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Far from a domestic goddess, Sarah Blair would rather catch bad guys than slave over a hot stove. But when a dangerous murder boils over in Wheaton, Alabama, catching the killer means leaving her comfort zone …   Things are finally looking up for Sarah Blair following her unsavory divorce. Settled into a cozy carriage house with her sassy Siamese cat, RahRah, she has s Far from a domestic goddess, Sarah Blair would rather catch bad guys than slave over a hot stove. But when a dangerous murder boils over in Wheaton, Alabama, catching the killer means leaving her comfort zone …   Things are finally looking up for Sarah Blair following her unsavory divorce. Settled into a cozy carriage house with her sassy Siamese cat, RahRah, she has somehow managed to hang on to her modest law firm receptionist job and—if befriending flea-bitten strays at the local animal shelter counts—lead a thriving social life. For once, Sarah almost has it together more than her enterprising twin, Emily, a professional chef whose efforts to open a gourmet restaurant have hit a real dead end …   When the president of the town bank and city council is murdered after icing Emily’s business plans, all eyes are on the one person who left the scene with blood on her hands—the Blair girls’ sharp-tongued mother, Maybelle. Determined to get her mom off the hook ASAP, Sarah must collect the ingredients of a deadly crime to bring the true culprit to justice. But as neighbors turn against her family, can she pare down the suspects before another victim lands on the chopping block?    Includes quick and easy recipes!   “This smart cozy—full of heart and humor and surprises—has everything a mystery lover could ask for.” —Hank Phillippi Ryan, author of Trust Me


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Far from a domestic goddess, Sarah Blair would rather catch bad guys than slave over a hot stove. But when a dangerous murder boils over in Wheaton, Alabama, catching the killer means leaving her comfort zone …   Things are finally looking up for Sarah Blair following her unsavory divorce. Settled into a cozy carriage house with her sassy Siamese cat, RahRah, she has s Far from a domestic goddess, Sarah Blair would rather catch bad guys than slave over a hot stove. But when a dangerous murder boils over in Wheaton, Alabama, catching the killer means leaving her comfort zone …   Things are finally looking up for Sarah Blair following her unsavory divorce. Settled into a cozy carriage house with her sassy Siamese cat, RahRah, she has somehow managed to hang on to her modest law firm receptionist job and—if befriending flea-bitten strays at the local animal shelter counts—lead a thriving social life. For once, Sarah almost has it together more than her enterprising twin, Emily, a professional chef whose efforts to open a gourmet restaurant have hit a real dead end …   When the president of the town bank and city council is murdered after icing Emily’s business plans, all eyes are on the one person who left the scene with blood on her hands—the Blair girls’ sharp-tongued mother, Maybelle. Determined to get her mom off the hook ASAP, Sarah must collect the ingredients of a deadly crime to bring the true culprit to justice. But as neighbors turn against her family, can she pare down the suspects before another victim lands on the chopping block?    Includes quick and easy recipes!   “This smart cozy—full of heart and humor and surprises—has everything a mystery lover could ask for.” —Hank Phillippi Ryan, author of Trust Me

30 review for Two Bites Too Many

  1. 4 out of 5

    Natalia R

    Sarah Blair and her mother Maybelle go to the bank president, Lance to ask him to reconsider Sarah's twin sister, Emily's loan application for her restaurant after it's been denied. When they step out of his office to give him some time to review the application, Maybelle returns only to find him dead. With her mother as the prime suspect, Sarah is determined to catch the real culprit. I enjoyed this second installment in the Sarah Blair mysteries. I liked the setting and the cast of characters. Sarah Blair and her mother Maybelle go to the bank president, Lance to ask him to reconsider Sarah's twin sister, Emily's loan application for her restaurant after it's been denied. When they step out of his office to give him some time to review the application, Maybelle returns only to find him dead. With her mother as the prime suspect, Sarah is determined to catch the real culprit. I enjoyed this second installment in the Sarah Blair mysteries. I liked the setting and the cast of characters. The writing flows smoothly and the mystery is gripping with lots of red herrings to keep readers engaged throughout the book. This is an enjoyable, easy to read cozy and I look forward to the next book. Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books for this ARC. The opinions expressed are my own.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kirsti

    Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book! Argh, just look at that cute cover! I just love cozies with animals on the cover, especially when they are a focus poin on the actual book too. Rahrah was a delight in the first book, and we get Fluffy added to the mix in this one. I had my suspicions on the murderer all the way through, but the unlocked back door to the bank had me questioning things, as well as a certain likeable character. I wondered if I was meant to l Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book! Argh, just look at that cute cover! I just love cozies with animals on the cover, especially when they are a focus poin on the actual book too. Rahrah was a delight in the first book, and we get Fluffy added to the mix in this one. I had my suspicions on the murderer all the way through, but the unlocked back door to the bank had me questioning things, as well as a certain likeable character. I wondered if I was meant to like them only to find out later that they were dodgy! Although I liked both twins, the real stand out is Maybelle. She's the mother all of us deserve, fearlessly going in to bat for kids and yet able to stand up to them too and hold her own. I really liked Harlan too, as far as characters go, and I wonder what motivates him sometimes. This is only the second book but still a great series with hopefully many more stories to come. I'm loving what I'm seeing here and I can't wait for more! Five stars.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Betty

    The second book of the Sarah Blair series has Sarah and her Siamese cat, RahRah living in the carriage house. Sarah has been named RahRah caregiver. She has had apply for a loan from her bank for an animal rescue group. The bank denied the loan along with Emily and Marcus request for funds while waiting for the building permits for their restaurant. Their Mother, Maybelle is furious and takes Sarah for an appointment to with the bank president, Mr. Knowlton, who is later found murdered. All clue The second book of the Sarah Blair series has Sarah and her Siamese cat, RahRah living in the carriage house. Sarah has been named RahRah caregiver. She has had apply for a loan from her bank for an animal rescue group. The bank denied the loan along with Emily and Marcus request for funds while waiting for the building permits for their restaurant. Their Mother, Maybelle is furious and takes Sarah for an appointment to with the bank president, Mr. Knowlton, who is later found murdered. All clues point to Maybelle as the killer. Emily a takes job offer her to run a competitor 's restaurant while waiting for the permits to open her restaurant. Sarah sets about exploring the murder to save her Mother from prison. Will she be successful? The cover will catch your eye. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK AND SERIES. Recipes are included. Disclosure: Thanks to Kensington Books for a copy through NetGalley. The opinions expressed are my ow

  4. 4 out of 5

    Micky Cox

    Once again someone is framing one of Sarah's family members and she isn't going to let it fly! She is once again on the hunt to figure out who is messing with her family and trying to tear them apart while her sister tries to get her restaurant off the ground again. There are several handsome men who have appeared on the scene lately, but is Sarah once again starting to be attracted to a killer? Well plotted, great characters with a strong female lead who is starting to become even stronger and Once again someone is framing one of Sarah's family members and she isn't going to let it fly! She is once again on the hunt to figure out who is messing with her family and trying to tear them apart while her sister tries to get her restaurant off the ground again. There are several handsome men who have appeared on the scene lately, but is Sarah once again starting to be attracted to a killer? Well plotted, great characters with a strong female lead who is starting to become even stronger and entertaining interpersonal relationships between the characters makes this book extremely enjoyable. While you wouldn't have to read the first book to enjoy this one, it definitely would enhance your reading pleasure to read the series in order so you have a stronger sense of the characters' personalities as well as development of the relationships. I'm looking forward to more from this series and the first two books are available via audiobook!

