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After shunning her overbearing parents' wealthy lifestyle, waitress and part-time college student, Rose Strickland, is drawn back into their world when she tries to prove the impossible: the innocence of the town's crooked police chief. He's suspected in the gruesome death of Delia Cummings, his secretary and mistress, and all the evidence points to him. While she tracks dAfter shunning her overbearing parents' wealthy lifestyle, waitress and part-time college student, Rose Strickland, is drawn back into their world when she tries to prove the impossible: the innocence of the town's crooked police chief. He's suspected in the gruesome death of Delia Cummings, his secretary and mistress, and all the evidence points to him. While she tracks down clues with the aid of her anime-loving bestie, Rose's pal, Axton, and his Klingon gang are feuding with their Starfleet rivals. Things get hairier than a pile of well-fed Tribbles, so Rose gets involved. In between interrogating Trekkies and quizzing socialites at high tea, she discovers the secrets Delia Cummings took to her grave. Suspects abound, but when Chief Mathers threatens to bring down Rose's criminally mischievous and maybe boyfriend, Sullivan, she makes it her mission to find the real killer before Sullivan finds himself in prison....

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Diner Impossible Reviews

  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    2019-04-25 03:25

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ARC from NetGalley – Thank you NetGalley : )Rose Strickland was born with a silver spoon in her mouth, but after dealing with her parents’ constant disapproval of everything in her life she decided to pull it out. She now lives by her own rules – working as a waitress in a little diner part time, going to school part time and solving a few crimes part time???? The new case that has everyone fired up is the murder of the corrupt police chief’s secretary/mistress. While outside appearances have most fingers pointing to the chief being guilty, straight-laced police officer Andre Thomas (a/k/a “Officer Hardass”) believes the chief may be dirty, but he’s not stupid enough to murder someone. Thomas decides to enlist Rose’s help, on the sly of course, and find the answers. Add in Rose’s high maintenance mother butting in to the case in attempt to save the chief’s wife’s reputation at the local Junior League, an additional mystery of a missing collectible Star Trek uniform that Rose’s pal, Ax, needs tracked down, and a budding romance with local criminal Sullivan to fill Rose’s plate.If you’re like me, you have already read Stephanie Plum, and Sofie Metropolis, and Heather Wells, and Sookie Stackhouse, and on and on and on (Note: Kinsey Millhone is still on the backburner because there are like ELEVENTY BILLION BOOKS IN THAT SERIES) and yet you still aren't satisfied and sometimes want another series that is just fluffy and fun. That’s where I found myself while browsing through possible ARCs. I had not read the first two books in this series, so I was at a bit of a disadvantage (I’m still not exactly sure what kind of “criminal” Sullivan is), but for the most part it wasn’t very hard to get caught up in Rose’s world. Terri Austin has definitely used the patented Janet E. method of character development for this series. You have Rose, of course, a faithful sidekick with an oh-so-bright wardrobe, a sexy love interest and even a quirky old lady. However, Austin also recognizes that while imitation is the greatest form of flattery, plagiarism is not. Rose is not Stephanie – no cars blow up, she doesn’t get kidnapped three times in one book, it’s not chocked full of “slapstick” humor – but the book remains interesting. The characters are fun and the dialogue is witty. The only complaint I had, really, was the whole “Trekkie” storyline. Rose needed Ax’s help to solve the murder mystery, creating a “mini-mystery” subplot involving his character was just a distraction to me.

  • Gretchen Archer
    2019-05-19 05:20

    There are two things I love about this series: one, the character growth and the other, the study in friendship. Rose Strickland is a waitress by morning, part-time student at night, amateur sleuth when needed, and round the clock friend. Her empathy, loyalty, and stubborn pursuit of the truth will tug at your heartstrings in this one. Two contrasting mysteries weave through Diner Impossible, and I'm impressed. The first takes Rose back to the world she grew up in, country clubs, cucumber sandwiches, and her mother's unbridled disapproval. The second, skillfully woven in, and in stark contrast to the first, has Rose stepping into a future world, where, honestly, the stakes (for the players) are just as high, and Rose treats it as such. Terri Austin, great work. Funny book, so balanced between power struggles, social posturing, law-enforcement hierarchy, inner demons of silver-spoon kids, romance, and mystery. Loved it.

