Eat, Pray, Die (Eat, Pray, Die Humorous Mystery #1)
By Chelsea Field
Originally Published July 5th, 2016
Singular POV, First Person
Eat, Pray, Die kept on popping up as a recommendation while I read the Spotless series. The covers were similar, I thought the synopsis sounded fun and quirky, and while I licked the emotional wounds Spotless #4 left me with (damn that book hurt!), I gave Chelsea Field's a try.
My initial assumptions were correct. This book is unique and rather adorable. With a kind of plot I've only ever read in Fantasy books, I read it very quickly.
Eat, Pray, Die (upon further investigating) is a large procedural series of mystery books centered around Izzy. She's out of options, in massive debt thanks to her crappy ex-husband, and as a last resort went into training to be a taste tester for an obscure company called the Taste Society. They cater to high-profile clients; celebrities, politicians, etc. Turns out, poisonings are actually pretty popular among the upper echelon of society around the world. The Taste Society trained Izzy and she is now ready to take on her first job. Unfortunately, her first job gets her tangled up in an attempted murder investigation and if she fails, she'll be worse off than before starting at the Taste Society.
Izzy is a pretty chill character, down to earth and relatably over her whole situation. The Taste Society pays well, and she's determined to pass her first job. Avoiding scary, macho debt collectors, her attraction to her new boss, and any attempts on her own life, Izzy takes one crazy day at a time. This book was heavy on the mystery, the whole time she's doing investigative work. The book was a tad slow, mostly because of the investigation, only picking up every couple chapters or so when something outside of the mystery would happen to Izzy. The final chapters felt slightly rushed, mostly because the building tension between she and her boss peaks rather suddenly. Declarations were made, promises of spicy times in the future, and it felt out of nowhere due to only mutual glances of attraction and mental declarations of her boss being sexy. While I'm glad there was romance, I genuinely felt like it was so minutely worked upon throughout the book because Field wanted to drag it out across the entire series in a slow-burn. By the end of the book, it didn't feel that way any longer.
Fun and entertaining, Eat, Pray, Die, was a quick read that did its job and distracted me from my book hangover of another series. I only wish I'd loved the romance more, but with six books I am hoping it heats up and levels out into something a little more believable.