  5. 5 out of 5

    LORI (Dollycas) CASWELL

    Dollycas’s Thoughts Sarah Blair doesn’t have to work but she enjoys her job at the law firm and is happy living in the carriage house with her cat RahRah. Her sister Emily along with Marcus have big plans for not just one restaurant but two! The one lost to a fire and one in the “big house” that Sarah inherited. When the bank turns down their loan request her the girl’s mother Maybelle drags Sarah to the bank to hash it out with the president of the bank. Apparently Sarah’s healthy bank account w Dollycas’s Thoughts Sarah Blair doesn’t have to work but she enjoys her job at the law firm and is happy living in the carriage house with her cat RahRah. Her sister Emily along with Marcus have big plans for not just one restaurant but two! The one lost to a fire and one in the “big house” that Sarah inherited. When the bank turns down their loan request her the girl’s mother Maybelle drags Sarah to the bank to hash it out with the president of the bank. Apparently Sarah’s healthy bank account will remind the man who is dealing with. Promising he’ll look over the paperwork, Sarah heads to a meeting but Maybelle has other plans. She waits a short time and then returns to the president’s office where instead of getting the answer she wanted she finds the man dead. She then finds herself the police’s prime suspect. Sarah is surprised by how quickly people believe her mother is a murderer. Emily has her hands full working at a local hotel until she can get her restaurants open. Sarah is busy with a fundraiser too but knows she needs to help lawyer Harlan do everything she can to keep Maybelle out of jail. ___________ There is a lot happening in Wheaton, Alabama and Sarah Blair seems to be caught up in all of it. She can do many things now that she has received her inheritance but for right now she is content working for Harlan, helping her sister and staying involved with things around town, like the fundraiser. She and Emily are best friends, the yin to the other’s yang. Maybelle knows just how to push their buttons, but we see a different side of her this time. Emily is very driven and Sarah is still finding her way. The core characters are evolving at a realistic pace. We learn more about Sarah’s neighbor George this time and because of that, we meet some new characters. Employees of the bank are also introduced. The author does an excellent job giving us characters to root for and those that could be villains/suspects. RahRah again stole my heart. I did enjoy the way Ms. Goldstein sets the scene. The bank, the hotel, the carriage house and everything in between were all described so well. I could easily envision each place. The mystery was murky for me but I latched onto the killer pretty early on. I just didn’t know the details of their motive until it was all laid out for me. There were several red herrings though that could have diverted my thinking but I held strong. Mini mysteries that eventually tied together to the murder were very interesting and pressed me to realize I was on the right track. The ending was pretty exciting. Debra H. Goldstein has again given readers a fun and entertaining mystery filled with characters I wish I could know in person. Comfortable cozies, both books in this series so far have been Perfect Escapes. Once I started reading they were virtually impossible to put down. Two Bites Too Many has whet my appetite for book #3. I can’t wait to see what happens next.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Mary Brown

    Synopsis: Far from a domestic goddess, Sarah Blair would rather catch bad guys than slave over a hot stove. But when a dangerous murder boils over in Wheaton, Alabama, catching the killer means leaving her comfort zone ... Things are finally looking up for Sarah Blair following her unsavory divorce. Settled into a cozy carriage house with her sassy Siamese cat, RahRah, she has somehow managed to hang on to her modest law firm receptionist job and--if befriending flea-bitten strays at the local ani Synopsis: Far from a domestic goddess, Sarah Blair would rather catch bad guys than slave over a hot stove. But when a dangerous murder boils over in Wheaton, Alabama, catching the killer means leaving her comfort zone ... Things are finally looking up for Sarah Blair following her unsavory divorce. Settled into a cozy carriage house with her sassy Siamese cat, RahRah, she has somehow managed to hang on to her modest law firm receptionist job and--if befriending flea-bitten strays at the local animal shelter counts--lead a thriving social life. For once, Sarah almost has it together more than her enterprising twin, Emily, a professional chef whose efforts to open a gourmet restaurant have hit a real dead end ... When the president of the town bank and city council is murdered after icing Emily's business plans, all eyes are on the one person who left the scene with blood on her hands--the Blair girls' sharp-tongued mother, Maybelle. Determined to get her mom off the hook ASAP, Sarah must collect the ingredients of a deadly crime to bring the true culprit to justice. But as neighbors turn against her family, can she pare down the suspects before another victim lands on the chopping block? Includes quick and easy recipes! "This smart cozy--full of heart and humor and surprises--has everything a mystery lover could ask for." --Hank Phillippi Ryan, author of Trust Me (Goodreads) Review: The characters are well wounded and well developed. Sarah, Emily, her sister, and their mom, Maybelle, are close and really love each other, even if their mom drives them nuts most days. They will help each other anyway they can. Sarah is determined to find the real culprit so her mom does not go to jail for a crime she did not commit. The secondary characters added a lot to the story, but it seemed like there were a lot of characters to keep track of. That is only my opinion and other readers may not agree with me. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and through much of the story I felt like I was listening in on conversations and watching all of the action taking place. The mystery was well plotted and there were a lot of red herrings thrown in to mess with all of the armchair detectives. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. I will definitely read the next one when it is released. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Kensington Books, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Sarah Blair and here Siamese cat Rah-Rah begin the second installment of the series with the planning of YipYeow Day--which started as an animal parade and expanded into a larger event to promote shelter adoptions as well. She and her mother, Maybelle, meet with the bank president Lance Knowlton in their small town of Wheaton, Alabama to discuss the bank's corporate support of the event. Their meeting goes downhill when Maybelle discovers that her other daughter's corporate loan for her restaura Sarah Blair and here Siamese cat Rah-Rah begin the second installment of the series with the planning of YipYeow Day--which started as an animal parade and expanded into a larger event to promote shelter adoptions as well. She and her mother, Maybelle, meet with the bank president Lance Knowlton in their small town of Wheaton, Alabama to discuss the bank's corporate support of the event. Their meeting goes downhill when Maybelle discovers that her other daughter's corporate loan for her restaurant has been denied by loan officer Bailey and she is angry. But when Mr. Knowlton is found dead in his office shortly thereafter, Maybelle becomes the prime suspect. Can Sarah clear her mother's name and find the real killer, while still being able to make the first YipYeow Day a great success? This was quite an enjoyable cozy mystery. The characters are real people, with good and not-so-good qualities, facing real life situations and problems: business troubles, local politics, and siblings disagreeing on how to care for an elderly parent, for example. Sarah's character continues to develop as well. Her ex-husband has now passed away and she is facing life with a new perspective. She is looking out for her twin sister Emily the best she can in all aspects, particularly as she enters into an employment contract with Thomas Howell to be his temporary head chef for his hotel restaurant. Sarah has good instincts and isn't afraid to let people know how she feels. She's the kind of person I'd like to have as a friend because she is truly a person of integrity. There were a few periods in the book where I wondered how the current plot was connected to the original murder but the author did an excellent job of wrapping up all the pieces together for a great ending. I only wish the book featured more of Rah-Rah the cat! Thanks to the author and Cozy Mystery Review for a copy of this book. My review is voluntary.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jeanie

