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Fillet of Murder

(Deep Fried Mystery #1)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  382 ratings  ·  86 reviews

Talia Marby serves up delectable English deep fried fare in the heart of the Berkshires—but she soon discovers there’s something fishy going on…
Sometimes in this life, you have to fish or cut bait. After walking away from a miserable job and an even worse boyfriend, Talia Marby has no regrets. She’s returned to her hometown and is happy/>Talia
Paperback, 304 pages
Published May 5th 2015 by Berkley
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Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This mystery was great. There are original, quirky characters, a lovely setting and a satisfying ending.
Mar 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2016
Dollycas’s Thoughts

What a delicious mystery!

Talia Marcy leaves a job she hates and a crumby boyfriend behind to return hometown and work at a place that is like her second home. She worked at Lambert’s Fish & Chips in high school and the owners Bea and Howie became almost a second set of parents. She knew it was just the place for her to reset and regroup her life until the right job comes along. Then the cantankerous Phil Trumbull shows up to torment Bea with some ki
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Feb 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This new series had me at Deep Fried! I had been looking forward to reading since I had first heard about it. It was worth the wait.

In this first book in the Deep Fried Mystery series, author Linda Reilly has created a delightful cast of characters, as well as an enchanting setting. I knew even before finishing the first chapter of FILLET OF MURDER I was going to love this book . . . and I did!

I immensely enjoyed the relationship between lead character Talia Marby and her friend, an
Nov 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to read Linda Reilly's new book the other day, so I decided to give this one, her other series, a shot too. What I've found with both books impressed me; Linda has a real talent for strong cozy mystery, with excellent leading sleuths in both. This book time and time again made me hungry for fish and chips, and I don't even eat them regularly! She just has a way with words that gets into your brain, and I ended up eating sweet chilli philly dipped with Jatz Crackers. Yummo! ...more
Oct 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
There's fishy business going on in Wrensdale arcade, housing a group of shops in the Berkshires reminisant of an old English borough. The shop owners are all in some sort of turmoil over who could have killed clock shop owner, Phil Turnbull . Phil was up in arms over the other shop owners signing a petition so a new comic book store merchant would not set up shop in the arcade. Owner of Lambert's Fish and Chips ,Bea vows not to sign the petition. When Bea becomes the prime suspect in Phil's murd ...more
Aug 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book so much! The main characters were all people that I would want to be friends with in real life. Bea and her husband Howie are such sweethearts, and Rachel is just about the coolest friend a person would want.

When Talia Marby comes home to Wrensdale MA to live in her Nana's old house and work her old job at Lambert's Fish and Chips, she never knew she'd be playing amateur sleuth to clear her friend Bea's name. One of the shop owners who was an insufferable jerk, wa
Lisa Morin
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fun first in a new series

I really enjoyed this book. It took me a while to really become engaged with the story, but once I did I couldn't put it down.
I like Talia and I'm looking forward to the changes that are about to take place in her life.

The mystery was played out well, I was kept guessing until the end.
Feb 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a new author and a new series for me, A Deep Fried Mystery. Talia Marby has returned home to nurse her broken heart and to look for a new job after leaving one that made her miserable. In the meantime, she is working at the fish and chip shop she worked at in high school and living in her Nana’s bungalow while trying to sell it.

The fish and chip shop is part of a strip of shops, which like most small independent businesses straddle the line of financial solvency . The possibl
Apr 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Things weren’t looking good for Talia Marby after she left a job she hated. Her fiancé didn’t support her decision and they eventually broke up. Looking to start over, Talia moves back to her hometown in the Bershires and helps her friend Bea Lambert at her fish & chips restaurant. Lambert’s Fish & Chips is set in a small town set to look like an old English village complete with cobblestones. Talia figures this is just for a short time while she figures what she really wants to do with ...more
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Oct 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Bea Lambert owns Lambert's Fish & Chips, a restaurant popular for it's deep-fried white haddock, mushy peas, and fries. Talia Marby works there, along with Whitnee Parker, a younger employee. Phil Turnbull, owner of an antique lighting shop, is trying to strong arm Bea into signing a petition to keep a comic book store from opening in the Wrensdale Arcade where their shops are located. Located in the Berkshires, it's structure is full of ambiance and charm. Bea is like a second mother to Tal ...more
Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
A delightful, well-plotted first installment that suffers slightly from awkward dialogue and a couple of minor plot holes. I loved the conceit of the ye olde shopping center; Talia was a fully realized entity; I actually didn't figure out WHODUNIT until fairly late in the game, which is awesome. I don't read cozies for the stunningly complex mystery itself, but it was fun to be kept guessing in a way that felt natural. The descriptions of the food were great, too.

