Beef Stolen-Off (Clueless Cook Mystery Series #2)

Beef Stolen-Off (Clueless Cook Mystery Series #2)

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by Liz Lipperman
     
 

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As the food columnist for The Ranchero Globe, Jordan McAllister catches the eye of cattle baron Lucas Santana, who invites her to the Cattleman's Ball, hoping a positive review from the ball might boost the county's sagging beef sales.

To ensure Jordan enjoys herself, Santana sets her up with  a prime cowboy companion for the event—Rusty Morales.

Overview

As the food columnist for The Ranchero Globe, Jordan McAllister catches the eye of cattle baron Lucas Santana, who invites her to the Cattleman's Ball, hoping a positive review from the ball might boost the county's sagging beef sales.

To ensure Jordan enjoys herself, Santana sets her up with  a prime cowboy companion for the event—Rusty Morales. Jordan's delighted to go with him and two-step the night away. But instead, she winds up in the emergency room where her date is DOA.

When Rusty's mother begs her for help, Jordan knows she needs to grab the bull by the horns and get to the bottom of this mystery before she corrals herself into trouble...

INCLUDES RECIPES!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
At the start of Lipperman’s quirky, kitschy sequel to 2011’s Liver Let Die, reporter Jordan McAllister, recently promoted to head food columnist for the Ranchero, Tex., newspaper, accepts cattle rancher Lucas Santana’s invitation to the Cattleman’s Ball. Santana, eager to get publicity for the sagging beef industry, arranges for a hunky cowboy, Rusty Morales, to be Jordan’s date. At the ball, held at a fancy hotel, Rusty suddenly doesn’t feel well and goes outside, where he collapses and expires. Should Jordan, who would much rather be a sports columnist, look the other way and write up promotional recipes for beef, or should she try to figure out who and what killed Rusty? Despite a hokey premise and some silly scenes, cozy fans will have fun. Tasty recipes include Myrtle’s Better than Sex Cake and Beef Daddy’s Banana Pudding. Agent: Christine Witthohn, Books Cents Literary Agency. (July)
From the Publisher
“A sparkling new cozy star!”—Cleo Coyle, national bestselling author of the Coffeehouse Mysteries

“Jordan McAllister heads up an appealing cast of characters in the fun, new Clueless Cook series from Liz Lipperman.”—Misa Ramirez, author of the Lola Mysteries

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425251423
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/03/2012
Series:
Clueless Cook Mystery Series, #2
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
944,340
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Liz Lipperman is one of nine children and grew up eating casseroles. She spent many years working as a registered nurse saving lives, before she gave in to her life-long passion of finding ways to kill people and writing about them. Born and raised in Ohio, she lived in many places, including Saudi Arabia and Taiwan before finally settling down in a small suburb north of Dallas. When she’s not writing, she enjoys all sports, especially the NFL, traveling, and spending time with her four grandchildren.

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Beef Stolen-off 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was intrigued by the first one, and this second Clueless Cook cosy mystery lived up to the first! Jordan is at it again. Swearing off mystery she's settled into her job as writer of the Kitchen Kupboard column,( as well as her first job writng the personals) she has an assingment that brings her into the world of Texas cattlemen, and murder. This is a fast fun read. Keep on writing and I'll keep on readin'!
BookTrampCW More than 1 year ago
I read the first book in this series, so I was anxious and excited to get the second book soon thereafter. Now having read the second book, I think it's better than the first and can't wait for book three! I love this author's sense of humor and feel like I personally know every one of the characters. You never know what kind of trouble Jordan and her wacky but endearing friends are going to find themselves in next. Love this series. Love this author. I highly recommend this series if you love a good cozy with zingers sprinkled throughout.
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I enjoyed the first book in the series but am extremely disappointed with this one. Only made it half way through and then couldn't be bothered.
KaneH More than 1 year ago
Liz Lipperman has done it again, with her follow-up Clueless Cook mystery, "Beef Stolen-Off". This fun little romp details the exploits of female newspaperperson (and big sports buff) Jordan McAllister, who can't cook, and yet is roped into doing a culinary column for her newspaper, complete with recipes. For someone who revels in junk food, real recipes can be a burden. But she has help from a colorful cast of friends, who give her support and love and help in time of need. As usual, Jordan runs into trouble, this time when her fellow dinner guest expires during a dining extravaganza. Soon she is tracking down clues while hunting for a killer, as well as some shady cattle rustlers. If you like your fun mystery intertwined with danger and wisecracking troublemakers, this is for you. Jordan cannot get through a day without a crisis or four, but her ingenuity and luck in getting out of trouble results in an entertaining read. Full of down-home, good ole Texas fun. And if reading about all this food gets you hungry, why there's even some of the recipes in the story included in the back, so you can make your own. If you like this one, track down her first book, "Liver Let Die," where we first meet Jordan.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
AJordan McAllister is the food columnist for the Ranchero Globe even though she is a pretty clueless cook. She may not know much about cuts of beef but Lucas Santana, cattle baron, thinks her column may help boost beef sales so he invites her to the Cattlemen's Ball. He even sets her up with a date for the evening. Unfortunately she doesn't get to know him very well. Shortly after the dinner starts he starts to sweat and have trouble breathing. She winds up at the emergency room where she finds her date was dead on arrival. It is not long before she realizes his death was no accident. She decides it is up to her to take the bull by the horns and lasso up the killer. This release date of this book couldn't have been planned better. The tv show Dallas is back on the air and in the very second episode the Ewings are at the Cattlemen's Ball. I didn't see Jordan hanging around but it sure wasn't hard to imagine that a murder could occur there. The author tells me there was no coordination between the show and this book release, just a happy coincidence. This installment really has the Big Texas feel. Hunky cowboys, huge ranches, and of course Texas BBQ. The new characters in this book were so well defined it was hard to believe we just met them. The Empire Apartments gang was back in full glory and we even got to spend some time with Jordan's brother, Danny. Jordan's love life was kind of hit or miss in this installment. Hard when the guy you want to get to know so much better has a job that can need him in an instant and keep him away for weeks. Jordan also finally makes a friend at the paper. The mystery is USDA Prime as well. Plenty of diversions to keep the reader on their toes. We learn a bit about cattle raising too, some of it hair raising as well. Marbled through the entire mystery are touches of humor I have come to expect from Liz Lipperman. She has the gift are creating sassy dialogue, unique observations and circumstances that can make you laugh out loud. In this edition, the brother/sister pranks and commentary were so entertaining. This series is absolutely wonderful. I can't wait until Murder for the Halibut comes out December 31, 2012. For now be sure to get your hands on Beef Stolen-Off today!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read. I enjoyed the first book in the series more than this one though. Still find it hillarious she writes a food column and can't cook to save her life.
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