    I completely enjoyed this cozy mystery! Sarah, a receptionist at an attorney's office and caregiver for her late mother-in-law's Siamese cat, RahRah, keeps her busy. The city has approved not only the pet parade she proposed to raise funds for and increase adoptions at the local animal shelter, they also made YipYeow Day to celebrate pets, the shelter, and its needs. Sarah coordinates teams of volunteers for each area of the day, and she and RahRah will ride with the mayor and grand marshal of t I completely enjoyed this cozy mystery! Sarah, a receptionist at an attorney's office and caregiver for her late mother-in-law's Siamese cat, RahRah, keeps her busy. The city has approved not only the pet parade she proposed to raise funds for and increase adoptions at the local animal shelter, they also made YipYeow Day to celebrate pets, the shelter, and its needs. Sarah coordinates teams of volunteers for each area of the day, and she and RahRah will ride with the mayor and grand marshal of the parade. Before that occurs, however, she and her mother, Maybelle, are trying to find out why long-term bank president Lance turned down the loan for her sister Emily and her boyfriend Marcus. They are finishing the Southwind Pub and convert the main house on Sarah's property into the new, upscale Southwind Restaurant. They only need the loan, backed 100% by Maybelle, and rezoning from the city council. Lance will review the loan folder, and Maybelle will return shortly to see what he says. When Maybelle returned, coming in through the back door that should have been locked, Lance was dead at his desk, murdered by a blow to the head. This is a good, solid sequel to the first in series; I am looking forward to this being a long-term series. The characters are defined well through actions and conversations; most are very likable. One of my favorite parts of the novel is YipYeow Day; what a great idea to meet a very real need! I also enjoy George, Sarah's neighbor, and seeing how well this family pulls together. The plot is beautifully unveiled and unravelled. The twists and turns added suspects, and brought many surprises along the way. There are no loose ends in this very satisfying tale. There is one little situation I wish had resolved differently, but the author knows what she is doing for this novel and the future ones. I highly recommend this to all who enjoy well-written cozy mysteries with pets, legal challenges, and characters who really make Wheaton, Alabama, a great place to live!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Tari

    I really loved this second book for this newer series, maybe even more than the first book. Readers got to know Sarah and Emily's mom, Maybelle, a lot better, especially since she was the prime suspect in the murder of the bank president she'd just argued with. There was a little more about George Rogers' life in this book too, and how he'd been taken in by a sweet little white fuzzy dog. Despite everyone's warnings, Sarah wouldn't back down for a minute when it came to defending her mom and sis I really loved this second book for this newer series, maybe even more than the first book. Readers got to know Sarah and Emily's mom, Maybelle, a lot better, especially since she was the prime suspect in the murder of the bank president she'd just argued with. There was a little more about George Rogers' life in this book too, and how he'd been taken in by a sweet little white fuzzy dog. Despite everyone's warnings, Sarah wouldn't back down for a minute when it came to defending her mom and sister. She was worried that Emily had gotten into a bad deal with a hotel owner who promised her the moon, but Sarah smelled a rat, and it wasn't the rat she'd been married to either. Even though I had my eye on someone from the get-go as the killer, it actually turned out to be someone else. The original person wasn't without guilt though, so at least that person was taken care of in the end. Sarah found herself with a fuzzy white boarder named Fluffy eventually while her neighbor recovered from an accident. The killer showdown and the last chapter summed everything up very neatly, and now I'm excited to see how Marcus and Emily's new place will succeed. I was proud of Maybelle for seeming more like a normal person in this book and actually being sympathetic to Sarah's neighbor. I voluntarily read and reviewed a copy of this book provided by the publisher, and my opinions are my own.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Pamela Mitchell

    I enjoyed every minute of this book with engaging characters and a well-written mystery that had me glued to the book from beginning to end because I had to know whodunit!! I really liked Sarah Blair and her dynamic with the other characters as she works to clear her mother, Maybelle, who is the prime suspect in the death of the bank president. This is a must-read for anyone who enjoys well-crafted mysteries with twists and turns to keep you totally immersed in all that's happening. I received a I enjoyed every minute of this book with engaging characters and a well-written mystery that had me glued to the book from beginning to end because I had to know whodunit!! I really liked Sarah Blair and her dynamic with the other characters as she works to clear her mother, Maybelle, who is the prime suspect in the death of the bank president. This is a must-read for anyone who enjoys well-crafted mysteries with twists and turns to keep you totally immersed in all that's happening. I received an advance reader copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving my review.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Carla Johnson-Hicks

    This is the second book in the Sarah Blair Mystery series, but it is the first one I read. It worked okay as a standalone story, but I do wish I had read the first one. There were some things I would have liked clarified. I did enjoy this story well enough, even though I did not read the first book. Sarah's twin sister, Emily and her partner, Marcus have been turned down for a loan to reopen their pub and catering service after a fire in the strip mall where they were located. When Maybelle, thei This is the second book in the Sarah Blair Mystery series, but it is the first one I read. It worked okay as a standalone story, but I do wish I had read the first one. There were some things I would have liked clarified. I did enjoy this story well enough, even though I did not read the first book. Sarah's twin sister, Emily and her partner, Marcus have been turned down for a loan to reopen their pub and catering service after a fire in the strip mall where they were located. When Maybelle, their mother, and Sarah go to the bank to find out why, they leave assuming the bank manager will approve the loan. When Maybelle goes back in to talk to the manager, Lance, she finds him dead. Of course the person who discovers the body, is often the prime suspect and that is the case here. Sarah believes the acting police chief is not investigating other suspects, so decides to investigate on her own. I enjoyed the twins, Sarah and Emily. They are great friends and supporters and even when Sarah is right, she refuses to tell Emily "I told you so." Maybelle is a wonderful character. She is smart, sassy, strong-willed and persistent. I really enjoyed the animal characters, even though they don't play a huge role. RahRah, the Siamese cat and the heir to a rather large estate, gives Sarah the funds necessary to live a different life. Fluffy, the little lost dog, is instrumental in a couple important plot points. The mystery is well written and plotted. I narrowed down the culprits pretty early and was basically correct, but for all the wrong reasons. There were a variety of possible suspects with very different motives and that kept the story interesting and had me doubting my guesses somewhat. There looks like there might be a love triangle coming up, but both the male characters are likable, so this will be tough. I am definitely going to go back and read the first book in this series to clear up a few questions that I still have. This was a good cozy mystery with all the things I enjoy about this genre: small town, great atmosphere, good food, animals, multi-age characters, a bit of romance, an interesting crime, and a great sleuth. I do recommend this one to all cozy mystery lovers. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book upon request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Juli

