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Daphne Coleman is in the dumps. The grand reopening of the Riverside Lodge and Kennel restaurant is a grand success, but Daphne can't get her eyes off the table where her life-long crush, Jason Henning, is drooling over his date, the obnoxious and gorgeous local reporter Helen Meeks. Go figure some guys. And here she is, stuck with the chronic bickering of Elissa and her boyfriend Manny plus her mother's all-seeing, all-knowing eyes on her. She even gets pressed into a spot of work to settle a squabble in the overstressed kitchen. So much for a festive evening. All to impress the new Brandenburg Chronicle food critic. But what he thought of the menu no one will ever know. He is found dead the next morning. Cause of death - toxic mushrooms in his risotto. This time, hard line detective Hector Rine actually asks Daphne's help on the case. But she draws her own conclusions that conflict with his. It doesn't matter. They're all in for a surprise.