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Death on Eat Street (A Biscuit Bowl Food Truck Mystery #1)

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Zoe Chase always wanted to own her own restaurant—but first, she’ll have to serve up a heaping helping of meals on wheels, with a side of mystery…

When she’s once again passed over for a promotion at work, Zoe decides to take the big leap and go for her dream. She quits, gives up her fancy digs, and buys a fixer-upper diner in a shady part of town. To keep above water duri
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Published April 1st 2014 by Berkley
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Rane


After being passed over again for a yet another promotion, Zoe Chase decides that it's time she goes for her dream. Starting with a old restaurant that's in real need of some major work and happens to be on the shady part of town... To get some income into her building business she runs a food truck- Biscuit Bowl that serves some Southern specialty of deep fired biscuit bowls.
Sadly, business isn't booming and to top off the day, Zoe finds a fellow competing food truck owner dead in her front s
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Dawn Frazier
This was great book! I enjoyed every minute of it. Zoe is a very likeable character with a crazy hilarious cat. I also enjoyed the food truck setting. Already looking forward to the next book!
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Dollycas’s Thoughts

For a great cozy series to be a success you have to have great characters that readers can get comfortable with and invest themselves in. J.J. Cook has introduced us to some truly wonderful characters in this new series.

Zoe is a leading character readers will fall for quickly. Passed over time and time again for jobs that went to men, men she had trained, she chucks the easy paycheck and goes after her dream. She wants to open a restaurant and to make enough money for that she
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Yvonne
After losing out on a promotion at the bank where she has been a senior loan officer, Zoe Chase quits. She always wanted her own restaurant, so she follows her dreams and buys a run down diner and food truck. The area isn’t in the safest location, but it’s all hers. Zoe is filled with excitement and hope for a bright future. However, her wealthy parents and her fiancé, Tommy Lee, aren’t impressed and think she’s lost her mind. She realizes she and Tommy Lee have different outlooks for the future ...more
Diana Leigh
DEATH ON EAT STREET is a tantalizing start to a new culinary cozy mystery series from J.J. Cook. I was drawn in by the unique food truck setting, and it was exciting to see how this mystery on wheels played out.

The owner of Mobile's latest food truck is Zoe Chase, and her specialty is deep fried biscuit bowls filled with savory or sweet treats. Zoe spent years in the banking business, but she gave it all up to follow her dream of opening a restaurant, which irritated her affluent parents to no e
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Linda at Chatting About Cozies
One of the most enjoyable Culinary Cozies, yet, of 2014! Delightful setting in Mobile, Alabama. Splendid cast of 'misfit' characters with endearing traits of generosity of spirit and empathy for the underdogs. I admired Zoe Chase's courage and determination to succeed with her food truck business. I liked her cat, Creme Brûlée--he was tough, too! The story is filled with humor. There's a budding romance between Zoe and Miguel, her lawyer. Fairly early on in the story, I did suspect a certain cha ...more
Sherry Fundin


I really enjoyed this cozy mystery. Death on Eat Street has all the elements for a top notch beach read or just a book to relax with and enjoy. Full of plenty of mystery that kept me guessing who is the killer.

Zoe’s passion for cooking drives her, regardless of whatever her rich family and friends think. She doesn’t want the easy life that comes with money. She is determined to follow her dream.

When Terry is found dead in her food truck, she feels it’s her duty to follow proper procedure and do
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Debbie Lester
J.J. Cook aka. Jim and Joyce Lavene brings readers the first book in a new series featuring a food truck. Death on Eat Street is the first book in the Biscuit Bowl Food Truck Mystery series. Readers are treated to an eclectic cast of characters and a great new cozy heroine, in Zoe Chase. J.J. Cook shows readers how it's done by giving them a well thought out mystery that will have them on the edge of their seats, while setting up the new series and introducing all the characters. A great new boo ...more
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A bad day has to get better, right? Not for Zoe, whose day went from bad to worse when she became a murder suspect in the untimely death of a rival food truck driver. The only suspect, in fact.

