivist helps the reader
see what lurid stories lurk in Broken Rope's past. The
relationship between Betts and Cliff is a little awkward,
especially with Betts continuously kissing the ghostly
presence of Jerome. I suspect readers more familiar
with the other books in the Country Cooking School
series won't have that same issues as they'll have a
better understanding of the relationships.
IF ONIONS COULD SPRING LEEKS is a fascinating cozy
mystery with two mysteries unfolding -- one in the present
day and one in Broken Rope's past. I love how
Paige Shelton weaves the ghosts into her world
seamlessly, as they feel like part of the town rather
than just an added paranormal twist. I can't wait to
visit some more with the residents (both living and
ghostly) of Broken Rope. IF ONIONS COULD SPRING LEEKS is
The New York Times bestselling author of If
Catfish Had Nine Lives returns to Broken Rope, Missouri,
where ghosts of the Old West seek assistance from country
cooks and amateur sleuths Betts Winston and her grandmother.
With summer tourists flocking to Broken Rope, locals
volunteer to keep chaos to a minimum. Old West skits are
running smoothly, actors are behaving, and stagecoach rides
are more popular than ever, but when a spectral visitor
appears by ghost train, it’s a job only Betts and Gram can
Gram soon starts having nightmares about their ghostly
visitor’s demise. And if a ghost and the hot summer weather
weren’t making things sticky enough, one of the town’s
volunteers—a man notorious for having more than his fair
share of ex-wives—is murdered. When Jerome, Bett’s
otherworldly friend, makes an unsettling appearance, this
simmering double mystery becomes a recipe for disaster.