Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Kernel of Truth {+ Giveaway}

Author Kristi Abbott takes gourmet snack food to a new level in KERNEL OF TRUTH, the first installment in her Popcorn Shop Mystery series.

Divorced and at a loss, Rebecca Anderson moves back home to Grand Lake, Ohio, despite what the rumor mill thinks. She opens a gourmet popcorn shop called POPS on main street. She’s next door to Coco’s Cocoas owned by Cordelia “Coco” Bittles, who has always been like a grandmother to her. They were discussing going in to business together on a new venture.

When Coco is found dead in her shop by her niece, Jessica, local authorities believe it’s a burglary gone terribly wrong. Rebecca believes there’s more to it and begins to do a bit of sleuthing on her own. As things begins to pop in place, Rebecca finds herself and her poodle Sprocket in a deadly situation.

Abbott has created fun-loving, likable characters and placed them in a small town setting that is perfect. The bonds of friendship mixed with the suspense of a murder mystery enhances the story.

KERNEL OF TRUTH flows smoothly and at a steady pace. The author weaves in tidbits about gourmet snacks, but doesn’t make it overshadow the drama of the murder. Delicious popcorn-related recipes are included as an added bonus.

This is an entertaining start to a charming new series featuring a spunky protagonist that is sure to delight mystery readers and tempt taste buds.

Kernel of Truth by Kristi Abbott, A Popcorn Shop Mystery (Book #1), Berkley, @2016, ISBN: 978-0425280911, Mass Market Paperback, 304 Pages 

FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.


Thanks to the wonderful folks at Penguin/Random House, I have a print copy of KERNEL OF TRUTH by Kristi Abbott to giveaway. The giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. only and will end at 12 a.m. (EST) on Thursday, March 17.

To enter the giveaway, just click on the Rafflecopter widget below and follow the instructions. The widget may take a few seconds to load so please be patient. A winner will be selected by the Rafflecopter widget and I’ll send an email with the subject line “Thoughts in Progress Giveaway.” The winner will have 72 hours to reply to the email or another winner will be selected. PLEASE be sure to check your spam folder from time to time after the giveaway ends to make sure the notification email doesn’t end up there. If you win and you’ve already won the book somewhere else or you just decided for whatever reason you don’t want to win (which is fine), once again PLEASE let me know.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope I’ve enticed you to check out KERNEL OF TRUTH. Do you enjoy gourmet popcorn? If so, what’s your favorite kind? If not, do you enjoy just plain popcorn?


  1. Gourmet popcorn? Not something I am at all familiar with.
    The book sounds like a wonderful cosy though. Thank you.

  2. Popcorn drizzled with dark and white chocolate is to die for!

  3. I love new cozy mystery series—thanks for the chance to win a copy of this book!

    skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

  4. This looks like a fun read, Mason. And the popcorn shop setting is interesting, too! Thanks for sharing.

  5. A popcorn shop is unique for a mystery series; thanks for the chance :)

  6. I love those names - they all sound like popping corn. Cute idea for a cozy.

  7. The names of the two stores are ingeniously clever.

  8. I am partial to popcorn as I grew up in "Jolly Time Popcorn" country, Sioux City, IA!

    wfnren at aol dot com

  9. This cozy is delightful and special. Thanks.

  10. I haven't had too many different gourmet popcorns, but the Dollar Tree does carry a good caramel popcorn with chocolate on it.

  11. This sounds like a fun read! Thank you!

  12. Can't wait to read this book! I'm eating some Garrett's popcorn as I'm writing this. Love gourmet popcorn, interested in seeing your recipes.


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