This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Author, Chelsea Field. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.The Hunger Pains by Chelsea Field
Series: Eat Pray Die Humorous Mystery #2
Also in this series:Eat, Pray, Die, Poison is the New Black
Also by this author: Eat, Pray, Die, Poison is the New Black
Genres: Cozy Mystery, Crime, Mystery
Release Date: August 29, 2016
Publisher: JFP Press
Source: Author, Chelsea Field
Purchase at: Amazon
Isobel Avery is on her second assignment as an undercover poison taster for Los Angeles's rich and famous. And she’s actually enjoying herself. Until her sweet, agoraphobic client mysteriously leaves the safety of his apartment and winds up dead.
When crucial evidence goes missing, investigator Connor Stiles will need Izzy's inside knowledge to help track down the killer. But despite three months of absence to make Connor’s heart grow fonder, he doesn't seem pleased to be working with her again. The LAPD commander is even less pleased to have Izzy on the case since he considers her a suspect and, even worse, a mere civilian. To top it all off, her least favorite relative in the whole wide world drops by for an unexpected visit.
Meanwhile, the killer is destroying anything that might link back to them. Including Izzy if she's not careful.
In this fun-packed romantic sequel to Eat, Pray, Die, join Izzy as she learns where she stands with the enigmatic Connor and tries to put another bad guy behind bars.
What is there not to love about this book? Hmmm, since you have not read it yet I will tell you. It is wonderful and there is nothing unlovable about it! I can say wholeheartedly that the first book in this series, Eat, Pray, Die, was not a one-hit wonder! The Hunger Pains is a welcomed addition to what is becoming one of favorite must follow series.
Izzy is back and still in the employ of the Taste Society, which for those of you unfamiliar is a super-secret organization that trains candidates to aid in the identification of poisons. Once they graduate from the intensive training the operatives become known as shades. It is under this guise that Izzy finds herself acting as “girlfriend” to her new client. This also sets her up badly as she must play a role of grieving girlfriend otherwise she would blow her cover.
Something that I noticed about Izzy’s character is that in the first book she was under extreme stress and all of her actions, thoughts, reactions revolved around her angst of it all. In this book her character is still a straight shooter, funny and slightly less naïve but she is reacting to an entirely different set of circumstances and her actions, thoughts, and reactions are painted with these new emotional watercolors. I really loved that Izzy’s core personality was still intact while simultaneously responding with a different set of emotions that we were not previously privy to. I remark on this fact because in other books with characters we know them and know how they will react to a situation and are usually the same character. It just made me feel that I was still getting to know this character and that she has more to offer.
Connor! He was not a character that I carried any warm feelings for in the first book. In this story he is still condescending, puzzling, and smug but there is something going on with him. He is almost nice at times and even….considerate? That is very un-Connor like and I love it. Why is he fighting his attraction to Izzy? Just give in! For the love! Oh wait,🙃 🎶I know something you don’t know🎶. I do like his character now and I am looking forward to more development in the next book. Maybe he will finally pull the stick out of his…..oh wait, not appropriate, ha ha ha. You get the drift. 🙂
Enough about the main characters, I bet you want to know about the plot maybe even the supporting characters?! It is a nice little mystery with lots of red herrings sprinkled throughout to keep you engaged until the end. All the main supporting characters from the first book are back with the addition of some unwelcome relatives. Although there is not much involvement of previous characters as the story revolves around the mystery of who killed the client. There are some new additions to the cast, one in particular is even crankier than Connor. I am not a fan of Commander Hunt, at all!
So where does this leave me? I am hungering for the third installment of this series, Poison is the New Black. There is no published release date but I will be keeping my eyes peeled for that release! I will say that true to my experience with the first book – once I started reading this book I did not want to put it down. I highly recommend you giving this story a try.
*Thank you to Author Chelsea Field for this complimentary copy of The Hunger Pains*
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