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Publisher Description

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.
But when 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!

Mysteries & Thrillers
March 1
Penguin Publishing Group

Customer Reviews

Kris Anderson, The Avid Reader ,

First book in a new series!

Kernel of Truth by Kristi Abbott is the first book in the all new Popcorn Shop Mystery series. Rebecca Anderson has returned to her hometown (after her divorce) of Grand Lake, Ohio (with her poodle, Sprocket) to open a POPS! A store specializing in popcorn treats (popcorn bars, caramel cashew popcorn balls, etc.). Rebecca was encouraged by her mentor, Cordelia “Coco” Bittles (of Coco’s Cocoas). Rebecca is making a batch of a caramel when she hears Jessica James (Coco’s niece) screaming next door at Coco’s Cocoas. Rebecca runs next door to find her dear friend, Coco dead on the floor of her office. Who would hurt Coco and why? Rebecca sets out to find who killed Coco (her dear friend, mentor, and mother figure). Rebecca will have her hands full when her ex-husband, Antoine Belanger decides he wants her back. Antoine is not one to fade into the background. Rebecca has several suspects including the mayor who keeps lurking around in the alley behind the shops. Will Rebecca be able to find the killer?

I found Kernel of Truth to be a cute story. The descriptions of the popcorn treats were delightful and I liked the antics of Sprocket. The mystery was extremely simple. I figured out the killer right away. However, Kernel of Truth has some lively characters and the potential for a good series. I give Kernel of Truth 4 out of 5 stars. I will definitely be reading the next book in the Popcorn Shop Mystery series.

I received a complimentary copy of Kernel of Truth from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review of the book.

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