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Book Review: Secrets & Fries at the Starlight Diner

Secrets & Fries at the Starlight Diner (Starlight Diner #2) by Helen Cox

Genres/Themes: Mystery- crime, Romance, 50s style diner, 1990s

★★★★☆

*I received this book through Netgalley, but all thoughts and opinions are my own*

This is quite a charming little book.

Synopsis from Goodreads: 

What brings Bonnie Brooks to The Starlight Diner? And why is she on the run?

As the front-woman in a band, Bonnie is used to being in the spotlight, but now she must hide in the shadows.

Bonnie only has one person who she can turn to: her friend Esther Knight, who waitresses at the Fifties-themed diner. There, retro songs play on the jukebox as fries and sundaes are served to satisfied customers. But where has Esther gone?

Alone in New York City, Bonnie breaks down in front of arrogant news reporter, and diner regular, Jimmy Boyle. Jimmy offers to help her. Can she trust him?

When the kindly owner of the Starlight Diner offers Bonnie work, and she meets charming security officer Nick Moloney, she dares to hope that her luck has changed. Is there a blossoming romance on the cards? And can Bonnie rebuild her life with the help of her Starlight Diner friends?


To start with, I should mention that I have not read the first book in the series, but I did not feel lost coming into this one. Although, I do have to really wonder that if Jimmy did all of those horrible things, he should be irredeemable…

I liked the characters and thought most were pretty different and quirky, and therefore recognizable. Some like Mona and Andrea… sometimes Lucia I would forget about and then have to remember how they fit in.

I thought the twists and turns were fun, even if I saw some of them coming… unfortunately. I really liked that even though Bonnie and the main love interest don’t really have inst-love and while where is lust they still kinda (quickly) work up to love. I did like the relationship. I also want to know more about Ester and Jack, so the first book in the series is definitely on my TBR list.

I’m trying to remember what I didn’t like about this book… I know I was bored at times and would skip the description to the next talking bit…. occasionally things didn’t really make sense to me either, like the sister being called Bridget (might have been fixed before publishing), Bonnie having money to buy burgers after only a few shifts (most places pay bi-weekly), and such a quick court date.
At the same time there some pretty awesome scenes–which I won’t spoil ^_^

This is an easy, quick book to read and I recommend it to anyone who like cozy mysteries, quirky characters, and fun short reads.

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