  • Travis Starnes
    2019-05-15 05:21

    I will be honest; I had never heard of the Rose Strickland series before reading this book and was not familiar with the character, her exploits, or her friends. In fact when I got this book I didn’t even know it was a series at first, although the fact that it is becomes readily apparent while reading it. I will say I am happy I found this series and I plan on going back and picking up the first two books. I might know how those end, because they are both mentioned in this installment, but I am sure I will enjoy them all the same.This book falls squarely in the “madcap non-investigator mystery” style book that I have seen popping up over the last few years. It reminded me strongly of the Stephanie Plum books from Janet Evanovich, although to be clear this was in no way derivative. Like that series this book is made more by its characters then the actual mystery. To Terri Austin’s credit what makes this series stand apart from its contemporaries is that it has all those traits but the mystery itself is also very good. It had some nice twists and I was genuinely engaged in finding out who killed Delia Cummings. That is always a good sign for a mystery.While nearly every character in the book has an analog character in similar works, again such as the Stephanie Plum series, the relationship between Rose and Sullivan is very interesting. You don’t often see the protagonist and an expressed bad guy connected together in a mystery novel, but it works really well here. While they seem to be on opposite sides of the law morally, their relationship is totally believable and interesting.What makes this book work is its sense of humor. From the dialogue to many of the situations the book is downright amusing. It’s not a laugh a minute mind you, but it kept me smiling for pretty much the entire book.http://homeofreading.com/diner-impossible/

  • Linda Baker
    2019-05-09 00:08

    I have been waiting what seems to be a long time for the third entry in Terri Austin's Rose Strickland series. It felt so long in fact that I actually re- read the first two books, something that I almost never do! So I was delighted when Henery Press and netgalley.com allowed me to read a digital galley.After two previous successful amateur investigations taken on for her extended family of misfit friends, Rose is stunned when she is approached by Andre Thomas (Officer Hard-Ass). Officer Thomas wants her to investigate the murder of the secretary and mistress of Martin Mathers, the Police Chief. He knows that Mathers is a sleazy character but does not think he killed her. Rose is even more stunned when her social butterfly mother, Barbara, also asks her for help. Mathers' wife is a friend of Barbara's and she wants to help her. Rose did not know that Barbara even HAD a friend that she will go to bat for and risk social disapproval. A secondary mystery involves her friend Ax and his Trekkie friends. Much hilarity (from the Trekkies) and tragedy follows in the form of Mather's messed up teenage children. Rose also has to juggle her relationship with Sullivan, bad boy and blossoming love interest.The Rose Strickland series is almost perfect escapist reading. Ma and Roxy from are back in Diner Impossible; along with Ax they are a formidable back-up for Rose. My only quibble was the interference from Barbara. I can only take her in small doses and she was very much present in the book. However, there are plenty of laughs and just the right amount of romantic tension. Highly recommended!

  • Larissa Reinhart
    2019-05-02 03:32

    If you like your coffee served with a side of humor and sexy crime busting, you'll love the third installment in the Rose Strickland Mysteries. With a few accidental investigations under her belt, our earnest waitress is now sought out for her amateur sleuthing skills, not just by her pizza inhaling and Star Trek loving friends, but also by her stodgy policeman nemesis, seeking to prove the innocence of his not-so-innocent Police Chief Mathers. Rose's investigations lead her back into the wealthy society she grew up in, and in and out of the arms of her very sexy mobster friend, Sullivan, whose own tangles with the corrupt police chief put Sullivan in danger of arrest. As usual, Rose's caring nature, quick wits, and snappy charm make for a delightfully funny and touching sleuthing tale.I am such a fan of this series. I love Austin's voice, particularly her humor (and rendering of the crazy-sexy Sullivan), but this book is my favorite by far. Rose's character grows as her dealings with her evil-witch-of-a-mother deepens beyond a one dimensional portrayal of a rich family who disapproves of their wayward daughter. Austin's portrayal of Police Chief Mather's children also touched my heart. But those that love Austin's quirky cast of characters will not be disappointed, Rose's side story of seeking out the thief of a Trekkie trophy will have you laughing out loud.

