Dim Sum Dead (Madeline Bean Series #4)

Dim Sum Dead (Madeline Bean Series #4)

by Jerrilyn Farmer
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Dim Sum Dead (Madeline Bean Series #4) by Jerrilyn Farmer


Yep. In hip Hollywood, that kitsch old game is fast becoming the next "new" obsession — and that calls for a party! Madeline Bean and her charming partner Wesley Westcott are determined to throw a gonzo Chinese New Year banquet. But among the hot mah-jongg tiles, the steamy dim sum, and the frosty Singapore slings, no one expects to find one of the players ice-cold dead!

Meanwhile, in one of the historic celebrity mansions that Wesley is restoring as a sideline, a well-aimed crowbar uncovers a stash of precious objects — including an antique mah-jongg set. As Madeline pieces together how these two events are connected, she must separate the yin from the yang to uncover a killer. It doesn't take a fortune cookie to spell it out. There is always a price to pay...whether gambling at mah-jongg — or murder.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780380817184
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/28/2001
Series: Madeline Bean Series , #4
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 4.18(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.64(d)

About the Author

Jerrilyn Farmer, the author of seven acclaimed, award-winning Madeline Bean novels, is a TV writer who has written for game shows such as Jeopardy! and Supermarket Sweep, and sketch comedy specials for Dana Carvey, Jon Lovitz, Timothy Stack, Cheri Oteri, Tim Meadows, and others. Farmer also teaches mystery writing at the UCLA Extension's Writers Program. She lives in Southern California.

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Dim Sum Dead 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Found this book a bit slow to start. It did improve as it went along and I did not guess 'who did it' until the very end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book itself was good. I have enjoyed all of these by Jerrilyn Farmer that I have read. But.....the formatting on the Nook was not good. The last page on most chapters seemed to be cut off. The last sentence on the page would just stop and the next page was the beginning of a new chapter.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not bad. Enjoyed this read.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The fourth Madeline Bean mystery is the best yet. Hollywood caterer/amateur sleuth Madeline has a lot on her plate - she's catering trendy mah-jongg parties, trying to help the host's troubled girlfriend (even though she doesn't really like Quita), looking into the background of some mysterious objects found in a house her business partner is renovating, and working on some issues all her own. Like is her boyfriend Mr. Right or just Mr. Semi-Convenient? And is she willing to admit to the slightest possibility that she might want kids sometime this century? These personal issues don't overwhelm the mystery, they just add depth and emotion to the story and enhance Madeline's development as a character you care about. Neither Madeline's investigations nor her soul-searching stop her from being delightfully witty throughout DIM SUM DEAD. A little example: she points out that 'I am a huge fan of yours' is 'THE required Hollywood greeting when meeting any form of celebrity. This greeting has no actual meaning whatsoever - just like 'hello' in other parts of the country.' Madeline has plenty of time to show off her Hollywood etiquette expertise because her sleuthing involves several celebs, including some wonderfully eccentric grande dames of acting. All of Jerrilyn Farmer's mysteries are terrific, but I think in DIM SUM DEAD the plotting is the sharpest, the humorous lines and scenes the funniest, and the changes in Madeline's life the most rewarding (for her and the reader!). Quite a tasty treat.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Hollywood, Madeline Bean and Wesley Westcott are good friends and partners in Mad Bean Events, a catering and occasion planning event enterprise. At a Santa Monica Farmer's Market, Wes shows Maddie a box found behind a wall containing a mah-jongg set, a dagger, and a red leather bound book all belonging to the recently deceased star Dickey McBride.

Before Wes can return the items to Dickey's widow Quita, someone mugs her and steals everything. A few blocks away, they find the mah-jongg set, but not the book. Quita is deeply upset to learn the book is stolen. That night Maddie learns that Quita died from a fall down the stairs of her new lover¿s home. Though she never liked Quita, Maddie feels guilty that she failed to prevent the calamity. Maddie decides to learn what really happened, no knowing how much the truth will crush her emotionally.

DIM SUM DEAD is an entertaining Madeline Bean catering mystery that showcases the abilities of author Jerrilyn Farmer. Cozy fans will enjoy the Christie-like mystery as violence occurs off the pages while amateur sleuth buffs will relish watching the vulnerable but strong heroine conduct her brand of an investigation. Identifying the killer is impossible until the plot provides the answer to a wonderful story line that will delight the audience.

Harriet Klausner

Guest More than 1 year ago
Jerrilyn Farmer has really done it this time. She's whipped together all the ingredients that make her books so hot: memorable characters, lush setting, great gourmet food and writing that flows like butter. If you enjoy Diane Mott Davidson, you must pick up DIM SUM DEAD. It will prove as addictive as Haagen Daz. I kid you not!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Waits for hawkclaw
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