Rebecca Anderson is determined to make a success of POPS,
her gourmet popcorn store. Her mentor and nearby shop
owner, Coco Bittles, has given Rebecca the emotional
encouragement and support she needed to once again face
her hometown and start over. Rebecca is devastated when
Coco is murdered, as is Coco's niece, Jessica.
Unfortunately, Rebecca and Jessica have never gotten
along and the death of Coco only worsens things. Can the
murderer be found before Rebecca loses everything?
Wow! KERNEL OF TRUTH is the first book in the Popcorn
Shop Mystery series and oh, what a great start it is!
Kristi Abbott plunges the reader headlong into a mystery
that is full of red herrings, and yummy food and recipes.
The emotional intensity is quite high as the reader can't
help but cheer for Rebecca, even when things seem
I love Rebecca's character, as she faces things head on
with her head held high. In fact, all of the characters
in KERNEL OF TRUTH are extremely well drawn as many of
them already feel like old friends. I want to sit down
with Rebecca, her sister, and her best friend/brother in
law/sheriff and enjoy some of the scrumptious treats made
by POPS. However, there is one character I definitely do
not want to meet-Jessica and her nasty, conniving
manipulations! Kristi Abbott had me on the edge of my
seat, ready to defend Rebecca after every accusation
thrown at her by Jessica.
KERNEL OF TRUTH is a surprisingly emotional read. Rebecca
has to face a lot of ghosts from her pasts, particularly
with how the townspeople treat her. In fact, I was almost
in tears at several points when Rebecca is outmaneuvered
by Jessica. Kristi Abbott does a great job at pulling
readers into the emotional underpinnings of the story. In
fact, KERNEL OF TRUTH may be the finest example I've seen
in the cozy mystery genre at evoking such an emotional
response from the reader. Read KERNEL OF TRUTH- you won't
An all-new Popcorn Shop Mystery bursts on the scene,
featuring gourmet popcorn entrepreneur Rebecca Anderson and
her poodle Sprocket.
Opening a gourmet popcorn
shop was never on Rebecca Anderson’s bucket list. But after
a failed marriage to a celebrity chef, she’s ready for her
life to open up and expand. She has returned to her hometown
of Grand Lake, Ohio, with her popcorn-loving poodle Sprocket
to start a new business—naturally called POPS. As a
delicious bonus, Cordelia “Coco” Bittles, a close family
friend who has always been like a grandmother to Rebecca,
owns the chocolate shop next door, and the two are thinking
of combining their businesses.
Coco’s niece, Alice, discovers her on the floor of her
chocolate shop, those dreams go up in smoke. The local
sheriff thinks Coco was the victim of a robbery gone wrong,
but Rebecca isn’t so sure. As suspects start popping up all
over, Rebecca is determined to turn up the heat and bring
the killer to justice in a jiffy!