  • Samantha March
    2019-05-14 01:12

    Terri L Austin is on tour now with CLP Blog Tours and Diner ImpossibleI have been loving this series, and it was great to pick right back up and continue on with Rose’s life. The newest murder mystery she finds herself in has a bit of a twist – her mother also wants her to get involved and figure out the real murderer. Rose’s family is known to disapprove of her antics – not finished with school, working as a waitress, solving crimes, etc, - so when her mother calls on her for a favor, it throws Rose through a loop. I loved watching as she went to the country club with her mother and tried to fit in, it gave me a few good laughs. Focusing on the mystery aspect, I loved loved loved that I honestly was shocked when the murderer was revealed. When it’s obvious from the beginning (which I have read quite a few that way) it’s so hard to hold my interest. And there was another side mystery thrown in there that added another layer to the book as well. Of course Ma, Roxy and Ax are all there as well, and Ma just cracks me up and Roxy even showed a softer side in this one. This is a terrific series that I hope you’ll read!4.5 stars

  • Tess
    2019-05-10 04:07

    Although this is the 3rd book in the series this is the 1st one I have read, sorry Terri, I will do better. I am very glad that I have the other books in my TBR shelf and plan on reading them soon. Diners Impossible caught my attention right away Ans I was very glad to meet Rose and her friends. I truly never feel that characters in a book that I really enjoyed are fictional, them all seem like friends to me.Terri is a very talented author, and I think she has all ready made a name for herself.I found the book to be a fast read, a fun read and a fabulous read. The Chief of Police is possibly a cop gone bad, who owes his soul to the biggest criminal in town, who, by the way, is Rose's main squeeze. Rose is asked to investigate the murder of the Chief's secretary, who happened to be having an affair with said Chief, even though there is a wife and 2 kids waiting in the wings.Diner Impossible is quirky and lots of fun, with twists and turns that will keep you engrossed until the end.

  • Jane Reads
    2019-05-06 00:28

    Terri L. Austin's Rose Strickland Mystery books are getting better and better! Each one has earned Five Kitties. [I may have to add another Kitty to my Book Rating Scale. What's better than WOW! Amazing! (that I can publish in my blog)?] There's a lot of action and interactions going on in Diner Impossible. I love the inclusion of the Star Trek story line. (I've been a Star Trek fan since the beginning.) Things are heating up between Rose and Sullivan. Requests from two most unlikely people draw Rose, ever so reluctantly, back into the wealthy lifestyle world. Rose's policeman nemesis, Officer Andre Thomas, "or as I liked to call him, Officer Hard Ass," asks Rose to uncover the truth about Delia Cummings' murder, because the police chief is his former mentor."Do you think he did it?" I asked. He hesitated fro a moment. "I don't believe so. But I want to know what really happened. While your methods are unorthodox, you defy rules and laws, you surround yourself with oddballs, and you seem to know a lot of criminals—" "Hey," I said, rapping my knuckles on the table. "Is this going somewhere?" "You have a knack for uncovering the truth. I'm not a stupid man, Miss Strickland. I know Martin isn't a clean cop, but if he's innocent of murdering Delia, I don't want to see him railroaded. So I'm asking you to look into this...."Barbara Strickland, Rose's mother, actually asks Rose (in her own special way) to help her friend:[A long passage, but one that perfectly illustrates the Strickland mother — daughter dynamics.] "Rosalyn, as you know, your father and I frown on your involvement with criminals." She paused and watched me, waiting. Maybe for an acknowledgement of some kind? I stared back, refusing to give her one. "These tedious situations you get yourself into are as disgusting as they are embarrassing. Most of your outrageous behavior has been kept out of the news, but word gets out. People know." ....She drummed her manicured fingernails — polished in a shade of frosty sand — on the desk. "Don't you have anything to say?' She sounded slightly exasperated. "Nope. You're doing fine on your own." A sigh slipped from between her lips. "The fact of the matter is, that while we find this behavior of yours abhorrent, your father and I are willing to overlook it. Just this once." The light bulb clicked on. Now I got it. She needed something from me. That was the only reason she'd been nice. No brain tumors involved. And Barbara Strickland had never asked me for a favor. This must be killing her. The power was almost heady. "My friend's husband is being maliciously defamed." "What friend?" I asked. "And what's being said about him?" She reached up and twisted the pearl stud in her earlobe. "People are saying he killed his secretary. It's nonsense, of course, but the gossip is hurting Annabelle." Hold up, now. This sounded familiar. A zing of excitement shot through my body. "Annabelle Mathers? Wife of police chief, Martin Mathers?" "Yes. She's being ostracized. She's already been kicked off the Library Board, now there's a question of whether she'll be able to participate in the Junior League Walkathon." I gasped. "Oh no, not the walkathon." Barbara narrowed her eyes. "This isn't funny. The Mathers' reputations are at stake, so please save the sarcasm. As I've said, this obsession you have with crime has been an embarrassment. The least you could do to make amends is help out poor Annabelle."Unfortunately for Rose, in Barbara's mind this request means that she and Rose are now investigative partners."What's our next step?" she asked. "Our?" Her lips tightened. "Yes, Rosalyn. We're in this together."Even more unfortunately for Rose, as she and Barbara conduct their investigations, Rose keeps hearing from her mother's society friends "...I didn't know Barbara had two daughters. I know Jacqueline, of course, but I don't remember hearing about you. Ever." To find out how Rose brokers peace between the Klingons and Starfleet, how she solves Delia's murder, and if she is able to work together with Barbara without going crazy, READ THE BOOK! One more quote, and a special treat:...Sullivan left the room and returned five minutes later with food. He put the silver tray filled with cookies and a steaming mug on his desk. "Henry says he used blackstrap molasses. I don't know what the hell that means." He handed me the mug and offered me the plate of cookies. When I bit into the soft, gingery bit of yum, I slouched back in the chair with a groan. "These are amazing." Sullivan watched me with an amused gleam in his eyes. "I'll be sure to let him know."I interviewed Rose Strickland as part of my Virtual Book Tour post for Heartache Motel, and requested Henry's recipe for these cookies (if they weren't family secrets). Here is her response, reprinted from that post:Well as you know, the closest I get to cooking is a heating up a cup of ramen noodles, but I’ve persuaded Henry to part with his famous gingerbread cookies. 2 c. flour (1 c. all purpose, 1 c. pastry flour)2 t. baking soda2 t. ground ginger1 t. ground cinnamon1/8 t. ground cloves½ t. ground nutmeg¼ softened butter¼ c. blackstrap molasses1 c. sugar1 large egg1 egg white, beatenCrystal sugar for coatingCombine flour, baking soda and spices. In a separate bowl, cream butter, molasses and sugar. Beat in the egg and add the dry ingredients. Cover and chill for at least four hours. Overnight is better.Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour two cookie sheets. (Henry uses slipmats, because he’s clever like that). Scoop out small bits of dough (about the size of a golf ball) and roll into a ball. Dip each ball into the egg white and place them two inches apart. Sprinkle with the crystal sugar and bake for ten to twelve minutes. If they turn out as well as Henry’s cookies—you’ll be in heaven.Diner Impossible by Terri L. Austin, is a great read and highly recommended to all cozy mystery fans!Note: I received a complimentary review copy of Diner Impossible from the publisher, with no expectation of a positive review.

