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A Catered Wedding

A Catered Wedding

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by Isis Crawford
     
 

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Bernadette and Libby Simmons have been working twelve-hour days at their store, A Taste of Heaven. And in between whipping up sweet treats and catering high school graduation parties, the sisters have to fit one more event into their busy schedule: catering a high-society wedding that takes a very low turn. . .

Leeza Sharp is getting ready to have the wedding

Overview

Bernadette and Libby Simmons have been working twelve-hour days at their store, A Taste of Heaven. And in between whipping up sweet treats and catering high school graduation parties, the sisters have to fit one more event into their busy schedule: catering a high-society wedding that takes a very low turn. . .

Leeza Sharp is getting ready to have the wedding of her dreams. She's got a $25,000 dress (gorgeous and made to order), a rich Estonian fiancé (head of a multimillion dollar caviar empire) and a four-star menu (planned by none other than Bernadette and Libby Simmons). Never mind that she's not really in love with her boring, bland groom-to-be.

But the dream wedding quickly turns into a nightmare. Just hours before she's scheduled to walk down the aisle, Leeza takes an arrow to the chest--and drops dead. Now Libby and Bernadette have more on their minds than pouring Cristal and cutting up wedding cake: they've got an archery-inclined killer to find. . .

Includes 6 Delectable Recipes for You to Try!

"The sisters' playful rivalry, clever dialogue and an eccentric supporting cast make for plenty of cozy fun." --Publishers Weekly

"Frequent humor, a couple of little-old-lady Marxists, and several delicious recipes complete the cozy picture. Recommended for culinary mystery fans." --Library Journal

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 Isis Crawford's A Catered Wedding: A Mystery with Recipes, the lively sequel to her debut, A Catered Murder (2003), kindhearted caterer Libby Simmons and her savvy sister, Bernie, investigate the murder of 27-year-old Leeza Sharp, shot through the heart with an arrow, shortly before Leeza's wedding to the boring 53-year-old scion of an Estonian caviar dynasty. The sisters' playful rivalry, clever dialogue and an eccentric supporting cast make for plenty of cozy fun. Agent, Evan Marshall. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781617735202
Publisher:
Kensington
Publication date:
09/01/2005
Series:
A Mystery With Recipes , #2
Sold by:
Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
46,579
File size:
780 KB

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A Catered Wedding (Mystery with Recipes Series #2) 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
SE7 More than 1 year ago
Although this wasn't a book that kept me on the edge of my seat in suspense, it was a terrific escape from cleaning the house and doing the laundry. I highly recommend this book if you are looking for something you can read at small intervals throughout the day.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This really bombed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Presented as a culinary mystery 'A Catered Wedding, ' never quite gels. At least for this reader. Too many grammatical errors cry for an able editor. 'She weren't going into a tunnel.'? When errors are this obvious it's more than distracting. Characters, especially sisters Libby and Bernie Simmons are never quite fleshed out. One's usual response is to click her tongue on the roof of her mouth, while the other slides her ring up and down on her finger. Unless these are explained as nervous tics, one wonders why these movements occur so frequently. Perhaps the characters that best come alive are two elderly sisters, Gertrude and Eunice, who often sport outrageous garb and dye their hair in Crayola colors. Those qualifications aside, this is 'A Mystery with Recipes' that never boils but simply simmers from the opening pages when about-to-be bride Leeza Sharp is done in by an arrow through the chest. Libby and Bernie have been hired to cater the wedding which, for obvious reasons will not take place. Leeza's groom was to be Jura Raid, a wealthy caviar dealer, some years the bride's senior but able to give her everything she ever wanted. Jura shares vending roe with his two brothers, Ditas and Joe, both of whom are dark and suspicious. Now, as most agreed Leeza was unpleasant, nonetheless, she did not deserve such a sudden departure. So, abetted by their father, Sean, a retired police officer who is now confined to a wheelchair, Bernie and Libby take it upon themselves to find the murderer. Along the way they involve Marvin, pudgy son of the local undertaker who has warm feelings for Libby, and Esmeralda, Jura's right hand woman who has more than warm feelings for him. Rather than building suspense the narrative tends to bog in dialogue and preposterous undertakings on the part of Bernie and Libby. The conclusion is rather abrupt. As the sisters breathed sighs of relief so did this reader.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a great mystery.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
harstan More than 1 year ago
Lisa Sharpe is marrying a very rich man, who happens to be more than two decades her senior. She is not marrying for love; she is marrying for money as the nine carets on her hand, the twenty-five K wedding dress, and a billion other items make up for the lack of passion. When she gets a call to meet someone at the wedding tent, an irritated Lisa enters the reception tent, but is killed instantly by a cross bow arrow........................... Catering the nuptials, Bernadette and Libby Simmons, owners of A Taste of Heaven, find the body. The father of the Simmons sisters Sean is the former police chief, but now confined to a wheelchair due to a debilitating illness; he takes an interest in the homicide especially when he and his two daughters are hired to uncover the identity of the perpetrator. For the first time in three years, he has left his home to scope out the crime scene while his daughters heed (not) his advice and investigate on their own only to find much of the wedding party including the groom had motives and opportunity........................ A CATERED WEDDING is an upbeat, funny and delightful amateur sleuth mystery (though one is a former professional ¿ he got paid for investigations) due to the three main characters. Sean tries unsuccessfully to boss his daughters, but Bernie spouts encyclopedic paragraphs at the drop of a hat and Libby is the poster girl for obsessive-compulsive. All the suspects have strong motives for wanting the victim dead so in spite of clues readers will remain clueless until the author reveals the killer¿s identity. The three likable protagonists win readers¿ hearts as they ¿crash¿ the wedding party...................... Harriet Klausner