Toast Mortem (Hemlock Falls Series #16)

Toast Mortem (Hemlock Falls Series #16)

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by Claudia Bishop

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The Inn at Hemlock Fall reopens for readers!

Bernard LeVasque has opened a multi-million dollar cooking school in Hemlock Falls-and has even stolen customers from Sarah and Meg Quilliam's Inn. But someone finds the infamous chef too bitter-and takes him off the menu for good.  See more details below


The Inn at Hemlock Fall reopens for readers!

Bernard LeVasque has opened a multi-million dollar cooking school in Hemlock Falls-and has even stolen customers from Sarah and Meg Quilliam's Inn. But someone finds the infamous chef too bitter-and takes him off the menu for good.

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Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
Hemlock Falls Series, #16
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Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Toast Mortem (Hemlock Falls Series #16) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
The nice quiet village of Hemlock Falls has been intruded on by "The Grouchiest Chef in the World" Bernard LeVasque and his multimillion dollar cooking school just across the gorge from the Inn at Hemlock Falls. While the Inn in fully booked, the restaurant in almost empty and that has Chef Meg Quillian ready to throw frying pans, 8" saute pans to be exact. To make things worse he plays some awful tricks on the sisters. While both sisters wish he would just go away, they never dreamed he would end up dead. Just who would want to kill the chef, one of his students, his wife, one of his devoted foodies? Maybe the scrap of paper found in his hand will lead to the killer. It would be a Hemlock Falls Mystery if the sisters weren't investigating and Quill will stop at nothing until she finds out WHO STABBED THE CHEF?? I am so glad I am able to visit The Inn at Hemlock Falls again, it has been too long. This was the first set of cozy mysteries I collected for my keeper shelf after my accident. I searched E-bay, Amazon and many other online bookstores to complete the set, even buying two online from a bookstore in Canada. As each new book is released I would add it to my wonderful collection. The last one was A Carol for a Corpse was released back in 2007. I was so thrilled to learn about Toast Mortem and am excited to finally have it in my hands. This book took me back to my old friends Meg and Quill with her 2 year old Jack, Dina is still at the reception desk, and Doreen is more a grandmother to Jack than the Inn's housekeeper. This new plot was original and once I started I couldn't stop reading. The added adventures of Jack's lion made my laugh out loud. If you haven't started this series, it's never too late. The author is a true master when it comes to writing a cozy. Add this one to your Summer Reading Lists, you will not be disappointed. Be sure to check out Claudia's web page to learn more about the books and the other series she writes the Dr. McKenzie Mysteries and follow her over to her other site to learn about the paranormal series she writes as Mary Stanton Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from The Berkley Publishing Group a division of Penguin Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
Lindsey146 More than 1 year ago
Was thrilled to see another installment of the Hemlock Falls Series. I have read the past 15 and loved them. Ms. Bishop seemed to get busy with other venues and I was afraid that #15 was the end of the road for Quill and Meg. But after reading "Toast Mortem" unfortunately it just fell short of the delightful series I so enjoyed. Quill's life now is that of a mother first with innkeeper/sleuth just not the same level it once was. Meg is still sock predictable and a handful, but does not have the edge she once drove everyone crazy with. Myles is still off doing his private security thing, making a last page appearance to end the story with an ahhhhh. The plot was just too predictable, the characters were not the normal level to really care about, and it just seemed "bland". Hate to be so negative, since I loved the 15 prior books. Don't know what happened here. If you read this and have the same opinion, don't give up, go back to the start of the series for I am sure you will be glad you did. Maybe the next one will be up to the old standards. Sure hope so.
Dawn--MysLovCorner More than 1 year ago
I was quite excited to find a new Hemlock Falls Mystery. I was under the impression the series had ended. I hope there will be many more. Meg and Quill are at it again. I love their sisterly banter and the many characters who work at the Inn. Plus now Quill has a young son. And with the multimillion dollar cooking school in town and the obnoxious head chef, things are a bit dicey. As always, she has a couple of stories intertwined and does a great job of having them coexist but not be disruptive to the other. I like how her bringing in the cooking school brings in new characters and opportunities for future books. I do hope this means the series has a bright future. I highly recommend this book and the entire series.
Sandigger More than 1 year ago
Loosely based on the culinary arts, this a light and entertaining mystery. This is the first time I've read this author but I would buy more of this series.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
Toast Mortem Claudia Bishop Berkley, Jun 2010, $6.99 ISBN: 9780425230282 When her husband Myles the investigator went somewhere in the Middle East on a government assignment, his wife Sarah "Quill" Quilliam-McHale returns to her rooms at the Inn at Hemlock Falls. She is the owner and manager with her half-sister Meg who is also the chef. It is Meg who is upset due to her gourmet meals being ignored as everyone is dining at the La Bonne Goute Cuklinary Arts Academy whose owner Bernard Le Vasque wrote the bestselling cookbook Brilliance in the Kitchen and had a five year run on TV as a master chef. Bernard is an arrogant peacock who believes he can get away with anything he desires. He asks Meg to work for him, but she in a rage throws a sharp meat cleaver at the pompous chef. Meg is arrested, but get's out on bail. The sisters steal their rival's pastry chef Clarissa Sparrow to work at the Inn. Levesque gets even by arranging dirty tricks to drive the innkeepers crazy. When Qull goes the Academy, she finds his murdered corpse. The police find evidence to arrest Clarissa, but her sibling employers believe she is innocent so set out to prove so; even dodging bullets to achieve their goal. The latest Inn at Hemlock Falls mystery is a fun tale that has a sort of throwback feel to when Quill was not married as Myles is away for most of the exciting purebred amateur sleuth story line. The victim is vile so much so that seemingly everyone at his Academy, even his bookkeeping wife, loathes him; thus suspects abound. Series fans will appreciate the antics of the mom and the chef as they set out to find a killer. Harriet Klausner
TexasYankee More than 1 year ago
I used to read Claudia Bishop's books and thought I would try this one, but when I downloaded and went to read the beginning - guess what? I never read anything except the cover and chapters and printers names, but not one word of the actual story was downloaded. Unbelievable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She wrapped he lags around him pressing them closer together and digging him deeper