  • Maria
    2019-05-05 06:25

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. Rated it 5 out of 5 Stars.Having proved herself as an amateur detective in Diners, Dives & Dead Ends and Last Diner Standing, waitress and part time college student Rose Strickland once again finds her skills on demand in Diner Impossible, the third installment in Terri Austin’s Rose Strickland Mystery series. Although she's rejected her parent’s affluent lifestyle, and chosen to make it on her own, Rose gets dragged back into their high society world when crooked Police Chief Martin Mathers becomes the prime suspect in the gruesome murder of his secretary and mistress, Delia Cummings. While Rose could say no to officer Andre Thomas’ (aka Officer Hard Ass) request for help, she can’t say no to Barbara Strickland, her mother, who’s determined to prove her friend’s husbands innocence. Meanwhile back at the diner, fellow waitress and best friend Roxy Block is angry and hurt over being dumped by her last boyfriend and Ma has decided to join Rose’s pal Ax and the rest of the Klingon Alliance of Warriors (Star Trek fans) on their annual laser tag battle with the SPURTS, a rival gang of Star Trek fans. When the rivalry between the two Star Trek fan groups gets ugly, and a prized “Star Trek Uniform” goes missing. Ax, Ma and the rest of Ax's friends beg Rose and Roxy to locate the missing item and help negotiate peace between the two groups.Ms. Austin does a wonderful job with all of the characters as this series continues. It was a hoot watching Rose deal with her bossy, waspish mother and sister, and all of the high society functions she was forced to attend in order to get clues about Delia’s life, while at the same time trying to remain true to the person she’s become. I particularly enjoyed the scene in Rose’s sister’s closet, when Rose realizes she needs to get some new and sexier underwear to add a little more sizzle to her almost relationship with Sullivan, her criminal would be boyfriend. I also enjoyed watching Rose be there for Roxy and help her realize that she’s too awesome to wait for some loser ex to get a clue. Helping Roxy want to move on was really well done. As Rose’s investigation gets deeper and deeper into Huntinford’s high society, and she realizes there are plenty of would be criminals who belong to the country club, she finds herself crossing paths with Chief Mathers, who’s quick to point out that if he goes down for Delia’s murder, he’s more than willing to take every other corrupt person he knows down too, including Sullivan. Now with more incentive than ever, Rose and her friends are pushed to the limit to find out which of the people that wanted Delia dead had the best opportunity and the best motive. Will Rose discover who killed Delia before anyone else is killed in the crossfire? Will Rose and Sullivan finally decide to make their almost relationship something more? You’ll have to read Diner Impossible to find out, I think it’s a great addition to the series and can’t wait to see what Ms. Austin has in store for us next. I just hope we don’t have to wait too long to find out (Yes, I’m greedy that way).

