A Catered Murder (Mystery with Recipes Series #1)

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781575667256
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 11/28/2004
  • Series: Mystery with Recipes Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 4.34 (w) x 6.94 (h) x 0.89 (d)

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  • Posted June 27, 2009

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    Zzz

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2013

    Good read. I ended up enjoying the charachters and will definit

    Good read. I ended up enjoying the charachters and will definitly read the next book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 11, 2014

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I thought that it was unique in

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2014

    Warrior cat news

    Lobby

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2014

    Too much in burb and too many receipes

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2013

    Awesome book!

    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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