As always, I'm so he
Mary Brown
Jul 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Fillet Of Murder
Deep Fried Mystery, Book #2
Linda Reilly
5 Stars



Talia Marby serves up delectable English deep fried fare in the heart of the Berkshires—but she soon discovers there’s something fishy going on…

Sometimes in this life, you have to fish or cut bait. After walking away from a miserable job and an even worse boyfriend, Talia Marby has no regrets. She’s returned to her hometown and is happy to help her
May 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kayt

Brought to you by OBS reviewer Kayt

Fillet of Murder is the first of what will no doubt be an awesome new cozy series A Deep Fried Mystery. Author Linda Reilly is a wonderful story teller and this is a fabulous start to a series I will be putting on my must read list. I love the way Linda Reilly slowly tells the reader the background of the main character rather than throwing it all at us up front. We learn little bits of Talia Marby’s life as we get further and further into
Apr 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Fillet of Murder is the first book in the A Deep Fried Mystery series. And a very enjoyable series it looks to be.

Talia Marby has returned to her hometown after breaking up with her fiance, Chet Matthews. While she is looking for another job in real estate, she has decided to take a temporary job at Lambert's Fish & Chips, where she had worked when she was in high school.

Lambert's is located in an area known as Wrensdale Arcade, built to resemble an English village. O
Jun 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Fillet of Murder is the first book in the Deep Fried Mystery series. The location is the Berkshires. Talia has returned home after leaving a job she didn't like and has broken up with her fiancé. She goes back to Lamberts which is a fish and chip shop that is owned by Bea and Howie Lambert. The other stores in the arcade are fashioned into stores that would be in a English Village.

Talia and the other characters are very likable. If you like fish and chips, the descriptions will make
Feb 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Book #63 Read in 2015
Fillet of Murder by Linda Reilly

