Bonnie Brooks is one the run after witnessing a murder in Atlantic City and finding herself the next target of the killer. Not really knowing where to turn with very few friends and estranged from her family Bonnie finds herself in New York at the Starlight Diner, a fifties themed restaurant where her old friend Esther Knight has been working.
Unfortunately when Bonnie arrives at the diner she finds her friend is out of town and with the prospect of spending the night on the streets in the middle of winter Bonnie finds herself taking up an offer from a diner regular, Jimmy Boyle. What Bonnie didn’t expect that night was she would end up needing much more than a place to stay from Jimmy when she finds herself arrested for the murder she witnessed.
Secrets and Fries at the Starlight Diner is the second book in the Starlight Diner series from Helen Cox. While the story does pick up exactly where it ended in the first book of the series, Milkshakes and Heartbreaks at the Starlight Diner, the books have changed main characters and it’s not extremely necessary to have read the first book to enjoy this second installment. You do get updates on previous characters and they are involved but the story in this book could be read without knowing the events of the first.
As with the first book in this series I still really enjoyed the setting in this series. The retro diner is full of regulars that have become like family to one another and with Bonnie coming to town she becomes one of them and gains their trust and help with her situation. The plot in this second edition also drew me in immediately and I really enjoyed Bonnie and her story which had the pages turning to find out how it would all work out in the end.
Overall, a great edition to the series and would look forward to reading more books set at the Starlight Diner.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.