Bon Bon Voyage (Carolyn Blue Culinary Food Writer Series #8)

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Even if Carolyn Blue has to share a cabin with her mother-in-law, she'll still enjoy her Mother's Day present: a gourmet European cruise. That is, until both a female passenger and the double chocolate raspberry mousse go missing.
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Even if Carolyn Blue has to share a cabin with her mother-in-law, she'll still enjoy her Mother's Day present: a gourmet European cruise. That is, until both a female passenger and the double chocolate raspberry mousse go missing.
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In Nancy Fairbanks's eighth Culinary Mystery, 40-something food columnist Carolyn Blue's Mother's Day gift -- a trip aboard a gourmet cruise ship touring Spanish and North African ports -- turns out to be anything but relaxing.

After finding out that her husband can't accompany her on the trip, Carolyn asks her friend Luz Vallejo, an irrascible retired police lieutenant, to join her. But unbeknownst to her, Carolyn's husband has already invited his mother, an abrasive feminist who doesn't exactly get along with her daughter-in-law. Not wanting to make waves, Carolyn decides to share her suite with both women. The cruise seems doomed from the start as Luz's luggage gets lost and Carolyn's mother-in-law commandeers the master bedroom and its luxurious bathtub. Forced to share a bathroom the size of a telephone booth with the potty-mouthed Luz, Carolyn tries to make the best of the situation -- even as her mother-in-law insinuates that she's getting overly friendly with Owen Griffith, a popular author and "international adventurer." But when a passenger goes missing and is later found in the meat freezer, Carolyn vows to solve the murder -- only to stumble headlong into a conspiracy between a group of crew members plotting to hijack the ship.

Featuring numerous mouthwatering dessert recipes (strawberry bonbons, double chocolate raspberry mousse, Canary Island key lime pie, et al.) this latest installment of the Culinary Mystery saga serves up more of what Fairbanks is renowned for -- fast-paced, lighthearted amateur sleuth mysteries that are as laugh-out-loud funny as they are wildly entertaining. Paul Goat Allen
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El Paso, Tex., food writer Carolyn Blue takes a gourmet cruise in Fairbanks's lackluster eighth culinary mystery (after 2005's Mozzarella Most Murderous). The pumpkin soup is tasty and the tilapia with black bean and corn relish scrumptious on the cruise from Lisbon to Barcelona, but things turn sour when another passenger, Mrs. Gross, goes missing. Was she accidentally left behind when the cruise ship docked? Or could something more sinister be afoot? Carolyn's determination to get to the bottom of things lands her in hot water. The frequent first-person narrative shifts among Carolyn and various other characters make for a confusing read, but fans will relish the many dessert recipes sprinkled throughout. Previous books in the series were published as mass market originals. (Apr.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A free Mother's Day cruise to exotic Spanish and North African ports sounds like heaven-until murder, hijacking and a mother-in-law join the cruise. El Paso-based food critic Carolyn Blue doesn't let her husband's refusal to opt out of his conference spoil her trip to heaven. Instead, she talks her friend, retired cop Luz Vallejo, into joining her, not knowing that her husband has asked his mother, a rampant feminist and no friend to Carolyn, to share her suite. Luz, whose bag has been lost, receives a new wardrobe and a lover in the form of the ship's doctor. Carolyn revels in the delectable food prepared by executive chef Demetrios Kostas el Greco. And her mother-in-law takes time out from accusing Carolyn of getting too friendly with a Welsh author to start her own affair with a retired naval officer. Meanwhile, several crew members plot to hold the ship for ransom. Then an obnoxious passenger disappears after a shore visit, and Carolyn feels the need to investigate. When the hijacking is pulled off, Carolyn barely escapes from one of the pirates. She hides out in disguise in the Welshman's cabin until she and some resourceful fellow passengers take back the ship with a little help from some spiked avocado soup. Whiny Carolyn (Three-Course Murder, not reviewed, etc.) is consistently upstaged by her acerbic friend Luz and the tidbits of cooking lore and dessert recipes.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425216675
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/7/2007
  • Series: Carolyn Blue Culinary Food Writer Series, #8
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 4.32 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Meet the Author

Nancy Fairbanks is a pseudonym for Nancy Herndon, author of the Elena Jarvis mysteries. She has also written historical romances under the name Elizabeth Chadwick. She lives in El Paso, Texas with her husband. She travels widely and frequently with her husband throughout America and Europe, enjoying new places, interesting people, good food, opera, and scientific conferences.

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  • Posted November 28, 2010

    Another Culinary Delight

    I'll keep this brief. Carolyn Blue starts out on an innocent cruise. More from being a meddler (in my opinion) she finds herself in the mystery of the missing passenger and with the help of her friend Luz, finds herself investigating. A great read, laugh out loud humor and of course, the recipes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2013

    More bad language than expected; story dragged on and on.

    Dropped the f word too many times, too much other bad language, and storyline dragged on and on.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    more of an exciting thriller than the usual amateur sleuth mystery

    The children of food columnist Carolyn Blue send her on a food cruise sailing the Mediterranean with stops in Spain and North Africa as a Mother¿s Day present. Carolyn is disappointed that her husband Jason cannot accompany her, but he has a conference to attend in Canada. She asks her friend Luz, an ex cop, to go with her. Luz reluctantly agrees because it is impossible to refuse any request by Carolyn. Carolyn is dismayed that Jason asks his mother to go with Carolyn since two women do not get along. --- Carolyn enjoys the cruise until an obnoxious passenger disappears and she is determined to find her even sending telegrams to the authorities in Majorca where the woman allegedly disembarked. She does not know that five of the ship¿s officers including the chief steward and head of security are planning a mutiny to take control of the ship and then blackmail the owner into paying a fortune to prevent them from blowing up the vessel. Carolyn, Luz and a few other passengers soon realize that the captain is no longer in charge. They come up with a scheme to regain control from the mutineers, but need plenty of help from other passengers and the loyal crew members if they are to succeed failure probably means death. --- The luscious description of food served on a cruise ship (recipes included) will make readers¿ mouths water, but this novel contains plenty intrigue and action as well some amusing counterpoints. BON BON VOYAGE grips the reader as Nancy Fairbanks has written more of a thriller than her usual amateur sleuth mystery especially since the audience knows the villains from the moment the ship sets sail and the answers to motives. --- Harriet Klausner

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