    I love cozy mysteries. Sometimes I just need an escape....and reading for pure entertainment and enjoyment is the perfect escape for me. The cuter and fluffier the cozy, the happier I am....I just curl up in bed with my chihuahua and one or more of my resident cats and fall into the story. This series -- The Sarah Blair Mysteries -- fits what I enjoy in a cozy perfectly. Cute animals. A slightly kooky main character. Quirky side characters. A bit of a love interest. And a fun, interesting subplo I love cozy mysteries. Sometimes I just need an escape....and reading for pure entertainment and enjoyment is the perfect escape for me. The cuter and fluffier the cozy, the happier I am....I just curl up in bed with my chihuahua and one or more of my resident cats and fall into the story. This series -- The Sarah Blair Mysteries -- fits what I enjoy in a cozy perfectly. Cute animals. A slightly kooky main character. Quirky side characters. A bit of a love interest. And a fun, interesting subplot. All boxes ticked....love this series! Two Bites Too Many is the second book in the Sarah Blair series. With her divorce and first unexpected jump into amateur sleuthing behind her, Sarah is forging ahead. Not quite sure what she wants to do with her life, she is trying to settle into her new life with her siamese cat RahRah. Things take a bit of a turn when she's pulled into town politics, fundraising and her twin sister Emily's quest to open a restaurant. When a local banker is killed and Sarah's mother is a suspect, once again Sarah finds herself hunting a killer. Loved this second book! I have a weakness for siamese cats...so love RahRah. Another cute fluff makes an entrance in this book as well...perfect! The mystery moves along at a nice pace, with plenty of suspects and twists. One portion of the subplot had me shaking my head a bit as a main character made a pretty foolish decision -- but don't we all at times? I just had to shake my head a bit and keep reading. The ending was well executed. I sort of figured out the killer....but wasn't quite sure of the motive. Nice finish! I listened to the audio book format of this book. Narrated by Emily Beresford, the audio is almost 8 hours long. Not a bad listening length. Beresford gives a great performance. It took me a few minutes to warm up to her voice when listening to the first book in this series, but it wasn't long before I was enjoying her performance. Very enjoyable book! At the time I'm writing this review, I have a digital ARC of the third book -- Three Treats Too Many -- coming out in August 2020. Can't' wait to read it! Love this series!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kimmie

    "Two Bites Too Many" is the second book in the Sarah Blair series by Debra H. Goldstein. This book definitely lives up to the high standards set by Book 1 (One Taste Too Many). Goldstein has scored a home run with main character Sarah, who is a caring woman with common sense who approaches cooking (and life) with a philosophy of "the quicker and easier, the better". I was particularly happy to see Sarah's growth from the first book to his one...she is learning to stand on her own, and feel confi "Two Bites Too Many" is the second book in the Sarah Blair series by Debra H. Goldstein. This book definitely lives up to the high standards set by Book 1 (One Taste Too Many). Goldstein has scored a home run with main character Sarah, who is a caring woman with common sense who approaches cooking (and life) with a philosophy of "the quicker and easier, the better". I was particularly happy to see Sarah's growth from the first book to his one...she is learning to stand on her own, and feel confident in herself and her abilities. I can't wait to see what comes next for her. Minor characters (including twin sister Emily, mother Maybelle, lawyer Harlan, and Rah-Rah the Siamese cat) are also well-drawn, with distinctive personalities. Sarah spends most of this book dealing with three trying situations: trying to clear her mother of a murder charge, organizing a town-wide pet-themed fundraising event, and trying to keep her sister from making a major business-related mistake. There is plenty going on in this story to keep things interesting, but never so much that the reader feels overwhelmed...the author strikes the perfect balance. Once again, Ms. Goldstein manages to avoid the typical cozy mystery romance tropes. Two books into the series, and our heroine is still single, and perfectly happy without a man in her life. That is refreshing! A couple of potential suitors are on her horizon, but I'm happy to give Sarah all the time she needs to decide which (if either) to get involved with. Yes, dear reader, a book can be fabulous and filled with important relationships WITHOUT a romance being involved. You heard it here first! By the end, I had a pretty strong suspicion as to the identity of the "bad guy". However, the final reveal was still exciting, and VERY climatic! I have only good things to say about this book, this series, and this author. While I believe this book could stand alone, why not start with Book 1? I promise, you WON'T be disappointed! Five out of five creamy balls of fresh burrata cheese!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Autumn

    “Two Bites Too Many”, the second in the Sarah Blair mystery series, finds our sleuth Sarah in a great place. She is established in the carriage house with her beloved Siamese cat, RahRah, and enjoying her time working for Harlan Endicott as a secretary and receptionist at his law firm. When Sarah’s twin sister Emily’s loan to build her restaurant is denied, Sarah’s mother Maybelle coaxes Sarah into accompanying her to the bank to confront Lance Knowlton, the bank president, to find out why the l “Two Bites Too Many”, the second in the Sarah Blair mystery series, finds our sleuth Sarah in a great place. She is established in the carriage house with her beloved Siamese cat, RahRah, and enjoying her time working for Harlan Endicott as a secretary and receptionist at his law firm. When Sarah’s twin sister Emily’s loan to build her restaurant is denied, Sarah’s mother Maybelle coaxes Sarah into accompanying her to the bank to confront Lance Knowlton, the bank president, to find out why the loan was denied. Moments after Maybelle and Sarah confront Lance, he is discovered murdered in his office. Suspicion falls on Maybelle, and so Sarah has to investigate. Sarah is really coming into her own in this story. Unlike the last book, when Emily was the calm steady twin and Sarah was a bit of a mess, the roles are reversed. This is particularly evident when Emily is considering a temporary job offer from Thomas Howell, a rival restauranteur, and Sarah is the voice of reason, cautioning Emily to be careful. I like this new, more confident Sarah, and it is a natural progression as she gets over her divorce and moves on. Of course, she is still terrified of kitchens and cooking. Author Debra Goldstein does a great job at describing the people and settings of her books, so much so that it’s very easy to envision the details as you are reading. She also researches her topics thoroughly, and is quite good at explaining details without becoming boring. A subplot about Emily and her chef boyfriend Marcus struggling with remodeling and permits for their restaurant is well explained and adds an interesting element to the story. The mystery itself is well written and has ample suspects. I didn’t guess the killer until the end, when Sarah discovers the identity of the murderer. And of course, RahRah is delightful as ever, playing an important role in YipYeow days, a fundraiser Sarah is organizing for the local animal shelter. As an animal lover myself, I very much appreciated the subplot of Sarah’s efforts to raise funds for the shelter. All in all, this is a worthy second installment. I enjoyed spending time with Sarah and friends, and am looking forward to the third story, Three Treats Too Many.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jeanne Locke

    This cozy delves into the intricacies of small town financing, restaurant rivalries, sibling relationship tangles and town committee zoning battles and it builds suspense with a Southern accent and civility. The mystery opens with the town's chief banker found murdered in his office and the investigating temporary sheriff latches onto Sarah's mother, Maybelle, as the chief suspect. Maybelle is also my favorite character in the book since she is over the top and lives out loud! Sarah is compelled This cozy delves into the intricacies of small town financing, restaurant rivalries, sibling relationship tangles and town committee zoning battles and it builds suspense with a Southern accent and civility. The mystery opens with the town's chief banker found murdered in his office and the investigating temporary sheriff latches onto Sarah's mother, Maybelle, as the chief suspect. Maybelle is also my favorite character in the book since she is over the top and lives out loud! Sarah is compelled to look for other suspects to clear her mother's name and doesn't have to contrive reasons to 'snoop' around since most of the suspects pop up naturally as she goes about her daily life. Is the re-zoning battle which directly affects many in the community a factor or the bank's refusal to make loans to many small business owners the primary motivation or the competition for chefs and catering jobs? There are lots of simmering tensions and outright anger that overlap as the town's chief players interact and jostle to maintain or improve their positions. There's the wealthy connected Hightower family, the bank's long time employees, the rivals in the restaurant community, the nephews fighting over real estate - which one was pushed too far and snapped? The fund raiser that Sarah organizes to help the local animal shelter is what brings together the town's power network while highlighting each groups ambitions and indirectly leads to the exposure of the guilty. I suspected who had done it early on but changed my mind to another very likely contender and felt justified by the ending since there was enough guilt to be spread around, it really was two bites too many and not by the adorable Siamese cat RahRah or the irresitible small fluffy white stray named Fluffy! This was a well plotted mystery with likable and believable characters. Thanks to the author and The Cozy Mystery Review Crew for a comp copy in exchange for my honest review.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn Breckinridge

