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Three Blonde Mice
     

Three Blonde Mice

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by Jane Heller
 

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This hilarious romantic comedy is perfect for readers of Nancy Thayer and Mary Kay Andrews! The sequel to bestselling author Jane Heller’s much-loved novel Princess Charming.

"A hilarious culinary comedy dripping with both romance and suspense that deliciously sends up the farm-to-table foodie phenom. Prepare to laugh out loud—sustainably

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This hilarious romantic comedy is perfect for readers of Nancy Thayer and Mary Kay Andrews! The sequel to bestselling author Jane Heller’s much-loved novel Princess Charming.

"A hilarious culinary comedy dripping with both romance and suspense that deliciously sends up the farm-to-table foodie phenom. Prepare to laugh out loud—sustainably.”—Ciji Ware, New York Times bestselling author of That Winter in Venice

In Jane Heller’s wild and charming novel of romantic comedy and suspense, three friends go on a cooking excursion with a famous chef, only to discover one of their classmates is very keen on practicing knife technique.

Elaine Zimmerman and her best friends Jackie Gault and Pat Kovecky venture to a farm in Litchfield, Connecticut. It’s been over a year since their last trip together, a Caribbean cruise aboard the Princess Charming, and after dealing with a murderous ex and his hit man, they’re yearning for a no-drama vacation this time. During their Cultivate Our Bounty Week, they and eight other guests will learn how to cook farm-to-table meals with Whitley’s artisan-in-residence, a renowned TV/restaurant chef named Jason Hill. Elaine, the jaded, neurotic narrator, is less than thrilled—especially because the program wasn’t supposed to include a surprise appearance by her former boyfriend Simon, who’s still the love of her life but can’t commit to her. What’s more, after milking a cow and making cheese, she stumbles on evidence that one of her fellow agritourists is out to murder Chef Hill at the resort’s Bounty Fest finale.

Is the killer among the freakishly fit Manhattan couple who takes their devotion to organic, hormone-free, non-GMO food to the point of obsession? The grandmother from Wisconsin who’s a groupie of the celebrity chef and follows him to every event? The mother and son from Palm Beach who bicker over whether he should give up his law practice to open his own restaurant? Three Blonde Mice serves up a crackling romance between Elaine and Simon, a twisty whodunit involving a screwball cast of suspects and a satire of current food fads and the farm-to-table chefs who perpetuate them.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
07/04/2016
Somebody wants to kill famed farm-to-table chef Jason Hill, but the titular blonds—40-something Elaine Zimmerman and her two best friends, Pat and Jackie, all on a "haycation" at a Cultivate Our Bounty week in Connecticut—are on the case in this tepid sequel to Princess Charming. Heller offers plenty of red herrings and a decent amount of laughs at present-day foodie culture, but there's a dull edge to the overly broad humor as the three women attempt to ferret out which of their fellow agritourists wants to add the arrogant chef's murder to the menu. Might it be the Jason Hill groupie, tired of being ignored by the object of her adoration? Perhaps it is the handsome Palm Beach lawyer wooing Elaine after her breakup with her ex, who shows up to win her back, or one of the sustainable farming–obsessed husband-and-wife team. The ever-wry Elaine is a finely honed narrator, but for much of the story, malapropism-prone Pat and horny, soused Jackie walk around in a fog. Agent: Ellen Levine, Trident Media Group. (Aug.)
From the Publisher
"What’s so great about Heller’s writing is her wit." —Cleveland Plain-Dealer

"Anything Jane Heller writes, I buy. Her romantic comedies are the absolute best." —Karen Robards, New York Times bestselling author

"Heller strikes again with this razzle-dazzle cruise ship murder mystery, sure to be a big hit with her faithful following." —Kirkus Reviews, for PRINCESS CHARMING

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781682302859
Publisher:
Diversion Publishing
Publication date:
08/02/2016
Pages:
268
Sales rank:
313,302
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Jane Heller is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over a dozen titles, including hits like Female Intelligence, Name Dropping, and Some Nerve. She has been translated into several languages, and nine of her novels were sold to Hollywood for film/TV. Also known for her non-fiction titles, You'd Better Not Die Or I'll Kill You and Confessions of a She-Fan, Heller has been critically adored for over two decades.

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Three Blonde Mice 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
thereadingchick More than 1 year ago
Three Blonde Mice is a tongue in cheek self proclaimed nickname for friends Elaine, Jackie and Pat. They met each other as each of them were going through a divorce, and have become fast friends. We were introduced to these characters in Jane Heller's Princess Charming, when they went on their first group vacation, a cruise. This novel follows them on their second vacation to Connecticut for Cultivate Your Bounty week, a farm to table festival where they will join food enthusiasts for private cooking lessons from celebrity chef Jason Hill. They get a little more than they bargained for when they find out that one of their classmates may want more from their chef than lessons, they may want him dead. We quickly catch up with our three main characters. Elaine, who found love on the high seas, is disillusioned with her boyfriend, Simon, and has broken up with him because of his lack of commitment. Jackie and Pat, to me were pretty interchangeable, one got back together with her husband and the other is wallowing in low self esteem and seems to have a slight drinking problem. These two are merely sidekicks to the more alpha, Elaine, who enlists their inebriated help, to try to discover the culprit. I quite liked Elaine, who doesn't let a surprise appearance by her ex, Simon, stop her from trying out her femme fatale moves on classmate, Jonathon, to determine whether he is guilty or innocent. The mystery was pretty good, but the reason why a sequel was written, in my opinion, was because of the friendship of the three ladies. They met each other and found common ground through divorce, and that support has continued as each finds their legs. Each of them are in different places in their lives, but their friendship remains solid, even as they once again find themselves in the middle of a murder investigation. Jane Heller's writing is loose and funny and not your typical tightly wound mystery. You do not need to read the first novel to enjoy Three Blonde Mice, this can be read as a stand alone novel. I received a copy of this book from he publisher, Diversion Books, through NetGalley, for my honest review