“The Red Carpet Catering series delivers a buffet of appealing characters, irresistible movie-industry details, and tantalizing plot twists. As delicious as a gourmet meal—and leaves you hungry for more!” – Susan O’Brien, Agatha Award-Nominated Author of Finding Sky
Small Town. Big Secrets. Penelope and her Red Carpet Catering crew find themselves transported to a different world when they arrive on their newest movie set in rural Indiana. Surrounded by prickly locals, a nervous director out to prove herself, and a vast forest with secrets all its own, Penelope feels more homesick for the big city than ever before. When she finds their host, owner of Indiana's newest culinary hotspot, dead of an apparent suicide, Penelope works to uncover the darker truths boiling beneath the surface of his seemingly perfect life.
Asked to help keep the late chef's restaurant afloat, Penelope is fried trying to juggle two kitchens and a ravenous cast and crew. When the chef's suicide turns out to be murder, and the restaurant is vandalized in the middle of the night, Penelope must find out who is behind it all before she's the next one on the chopping block.
“Movie lovers, this is your book! Engaging and high-spirited, Penelope Sutherland never expected that catering for the cast and crew of a top flight movie would lead to…murder. Great fun.” – Terrie Farley Moran, Agatha Award-Winning Author of Caught Read-Handed
“This series is so well done that you will feel as though you have just gone to a friend’s house to visit for a few hours.” – The Reading Room
“Once in a while an author will come along who has a fresh voice; one who can take a tired genre and make it seem new again. Such is Ms. Simmons.” – Any Good Book
Related subjects include: women sleuths, cozy mysteries, amateur sleuth books, murder mysteries, whodunit mysteries (whodunnit), book club recommendations, culinary mysteries.
Books in the Red Carpet Catering Mystery Series:
MURDER ON A SILVER PLATTER (#1)
MURDER ON THE HALF SHELL (#2)
MURDER ON A DESIGNER DIET (#3)
MURDER IS THE MAIN COURSE (#4)
Part of the Henery Press Mystery Series Collection, if you like one, you'll probably like them all…
Author Bio: Shawn Reilly Simmons is the author of The Red Carpet Catering Mysteries featuring Penelope Sutherland, an on-set movie caterer, and of the short story "A Gathering of Great Detectives" appearing in the upcoming Malice Domestic Anthology: Murder Most Conventional. Shawn was born in Indiana, grew up in Florida, and began her professional career in New York City as a sales executive after graduating from the University of Maryland with a BA in English. Since then Shawn has worked as a book store manager, fiction editor, convention organizer, wine consultant and caterer. She has been on the Board of Directors of Malice Domestic since 2003, and is a founding member of The Dames of Detection. Cooking behind the scenes on movie sets perfectly combined two of her great loves, movies and food, and provides the inspiration for her series.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Title: Murder Is The Main Course - Red Carpet Mysteries Book 4 Author: Shawn Reilly Simmons Publisher: Henery Press Published: 5-2-2017 Pages: 246 Genre: Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense Sub-Genre: Amateur Sleuths; Culinary Mystery; Cozy Mystery ISBN: 9781653112030 ASIN: B01N9YFRXD Reviewed For NetGalley and Henery Press Reviewer: DelAnne Rating: 4.5 Stars Small Town. Big Secrets. Penelope and her Red Carpet Catering crew find themselves transported to a different world when they arrive on their newest movie set in rural Indiana. Surrounded by prickly locals, a nervous director out to prove herself, and a vast forest with secrets all its own, Penelope feels more homesick for the big city than ever before. When she finds their host, owner of Indiana's newest culinary hotspot, dead of an apparent suicide, Penelope works to uncover the darker truths boiling beneath the surface of his seemingly perfect life. Asked to help keep the late chef's restaurant afloat, Penelope is fried trying to juggle two kitchens and a ravenous cast and crew. When the chef's suicide turns out to be murder, and the restaurant is vandalized in the middle of the night, Penelope must find out who is behind it all before she's the next one on the chopping block. Penelope and her crew are used to being surrounded by movie bigwigs and actors. Although they are also used to being ignored by those same people. With her sharp eyes and keen insight, not to mention her deep well of curiosity make her very adept at seeing what others overlook. A quick pace keeps the reader interested in what is happening in the story. Well developed characters and a thought out plot make "Murder Is The Main Course" a wonderful read to be enjoyed by cozy mystery lovers of all ages. My rating of "Murder Is The Main Course" is 4.5 out of 5 stars.
This is the fourth book in the A Red Carpet Catering Mystery series written by Shawn Reilly Simmons and I am still loving this series. This book can be read as a standalone, as well as any of the others, but you will want to read them all because they are great stories. Penelope is a chef that owns her own business, Red Carpet Catering. She caters to the television/movie industry on sets while filming. This means that she travels all over for her business, this time to Indiana. The cast and crew of the movie filming in small Indiana, are staying at the Inn of the director's friend. He is also the chef of the newest restaurant du jour. When Penelope finds him hanging in the walk-in freezer, the troubles begin. With break ins, mysterious disappearances from years ago, difficult wait staff, kitchens being off limits and a director that seems nervous and tense, Penelope is soon up to her neck in investigating. When it seems that her sous chef is the prime suspect, she gets her back up to protect him. Will the sheriff take any of her suggestions seriously? Is she putting herself in danger again? This is a great book with a wonderful story and well developed characters. I like the relationship between Penelope and Joey, especially with the new developments in this book. The interactions between the main characters in these books shows what a great relationship friends and "chosen family" can have. As the two story lines seem to merge together, there is another added plot development. The ending was satisfying and drew the stories together. Once again, Penelope solves not one this time, but two mysteries. I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a cozy mystery. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.
I love the Red Carpet Catering series. Not only are they cozy mysteries, you get to see behind the scenes while filming is being done. That just adds to the premise, for me, and creates a unique setting where all types of things are going wrong. This one begins with a bang, with the head chef of the hotel/restaurant where the crew is staying, being found in the cooler. That's not the unusual part. The usual part is Penelope is in the cooler getting groceries to start breakfast. Then the lights go out and she runs into someone. The unusual part is that the someone is hanging from the ceiling, dead, and it's the head chef. Thus begins the adventure that takes us to a huge forest right outside the city limits of this rural little town. This forest holds lots of secrets, including the fact that five teenagers have gone missing there in the last several years. Then there is the strange guy at the hardware store who just stares at Penelope and grins. He is also engaging in very audible uncontrolled laughter during the funeral of the chef. Yeah, weird. And, he is only one of the many quirky characters that come to light in this small, small town. If you haven't read this series, I suggest you give it a try. It is quirky, entertaining, action packed and will fail to disappoint. Thanks to Henery Press and Net Galley for approving and allowing me to read and review this book.
Murder is the Main Course is the fourth book in this wonderful series by Shawn Reilly Simmons. Penelope and her catering staff are in Indiana, on the set for another new movie. Sharing the kitchen with another chef, Penny is excited to continue on her journey of her love of cooking. Finding the chef dead, an apparent suicide, leaves a bad taste in Penny's mouth and she finds herself wrapped up in yet another bizarre death. Does this apparent suicide have anything to do with the 5 missing girls? Why does the sherif resent Penny and her questions? Find out May 2nd! I voluntarily read an ARC of this book provided by Henery Press & NetGalley.