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Perfect Sax (Madeline Bean Series #6)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2005

    Fantastic Book!!

    As I perused the books on a slim revolving case in a hospital gift shop, the bright yellow cover of this book caught my eye. Yes, I do judge books by their covers. :-) Nonetheless, I read the synopsis and thought it sounded quite intriguing. However, prior to me purchasing a book I open it to the first page and see if it grabs me or leaves me with a dull taste in my mouth. I bought the book because of the opening line, ''I love big balls.'' Hah! I thought if the author had enough courage to make that the opening line then the book had to be either fantastic or sleazy. In hopes that it was not the later, I purchased the book. Thankfully it was a fantastic read! I enjoyed this book so very much. I had problems putting the book down (usually I was forced to stop by fatigue, or by some other urgency like my dog needing to go outside). I read this book in a few days, and I'm not a fast reader. This book was just absolutely enthralling. I am a hard critic of books, and really haven't enjoyed any of the new books that I've started. I believe the last 'good-can't-put-it-down book' that I read was 'Wicked' by Gregory Maguire. Overall, this book is a must read. Sadly, the author has dated this book by adding current stars. However, for now it is a fun read and I plan on reading the others in this Madeline Bean series. Do pick up this book and read it. It's worth your time and money! Happy reading to all!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2005

    Catering, murder, and theft of a prized saxophone

    Madeline Bean owns and runs Mad Bean Catering. They are catering an event to raise funds for the Woodburn School of Music. A rare saxophone is auctioned off for one hundred thousand dollars at the Jazz Ball. Unfortunately when the couple prepares to leave with their new saxophone, it is discovered the case is empty. Someone has stolen the saxophone at the auction. Before coming to the Ball, Madeline found trash strewn around her yard. It turns out to the papers belong to a nearby neighbor. When she sees this neighbor at the Ball, she tries to set up a time to return the papers to him. He misunderstands and thinks she¿s trying to blackmail them. Can this night get any stranger? Oh, yes. When Madeline Bean is involved, nothing is simple and uncomplicated. When she finally gets home, and I¿ll let you read the story to find out about her adventure in getting home, she finds a woman has been murdered in her bed. The police thought it was her. When her friends hear the report, they think it¿s her. Even Chuck Honnett, her ex-boyfriend the police detective, thought it was her. She goes to stay with Wes until things can be sorted out and her house cleaned up. Soon it is discovered that she is in danger. Who is after her and why? Who can she trust besides Wes? Then there is another murder and Madeline decides she¿d better look into things before she becomes the next victim. This is a fabulous series. I always enjoy reading about Madeline Bean¿s adventures. It is always a fast-paced, easy cozy to read. I can¿t wait for the next one! The characters are wonderful. I always enjoy mysteries with food in them. And the writing is superb. I highly recommend this book and the whole series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2004

    Fabulous Fun

    Madeline Bean, Los Angeles party planner and caterer, is a little worried when a rare saxophone from the charity auction goes missing from her gala event for the Woodward School. But that's nothing compared to the trauma of arriving home to find her house surrounded by the police and a dead woman in her bed. When a neighbor turns up dead as well and Madeline thinks she's being stalked, she feels like her whole life is falling apart. Chuck Hornett, her ex-boyfriend and cop, tries to ease Madeline's fears by loaning her a gun but only on the condition that she learns how to handle it. Chuck has been catapulted back into her life because of the murder and he wants to win back her affection. But Maddie has a serious problem with the fact that he has returned to his estranged wife to help her through her cancer treatments. Just to complicate her love life even more, she becomes involved with the brother of one of her Woodward ball clients. The young and handsome Dexter Wyatt has her heart fluttering and her pulse racing, but is he just too good to be true? Madeline jumps feet first into tying all of her mysteries together including the mysteries of her heart. Author Jerrilyn Farmer manages to neatly wrap up the seemingly impossible tangle of insurance fraud, hookers, obsession, and murder. Along the way, she gives us sometimes glamorous, sometimes scathing insights into the lives of the LA rich and powerful. The frenzy of plot twists and motivations are nicely balanced with explorations of Madeline's issues with trust and relationships. The characters are likeable and complex and I enjoyed the way that Farmer ties in Maddie's personal issues with her investigations.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2003

    and charming amateur sleuth

    Maddie Bean¿s catering and events planning business is becoming very chic with the rich, powerful and famous in Las Angeles and Hollywood. Her firm is catering an event to raise funds for the Woodburn School of Music so that gifted children who can¿t afford the fees can obtain a scholarship. The gala is a smashing success and Maddie is justifiably proud of her role in the affair. <P>She leaves the affair with a couple who bought a one hundred thousand dollar musical instrument for their son. Maddie loaned her car to an employee who needs to get to her boyfriend, because to is despondent over her boyfriend failing to earn his dissertation. Maddie arrives home to find police surrounding her house. Her employee lies dead in her bedroom. Not much time passes before Maddie discovers her neighbor is murdered, an angry man who was upset that Maddie found his private papers lying in her street. She not only thinks the two deaths are linked but she believes someone is out to kill her as well but nobody will believe her, thinking she is overwrought and upset. <P>Jerrilyn Farmer is a fabulous writer who has created one of the most delightful and charming amateur sleuth souls in the mystery world. The plot is fast-paced and action packed but the heart of this who-done-it lies with the characters and sorting out the villains from the heroes. PERFECT SAX has several sub-plots that make this tale all the more fascinating, especially someone stealing the valuable musical instrument. <P>Harriet Klausner

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    Posted March 15, 2009

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