Okay, I never thought that driving and selling fast, tasty meals from a food truck would be a terribly dangerous job. And Zoe’s menu is unique – biscuit bowls that would be the envy of every southern cook, brimming with a variety
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Linda
Zoe Chase comes from an affluent family: her mother is a well-known attorney, currently planning a new career as a judge and her father is President of the Bank of Mobile. So no one can understand why she gives up her loan officer job, car and apartment to start a new career with a dilapidated diner and renovated food truck where she makes and sells biscuit bowls filled with savory or sweet fillings. As the story opens, Zoe is having a bad day where not only did she only make $48.50, but she als ...more
Michelle
Death on Eat Street by J.J. Cook
When Zoe Chase was passed over for a promotion at work, she gave up her banking job to follow her dreams. She cashed in her 401K, gave up her plush apartment and moved Crème Brulee into a run down diner. No one seems happy for her. Her snobby parents think she lost her mind and her boyfriend is playing around. Zoe renovates her borrowed Airstream into the Biscuit Bowl food truck and takes it on the road. She hit’s a few bumps in the road in the form of murders, ki
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Katreader
Death on Eat Street by J.J. Cook
The First Biscuit Bowl Food Truck Mystery

In Mobile, Alabama Zoe Chase has decided to follow her dreams. After getting passed over for promotion yet again, she cashes in her 401(k), and buys a run down (although dilapidated may be another word) diner. The diner is not yet fit for customers so she uses a food truck to sell her biscuit bowls; food, both savory and sweet, served in her signature biscuit bowl. Business isn't good, however, and then she finds a fellow f
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Shannon
When Zoe Chase is passed over (again) for a promotion, she quits her job, follows her dream and buys a run down diner (where she lives with her cat, Creme Brûlée) and food truck. Her life is thrown for a loop when she finds a competitor dead in her food truck. Now, not only is she the prime suspect, but someone thinks the dead man gave her something valuable before he was killed. With the help of Creme Brûlée and her friends, Zoe must figure out this mystery before her dream is over before it re ...more
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Death on Eat Street
Author: J.J. Cook
Copyright: April 2014
Publisher: Berkeley Prime Crime

Zoe Chase always wanted to own her own restaurant—but first, she’ll have to serve up a heaping helping of meals on wheels, with a side of mystery…

When she’s once again passed over for a promotion at work, Zoe decides to take the big leap and go for her dream. She quits, gives up her fancy digs, and buys a fixer-upper diner in a shady part of town. To keep above water during the renovation, she buys a used fo
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Ronna
I received this book free from the authors. This is my honest review.

Food trucks are all the rage right now, so why not make food trucks the center of a yummy cozy mystery. Zoe has left her boring job at the bank to start up her dream job owning a restaurant, but she's short on money and long on talent. She's bought a run down diner that she has every intention of fixing up for her restaurant. To earn the money for renovations, she's purchased a food truck to sell her inventive biscuit bowls, an
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Stephanie (StephTheBookworm)
3.5/5

Man oh man, do I love cozy mysteries. It’s one of my favorite genres that I don’t get to read often enough, so I was thrilled to read Death on Eat Street, the first in the new “Biscuit Bowl Food Truck” mystery series.

The story centers around Zoe Chase, an Alabama girl and former banker turned diner owner. When she buys an old run down diner in the sketchier side of town, she starts a food truck company to try and make some money while renovating the diner and trying to get it open. She serv
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Fred
Death On Eat Street is the first book in the A Biscuit Bowl Food Truck Mystery series from this great story telling duo.

A fun new series with a cast of enjoyable, fun characters.

