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OF WAR AND TATERS by Ashley Chappell – Review by Lyndsey Fairley

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

OF WAR AND TATERS by Ashley Chappell
4 stars

With a title like this one, I wasn’t sure what to expect but what a hidden gem of a book!
I laughed throughout this book which was helpful as i’ve read pretty heavy as of late.
It took just a bit to get into the swing of the writing style and the pov’s going through many people, but once it clicked i took off flying through the pages.
What happens when the media gets involved, a circus comes to town and a ghost? This book does.

Loved Sheriff Stanley!
Must read.

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OF WAR AND TATERS by Ashley Chappell – Review by Erin Wolf

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I give Of War and Taters by Ashley Chappell, 5 stars.

The sleepy little town of Merit is quiet no more. A bunch of reporters have flocked there once they heard about the rival gangs this town has. Little did they know they “gangs” were just a bunch of ten-year-olds. Plus the travelling circus decided to get some of this attention and stopped over there. Oh and don’t forget the ghost actor. Sheriff Stanley, used to nothing happening in his town, doesn’t know how to stop this sudden chaos and bad rumors. Then he finds a grisly discovery that hints at worse things going on. Will he be able to step up and take charge or is his little town doomed?

If you do not appreciate humor and satire, this book may not be for you. However, if you do, this book is right up your alley. Something completely different from what I’ve read of this author before, she does a brilliant job of putting just the right amount of humor and sarcasm into this story while still keeping it a mystery book too. Is most of what happens completely outlandish? Yes, but that is what makes it so great! At the same time, there is a touch of heart in here too. The kids great and the poor sheriff puts up with so much. The people could easily be your eccentric neighbors who live down the road. The story itself has so much going on in so many directions, but it all ties together wonderfully. I could not put this down until I reached the end. I would love to see more of this town in the future.

If you enjoy a humorous whodunit the likes of which you have never read before, this book is for you.

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OF WAR AND TATERS by Ashley Chappell – Review by Jenni Bishop

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Of War and Taters by Ashley Chappell is a sarcastic, witty, unusual story. It is one of those things that you go, oh this is so stupid it is funny kind of things. It is a satire from start to finish and is hard to put down. It is one that you find yourself laughing at but you want to smack yourself in the head for laughing. The story is based on the residents of a small town who thanks to rival gangs the town gets far more than is bargained for but in amongst that there is mystery, ghosts and drama that goes with living in a small town. This tongue in cheek story will leave you laughing long after you finish.

Reviewed by @jennadb

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OF WAR AND TATERS by Ashley Chappell – Review by Maura Harper

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A quick and satirical read that that was full of humor. The story flows well from beginning to end and it kept me intrigued and humored.

OF WAR AND TATERS is one of those books that I want to write a flowing and detailed summary, but I don’t want to recap the entire story. Trust me when I say it is super funny and worth the read. As someone who works in the newspaper industry, this line tickled my funny bone… “There was a sickness that afflicted some newspaper readers that forced them to read it from cover to cover aloud to anyone who might be in the room.”

There is also an interesting point of view shared in the story. Ok, I’m stopping now because I don’t want to say more.

I recommend it.

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OF WAR AND TATERS by Ashley Chappell – Review by Emily Walsh

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By: Ashley Chappell
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars

OF WAR AND TATERS by Ashley Chappell was a fun read that had a little bit of everything, that kept me both entertained and engaged.

Not my first read by this author, so I knew going in that I was in for a well written witty read, with intertwining elements. I was not led astray, and this book brought what it stated. Now I will say that I did find the pacing a little slow at times, especially with all the different POV’s. But overall, it wasn’t that much of a bad thing. I did love how every different element was connected somehow, and the dog, Mr. Cuddle Face, it was like this little innocent voice that popped in; made me smile, and just had me wanting to steel him away.

Overall this book is a fun quick read that will have you second guessing, scratching your head and laughing. It was the perfect little mix of fun, drama, spoof, dark humour, mystery and entertainment. This book will keep you reading, and it will have you wondering why there isn’t more like it. I do hope there is more to come from this wonderful little world that the author has created.

To end this book gets my super high recommendation and my stamp of approval.

Happy Reading.

-Review by @eawalsh

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OF WAR AND TATERS by Ashley Chappell – Review by Kerry Carr

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This story is amazing. It has different elements from romance, to mystery and murder and shows how adult attitudes can affect children’s behaviour towards each other.

The town of Merit is a quiet peaceful place where children are children and no real crime ever happens.

Until one day that all changes and Sheriff Stanley finds himself with a town suffering from a mad circus, a war about racisim between the children and a murderer on the loose.

I really enjoyed this book once i got into it. At first there was to many characters introduced at once but i kept reading and really enjoyed it

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OF WAR AND TATERS by Ashley Chappell – Review by Kerry Baker

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Of War and Taters by Ashley Chappell is a funny and clever story that will keep you entertained the whole way through.
This book hosts a ton of brilliant and strong characters, each with their own stories that only add to the overall storyline. It is funny right from the word go. There were quite a few times that this book had me laughing out loud.
There was a lot going on with the story but the author did a great job at tying all the threads together and keeping the story moving along nicely. As the first book I have read by this author I felt it was a great showcase as to what she is like. I am looking forward to exploring more of her work in the future.

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OF WAR AND TATERS by Ashley Chappell – Review by Lisa Helmick

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a thoroughly engaging story. Each character has their own Individual story going on with their larger than life personalities but it’s how they all come together that makes this so good. It’s full of humor, wit and don’t forget sarcasm. This takes place in basically ANY town USA. Except there is murder, mystery, mayhem and….the circus. These characters and situations are something that happen could happen to anyone and that makes them easy to identify with as well as chuckle at. I personally loved listening to the fourth grader gangs divide the town with their “map”. The names of the places reminded me of my youth. Ah…looking through a child’s eyes.
This is my first time reading this author. I find her story tricky but smooth. Easy to follow and the characters…colorful.

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Of War and Taters By Ashley Chappell – Review by Laura Furuta

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Of War and Taters
By: Ashley Chappell
5 out of 5 stars

The story Of War and Taters by Ashley Chappell is an entertaining and intriguing book. It hooked me in from the very beginning and once I started, I found that I didn’t want to put it down until I had read the last page. It has some mystery and suspense as well as a good portion of humorous moments as well. Welcome to Merit. Here Sheriff Stanley Grace has found himself pulled into several situations going on at once and has Stanley trying to stay one step ahead. The book has a good pace to it and there are times when I wished I could read faster as I just had to know how it ends. What does the future hold for Sheriff Stanley Grace and the town of Merit? Read this book to find out. Besides Stanley, there are many other characters that are introduced, and I enjoyed the interactions they have with each other and the sheriff. One of the characters that stands out is the ghost of a recently murdered actor who is trying to stage a comeback. It is a story that I found myself staying awake into the night to find out the ending. I highly recommend reading it.

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OF WAR AND TATERS by Ashley Chappell – Review by Bobbi Wagner

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was pulled in right from the first page and read it in one sitting. This is a well written story that had me laughing for most of the story. The characters are strong and made the story come alive. First you have fourth graders in gangs, than you have the circus come to town, plus a dead actor comes back as a ghost and on top of all that Sheriff Stanley has his own issues going on. Their story will keep you reading just waiting to see what will happen next. I highly recommend this book.

Review by @bjwagner
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