    ‘Two Bites Too Many’ by author Debra Goldstein is the second in her Sarah Blair mystery series ('One Taste Too Many.') In this second novel, Sarah is once again called upon to extricate a family member from the accusation of murder, in this case, her mother Maybelle. Maybelle is a colorful and strong-minded woman who says what she thinks and doesn’t have a problem letting others see her ire. This, of course, gets her into trouble when not one, but two men are attacked shortly after Maybelle has ‘Two Bites Too Many’ by author Debra Goldstein is the second in her Sarah Blair mystery series ('One Taste Too Many.') In this second novel, Sarah is once again called upon to extricate a family member from the accusation of murder, in this case, her mother Maybelle. Maybelle is a colorful and strong-minded woman who says what she thinks and doesn’t have a problem letting others see her ire. This, of course, gets her into trouble when not one, but two men are attacked shortly after Maybelle has given them a piece of her mind. Sarah is a busy person because not only is she trying to save her mother from murder charges, she is also office assistant to her lawyer friend, Harlan, (who may be one of two men crushing on her,) pet owner to a very finicky cat named Rah-Rah, twin sister to Emily who appears to always be requiring Sarah’s help in her career as chef, head of the fundraising campaign (YipYeow Day) for the local animal shelter, and an active community member who has a stake in the future planning for her city of Wheaton. Of course, all of these elements are combined like culinary ingredients and stirred together to create the plot and final outcome of this story. This is once again a fun cozy mystery set in and around Birmingham, Alabama that also provides insight into the restaurant business and organizing fund-raising events. Personally, I felt this second novel was faster-paced and the plot was even stronger than the first. Most of the same characters are back in this one, and once again, the reader is challenged to help Sarah find the culprit or culprits who are truly guilty of crime before Chief Gerard makes an erroneous arrest.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Rosemary K

    Sarah Blair and her cat, RahRah, are settling in together and things are going their way. Unfortunately the murder of the local bank president quickly changes that. Her mother, Maybelle, becomes the prime suspect. Sarah is determined to protect her mother. She enlists her boss to represent Maybelle. Harlan is a good lawyer. Meanwhile Sarah will follow the clues. Can they find the truth? I was sorry that people were so quick to place blame. Especially since there was no solid proof. I was amazed Sarah Blair and her cat, RahRah, are settling in together and things are going their way. Unfortunately the murder of the local bank president quickly changes that. Her mother, Maybelle, becomes the prime suspect. Sarah is determined to protect her mother. She enlists her boss to represent Maybelle. Harlan is a good lawyer. Meanwhile Sarah will follow the clues. Can they find the truth? I was sorry that people were so quick to place blame. Especially since there was no solid proof. I was amazed that Sarah could juggle so many things. Her twin, Emily, has problems with the city council. She and her partner need to reopen their restaurant. I like Sarah. She has a good heart. Her involvement with the animal charity was heartwarming. Her investigative skills are impressive. She's able to read people and understand their motives. The story has plenty of people with a motive as well as other shenanigans. Two Bites Too Many pulled me in. I couldn't put this book down. I had to know who committed the crime. Debra H. Goldstein has written a delightful cozy mystery. I liked the characters, the smart dialogue and the small town setting. This is the second book in the Sarah Blair series. The writing is well done and the mystery is suspenseful. I can't wait for the next book in this series. I received a copy of this book which I voluntarily read and reviewed. My comments are my honest opinion.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Patty

    Two Bites Too Many by Debra H. Goldstein is the 2nd book in the Sarah Blair Mystery series, and another fun addition. Sarah and Emily are twins who are very different. Sarah is divorced, and is working at a law firm as a receptionist. Sarah recently received a large inheritance and a cat named, RahRah. Emily is a chef, who is high achieving. In this adventure, it is the twins mother, Maybelle, who is the suspect who is suspected of murder. Sarah is determined to find the real killer, knowing her Two Bites Too Many by Debra H. Goldstein is the 2nd book in the Sarah Blair Mystery series, and another fun addition. Sarah and Emily are twins who are very different. Sarah is divorced, and is working at a law firm as a receptionist. Sarah recently received a large inheritance and a cat named, RahRah. Emily is a chef, who is high achieving. In this adventure, it is the twins mother, Maybelle, who is the suspect who is suspected of murder. Sarah is determined to find the real killer, knowing her mother is innocent. Once I started this book I could not stop reading it. It was a quick read that kept me guessing. I look forward to the next book in the series. I highly recommend this book for all cozy mystery book lovers. I reviewed a digital arc provided by NetGalley and Kensington Publishing. Thank you.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jeanie Jackson

    Fans of One Taste Too Many will love the second book in the series, Two Bites Too Many. It would probably be best to read that book first because events in the first book are referred to frequently. You should be able to enjoy this one by itself, but why would you want to. Strong characters, intriguing plot, great supporting characters combine to make Debra H. Goldstein’s newest addition to the Sarah Brown mystery series a delightful read that will leave you waiting for the next one to release. Fans of One Taste Too Many will love the second book in the series, Two Bites Too Many. It would probably be best to read that book first because events in the first book are referred to frequently. You should be able to enjoy this one by itself, but why would you want to. Strong characters, intriguing plot, great supporting characters combine to make Debra H. Goldstein’s newest addition to the Sarah Brown mystery series a delightful read that will leave you waiting for the next one to release. I love an amateur sleuth who acts intelligently and Sarah fits the bill. I enjoyed watching Sarah work through the puzzle with only one of those of the standard tropes that often irritates me to no end, and this one played out reasonably. Two Bites Too Many presents a well plotted mystery with great characters. It impressed me how well Debra Goldstein manipulated her characters so that I reacted to them just the way she wanted. While there were several characters that I did not trust, I couldn’t be sure of the villain until the end. As for the rest of the characters, I loved them all, and especially enjoyed the relationship between the sisters. I request and was excited to receive an ARC of Two Bites Too Many via NetGalley. Friends already know how much I enjoyed One Bite Too Many, so they will not be surprised to hear how much I loved Two Bites Too Many. I look forward to seeing where Sarah’s life takes her.