Zoe Chase has always dreamed of owning her own restaurant. So after being passed up for a promotion at her bank job, she quits and gets a restaurant is in a less than desirable section of Mobile. Her parents, her mother, an affluent lawyer and her father a president of a bank, are dead set her venture. Since Zoe doesn't
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Tess
The first book in a brand-new series and I am privileged enough to be able to read an advanced copy. After leaving her loan officer job Zoe moves back to Mobile, wishing that she were able to open a restaurant. Hoping to earn enough money to keep herself out of the poor house she decides to open a food truck. A food truck specializing in southern food, focusing mainly on biscuits. When another food truck owner is found dead in Zoe's truck, she of course feels the need to solve the murder. Compli ...more
Lisa Kelley
I have wanted to read this book since I first saw the cover of it online. Add the fact that it's written by J. J. Cook, a.k.a. Joyce and Jim Lavene, and I just knew it was going to be great. I was right!

The action starts off very soon into the book and just keeps going. You'll find that just when you think you have something figured out, you're thrown a curve and have to rethink everything. the mystery just keeps growing until the surprising reveal.

Zoe Chase is a very likeable lead character.
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Melodie
J.J. Cook is really Jim & Joyce Lavene who are VERY prolific mystery writers! I love the Sweet Pepper Fire Brigade series that is also written under the J.J. Cook name, so was hoping this series would be just as good. Happily, it is! Zoe, the main character could maybe turn down the Pollyanna thing a notch, but that's really my only character quibble. Her mom's a pill, but every series has to have one of those, I guess, and as pills go she's really not as bad as some. The story was a good on ...more
Jenni Schell
These two are quickly becoming some of my favorite authors. I can tell that I am going to love their new series. This book was funny, had a great mystery and even a little romance to go along with it. I loved this book.
Sue Em
likeable characters.I think this series has a lot of potential, but the book was overwritten in parts and a tad confusing in others
Harvee
Engaging main character, the food bus cook and owner, Zoe Sharp. Clever plot. Looking forward to the next in the new cozy series.
Nicole Mcbride
I was given this book as a gift for my birthday this summer. My mother-in-law knows how much I love to cook and this book does have some recipes strewn in with all the fictional murder mayhem going on. The title didn't really stoke my curiosity, so the book sat on my shelf for a few months before I finally cracked the cover.


Some of the things that I enjoyed about the book was the strong leading lady that J.J. Cook created. I am a sucker for a book with a strong female character and Zoe certainly
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Nancy
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Kaye
The first book in a new series. Zoe Chase quits her job when she's once again passed over for a promotion at work and sets out to fulfill her dream. She has always wanted to open a restaurant, so she gives up her apartment and takes all her cash to buy a run-down diner (a definite fixer-upper), and to make a living she buys a used food truck. The diner is in a strip mall near a homeless shelter, and her first employee Ollie comes from there. Things start out all right, but go downhill when she i ...more
Patricia
Zoe Chase just can't seem to catch a break. Fed up with a dead-end job, she decides to follow her dream, buys a run down diner, in a bad part of town, and moves in with her obese cat, Crème Brulee. To earn money, to fix up the diner, Zoe starts with a food truck, from eccentric uncle, Saul, who lives in the swamp, with a pet alligator, Alabaster.

Zoe befriends, Ollie, a homeless man living in a nearby shelter, a big man with secrets of his own. He helps her with cooking and on her food truck.

Zoe'
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Lindsay
I love Food Network's The Great Food Truck Race so when I saw this book, I got super excited about it. Unfortunately for me, it fell a little flat. I wish the series was going to center solely around the food truck and not the diner that Zoe bought too. Even though the series is called A Biscuit Bowl Food Truck Mystery, I fear that once the diner is fixed that the food truck may slowly disappear.

I think the star of the book was Zoe's cat, Creme Brulee. I was not impressed with the other characte
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Lynn
Death of East Street is the 1st book in A Biscuit Food Truck Mystery series by J.J.Cook/Joyce and Jim Lavene. I just finished reading the Sweet Pepper Fire Brigade series and liked it so much that I want to try more books by the Lavenes.

Zoe Chase has quit her job at the bank and is going for her dream. She has always liked to cook so she has purchased a small run down diner and a food truck. This is much to the dismay of her wealthy parents and her banker boyfriend. They seem to think she has go
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