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If Mashed Potatoes Could Dance (Gram’s Country Cooking School Mystery #2)

4.07  ·  Rating Details ·  437 Ratings  ·  56 Reviews
"At Gram's Country Cooking School in Broken Rope, Missouri, Isabelle "Betts" Winston and her grandmother share the secrets of delicious home-style recipes. But there's one secret they keep from their classes--their ability to talk to ghosts from the town's colorful past..."
Betts and Gram agree to help their friend Jake at Broken Rope's Historical Society by accommodating
ebook, 304 pages
Published October 1st 2012 by Berkley Books
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❂ Jennifer
I was a little hesitant to start this book, something about the axe-wielding ghost just didn't immediately appeal to me, but once I picked it up I was hard pressed to put it back down again. A lot of fun! A great murder mystery I had no idea of the ending to, as well as a great ghost mystery as well (although I had the result of that investigation pegged early on). I really liked Sally-the-ghost. All the characters are likeable and I got a big kick out of seeing a cameo appearance by Sam Brion, ...more
Dec 02, 2014 Sallee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first of THE COUNTRY COOKING SCHOOL MYSTERY series I have read. I enjoyed it. The premise is this: A grandmother and her granddaughter own a cooking school in Broken Rope, Miss. This is a tourist town with the western idea being promoted. Betts, the granddaughter, also had the ability to see some of the ghosts of the past just like her grandmother. There are two tales being told here. A Tour bus comes to town and one of the tourists from the bus is murdered. The ghost of Sally shows ...more
I am somewhat conflicted about this book. I really enjoyed the characters. Betts, the main-characters was lovely and I also really liked that she was not infallable and always right about everything and everybody (she really disliked Ophelia and behaved incredibly childish towards her but unlike so many other cozies I did not have the impression that the reader was supposed to agree with her actions and see them as anything but childish and at the end there was no big 'I had been right about her ...more
Mar 25, 2014 Joni rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Second book in the Country Cooking School Mystery series does not disappoint. Old rivalries, a mystery involving a new ghost, and the wonderful cast of characters of Broken Rope, Missouri keep the reader entertained throughout the entire story. Recipes for several types of potatoes are included in the back of the book.
Kim Davis
Oct 13, 2015 Kim Davis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In addition to providing tasty recipes that tie in with the theme of the book, Paige Shelton creates a very intriguing story in IF MASHED POTATOES COULD DANCE (A Country School Cooking Mystery.). Betts Winston and her Gram run Country Cooking School in Broken Rope, Missouri. The town caters to tourists and when a bus carrying a foodie group breaks down, Betts and Gram are asked to take the tourists in and provide shelter and distraction in the way of a cooking class. Betts has her hands full try ...more
May 18, 2014 Kimberly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
Two for one!! Just like the last book, you get two mysteries for the price of one.
This book started off slow. I'm still trying to warm up to Betts and Gram. They both seem so, so, yeah okay, nice to meet you but I'm going for another drink.
The addition of Sally and what happened to her diary was fun. Sally was a cute character but she was kind of pushy. Betts didn't help matters much because she kept putting Sally off. Then Betts made a point with her internal dialog to remind us that she keeps
Zack! Empire
Dec 29, 2015 Zack! Empire rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: prose-novels
A really nice second book to this series. This is the kind of book that's perfect to read when you are laying on the couch under a big comfy blanket. The book goes along at a nice pace, which was nice, and the reveal of the mystery felt natural. In some mystery books I've read people seem to fall ass backwards into clues to move the story along, bit in this book it felt more organic. In one scene a character is basically ripping up floor boards to find clues! Taking about looking for evidence!
Dharia Scarab
Oct 06, 2014 Dharia Scarab rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books...

1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future.

2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author.

3 stars... This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read more, But if I find another book by the author for under a dollar I'd pick it up.

