Crime Brulee (Carolyn Blue Culinary Food Writer Series #1)by Nancy Fairbanks
Forty-something food writer Carolyn Blue gets a taste of New Orleans cookery and crime. When her friend goes missing, Carolyn turns sleuth to search for answers-a trail that leads right into an alligator swamp. See more details below
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Forty-something food writer Carolyn Blue gets a taste of New Orleans cookery and crime. When her friend goes missing, Carolyn turns sleuth to search for answers-a trail that leads right into an alligator swamp.
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I fought desperately to the surface, where I heard shrieks…if I could get out before the hungry swamp creatures attacked. I went under, bobbed up, spat out more slimy growths…
“Hang on,” the foghorn roared. I clung for dear life and, trailing nasty, rotting fronds, was dragged through the water to rickety steps that had been nailed haphazardly to the wharf poles.
Arms and legs trembling, dripping liquid mud, I began to climb. I almost fainted when I felt a crossbar tilt under my foot, but by then a sturdy Cajun on the wharf had grasped my arm…
“I was shoved,” I announced, incensed. He paid no attention but dragged me toward the waiting van...
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Nancy Fairbanks is a pseudonym for Nancy Herndon, who is the author of the Elena Jarvis mystery series. She has also written historical romances under the name Elizabeth Chadwick. She lives in El Paso, Texas with her husband, a chemistry professor and chairman at the University of Texas at El Paso. She travels widely and frequently with her husband throughout America and Europe, enjoying new places, good food, opera, and scientific conferences.
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I have read and enjoyed Diane Mott Davidson and Joanne Fluke, but this book was disappointing to me. It seemed very wordy, as if I was listening to a gregarious professor droning on and on, and I began to read HOPING to get interested. I couldn't believe a murder mystery could progress so far with no BODY. Should have been edited down in my opinion. In addition, the recipes were, for the most part, previously published and not original. Only a couple looked like something I would take the time to make, and the rest I would prefer to purchase at a restaurant due to their time-consuming nature or the limited availability of ingredients.
El Paso resident Carolyn Blue looks forward to accompanying her spouse when he attends a scientific research conference in New Orleans. Carolyn and Jason will meet three other couples who have been friends for a long time. She especially looks forward to seeing local resident Julienne Magnussen, who was her best friend for three years as children in Michigan. The first dinner together turns ugly when Julienne and her husband Nils exchange acerbic remarks until she leaves the table. When she fails to return, Carolyn looks for her, but no one in the restaurant knows what happened to her. Nils says she went to her lover, but Carolyn cannot believe her old friend would desert her before dessert when they both looked forward to this week. Julienne fails to show up in the next few days. A worried Carolyn goes to the police, who refuse to accept a missing person¿s report except from Nils who does nothing about finding Julienne. Though a housewife for years and now a culinary author, Carolyn begins to look for Julienne not yet knowing that she can become the main course for a dangerous person. CRIME BRULEE is an entertaining amateur sleuth tale that takes the reader on a mouth-watering tour of New Orleans. The story line is fun and allowed to slowly simmer before Carolyn embarks on her investigation. Readers will like the heroine and her spouse, as they are a nice couple. Nils comes across as too acrimonious, but the audience will still believe that Nancy Fairbanks provides a gourmet feast. Harriet Klausner