A Catered Murder (Mystery with Recipes Series #1)

A Catered Murder (Mystery with Recipes Series #1)

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by Isis Crawford
     
 

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Bernadette Simmons wasn't sure what to expect when she left L.A.--and her no-good, cheating boyfriend--to move back in with her family in New York. And her sister Libby had no idea what she was in for when she hired Bernie to work for her catering business. But in between cutting up canapés and dishing up desserts, the two find themselves in the midst of a

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Bernadette Simmons wasn't sure what to expect when she left L.A.--and her no-good, cheating boyfriend--to move back in with her family in New York. And her sister Libby had no idea what she was in for when she hired Bernie to work for her catering business. But in between cutting up canapés and dishing up desserts, the two find themselves in the midst of a mystery they can really sink their teeth into. . .

It's only been a few days since Bernie and Libby started working together at A Little Taste of Heaven, and already they've got their hands full--baking cookies and slicing rare beef tenderloin to serve at a high school reunion. The dinner has a "Dracula" theme and a very strange guest of honor: Laird Wrenn, a New York Times bestselling author of vampire novels. Libby and Bernie know this will be an evening unlike any other. And they're proven right when Laird pours a glass of water, takes a long sip--and drops stone-cold dead. . .

Now, with murder on the menu and Libby under suspicion, the sisters will have to put their heads together to figure out whodunit--in a mystery that promises to be deadly to the very last bite.

"A naturally flowing narrative, lively and likeable characters, and plenty of clever word play amid the foul play set this first novel above the common run of cozies." ---Publishers Weekly

Includes 7 Delectable Recipes for You to Try!

Isis Crawford was born in Egypt to parents who were in the diplomatic corps. When she was five, her family returned to the States, where her mother opened a restaurant in upper Westchester County and her father became a university professor. Since then, Isis has combined her parents' love of food and travel by running a catering service as well as penning numerous travel-related articles about places ranging from Omsk to Paraguay. Married, with twin boys, she presently resides in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, where she is working on the next Bernie and Libby culinary mystery.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In her assured debut, Crawford, a caterer with many travel-related articles to her credit, introduces an appealing family trio: tender-hearted Libby Simmons, owner of a catering business, A Little Taste of Heaven, in Longely, N.Y.; her wisecracking sister, Bernie, a refugee from L.A. and a disastrous marriage; and Sean, their wheelchair-bound father, a retired police chief. Nasty Laird Wrenn, a best-selling author of vampire fiction, plans to celebrate his success with appropriate menu (Bloody Marys, devil's food cake) and decor to match (black roses, a coffin) at a reunion dinner to be held at the local high school. When Laird drops dead at the dinner after drinking a glass of water, a slew of ill-wishers, including Libby's close friend Tiffany, whom Laird was stringing along, become suspects in his sudden demise. A naturally flowing narrative, lively and likable characters, and plenty of clever word play amid the foul play set this first novel above the common run of cozies. (Dec. 2) Forecast: Blurbs from established pros-G.A. McKevett, Leslie Meier and Barbara Colley-and an eye-catching cover in Christmas colors will help make this an ideal holiday gift for fans of culinary mysteries. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781575667102
Publisher:
Kensington
Publication date:
12/28/2003
Series:
Mystery with Recipes Series, #1
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.84(w) x 8.42(h) x 1.18(d)

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A Catered Murder (Mystery with Recipes Series #1) 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
TheBookResort More than 1 year ago
I love mysteries. Cozies are my favorite mysteries to read. I'm hooked. Hooked. I always enjoy getting my hands on a new series, new author ~ new author to the publishing world or new to me. I get a kick out of being the first to scoop up the latest. I consider myself a cozy devotee. Sadly, A Catered Murder did zip, zero, nada for me. Nothing. I was bored. I found excuses not to read it. I read other books instead. I wondered how on earth this book got published. Did it win a contest? Was it nepotism? Was the editor @ Kensington about to embark on a cruise & said, " Oh, what the heck? " or did s/he win the lottery & give them a shot @ making their dream come true? I am one of those people who has to finish a book ~ no matter what. I am slowly learning to stop being so anal & read the incredible books waiting to be read. Instead of slogging through the drivel, I have decided to toss the books I can't digest aside. I have allowed myself to read the first 50 pages a` la Oprah, but have come up w/ my own reader meter ~ 25 pages. So, what was it about this book that was so foul tasting? Ingredients: Zzz Characters too over the top Grammatical errors Predictable plot Dialogue too problematic to follow Typing errors Snore Syrup Lack of Sense Sauce Isis Crawford's previous experience was as a food writer. Hmmm... maybe the recipes are worth the read, but I didn't bother. I walked away... ok, sprinted. A Catered Murder is the first of the Mystery with Recipes series & just because it isn't for my palate... you may enjoy this serving.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Makes this another failed cozy why must failed heroines all go into food preparation? What happened to house sitting and that favorite of old the nanny or companion or the rhinehart private duty nurse in the home. This will be a feeble friday freebie if series follows page counter
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was soo good I couldn't put it down. It is my first isis crawford book and plan on reading the rest of the series.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read. I ended up enjoying the charachters and will definitly read the next book.
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Debb23 More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I thought that it was unique in the fact that we don't have just one sleuth but two. A sister team that has two distinctive personalities but actually care about each other, unlike some that I've read. I love how Bernie starts rambling about any info that she has stored in her brain, sometimes driving people crazy. The only drawback I had was when it was figured out who did it, I was a little lost. I don't know if I missed some clues, or if they just weren't there. Still it was a fun read and I will continue on with the series.