  • Kathleen
    2019-05-13 08:14

    In Diner Impossible, the third installment in the Rose Strickland Mystery series, author Terri L. Austin transports the reader back to Huntingford, Missouri, for another zany adventure featuring the sassy diner waitress / part-time college student / amateur sleuth Rose Strickland. This time there are two interweaving cases for Rose and her quirky gang of friends to solve: the murder of Delia Cummings, the crooked police chief's secretary / mistress; and best friend Axton's request to look into the theft of a signed Star Trek uniform.Diner Impossible is an entertaining cozy mystery told in the first person narrative by Rose, who takes the reader along for the ride on her latest investigative adventure. In this latest installment in the series, Rose is back in the wealthy society world that she grew up in dealing with family issues and a high profile local murder case; while also dabbling in the world of Trekkies, where her bestie Axton's group of Klingons are battling with their Starfleet rivals. This fast-paced cozy mystery has a lot of intriguing twists and turns that easily engages the reader and keeps them guessing what will happen next, while also providing a lot of laugh-out-loud moments that will keep you in stitches. Author Terri L. Austin continues to provide the reader with a series that has a great balance of humor, intrigue, and a touch of romance that is just plain fun to read.The quirky cast of characters from the first two books in the series: Ma, Roxy, Axton, and Sullivan are all back in this book along with Rose's mom Barbara, who gives her wayward daughter more family grief. These fun characters will keep the reader entertained with their quirkiness, witty dialogue, and engaging interactions that makes this story fun to follow.Diner Impossible is an entertaining cozy mystery that is full of drama, suspense, comedy and romance, you can't help but get hooked on Rose's zany amateur sleuth adventures!Author Terri L. Austin won't keep her fans waiting long with the next installment of Rose's madcap adventures as Diners Keepers, Losers Weepers, a Rose Strickland novella, will be included in the mystery anthology The Heartache Motel that will be published in December 2013.Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Chick Lit Plus Blog Tours.http://jerseygirlbookreviews.blogspot...

  • Judy
    2019-05-05 00:15

    This is the third book in the Rose Strickland Mystery series by Terri L. Austin and I was lucky enough to get started on it shortly after finishing book 2. There is something wonderful about finishing one book in a series, coming up for a small breath of air, and then diving right back down into a fantastic world of impressive and intriguing characters.This story starts approximately 5 months after the end of the book 2, with Officer Hard Ass, aka Officer Andre Thomas, asking for Rose's help looking into a murder. The police chief's secretary and mistress was found murdered in her bed. Rumors abound that the Chief of Police did her in due to an unwanted pregnancy, but Officer Thomas has his doubts. Especially since the Police Chief was his mentor early in his career. Officer Thomas wants Rose to do what he can't do, go where he can't go and find out what really happened to the dead woman. Since Rose knows all about the Police Chief's illegal gambling addiction and since he was cheating on his wife, at first she doesn't see why she should get involved. But then Officer Thomas plays the innocent wife and kids card. Rose can't bear the thought of the children having to deal with the rumors and scandal, so she reluctantly agrees to take the case. Little does she know that she will soon be getting a call from her mother, asking her to dinner and pulling out all the stops to play nice with Rose. It seems that the Chief of Police's wife is a good friend of Rose's mother. Such a good friend that she can't stand what is happening, and wants Rose to investigate and figure out what happened. There is also a secondary mystery going on. Axton, one of her best friends, asks her to look into the theft of a signed Star Trek uniform. His group of Klingon's was supposed to present the uniform back to the Starfleet group after they won their bowling competition. Axton asks Rose for help, because their Honor is at stake. Axton is always great fun and I really enjoy whenever we get to see him.This was another wonderful addition to the Rose Strickland series. It looks like Rose is slowly figuring what she wants out of life. She isn't worried about what society thinks she should have or be, but what will make her happy and fulfilled in the long term. I think we should all strive to be a little more like Rose. This book was a 4 star read for me.

