Review: Christmas Canapés & Sabotage by Janel Gradowski

Christmas Canapés & Sabotage by Janel Gradowski
Series: Culinary Competition (# 2.5)
Release Date: April 26, 2015
Publisher: Gemma Halliday Publishing
Pages: 35
Source: book provided by the author for review



From bestselling mystery author Janel Gradowski comes a tasty holiday treat…

Amy Ridley is excited to be participating in the Holiday Celebrations Competition to kick off her Christmas season in Kellerton, Michigan. Local cooks are set to compete for prizes then serve their best party dishes to holiday revelers. Amy has her eye on a special prize, but she has a difficult time concentrating on creating a perfect party buffet when a plague of problems begins to whirl around her. Can Amy figure out who is sabotaging the competition in time to create a prize-winning tablescape and take home the ultimate Christmas gift?


Review: It’s Christmas and Amy is entering a holiday themed contest hoping to win a specific prize. But, all the contestants are in danger of having their entries ruined by a mean old Grinch.

With a culinary theme backing up this mystery series, it is only fitting the author has written a short story to give Amy a chance to show off her unique talents.

When a book is only thirty-five pages in length, one can’t expect huge character developments or major plot twists. I would also recommend reading at least one of the full length novels in the series first so you will know who the characters are, because there simply isn’t space for a recap of any kind.

With that being said, as short as this story is, it is still pretty fleshed out. I admit reading it in mid- June with a heat index of 108 degrees helped me chill down a little as Amy fights against the harsh Michigan winter, plus the story ended up being a cute caper, featuring Amy and Alex.