A Catered Halloween (Mystery with Recipes Series #5)

A Catered Halloween (Mystery with Recipes Series #5)

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by Isis Crawford
     
 

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With the promise of a hefty commission and some valuable word-of-mouth for their catering business, A Little Taste of Heaven, sisters Bernadette and Libby Simmons agree to cater the charity haunted house being staged at the old Peabody School. But when wealthy socialite Amethyst Applegate is found dead in the haunted house, Bernie and Libby wonder if a murderer

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With the promise of a hefty commission and some valuable word-of-mouth for their catering business, A Little Taste of Heaven, sisters Bernadette and Libby Simmons agree to cater the charity haunted house being staged at the old Peabody School. But when wealthy socialite Amethyst Applegate is found dead in the haunted house, Bernie and Libby wonder if a murderer might also be lurking about Peabody’s gloomy halls…
 
While almost everyone Amethyst ever met might have a motive for killing her, not everyone had access to the Peabody School. All Bernie and Libby know is if they don’t solve this mystery soon, they might become the next stars in a real-life horror flick…
 
“Fun…well-plotted…. A selection of delectable seasonal recipes rounds out the volume.”
—Publishers Weekly

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Publishers Weekly

In Crawford's fun, well-plotted fifth culinary cozy to feature Bernadette and Libby Simmons (after 2007's A Catered Valentine's Day), the sisters cater a fundraiser for the Longely, N.Y., volunteer firemen that includes a high-tech haunted house, formerly the Peabody School. In a room evoking the setting of Poe's "The Pit and the Pendulum," the severed head that rolls down some stairs and lands at Libby's feet proves to be real. The victim, Amethyst Applegate, had been a student years earlier at the Peabody School, where another student at the time, Bessie Osgood, died under suspicious circumstances. Is Bessie's ghost still haunting the place? Aided by their father, Sean, the town's retired police chief, Bernie and Libby discover that Amethyst, a notorious home wrecker, had no lack of enemies. A selection of delectable seasonal recipes rounds out the volume. (Sept.)

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Guess what's wafting around the haunted house. Young Bessie Osgood, who either jumped or was pushed from a window of the Peabody School years ago, has returned, so folks say, to haunt the place. So it's not surprising when sisters Libby, who has premonition dreams, and Bernie, who wears cute shoes-arriving to cater the Longely Volunteer Fireman's fundraiser planned by Mark Kane-feel drafts, hear a plea for help and, even worse, discover that one of the Halloween displays featuring a chainsaw actually holds the decapitated head of loathed Amethyst Applegate. Between icing cupcakes and slicing pumpkin bread, the sisters confer with their dad, a wheelchair-bound ex-police chief, their significant others, and ghost-hunting twins Konrad and Curtis. They learn that snooty Amethyst and Bessie were schoolmates; that a long-hidden journal proves Amethyst was wicked enough to be dismissed from school; and that she stole boyfriends and generally made everyone's life miserable. While Libby and Bernie replenish their supply of cookies, pies and cider, the murderer resurfaces long enough to do in Ed Banks on his estate, where Amethyst had planned to celebrate a secret wedding. Determined to reconcile with an old beau, Bessie puts in yet another appearance, wrapping up this tale of school days and leaving the sisters free to return to their kitchen. A lightweight mystery with lots of chitchat, food sampling and an impossibly arch coda. Like A Catered Valentine's Day (2007, etc.), includes simple, high-carb recipes, not sampled.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780758221933
Publisher:
Kensington
Publication date:
09/01/2009
Series:
Mystery with Recipes Series, #5
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
383,632
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)

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