  20. 4 out of 5

    OpenBookSociety.com

    https://openbooksociety.com/article/t... Two Bites Too Many Sarah Blair Mystery #2 By Debra H. Goldstein ISBN 9781496719485 DebraHGoldstein.com Brought to you by OBS Reviewer Jeanie Synopsis: Far from a domestic goddess, Sarah Blair would rather catch bad guys than slave over a hot stove. But when a dangerous murder boils over in Wheaton, Alabama, catching the killer means leaving her comfort zone … Things are finally looking up for Sarah Blair following her unsavory divorce. Settled into a cozy carriage https://openbooksociety.com/article/t... Two Bites Too Many Sarah Blair Mystery #2 By Debra H. Goldstein ISBN 9781496719485 DebraHGoldstein.com Brought to you by OBS Reviewer Jeanie Synopsis: Far from a domestic goddess, Sarah Blair would rather catch bad guys than slave over a hot stove. But when a dangerous murder boils over in Wheaton, Alabama, catching the killer means leaving her comfort zone … Things are finally looking up for Sarah Blair following her unsavory divorce. Settled into a cozy carriage house with her sassy Siamese cat, RahRah, she has somehow managed to hang on to her modest law firm receptionist job and–if befriending flea-bitten strays at the local animal shelter counts–lead a thriving social life. For once, Sarah almost has it together more than her enterprising twin, Emily, a professional chef whose efforts to open a gourmet restaurant have hit a real dead end … When the president of the town bank and city council is murdered after icing Emily’s business plans, all eyes are on the one person who left the scene with blood on her hands–the Blair girls’ sharp-tongued mother, Maybelle. Determined to get her mom off the hook ASAP, Sarah must collect the ingredients of a deadly crime to bring the true culprit to justice. But as neighbors turn against her family, can she pare down the suspects before another victim lands on the chopping block? (From Goodreads) Review: This second offering in the Sarah Blair Mystery series is riveting; I really enjoyed it! We get to know Sarah, her twin Emily, and their mother, Maybelle, better than before. It is good to see Sarah enjoying her life with RahRah, the lovable Siamese she inherited from her former mother-in-law and living in the carriage house provided for him in her will. The locked room mystery is challenging, and the setting that includes the first unique YipYeow Day is delightful! Sarah and Maybelle are going to see Lance, the president of the bank they have dealt with for years. He recently turned down a loan application from Emily and her boyfriend, Marcus that was 100% guaranteed by Maybelle. They were finishing the buildout of Southwind Pub, which had previously been their restaurant until a fire destroyed it. It would also fund the conversion of the big house on Sarah’s property into an upscale Southwind restaurant once rezoning is approved. They talk with the delightfully eccentric George, who lives across the street from Sarah. Someone knocked down parts of his fence during the night and some finials from Sarah’s fence. Maybelle put one of the finials into her enormous handbag so they could get replacement. George is looking for a sweet, stray dog he has been feeding that he calls Fluffy, and Sarah promises to help him look for her. Their appointment with Lance was delayed as two men were in his office. One was irate, as the bank had pulled the loan he had on the cabin he was building on his land. As he left, he threatened Lance. A successful contractor, there was no more reason for his loan being pulled than there was for Emily and Marcus’ loan being rejected. After Maybelle speaks with Lance, he agrees to review the application in case Bailey, the loan officer, made an error. Sarah went to the city council meeting where they hoped to get zoning approval for the new restaurant while Maybelle awaited the outcome of the review. Maybelle went around the bank to the alley entrance to Lance’s office, which they always used when her husband was still alive. The door to Lance’s office was ajar, and it looked like Lance’s head was on his desk as a child might if resting. To her horror, she saw that Lance was dead, with a huge wound on the back of his head. Acting Police Chief Dwayne Gerard is eager to close the case so he will have a chance to get the position permanently. Maybelle found Lance, and her fingerprints are the only ones on the finial from Sarah’s fence found on the floor behind Lance. He is ready to arrest one of the town’s leading citizens for a murder she did not commit. Sarah helped solve a murder a few months ago when it seemed the police weren’t doing a good job. Specifically, then-Sergeant Dwayne Gerard. She is not ready to find another killer, but this is her mom – and she might have no choice but to look for another killer to protect Maybelle. Sarah’s hands are full between her job, getting committees set up for YipYeow Day to benefit the local animal shelter with the pets on parade, hopeful pet adoptions, and now, a Blessing the Beasts service at a nearby church. Emily also needs her help as a server. Emily is doing a 6-month executive chef position at The Howellian Hotel in nearby Birmingham. The owner, Thomas, is charming and complimentary, and this job will help pay for some additional renovations needed at the Pub. The Howellian is competition with their proposed upscale restaurant as well as their catering business. One thing I liked about Sarah from the start is that her cooking ability is similar to mine. Another is her love of animals, especially cats and her volunteer work at the shelter. I also like George. Even though he didn’t like the idea of turning her big house into an upscale restaurant, he is a good, conscientious neighbor who genuinely cares about his family, neighbors, and potential pets. I hope to see more of him in the future. Eloise, Lance’s secretary, is someone I also like. She is a hard worker, organized, and someone I hope to see more of, also. This mystery kept me on my toes. Plot twists keep the story moving quickly and made me wish my brain were more nimble! This series is going in a very positive direction; I really liked the first in series, and this one even better. The mystery absolutely had me stumped. Even when I narrowed it down to two people, new clues almost brought more back to the list. There were certainly surprises at the end, including some of the motives and scheming. The ending is overall satisfactory despite my sadness at part of the outcome for one person. I highly recommend this cozy mystery! *OBS would like to thank the publisher for supplying a free copy of this title in exchange for an honest review*

  21. 4 out of 5

    Alexia Gordon

    A fun cozy with food, cats, dogs, and battles over zoning laws

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sara Gordon

    Two Bites Too Many was an absolutely wonderful cozy mystery! Not gonna lie, I love when a book has a character with the same name as me, even when the spelling is different, but that's not the only reason to like the Sarah Blair Mystery series. Debra Goldstein creates such a great scene for the series in the town of Wheaton, it's got enough of the small town appeal that helps a reader feel at home and get to know the citizens, but also has the bigger city of Birmingham nearby so the town doesn't Two Bites Too Many was an absolutely wonderful cozy mystery! Not gonna lie, I love when a book has a character with the same name as me, even when the spelling is different, but that's not the only reason to like the Sarah Blair Mystery series. Debra Goldstein creates such a great scene for the series in the town of Wheaton, it's got enough of the small town appeal that helps a reader feel at home and get to know the citizens, but also has the bigger city of Birmingham nearby so the town doesn't seem too little and hokey. As an avid cozy reader, I am delighted to note that this book ticked all the boxes for me when it comes to a cozy! Sarah is a charming and intelligent young woman, who obviously cares a great deal for her family, friends, community, and animals. She's been unlucky in love, but has kept her caring and kind personality, instead of letting it make her bitter, she made herself better by moving on and working hard to get past the struggles of her failed marriage to Bill the Rat. Her mother and twin sister are quite the characters themselves, her mother Maybelle seems to have an aura of matriarchal power, not only with her daughters, but in the community as well, and her sister Emily is an Executive Chef that takes the reins and leads in any kitchen she steps foot in, even when she should really slow down and watch where she's stepping. With such strong personalities, it isn't at all surprising that when a loan request Emily needs to rebuild her restaurant is denied, Maybelle steps in to help, using her connections and relationship with Lance Knowlton, the president of their small town bank to get it straightened out. Sarah and Maybelle's visit seems to set the right gears in motion, but when Maybelle returns to speak to Lance one more time to confirm he's signing the loan approval ASAP, she finds him sprawled upon his desk, dead. It doesn't take long before Chief Gerard decides that Maybelle is the prime suspect and hardly looks for any other possibilities, so obviously, it's up to Sarah to investigate again (I say again, because this is the 2nd book in the series so far). Wouldn't you know it, while her mom is on the chopping block, her sister's restaurant's future sways in the breeze, and she has a major fundraising event to organize and execute, her boss asks her about her love life, in a way that makes him sound interested, just as a hunky contractor named Cliff comes onto her radar, and successful, handsome, Howellian Hotel owner Thomas Howell, suggests he'd like to spend time with her as well. There's a great level of activity in the story, you never get bored, and it's not so much action that it is too much action. I can't wait to pick up the first book, since I read this one out of order, and see where future installments take Sarah and her family!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Veronica Jorge

