The Potluck Club seemed like a cozy mystery, but it is so much more. Set in the town of Summit View, Colorado, it tells the story of a bunch of women who meet for a montly potluck. Their life is anything but benign, and so is their personality.
The Potluck Club goes back and forth as different characters narrate the story in a random order. This keeps the book interesting. The local reporter also pitches in – he has made it a point to study these women and sees life happen as he sits sipping coffee in the local diner.
Evie is a spinster, and is a somewhat bitter woman as expected. She was in love with the local sheriff once, when she was 12, but he left her for another woman. Sheriff’s wife ran away leaving him with a young daughter Donna. Donna and Evie are at loggerheads because Donna does not approve of Evie as her step mom. Lizzie is busy with kids and grandkids and is moderately happy.
Vonnie is a retired nurse who could never have kids. She has sort of brought up Donna and looks upon her as a daughter. Goldie is a housewife married to the high school football coach. Her husband has been cheating on her for years and the whole town knows it. Lisa Leann has recently moved from Texas and is dripping with diamonds. But she wants more feathers in her cap. She wants to take over the Potluck Club. Evie’s life takes an unexpected turn when her niece Leigh lands on her doorstep, heavily pregnant with child.
The women of the Potluck Club pray for everyone, and they take special requests too. They are avid churchgoers. And they love their food! The whole book is full off fantastic recipes like barbecued brisket, sweet and sour chicken, Daffodil cake, tamales and what not. As if Leigh hasn’t introduced some spice in the town’s life, there is a stranger looking for his lost mother. Donna finds out she has a secret admirer, and the pastor’s wife Jan isn’t looking too good. Goldie may have lost her patience with her cheating husband.
The Potlcuk Club is packed with action and fun characters, and there is a lot going on. There are twists and turns in the plot which I frankly did not expect. The book is a good read!