4 sta
Alice Liu
Jul 28, 2014 Alice Liu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've been working my way backwards through this series and this second book is my favorite. Shelton creates strong, interesting characters that lend themselves to the whodunit feel of the book. I particularly like how she weaves a historical ghostly story into a present day murder, and how the clues and multiple trails culminate in a haunted house. Betts terror of the house creates conflicting emotions about the need to preserve Broken Rope's historical landmarks. But she soldiers through becaus ...more
Georgiann Hennelly
Betts and Gram run the Country Cooking School in Broken Rope Missouri, they agree to help their friend Jake who runs the Historical Society by giving a Foodie Tour Group a place to sleep Overnight and a Cooking lesson till their Hotel Rooms are ready. It couldn't be worse timing the Ax - Wielding Ghost of Sally Swarthmore one of the towns legendary Murderers shows up wanting Betts help to find her diary, which could prove that she didn't murder her family. Than one Tourist turns up dead with a n ...more
Jan 17, 2015 Barb rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This series falls into the sub genre of cozies in which we must suspend our disbelief. (Magic, ghosts, talking animals, etc.) In this case, it's ghosts. How lovely for a sleuth to have an accomplice whom only she can see! "Mashed Potatoes" is the second in the series, and does not disappoint. We become more familiar with the tourist town of Broken Rope, Missouri; the characters' relationships are developing; and the pacing is fast and furious without losing the frothy, whimsical quality that mak ...more
Oct 03, 2012 Fred rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If Mashed Potatoes Could Dance is the second in this delightful new series by Paige Shelton.

Betts and Grams are planning on getting started on the midsummer cleaning on their cooking school. But then the town's fake sheriff, millionaire and town historian, Jake, volunteers them to put up a bunch of tour bus foodies, their hotel rooms having been overbooked. Fortunately for everyone involved better accommodation are found nearby. But Betts and Gram soon agree to hold some cooking classes, in hope
Jan 07, 2013 Melanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mysteries

I love the history of the old wild west, and all of the characters that rolled through in the day. Old western movies, tall tales spun out of the wild west, and loads of picture books for kids about some of the varmints that wrangled and won!

For Betts and Missouri (Gram) in the state of Missouri, the legends are what shape the town of Broken Rope. Tourists from all over come to hear the stories of the cowboys that road through the area, and unfortunatly most of them typically on the wrong side o
Jan 16, 2016 LORI CASWELL rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2012
Broken Rope, Missouri is home to Gram's Country Cooking School and a few very special ghostly guests. Isabelle "Betts" Winston and her grandmother "Miz" seem to have the unique ability to see and communicate with the deceased residents of the town but keep that under your hat. It's supposed to be a secret.

In this installment Gram and Betts receive an unusual request. Some foodie tourist's local reservations have been messed up and to help out they agree to put them up overnight at the cooking sc
I just returned from my second trip to the quirky midwest town of Broken Rope, Missouri, in If Mashed Potatoes Could Dance. Paige Shelton‘s second book in the Country Cooking School Mystery series is a fast, fun read with a difficult double mystery to solve.

Betts and Grams are roped into hosting a busload of foodies for an impromptu cooking lesson and sleepover. All is going well, until two of the foodies go missing and one turns up dead with a broken rope around his neck. (BTW I had no idea who
Apr 16, 2013 Hattie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I enjoyed this Country Cooking School Mystery by PAIGE SHELTON. IF MASHED POTATOES COULD DANCE takes place in Broken Rope, Missouri. It seems like everybody knows the other person in this small town. It's nice when people are personal friends with the police in the town. Betts is the main sleuth. Betts talent is being comfortable in the presence of ghosts. They are also comfortable with her. There is more than one ghost, but Sally Swarthmore is the one in the forefront. Sally went to her death b
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
Isabelle (Betts) Winston and her grandmother, Gram run a country cooking school in the historic western town of Broken Rope, Missouri. Tourism is the number one industry in Broken Rope. Second, to the Winston family is talking with ghosts in their town. Yes, Betts and Gram are able to communicate with residents of their local graveyard.

