An Eggnog to Die For by Amy Pershing
It took me some time to warm up to the first book in the Cape Cod Foodie series, but by the end I was absolutely hooked and couldn't wait for the second title to come out. Now I've had the exact same reaction to the second book. I had to get past the Christmas festivities and into the details of the mystery itself before I started really enjoying the read. I love the protagonist and her friends, I love the Cape Code setting and the mystery and even the dog....but I didn't love those first chapters.
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