    Two Bites Too Many (A Sarah Blair Mystery) Book 2 in a new series! By Debra H. Goldstein Kensington Publishing Corp. 2019 ISBN 978-1-4967-1948-5 Debra H. Goldstein strikes again! With the pen that is. Her new cozy mystery, Two Bites Too Many, book 2 of her Sarah Blair Mystery Series, reunites the reader with the twins, Sarah and Emily. If mystery is not your genre of choice, not to worry, Two Bites Too Many is a good story that will satisfy every taste. We first met the twins in Goldstein’s debut co Two Bites Too Many (A Sarah Blair Mystery) Book 2 in a new series! By Debra H. Goldstein Kensington Publishing Corp. 2019 ISBN 978-1-4967-1948-5 Debra H. Goldstein strikes again! With the pen that is. Her new cozy mystery, Two Bites Too Many, book 2 of her Sarah Blair Mystery Series, reunites the reader with the twins, Sarah and Emily. If mystery is not your genre of choice, not to worry, Two Bites Too Many is a good story that will satisfy every taste. We first met the twins in Goldstein’s debut cozy mystery novel, One Taste Too Many, (reviewed by this writer on January 22, 2019). Emily, a chef, was accused of poisoning her sister Sarah’s ex-husband. The twins combined wits and skill to find the real killer. In Two Bites Too Many, Sarah’s receptionist job at Harlan’s law office is going well. The town is bustling with activity as the bank, town council, businesses and residents share ideas and lock horns debating rezoning plans. The battle lines are divided between those who want a more upscale Main Street and those who want the town to remain as is. In the midst of this tug of war is Sarah’s sister. Emily’s culinary career is on the rise and she’s awaiting news on the bank loan that will turn her dream of opening a gourmet restaurant into a reality. Her hopes get crushed when the bank officer denies the loan. The twins’ mother, Maybelle, a formidable woman and a substantial client of the bank, takes it upon herself to champion her daughter’s cause. Unbeknownst to Emily, Maybelle confronts Lance, the bank president and leading town council member. When Lance turns up dead, the prime suspect is… Maybelle! It appears that the killer has used the confusion caused by ambitious bankers, disgruntled relatives and residents, varying town factions, and chefs competing with each other to be the best, to create the perfect recipe for murder. Sarah and Emily plunge into a frantic investigation and race against time to uncover the truth and save their mother from a murder charge. A cozy mystery, with just the right amount of intrigue, suspense and humor, Two Bites Too Many is engaging and entertaining. Debra H. Goldstein will keep you guessing, and reading, to the end. So go ahead, grab the book and take a bite or two! Veronica Jorge

  24. 4 out of 5

    Abby Fabian

    A delightfully engaging read that will keep cozy readers in their chairs and glued to the pages. This was the second book in the series, but the first one that I have read. I caught on to the story and the characters rather quickly, but it did take a small while for all of the history to be revealed. This is to be expected when starting a series in the middle. However, I didn't have to read the first book to be able to see that Sarah has come leaps and bounds in a small amount of time. She is a A delightfully engaging read that will keep cozy readers in their chairs and glued to the pages. This was the second book in the series, but the first one that I have read. I caught on to the story and the characters rather quickly, but it did take a small while for all of the history to be revealed. This is to be expected when starting a series in the middle. However, I didn't have to read the first book to be able to see that Sarah has come leaps and bounds in a small amount of time. She is a relatable character that is doing well for herself. She wants to better herself and strives to succeed. I believe that was my favorite of her traits. Sarah is semi-recently divorced and not diving head first into a new relationship; however, she is open to it. There seem to be a couple of options for her if she so chooses. I must say, I certainly have a preference. We will see how that shakes out in the books to come. Sarah does not have an affinity for cooking while her twin sister Emily is a professional chef. Rather than be envious of her sister's abilities, she is helping Emily and her boyfriend/ co-owner of their restaurant to expand their business. Sarah and Emily's relationship is very sweet, but I do feel as though Emily has a tendency to minimize Sarah's job responsibilities. When the animals were showcased, they shone. Sarah's interactions with RahRah, her cat, were incredibly sweet as were her neighbor's interactions with a stray dog whom he dubbed Fluffy. The mystery was a puzzle! Sarah's mother is the main suspect which is how Sarah finds herself involved. There were several characters with varied motives and opportunities. I especially appreciated that there wasn't anything crazy or unbelievable. Sarah wasn't somersaulting through doorways and nobody was acting in a way that belied belief. I was very engaged throughout. I will be returning to this series for sure! I received an ARC of this book. I am voluntarily leaving a review. All thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Dawn Halverson

    Two Bites Too Many is the second book in Debra H. Goldstein’s entertaining “Sarah Blair Mystery” series. This is a wonderful series with relatable characters, a homey small-town setting, lots of good humor, and an engaging mystery. Sarah Blair is settling into her job as a law office receptionist and finally feels like she has gotten her life together again after her embarrassing divorce. Emily, her twin sister and chef, is planning to open a gourmet restaurant in town but has her business loan Two Bites Too Many is the second book in Debra H. Goldstein’s entertaining “Sarah Blair Mystery” series. This is a wonderful series with relatable characters, a homey small-town setting, lots of good humor, and an engaging mystery. Sarah Blair is settling into her job as a law office receptionist and finally feels like she has gotten her life together again after her embarrassing divorce. Emily, her twin sister and chef, is planning to open a gourmet restaurant in town but has her business loan turned down by the local bank president. Enter Maybelle, Emily’s and Sarah’s feisty mother, who pays a visit to the banker herself to plead her daughter’s case and ends up not only being the last person to see him alive, but also the one who left his office with blood on her hands. Literally. Sarah and Emily know their mother has an icy stare, an intimidating demeanor, and a sassy tongue to boot, but they both know she isn’t capable of murder, so Sarah puts her investigative cap on once again to save her mother from going to jail. Even as family friends and neighbors turn their backs on her and her family, Sarah will not stop questioning suspects until she finds out the truth and puts the real murderer behind bars. The relationships between the characters in this series are superb and are a very realistic portrayal of the dynamic between Maybelle and her daughters and the bond between the two sisters, Emily and Sarah. I also love the character of RahRah, Sarah’s adorable Siamese cat who, among other things, participates in the pet parade during the town’s YipYeow Day. What a hoot with lots of laughs! I’m really looking forward to the third book in this entertaining series! I volunteered to read this book and provide a fair and honest review, and I have done so. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Vbloemer