Jake, Betts best friend, and portrayor of the Sheriff of Broken Rope telephones Betts and Gram and asks for their help in housing a bus load of retired folks that
I didn't want it to end!! This is the second book in the Country Cooking School series, the fourth book I've read by Paige Shelton, and my favorite for sure!! I love Broken Rope, MO and all it's tall tales and tourist attractions! I adore Betts and her best friend Jake, they are wonderful main characters, but my favorite in this story was Sally the ghost!! The author has a gift for making the ghost fit right in like another character in the book!! Sally was delightful!! Both mysteries were fun t ...more
Dec 01, 2015 Crystal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a wonderful read. I absolutely love this series and the great cast of characters. I love how the past is woven in with the present. I really enjoy the paranormal and light romance aspect also. I am already looking forward to reading the next book in the series and hope that there will be many in the future.

Definitely recommend this for anyone who enjoys a cozy mystery or anyone who would like to try one out.
Sep 29, 2015 Melody rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this series! At Gram's Cooking School people learn to cook good home cooking. When a group of foodies is stranded gram is asked to put them up at the school over night. But they are old so better accommodations are found for them at a soon to pen B&B. But 3 of them are kidnapped and one of those is found dead in front of Jake's office. What is the connection? Only the ghosts and Gram and Betts can find out.
Jul 11, 2013 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won this book in a book contest via Facebook. I have read some of Paige Shelton's Farmers Market books and thought they were decent. I decided that free is free and this looked like a good lazy day on the boat book. I enjoyed it but I think you do need to read the 1st one. There were several allusions to things that had happened before in the first book and while it wasn't difficult to follow, it would've been easier having read the first one.

I am also not a ghost fan but this one wasn't too b
This mystery was fun and kept my interest. Betts and her Gram can see and talk with ghosts and in this book, the ghost, Sally, is an infamous figure from Broken Rope's past. She claims that her diary could prove that she did not murder her parents...if only Betts could find the diary. In "real-world" events, Several tourists are visiting the cooking school. One is murdered and 2 others go missing. I enjoyed the intertwining of the two mysteries and the conclusion. This is book 2 - I did not read ...more
Tricia Douglas
Aug 08, 2015 Tricia Douglas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
I read this book for my Goodread's Cozy Mystery group. Fun book with ghosts, humorous "retirees", potato recipes, and of course, a murder. Very entertaining and funny. A quick read for a slow day!
Jun 17, 2016 Maria rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
it was a nice story but very frustrating as everything could have been solved much quicker if only Betts stopped being an idiot for a moment :)
This was such an entertaining read! I enjoyed meeting more ghosts and learning more of Broken Rope's history.
The cooking school in Broken Rope is host to a party of tourists, and when three of them are kidnapped, Betts wants to help the police, especially her once and current boyfriend, policeman Cliff. But she has her hands full with a new ghost--she's inherited the ability from her grandmother to see them--one of Broken Rope's most famous citizens, an ax murderess in the style of Lizzie Borden. Much as I don't care for ghosts in detective stories, Shelton keeps you reading and it's an enjoyable way t ...more
Eric Gittins
Sep 26, 2016 Eric Gittins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good story, great characters. Will look for more of Paige Shelton's books
Oct 14, 2014 Caroline rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely brilliant! This is the second book in the series and it is as good as the first one.
Betts and Gram try to help out a tourist group by offering the cooking school as a place for them to stay after their hotel was overbooked. Alternate sleeping arrangements are made and three of the tourist are kidnapped. Betts turns on full investigation mode when one of them is found dead by her friend, Jake. Of course a ghost is involved. This time around it is Sally Swarthmore who was accused of killing her parents a la Lizzie Borden. Betts works on both murders putting herself in danger. Alw ...more
Dec 27, 2015 Beverly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cooking school, mysteries and recipes.
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