I read cozy and historical mysteries, a bit of Paranormal/UF, and to mix it up, I read science and gardening books on occasion.
This book started off really well: very likeable characters, strong setting and I love the local food focus. The MC, Erin, was my favorite kind of sleuth - observant, no sledgehammer tactics.
Then half-way through the book Erin decided She Must. The Police Can't Solve This. And she breaks into a suspect's cabin in broad daylight by climbing through the bathroom window. In a skirt. And then has to hide in a closet when the suspect comes back to the room. This is followed by suspect interrogations (although they are more subtle than most), another B&E and my personal highlight of the book (not really) the "As God As My Witness..." speech she gives the sheriff at the police station. I thought - no, I was certain - that as I read this melodramatic oratory, the author was setting Erin up for a reality check - an "oops, I got a little carried away" moment. But nope; apparently both author and Erin felt very passionate about their moral imperative to interfere in an ongoing investigation.
So what was a very strong book for the first half lost a full star in the second half because this just isn't the amateur sleuthing I like reading about. But the author does write a fantastically well-plotted mystery. Nothing is obvious; from whether or not the deaths are actually connected to why anyone was killed in the first place. The author, I think, lets the reader believe they know who the murderer is, only to throw a wrench in at the last second. I liked the ending too: Erin wasn't predictably TSTL and the situation was handled as realistically as these things can be in cozies.