A Catered St. Patrick's Day (Mystery with Recipes Series #8)

A Catered St. Patrick's Day (Mystery with Recipes Series #8)

by Isis Crawford
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A Catered St. Patrick's Day 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Marnie65 More than 1 year ago
I came across this series around the Thanksgiving holiday when I was searching for a holiday mystery. Since then I have been hooked on the entire series! After I finish one book I can't wait to go on to the next one! I highly recommend this series to any mystery buff!
Michelle1948 More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable mystery story! I have been reading this series whenever I can find them at my library. They are always a good cozy mystery! The only one in this series that was not the best was "A Catered Valentine's Day"....just pass on that one but pick up any of the rest...they are a good cozy read.
52chickadees More than 1 year ago
This is the first of Ms. Crawford’s books I have read and it is also my introduction to the sleuthing world of Libby and Bernie Simmons. As St. Patrick’s Day approaches, Bernie and Libby are busy as bees in their shop, “A Little Taste Of Heaven”, when Bernie receives a distress call from her bartender-boyfriend; Brandon, asking them to meet him at R.J.”s, the local tavern in which he works. He had had problems with the unruly members of the “Corned Beef and Cabbage Drinking Club” the previous night, but nothing had prepared him for what he discovered when he opened the establishment the following morning. Big, burly ”Corned Beef and Cabbage “ member, Mike Sweeney is found head first and dead in a keg of green beer!! Was it an accident? Has Mike been murdered ? Who would and/or could do such a thing and why? In no time at all, another C.B. & C. member, Duncan Nottingham, is accused and under house arrest for the crime. His wealthy Aunt, Bree Nottingham, checkbook in hand, hires Bernie, Libby and their retired Police Chief Father, Sean, to investigate Sweeney’s demise and prove Duncan’s innocence. But is he?? Duncan was loathed by many as an associate of Sweeney’s with his unscrupulous dealings plus he was made into a laughing stock by some he thought were friends. When , as a cruel twist to the already confusing case, Duncan’s “Girlfriend”, Liza Sopranto, is missing—the evidence gets more damning. What part did C.B.& C. members, Connor, Patrick and Liam have to play in all of this?? They are husky enough to have done the deed. Or did Libby’s ex-flame, Orion have a hand in the crime? You’ll have sympathy for quiet, love-struck mortician, Marvin and think you have the mystery figured out more than once, only to be whisked down another dark avenue. Ms. Crawford has even included a couple “Irish in Spirit” recipes for her readers to sample. You’ll enjoy this easy read and even though this is my first “who-dun-it” with the clever Simmons Sisters, I assure you, it will not be my last. Nancy Narma
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is written for people who have not read many mystery books.
Kissablysweetone More than 1 year ago
 ~     A Little Taste of Heaven is owned by the Simmones and has been for years.  They make the best tasting food around!  Since their mother died, Bernie and Libby were now running the shop and keeping the family tradition going.  There is another side to this family though.  With their dad being a former police officer, Bernie and Libby got interested in solving crimes.  They were pretty good at it too. So good in fact, they and their dad were private investigators as well as terrific cooks.  Wouldn't you know it, St Patrick's day business was going to be ruined for fellow a businessman.  Seems someone decided to add murder to the green beer and four leaf clover celebrations.  Bernie, Libby and their dad Sean were hired to find out who killed Mike Sweeney.  With so many suspects how were they going to solve this one?     You will NEVER believe whodunit!   Ms. Crawford has created a funny and intriguing mystery.  She puts you right in the action and you can almost smell the bread cooking.  Well plotted out and written in an easy style, this book is one you'll enjoy curling up with.  The characters are so lovable and funny you can't help but be pulled into the fray.  I did try the recipes as well and they are fantastic!! What more can you ask for? A terrific mystery with a little fun added and recipes your family and friends will love!! Get this one for you collection!      I found it started a little slowly but it finishes in a big way.        I gave this one 4 cheers out of 5 because of the slow start. Copy of book provided by author in exchange for a fair review~
NoraAdrienne More than 1 year ago
A Catered St. Patrick’s Day By Isis Crawford Copyright February 2012 Publisher Kensington Publishing Gastronomical dream team Bernie and Libby Simmons wade into a Celtic knot of malice and mayhem when a St. Patrick’s celebration goes terribly wrong… To most of the people of little Longely, New York, St. Paddy’s Day means good food, great music, and plenty of Guinness. But when the lifeless body of Mike Sweeney floats to the top of a vat of green beer, it looks like the luck o’ the Irish has just run out. Unfortunately for the Simmons sisters, the number one suspect is related to one of their very best catering customers, the pampered and powerful Bree Nottingham. When Bree visits A Little Taste of Heaven to beseech them to clear her nephew’s name, they just can’t say no. But the more information Bernie and Libby stir up, the more Duncan Nottingham looks like a killer. Known for his hot temper and love of the drink, Duncan and the deceased were both part of the Corned Beef and Cabbage Club, a group with more buried history than the Emerald Isle. And each member—especially Duncan—had a motive to sing Sweeney his last Irish lullaby. A motive they don’t want anyone revealing. For Bernie and Libby, the situation is deadly and in danger of boiling over. And they can’t count on good old Saint Pat to drive out the snake in their midst…they’ll have to do it themselves, before a murderer strikes again. The Dynamic Duo of Bernie and Libby Simmons are well known in their hometown of Little Longley, New York. It was a little after 9 am one morning and Bernie and Libby were working in their shop kitchen rolling out pie dough for sale and special orders. They were thinking how quiet things had been lately with no crimes to get involved in and even things in the shop were running smoothly. Too bad this wasn’t going to last. When Bernie’s cell phone rang and she looked at the caller ID she was surprised when the call was from her boyfriend Brandon. Brandon should have been in bed already after working the late shift at RJ’s a local bar. With no explanations he insists that the sisters come and meet him at the back of the bar. When they arrive he explains that he found a dead body in the barrel of green beer that had been ordered for the St. Patrick’s Day Celebration. The body is identified as Mike Sweeney, a member of the Corned Beef and Cabbage Club. Brandon told them a story about the past evenings events featuring Mike Sweeney being forcibly removed from the premises after he attempted to crack the barrel and “taste” the beer. Bree Nottingham, the local bigwig in the real estate business asks them to meet with her in their apartment. She needs to talk to them. Her nephew Duncan (a member of the Corned Beef and Cabbage Club) is arrested for the murder and she offers to pay for their help. All the evidence found points to Duncan being the guilty party and Bree says she just knows he’s innocent. She tells them that she wants to hire them to investigate the case and prove his innocence. They are shocked when she hands them a check for a five figure amount, and finally agree to help her. It appears that at every turn the Dynamic Duo are going to be hitting their heads against a wall as they find nothing that will help Duncan’s case. This mystery is well written, and the characters are all three dimensional. Even the peripheral people they run into appear to be there for specific reasons and the story just flows so smoothly
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
1.5 stars.