  • DelAnne Frazee
    2019-04-25 07:11

    Title: Dinner Impossible - Rose Strickland Mystery 3Author: Terri L. AustinPublished: 11-2-13Publisher: Henery PressPages: 296Genre: Mystery, Thriller & SuspenseSub Genre: Cozy Mystery; Amateur Sleuth; CulinaryISBN: 9781938383762ASIN: B00AGLOFOKReviewer: DelAnneReviewed For: NetGalley. Some people cannot stand to see an injustice, whether it be someone being cyber bullied or a corrupt cop being accused of a murder he didn't commit. Rose Strickland is such a person. When Officer Andre Thomas ask Rose to do what he cannot and investigate using her special skills to prove Chief of Police Martin Mathers did not kill his lover and secretary Delia Cummings. Even though Mathers is believed to be crooked Rose does not believe he killed Delia. As she begins uncover the secrets held by Delia her suspect list grows and grows. When Mathers begins to threat Rose's boyfriend Sullivan if she doesn't lay off she become determined to protect Sullivan even if he does have a questionable secret past. She also refuses to let Mathers get away with his threats and decides to speed things up and solve Delia's murder. This is a mystery with well developed characters and a well thought out plot. The plot is filled with sensitive issues and treated with care. It will make you feel both sympathy and anger, but you will be invested in the story and will not want to stop reading to the end. This is one of Austin's best Rose Strickland Mysteries and I cannot wait to see where she goes with this series next.Amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...Barnes and Noble link: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/diner...Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1...The Reading Room link: https://www.facebook.com/The-Reading-...#

  • Amy
    2019-05-03 03:30

    Diner Impossible by Terri L. Austin is the 3rd book in the Rose Strickland Mystery series. The series resembles Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series with the quirky amateur sleuthing but is still unique. The story is fun, the characters are quirky, and the mystery left me guessing to the very end.Rose, the amateur sleuth and waitress, finds herself investigating the murder of the police chief’s assistant/mistress. The search best her uncomfortably under her mother’s thumb, a place she gave up riches to be out of. I totally don’t blame her. I wouldn’t want to have a mother like that either. On the side, she’s also enlisted by her friend Ax in order to find out who stole a signed Trekkie uniform.All the drama is entertaining and yet annoying, especially when Rose enters the realm of the rich and entitled with her mother. I so wanted to smack all of them, especially her mother though. Seriously, when is it okay to act like your daughter doesn’t exist? Never! I so understand why she needed to leave. Also my gosh, the police chief’s family is one messed up bunch. Does anyone in that circle know how to be an actual parent? Obviously public appearance is their sole concern.So anyways the story was quite fun. I’d give it four stars overall. I liked how it kept me guessing to the end, and yet I wasn’t surprised by the culprit. I’m really interested in reading the next book, especially after the ending. Plus I’d love to know more about Sullivan, Rose’s love interest. He made only a few appearances in Diner Impossible, appearances which seem as if things are heating up! How interesting! ;)For more please visit my blog, AYA M. Productions.

  • Lauren
    2019-05-02 01:17

    3.5. Rose is a great character and axton and his buddies are hilarious. In this one, rose has to deal with a super disfunctional family while proving the police chief innocent of murder.

  • Pamela
    2019-04-26 06:07

    I just love the Rose Strickland Mystery series and Diner Impossible, the third book in the series, did not let me down. It is a very well written and well edited mystery with a romantic element.My favorite thing about this book and the whole series is the heroine, Rose. She is a strong, intelligent, empathetic woman with a strong need to discover the truth in any situation. The truth is important to her because she grew up in a upper class environment where nothing is as it seems. She has left that fake existence behind, at great personal sacrifice, and is forging a new life for herself. I want Rose to be my BFF.The secondary characters are eclectic and interesting. They have integral places in the plot and are not just in the story to create a distraction.The mystery was exciting, frightening and kept me guessing. I didn't have any idea who the perpetrator was until the end.Speaking of endings this one was very unexpected and is not a cliffhanger, but creates the expectation for more fun books in the series. Diner Impossible can be read as a stand alone, but I think you need to read the series to fully appreciate the story.I highly recommend this book.ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley.

  • Oksana
    2019-05-11 08:24

    This book was so much fun! I loved the first two installments of the Rose Strickland Mystery series, and this one didn't disappoint either. It was a perfect combination of mystery, humour and romance, that kept me entertained the whole time I was reading the book.Rose and the gang are back in the game, now investigating two cases at the same time. First, the murder of the police chief's secretary and mistress. And also Rose is trying to help her friend Axton restore peace between the feuding Star Trek fans.There was never a dull moment in the story, always some new facts would pop, that would make you guessing about who the killer actually was. And this is deffinitely the book I would recommend to all fans of mysteries and detectives. Besides, Rose is an amazing heroine, and her friends are just so hilarious, you can't not love them all - Ma, Roxy, Axton.I don't know whether there would be another installment, but I'm deffinitely all up for reading about Rose's new adventures.One more thing that needs mentioning - Sullivan. He was so perfect with Rose. I loved him. Seriously, how could I not?

