A Catered Birthday Party (Mystery with Recipes Series #6)

A Catered Birthday Party (Mystery with Recipes Series #6)

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by Isis Crawford
     
 

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A Little Taste of Heaven catering certainly knows how to feed people. Dogs, however..? When sisters Bernie and Libby sign on to cater Trudy the Pug's birthday bash, it isn't just any doggie 'do. Trudy's owner, Annabel Colbert, is one of the richest women in town—and as mascot of the Colbert toy company, Trudy herself is a bona fide celebrity. But when the big day… See more details below

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A Little Taste of Heaven catering certainly knows how to feed people. Dogs, however..? When sisters Bernie and Libby sign on to cater Trudy the Pug's birthday bash, it isn't just any doggie 'do. Trudy's owner, Annabel Colbert, is one of the richest women in town—and as mascot of the Colbert toy company, Trudy herself is a bona fide celebrity. But when the big day arrives, mere moments after dipping into the wine, Annabel is shrieking she's been poisoned—and falling face first into her soup. After two days in a coma, Annabel is dead.

It seems the woman who had everything also had her share of enemies. In fact, Annabel was cheating, blackmailing, or backstabbing most everyone she knew—including Trudy's trainer and kennel owner. With so many suspects, sniffing out the truth is a risky proposition. Bernie and Libby had better close the oven on this case fast—before they get burned. . .

"Fans of Diane Mott Davidson and Joanne Fluke will enjoy the investigative and culinary antics of the nosey sisters." –Library Journal

"Enjoyable and entertaining." –Romantic Times

"Diverting. . .gabby. . ." –Publishers Weekly

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
At the start of Crawford's diverting sixth mystery to feature Bernie and Libby Simmons (after 2008's A Catered Halloween), imperious Annabel Colbert hires the catering sisters of Longely, N.Y., to cook for her beloved pet pug's birthday lunch, demanding the same menu for the dogs and the people—at the same table no less. At the party, shortly after insulting all her human guests and drinking what she realizes is a glass of poisoned wine as soon as she gulps it down, Annabel collapses. Before losing consciousness, the wealthy entrepreneur (who dies two days later) gets Bernie and Libby to promise to find her killer. Suspects include Annabel's philandering husband; the husband's gorgeous, surgery-enhanced assistant; and the high school friend whose original idea Annabel stole to make millions. This gabby, low-key culinary cozy includes recipes for canines and humans, one a liver birthday cake you can serve to a person you dislike (“Just frost with whipped cream and leave off the dog treats and Cheez Whiz”). (Dec.)
Library Journal
The wealthy creator of Puggables, the latest toy craze, is poisoned at her dog's birthday party catered by Libby and Bertie Simmons (A Catered Halloween). VERDICT With Crawford's steady hand guiding the way, dog lovers will fall for Trudy, the charming pug; fans of Diane Mott Davidson and Joanne Fluke will enjoy the investigative and culinary antics of the nosey sisters. Recipes included.
Kirkus Reviews
A birthday party for a famous Pug ends in a suspicious death. The latest job for the catering business run by sisters Libby and Bernie is a birthday bash for Trudy, a Pug who was the inspiration for a line of stuffed animals that has made Annabel and Richard Colbert wealthy. The invited guests are at each other's throats, the wealthy couple far from connubial bliss. When Annabel seems to have been poisoned by something in her special wine, she begs the sisters to find her killer. The police call her death an accident, but with the help of their father, a wheelchair-bound former cop, the girls get to work looking for leads, of which there are many. The husband was sleeping with his secretary, the dog trainer was about to get fired and the whole bunch share a history that goes back to high school. As the sisters dig deeper into relationships past and present, it looks as if everyone had a motive to kill Annabel, and no one cares for their nosy questions. Poor Trudy is obviously unloved, and aiding in a Pugnapping drags their dad deeper into the investigation. It won't be easy to winkle out the person with the best motive and opportunity, but the sleuthing trio are up to the task. The most appealing character in Crawford's latest culinary mystery (A Catered Halloween, 2008, etc.) is Trudy the Pug. Even the recipes for dogs are the best of the bunch.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780758261823
Publisher:
Kensington
Publication date:
11/01/2010
Series:
Mystery with Recipes Series , #6
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
74,297
File size:
1 MB

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