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Death on Eat Street (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
Paperback, 304 pages
Published April 1st 2014 by Berkley
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Apr 06, 2014 Rane rated it it was amazing

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
Dawn Frazier
Mar 01, 2014 Dawn Frazier rated it it was amazing
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!
Linda Langford 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
Nov 29, 2015 Betty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Food Van Experience

The first book in a new series and books by this author are easy and fun reads. Zoe Chase has made a major chance in her life quitting her job and buying an old dinner and food van to the dismay of her parents and boyfriend. She call her van Biscuit Bowl and it sports a thrilling Biscuit on top. Zoe has a problem with a neighboring food van and He is later found dead in the front of her van. I found the characters well developed and interesting. I question if the subject had b
Mar 31, 2014 LORI CASWELL rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2014

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
Aug 23, 2015 Kimberly rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this book. I sat the book down half way through and couldn't find the book and for 3 days I was so lost, wanting to know what was going to happen in the story, if I would ever know. Finally I found the book again, finished it up and was completely satisfied.

Excellent author. Loved the unique story line of a lady who gives up everything to follow her dream of having a Food Truck/restaurant. You cant see it on the front of the cover but she has a biscuit that turns constantly on top
Jun 01, 2014 Anjula rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
I'm in the minority here, but I didn't love this book. Zoe was trying too hard to justify her sleuthing. Also in the try-hard category was the shoehorning in of the various sidekicks, esp. Delia.

I'll give the series another chance, but I'm not sold yet.
Apr 04, 2014 Yvonne rated it it was amazing
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
Book of Secrets
Mar 18, 2014 Book of Secrets rated it it was amazing
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
May 18, 2015 Sallee rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
This was a fun fast paced mystery with lots of action, a tantalizing possible love interest and some unusual and great characters. The idea of a food truck with a spinning biscuit on top had me smiling. Zoe, the main character, parents were typical WASPS but I have the feeling that they will be mellowing out as this series continues. I did not guess the culprit until the reveal. A great cozy.
Debbie Lester
Apr 04, 2014 Debbie Lester rated it really liked it
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
Apr 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
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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

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
Jan 30, 2014 Fred rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 08, 2014 Nora-adrienne rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozies
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
Nov 19, 2016 Kimberly rated it really liked it
Zoe Chase has finally decided that being a banker just isn't what she really wants to do with her life. She goes against her families wishes and expectations by cashing in her 401k and buying a dilapidated diner and food truck. Her passion is cooking for people and she's determined to be successful. The diner needs major renovations so Zoe is starting her business out of the food truck. She makes and sells sweet and savory biscuit bowls - which sound absolutely scrumptious!! Business is competit ...more
Sherry Fundin
Jun 03, 2014 Sherry Fundin rated it really liked it

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
Mar 21, 2014 Katreader rated it really liked it
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
Jan 31, 2014 Tess rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 30, 2014 Ronna rated it it was amazing
Shelves: author-give-away
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
it had been the worst day of my life.

Zoe Chase resigned from the Azalea National Bank after being past over for promotions to start her own restaurant. Cashing in her 401(k), she is renovating an old tuck stop in Mobile, Alabama. She is also running a food truck to bring in money until the restaurant is up and running. Using an old Airstream from her Uncle Saul, Zoe his the streets selling her deep fried biscuit bowls. Another food truck owner, Terry of Terry's Tacky Tacos, accuses her of parkin
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
Lisa Kelley
Jan 31, 2014 Lisa Kelley rated it it was amazing
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.
Mar 30, 2014 Michelle rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 15, 2014 Grey853 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, cozy
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Apr 10, 2014 Shannon rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 05, 2013 Melodie rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2014
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
Mar 24, 2016 Judy rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
The first of a new series is most of the time good so you will come back for more. I had a few personal similarities with Zoe Chase - a loans officer and entranced with food and food trucks. But as to leaving the Bank and putting up her own business, that's a future for me to still achieve ...hence the 3rd star.

Otherwise, protagonist was trying to prove her inner Nancy Drew/independence too much. The mystery was prolonged to incorporate the budding romance, and to my liking, the ins and outs of
Amanda McGill
Mar 16, 2015 Amanda McGill rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
A cute start to a new cozy mystery series that I will be reading!

Zoe was an interesting main character, however she was at times very stuck up and snobby. I would of loved it if the novel started off with Zoe quitting her job, instead of a few months later.

Melanie Smith
Jan 30, 2014 Melanie Smith rated it really liked it
Death on Eat Street is the first book in a new series and I must say, what a hit. A little bit of humor, a hint of romance and characters that you will love. If you are a cozy mystery fan, truck on down to your nearest bookstore and pick up a copy. You will not regret it.
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