The Proof is in the Pudding (Della Cooks Mystery Series #3)

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A mouthwatering new Della Cools mystery-recipes included.

Owner of a Santa Monica cooking school and cable cooking show star Della Carmichael is one of three judges for an A-list cook-off-but it's the celebrities who are getting knocked off.

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Overview

A mouthwatering new Della Cools mystery-recipes included.

Owner of a Santa Monica cooking school and cable cooking show star Della Carmichael is one of three judges for an A-list cook-off-but it's the celebrities who are getting knocked off.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781410427137
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 7/21/2010
  • Series: Della Cooks Mystery Series , #3
  • Edition description: Large Print Edition
  • Pages: 398
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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  • Posted August 19, 2010

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    Celebrity Cook-off and Murder

    Della Carmichael is a judge in a Celebrity Cook-Off. A fellow judge, who isn't a nice guy, ends up dead. Because there is evidence to link John O'Hara to the death, he is suspended. Della goes to great lengths to hide all evidence her "honorary" daughter, Eileen O'Hara (John's daughter), had a relationship with the dead judge.

    The books in this series are fun, fast reads. I really enjoy Della and the other characters. While she gets in some tight spots, I don't find myself thinking she made poor choices to get into those spots. Her relationship with Nicholas has grown and changed with each book in a way that feels right. The author has done a great job. The plotting is well paced and the killer and motive weren't too easy to determine.

    I really enjoyed this book and look forward to the next one. I highly recommend.

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

    New series for cozy lovers

    I love "cozy" mysteries and I love food. I enjoyed this book very much & I look forward to reading more.

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  • Posted February 18, 2010

    Kitchen Knives and Murder

    This is the author's third in her series featuring Della Carmichael. And yes it comes with several pages of what appear to be mouth-watering recipes. While noting that the author sent a copy of the book to review, I have not (yet) tried any of the recipes. However, if they are on a par with the quality of this author's writing which is excellent, they should be worthwhile.

    Della Carmichael is the hostess and chef of a West Coast cable cooking show. She also runs a small cooking school. Her deceased husband was a cop so she has some useful connections for her adventures. Make no mistake, this novel is not a cozy. Even though set in Southern California, and the circle of suspects and other characters is limited, many of readers' expectations about cozy crime novels are broken. There are pets. There is some fine humor and the pace is enough to keep even non-foodies interested. And, this is a whee of a story.

    An Important Personage is staging a celebrity cooking competition for both humanitarian and personal reasons. Della is brought in at the last minute to be one of three judges of the event. There she encounters another judge who is definitely not on her 'A' list of desirable guests. When the man is stabbed to death during the beginning of the cooking competition, in a delightful and well-thought-out scene, suspicion falls variously on a close friend who is a cop, the cop's daughter and on Della herself.

    Wells is a good writer and she deals with one of the major problems of writing a series in a competent and forthright manner. If a series is to continue, we can't have the protagonist in such jeopardy that she dies. However, by recognizing the quandary , this author builds the tension in other ways, and the detecting is handled in a well-done manner. In addition, Della Carmichael acts like a real, fully realized woman, with desires, problems, and some pets and friends who are occasionally troublesome. They are interesting which contributes to the stew without distracting us from the main story.

    I was completely charmed by Ms. Carmichael and her adventure. Her world is fun, funny, and as real as can be. Moreover, the story is well plotted and has a very satisfactory conclusion.

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  • Posted December 11, 2009

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    fun culinary mystery

    In North Hollywood, public relations specialist Phil Logan informs widow Della Carmichael, the hostess of In the Kitchen With Della, that she is one of the three judges selected to score the Celebrity Cook-off charity event at the Olympia Grand Hotel. The other two judges are Yvette Dupree and Keith Ingram. Phil warns her that her Della's Sweet Dreams partner Eileen O'Hara is seeing womanizing Keith, who rumors have it will dump her to marry wealthy Tina Long, daughter of the Olympia Grand's owner. Keith dumps Eileen, but tells her she will be his mistress as he has tapes of their sexual encounters with his face blurred that he will release.

    At the gala, Eileen's father Police Detective John O'Hara punches Keith in the face. While cook Wolf Wheeler performs an incredible juggling act with pots, pans and food, someone releases a smoke bomb. When the air clears and the panic ends, Keith is dead from a knife to his throat. The prime suspect is John, who the lead detective Hatch (known fondly by Della as Hatchet) hates.

    Although readers know who will be murdered when Eileen hysterically calls "Aunt" Della, fans will enjoy the latest Della Cooks mystery (see Della Takes the cake). Della is courageous as an amateur sleuth and insane as a break and enter "thief" when she sneaks into the victim's home to attempt to steal the tapes. With wonderful recipes after case solved and some included in the whodunit, culinary mystery fans will appreciate Della's risking her life to keep Eileen out of a sex scandal and prove John did not commit the homicide.

    Harriet Klausner

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