Beef Stolen-Off by Liz Lipperman is the second book in the “Clueless Cook” mystery series. Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime, July 2012
Aspiring sportswriter Jordan McAllister never imagined she’d be a food critic. Yet here in Ranchero, Texas, that’s exactly what she is. And while she may not know a flank steak from a filet mignon, she certainly knows how to rustle up trouble.
As the food columnist for The Ranchero Globe, Jordan McAllister catches the eye of cattle baron Lucas Santana, who invites her to the Cattleman’s Ball, hoping a positive review for the ball might boost the county’s sagging beef sales.
To ensure Jordan enjoys herself, Santana sets her up with a prime cowboy companion for the event—Rusty Morales. Jordan’s delighted to go with him and two-step the night away. But instead, she winds up in the emergency room where her date is DOA.
When Rusty’s mother begs her for help, Jordan knows she needs to grab the bull by the horns and get to the bottom of this mystery before she corrals herself into trouble.
There’s no sophomore slump here in the second book in the Clueless Cook series. Once again, Jordan finds herself in the middle of a murder and not all the beef in the world will derail her from solving this murder before she winds up on the chopping block. This was a great read that kept me entertained with a solid plot, crisp writing and witty dialogue. There were many twists and turns in this riveting mystery that kept me guessing and was surprised when it became clearer as to the identity of the murderer. I love seeing Jordan become more confident in her abilities, especially with the support of her friends, who also provides snippets of comedic exploits in this delightfully appealing series. This was a fun read and I look forward to more adventures with Jordan and the gang. Bonus recipes are included.