  • Elaine
    2019-05-15 00:07

    This third book in the Diner series may well be the best one of all, even though I'm always partial to the first in a series. Rose Strickland, Diner Waitress extraordinaire and perennial community college student, takes on the hypocrisy and corruption that is rampant in her parents' moneyed country club world. It's a world that Rose left when she rebelled against her mother's control and judgmental behavior, and she never wants to go back. But she is roped into it when the corrupt police chief is suspected of murdering his secretary and mistress. A second, and much more lighthearted, story line is the ongoing battle between two groups of Trekkies over who stole a Star Trek uniform actually signed by Captain Kirk. Terri Austin has a talent for pretty devastating portrayals of human nature, while still keeping her writing light and entertaining. This book is more serious than the first two, but Rose and her friends keep it from becoming depressing. This one is a must-read, but I would recommend reading the first book in this series before you read this one.

  • Lynn Farris
    2019-04-26 05:10

    ‘Diner Impossible’ is the third book in the Rose Strickland Mystery series by Terri L. Austin. I loved the first two books in this series, ‘Diners, Dives and Dead Ends’ and ‘Last Diner Standing’. But I think the third one, may be the best yet.This book features two mysteries. A very serious one regarding the death of Delia Cummings, the Chief of Police’s secretary and mistress. Delia has a wealth of enemies as her gossip has gotten many people fired. The Police Chief is the main suspect in the death.The humorous mystery revolves around the warring Star Trek groups, the Klingon gang and the Starfleet rivals who have a missing trophy. Rose’s pal Axton has asked her to help find it. This mystery provides some comic relief from the first one, which is darker than Ms. Austin has reached in her first two books.See the rest of the review at: http://www.examiner.com/article/it-s-...

  • Nash Norden
    2019-05-10 00:22

    Rose is back! This time she's out to investigate the murder of Delia Cummings, a police chief’s secretary and mistress when “Officer Hardass” asked for her help. But it wasn’t that easy to find out who killed Delia. Everyone hates her, and everyone have a motive to do so. Rose may not be a private investigator or any kind, but she’s good at cracking a case with her own method. I found this book to be a fun read. The plot and mystery was well written with a bit twist. I enjoyed the moments between Rose and her friends/sidekick, Ax and Roxy as well as her maybe boyfriend, Sullivan. They made me laugh. I always loved books that make me laugh. I feel like I’m starting to like Rose as much as I like Stephanie Plum even though they're nothing alike. I’m definitely looking forward to Terri’s next book!I received a copy of Diner Impossible by Terri L Austin from the author/CLP Blog Tours as part of the blog tour.

  • Lauri Rottmayer
    2019-05-02 00:20

    Fun, fun, fun! This is a fun book! When I began reading, I didn't realize that this book was part of a series. Rose Strickland is a waitress and part time crime solver. She comes from money but decided to live on her own, independently of her family. In this book, she pops back into her family to help solve the murder of the police chief's secretary. The police chief's wife is her mom's friend.The characters in this book are awesome and larger than life. Entwined with the story of the investigation, is the hilarious story of two rival Star Trek clubs and their missing prize uniform. I guess it was made even funnier in that it was unexpected to me from the way the story began.I really enjoyed this book and am looking forward to read the two Rose Strickland Mysteries that came before it! :-)

  • Peacejanz
    2019-05-09 05:16

    A delightful lightweight mystery featuring an independent smart waitress (Rose) who has friends/helpers (ranging from Space Trekies to grandmas to gangsters). A policeman she hardly knows asks her to secretly investigate the murder of the corrupt police chief's secretary/girlfriend. There are mixed-up teenagers, trophy wives and girlfriends and many suspects. At the same time, a Trekie friend asks Rose to find the missing trophy from an encounter between two Trekie groups. Rose does it on her own, to the everlasting disappointment of her mother who is fixated on class and money, i.e., not going to college or marrying the "right" husband. Rose is a wonderful character, the author has written a series of these books and they are well worth the read. I received a review copy of this book from Goodreads.

