Review: Mousse Hysteria by Gretchen Allen

Posted September 13, 2023 by Lola in Mystery, Review / 0 Comments

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Mousse HysteriaMousse Hysteria (Street Food Cozies #2)
by Gretchen Allen
narrated by Carrie Coello

My Rating: 3 stars

Genre: Cozy Mystery
Age Category: Adult
Type of romance: MF

Always the bridesmaid… Never the… Killer?

Food truck entrepreneur and blooming amateur sleuth, Billie Halifax, is excited that Sea Glass Island is hosting the annual late fall bridal convention. She has big plans to proudly display her new bakery truck at the event, hoping to gain gaggles of new customers. Her excitement wanes, however, when she discovers a woman’s body on the beach.

Sensing something suspicious, Billie dives into investigating and comes to the quick conclusion that not everyone on the island is there for a good reason. Strangers present themselves in the most frightening of ways and soon, serving up delicious treats to customers is the least of her worries.

Bridesmaids that seem more like frenemies than actual friends, and a series of unfortunate events that unmask old rivalries and secrets galore, catapult her into a relentless search for the truth.

The deeper she digs, the worse the possible outcome seems to be, but Billie refuses to quit and races against time to solve her most twisty mystery yet.

Mousse Hysteria will take you on a wild ride where both love and murder are in the air.

My Review

I received a free copy from Tantor Audio and voluntarily reviewed it.

Mousse Hysteria is the second book in this cozy mystery series where main character Billie runs a food truck fleet. The focus is on a different food truck in each book, in this book the focus is on the baking truck that serves mousse cupcakes. The food truck theme is fun and I liked seeing how Billie was doing now as it’s set a few months after book 1 and there are mentions of the Taco truck and who is running that now as well.

The mystery didn’t fully grab me in this book for some reason. There is a dead woman who Billie finds on the beach and then she gets involved in solving the mystery. There were some reveals with what was going on between the suspects and other side characters, but I wasn’t surprised at who the killer was. There was an interesting bit with a suspicious guy Billie met on the beach and some rumors that are swirling around. I was sad the mystery didn’t grip me more.

I enjoyed reading more about Billie and seeing how she has settled into life on the island. It also was nice to read about the baking truck and how Billie interacts with the other character. I was glad her interactions with Asher were less annoying than in book 1 and I am pretty sure they’re going to end up a couple eventually. I am glad I could listen to this one, the narrator was pleasant to listen to and fit the book.

To summarize: I like the food truck theme of this series and reading about Billie. This book takes place a few months after book 1 and I liked seeing how Billie was doing now. I liked seeing how she handled the food truck business and seeing her interacting with other characters. The mystery didn’t really grip me, although there were some interesting tidbits and developments along the way. I wasn’t surprised at who the murderer was. The narrator was pleasant to listen to and fits the book.

3 Stars


You can also read my review on Goodreads.

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