This is the first book in a new cozy mystery series. Talia has returned to her hometown after quitting her job and breaking up with her boyfriend. She begins working at a diner that she worked in during high school and lives in her deceased grandmother's house. A short time after her return home, a fellow business owner is murdered and Talia's boss Bea is considered to be the prime suspect. Talia begins an investigation in or
Dawn Frazier
May 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Ten stars if I could!! This is the first book in the new Deep Fried Mysteries, and it is fantastic! I loved it from page one. Talia is helping out her friend Bea in her fish and chips restaurant, when they get themselves involved in a murder. They stumble across the body of a man who has been giving Bea some trouble. When Bea is accused, Talia puts her detective skills to work to try and find the killer. Did Bea have something to do with it? Was their employee Whitnee possibly involved?
Jul 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Talia Marby moved to her hometown to help out dear friend Bea Lambert in her restaurant Lambert's Fish & Chips. Talia is staying in her nana's old home and adopts a cute little homeless kitty. Bea is being pressured by one of the mall storeowners to sign a petition to keep a new comic book shop out of the quaint shopping center the restaurant is located in. When the offensive store owner is found dead by Talia and Bea, the main police suspect is Bea. Talia must try to prove Bea's innocence. ...more
Fillet of Murder by Linda Reilly is the first book in A Deep Fried Mystery series. Talis Marby returns to her hometown after resigning from her real estate job and breaking up with her boyfriend to work for her friend, Bea Lambert, owner of Lambert's, a fish and chip cafe. After Bea argues with the lighting shop owner, they come across his body the next day stabbed in the neck by a filleting knife.
This was a nice start to a new series. We are starting to get to know the various characters
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a well-crafted mystery! The setting is a small town in the Berkshires, more specifically centered around a fish fry restaurant in an old English style village. Setting is very important to me in a book, and I would love to take a trip there and have some fish & chips with mushy peas! The main characters in this book are multi-dimensional and have varied backgrounds, making for some interesting interactions and relationships. The mystery is great, with several good suspects, and I was su ...more
Elissa Powers
Feb 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
Good plot, prime example of cat cooking cozy crime. A touch too twee with the clothing details, but hopefully the writer can use this book as a springboard to better prose. I'll read the second one for sure, it will be worth it to see how Ms. Reilly pulls off the trajectory of a series.
Jan 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
The cover of this book lured me into purchasing it--there is just something about Dan Craig's covers that attract my attention! Fillet of Murder is a good read. Talia Marby, the main character, really should take a research field trip to the Minnesota State Fair which is home to an amazing number of things fried! Looking forward to reading the next course!
Susan Furlong
May 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It had everything I want in a cozy mystery: endearing characters, an enchanting setting, tantalizing food descriptions and a top-notch mystery plot. This is the first in what promises to be a wonderful new cozy series.
Oct 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
I love that adorable cat on the cover.
Alyssa White
Jul 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
I was not sure about this read, but I'm glad I read it. The characters are relatable and enjoyable. Overall it was a cute, simple read. I'm looking forward to the next.
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
this is the first book in a great cozy mystery series. Talia Mabry is working as a cook at her friend Bea's restaurant, Lambert's Fish and Chip. the owner is an eccentric, British woman who happens to be a good friend of Talia's and lets her work at the restaurant until she gets back on her feet. Talia used to live in Boston with her great boyfriend, Chet, and work for a real estate/property developer as a manager until she grew tired of a job in an office. She quits and moves to a small town an ...more
Hilary (A Wytch's Book Review)
Talia has ended up working at the Fish and Chip shop she used to work at as a teenager whilst Howie (one of the owners) recovers after an operation, Talia is recovering from the breakdown of her relationship and the fact that she has just jacked her previous job in as she couldn't stand her boss any longer, she is also living in her late Nan's bungalow whilst it is up for sale.

One morning she goes to see one of the local shop owners to get him to stop hassling Bea (the other owner of
Jan 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Oh my god what was I thinking. For my birthday I splurged on the first book in every promising cozy mystery series I had save on my Goodreads to-read list. I haven't bothered to count them, mostly because I'm daunted at how they've managed to overflow an entire shelf on my otherwise spacious bookshelf, but there's enough to last a good long while. I've actually been trying to finish off all the library books I've got on hold right now so I can start putting a dent in them and reclaim my shelf sp ...more
Lorena Black
I really wish I could give this book something between a 3 and a 4. This book was legitimately fun to read but I feel like it fell flat in a couple of areas.

At first glance it has everything I need to be instantly interested in the book. The cover art is eye-catching. The blurb had my interest aroused. There was an adorable kitty. What more could my heart need? So I plopped down the $8 and took this little bit of happiness home with me.

The story follows a young woman who has broken free of an
Something's fishy in the Wrensdale Arcade, a group of shops in the Berkshires designed as an old English village. And, Talia Marby is just the person to discover why so many people disliked Phil Turnbull, and which of them hated him enough to kill him. Fillet of Murder is the perfect book to launch Linda Reilly's new Deep Fried mystery series.

Talia worked for Bea and Howie Lambert in Lambert's Fish & Chips when she was in high school. Now that she's broken up with her boyfriend,
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Linda Reilly is a mystery writer living with her husband in southern New Hampshire. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and Cat Writers' Association.

Her first cozy mystery, Some Enchanted Murder, was a finalist for the 2014 Silver Falchion Award in the category "Best First Novel: Cozy, Traditional and Historical."

Linda is also the author of the Cat Lady My

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