    Sarah, has inherited a cat who came with property and money. She lives in the carriage house and her sister and brother-n-law want to open a restaurant in the big house, but trouble abounds for them. Zoning issues, loans, permits, and inspections all cause roadblocks for them. Maybelle, Sarah and Emily’s mother, won’t stand for the loan denial. She is ready to take on the bank manager/city council president. Sarah, is enlisted to go with her mother to speak with the bank manager about the denial Sarah, has inherited a cat who came with property and money. She lives in the carriage house and her sister and brother-n-law want to open a restaurant in the big house, but trouble abounds for them. Zoning issues, loans, permits, and inspections all cause roadblocks for them. Maybelle, Sarah and Emily’s mother, won’t stand for the loan denial. She is ready to take on the bank manager/city council president. Sarah, is enlisted to go with her mother to speak with the bank manager about the denial of her sister’s loan. Little did they know the day would end with Maybelle, being accused of killing the bank manager. Sarah knows that the local police chief has narrowed in on her mother and isn’t really looking for any other suspects. To save her mother from the narrow minded chief, Sarah starts to investigate. She will need to navigate her work, helping her sister with food events, and organizing the first fundraiser event for the local animal shelter. Through all of it she will question some of the motives of the people involved. It becomes clear to her that more is going on than meets the eye and she will need to piece together what really caused the bank manager’s murder. This was a really, interesting book. There were enough events going on to keep the killer mostly hidden until towards the end when Sarah had started to put things together and get her suspicions raised. The characters were well developed. and the addition of the animals was a great touch. This is the second book in the series, and I have not read the first, but I didn’t feel like I had missed anything. I was able to read this book and follow along easily. I look forward to getting the first book and reading it as well as any books that follow in this series. It was a very enjoyable read.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Hash

    This was the quintessential cozy mystery-- small-town charm, quirky characters, lots of food, lots of pets, and everyone is a suspect- but of course our amateur sleuth, Sarah, is the one to crack the case. I greatly enjoyed Sarah's interactions with the other characters, especially her spunky mother, Maybelle, and her kooky neighbor, Mr. Rogers. Some of the other characters weren't particularly memorable, but as the series progresses I hope to learn more about them and come to appreciate them mo This was the quintessential cozy mystery-- small-town charm, quirky characters, lots of food, lots of pets, and everyone is a suspect- but of course our amateur sleuth, Sarah, is the one to crack the case. I greatly enjoyed Sarah's interactions with the other characters, especially her spunky mother, Maybelle, and her kooky neighbor, Mr. Rogers. Some of the other characters weren't particularly memorable, but as the series progresses I hope to learn more about them and come to appreciate them more. I found myself smiling frequently throughout the book, like when Maybelle dubs acting police chief Gerard "Officer Fife," and although the story seemed to move a little slowly at times, I stayed interested. This was the second book in the series and I regret not reading the first one before I began this one. It works as a standalone, but I feel like I would have been much more emotionally invested in the characters if I had started at the beginning. I'm dying to know exactly what Sarah's marriage was like, and why she refers to her ex-husband as a rat... but I already know I don't like him! Overall, I'd recommend starting with the first book in the series so you don't find yourself in my slightly-detached position, but definitely give this one a shot! I look forward to the next one!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Missi Martin (Stockwell)

    I thought things were intense when Sarah's twin sister Emily was accused of murder in One Taste Too Many, the first book in the Sarah Blair Mystery series by Debra H. Goldstein but when their mother is accused of murder in the second book.....OH BOY !!!! Two Bites Too Many has Sarah trying to prove the innocence of one of her family members again !! When Maybelle, Sarah and Emily's mother, is the last one to see the president of the bank alive, the chief of police places her at the top of the sus I thought things were intense when Sarah's twin sister Emily was accused of murder in One Taste Too Many, the first book in the Sarah Blair Mystery series by Debra H. Goldstein but when their mother is accused of murder in the second book.....OH BOY !!!! Two Bites Too Many has Sarah trying to prove the innocence of one of her family members again !! When Maybelle, Sarah and Emily's mother, is the last one to see the president of the bank alive, the chief of police places her at the top of the suspect list. This puts Sarah is a very compromising position because she can not sit quietly and wait for the police to come to their senses. And when Sarah's neighbor is attacked and Sarah and Maybelle are the ones to find him, Sarah will do whatever it takes to clear her mother's name. Goldstein knows how to capture the readers attention immediately and she knows what to say, or write in this case, to keep the reader turning the page. First Sarah's twin sister is accused of murder in the first book, then their mom in the second book, I can only imagine what is next for this family......Will Sarah find herself the next suspect of a murder ?? Is it bad of me to say that I hope so !! Come on, you know she wouldn't do that even to her worse enemy....but to see her solve the case....yeah I'm ALL for that !!!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    Two Bites Too Many was such a joy to read. Small town? Check. Main character has a cozy house? Check. Cute pet? Check This is the second book to the series but I was able to follow along and understand what happened in the previous book. I will admit it took me a bit to get into the book BUT I will say I received this book in the middle of a reading slump but I once the slump was over, I DEVOURED it. I really enjoyed Sarah Blair as a whole, she is very loyal and determined to to prove her mothers Two Bites Too Many was such a joy to read. Small town? Check. Main character has a cozy house? Check. Cute pet? Check This is the second book to the series but I was able to follow along and understand what happened in the previous book. I will admit it took me a bit to get into the book BUT I will say I received this book in the middle of a reading slump but I once the slump was over, I DEVOURED it. I really enjoyed Sarah Blair as a whole, she is very loyal and determined to to prove her mothers innocence when she is the main suspect in the murder of the president of the town bank. While I had my suspicions on who was the culprit, I was still questioning whodunnit and Debra H. Goldstein really kept me on my toes. The characters were fleshed out well and Sarah’s relationship with her twin felt so real and I also really felt her slight frustrations with her decisions. Overall, I really enjoyed this and I hope to go back to read the first book soon. I received this book in exchange for an honest review; all thoughts and opinions are my own.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Toni Nyman

    There was a very smooth transition from book 1 to book 2, yet they still could be read as stand alones. I know the twin sisters are supposed to be the leads but that darn cat RahRah keeps stealing the show. Really, head marshal in a pet parade. The murder victim is Lance the bank manager. When Sarah and her mother go to the bank to find out why Emily and her partner's loan has been denied other problems come to light about peoples loans. Emily is trying to reopen her restaurant damaged by fire a There was a very smooth transition from book 1 to book 2, yet they still could be read as stand alones. I know the twin sisters are supposed to be the leads but that darn cat RahRah keeps stealing the show. Really, head marshal in a pet parade. The murder victim is Lance the bank manager. When Sarah and her mother go to the bank to find out why Emily and her partner's loan has been denied other problems come to light about peoples loans. Emily is trying to reopen her restaurant damaged by fire and also open a high scale one in her sister Sarah's big house. Sarah lives in the carriage house on the property and is all for the idea. Someone is against keeping the small town feeling and is working behind the scenes to get the property. Lance is found dead in his office after his meeting with Sarah and her mother and all clues seem to point to the mother. It is a fun read but also the mystery keeps you guessing.

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