  • Conny
    2019-05-08 05:22

    It was a happy mistake when I stumbled across this fun series, and Terri L Austin is quickly becoming one of my favorite Author. This is book 3 and they just keep getting better and better. I would recommend that you read the previous books first, not necessarily because you would be lost otherwise, so you get to know all the colorful and complex characters better and see how it all got started. As usual I stayed up way passed my bedtime to find out who done it and I was not disappointed by the storyline and I can't wait to get started on the next book. It had plenty of mystery and romance and is just an overall fun read. I hope that there will be many more to come.

  • Charos
    2019-04-26 03:33

    (Disclaimer: I’m not an English native speaker. I’d like to apologize for any mistakes in advance!)I suffered a terrible book hangover after this book! The plots of the Rose Strickland mysteries are nothing special but I fall in love with the characters: a bunch of likeable nerds and weirdos who stick together and solve crime cases. I like that the main character – Rose Strickland – is such a loyal friend and she doesn't think black-and-white. While justice is important to her she protects her criminal boyfriend Sullivan just because he is “her criminal”. :)I’m looking forward to volume 4 of the series! I hope we’ll get more background information about the secretive Mr. Sullivan.

  • JG
    2019-04-27 01:12

    Diner Impossible was a fantastic, fast paced, humorous and intensely engaging murder mystery. Although part of the Rose Strickland series, Diner Impossible can be read as a standalone. Rose, part time waitress, part time college student, fully engaged murder mystery amateur investigator has been roped in to help solve the murder of the chief of police mistress. Excellent writing, great characters that are a story on its own and a plot that has as many twists as possible. I love the secondary characters as well. Readers of good mysteries should read this one.*The ARC of this novel is provided by the publisher and NetGalley in return for an honest review.*

  • Krystle Kouture
    2019-05-17 07:24

    Disclosure: Review is based on a free sample.Enjoyability:I really liked Rose and her boyfriend. I could relate to her and I wanted to root for her!Pace:The book wasn't dull,but it was rather slow paced. There was little suspense. Characters: Rose is really unique because of the trouble she has with her family. Her boyfriend is also one of a kind!Complexity: The whole Star Trek subplot was really confusing to me. Overall this was a nice cozy and I want to read more by the author!

  • Yvonne Taylor
    2019-05-22 05:23

    Rose is back to her tricks!! Her mother asks her for help to find out who really killed Delia Cummings. She is the mistress to her friends husband, who just happens to be the police chief. He threatens Rose and tellsher if he goes down, he is taking her hunky boyfriend Sullivan with him. It seems that Delia is quite the blackmailer, and everyone would love to see her dead. With a list of suspects and her sidekicks at her side, can she get to the bottom of this before it's too late?Very surprising ending. Looking so forward to the next book!! I just know it will be great...

  • Jourdan
    2019-05-16 07:09

    Diner Impossible (Rose Strickland Mystery, #3) by Terri L. Austin**** (4) out of ***** (5) starsI won an autographed ARC from a Goodreads giveaway. It is a very good mystery and had me guessing up until the end. The story has interesting characters that you can relate to and I found myself laughing out loud during a few of the humorous scenes.This book (and story) reminds me of a Stephanie Plum novel by Janet Evanovich (which I like reading as well). I will be picking up the first two books in the series and hope that I enjoy them as much as I did Diner Impossible.

  • Toni
    2019-05-17 03:09

    Okay, I did what I said I would. I re-read this book once I read the other two books before it. And when you do that, the book makes total sense. The first time, since there wasn't much description about who was who and it depended on you remembering who these people were from previous books, I had confused Sullivan and Officer Andre. I really enjoyed this book and am looking forward to Andre and Rose working together. Seems to be a winner for me. Loved the secondary mystery of the missing Starfleet uniform. Classic.

  • Luvinthislife
    2019-05-10 05:19

    Another enjoyable, improbable rompThe diner crew is back at it again in this one. Although the initial premise is pretty shaky, the usual quick pacing of this author moves the main storyline and subplots along fast enough to overcome that concern. The secondary characters and their travails lend plenty of flavor and keep things interesting throughout. All in all, it's a fun one, albeit slightly sad at the end. It will interesting to see where this series goes after this.

  • Stacy
    2019-05-11 02:34

    I have never been this excited to have discovered a series! I LOVE LOVE LOVE this group of people!You know when you start a book and you love it soooo much that you don't want it to end? That's what these books make me feel! I am so happy when I'm reading about Rose, Roxy, Ma, Ax and the gang that I want to climb into the books and live with them!Going to read the novella now, then book 4. I can't wait!!