Murder on the Rocks

Murder on the Rocks

by Shawn Reilly Simmons

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Murder on the Rocks by Shawn Reilly Simmons

Shawn Reilly Simmons has cooked up something rocky this time, and it's going to be a delicious read.

After surviving a brazen attack at one of her favorite local cafes, Penelope Sutherland is ready to escape the big city and head to her next film set. She and her Red Carpet Catering crew set up their kitchen on location in the tranquil mountains of Vermont.

But peace and quiet aren't on the menu.

It starts to get hot when a series of accidents befall the celebrity tennis pro consulting on the film. Then mix in an uptight director, an isolated location, and a quirky bunch of locals with secrets of their own and that's a recipe for disaster.

Penelope soon suspects a connection between the cafe attack and the incidents on set, and you know what comes next. She must uncover the truth before her goose gets cooked.

This page-turner is serving up the coziest of entertainment, and you do not want to miss it.

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MURDER ON THE ROCKS by Shawn Reilly Simmons | A Henery Press Mystery. If you like one, you'll probably like them all.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940158569487
Publisher: Henery Press
Publication date: 02/06/2018
Series: A Red Carpet Catering Mystery , #5
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 268
Sales rank: 169,172
File size: 325 KB

About the Author

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.

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MURDER ON THE ROCKS 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
gmcootie More than 1 year ago
Murder on the Rocks is the 5th entry in the Red Carpet Catering Mystery series by Shawn Reilly Simmons. It was the first book in the series I read, and I received a copy from NetGalley. Reading the first four books prior to this one may have provided backstory on the characters, but it was just fine as a standalone. This time around Penelope Sutherland and her Red Carpet Catering crew set up their kitchen on location in the supposedly tranquil mountains of Vermont. But tranquil isn't going to happen. Action and mayhem start right away, including a series of accidents to the celebrity tennis pro consulting on the film. This is a well-crafted cozy mystery with a lot of action right up until the end. The characters are an interesting mix, and it's obvious they care about one another. I want Penelope as my friend - and my chef!
SunnyCarolinaGirl More than 1 year ago
This book had me from the beginning. From the time that Penny and Arlena have brunch at Sonya's this book had me. I love all of the wonderful descriptions of the food, of the area where they are filming, of the people. It really makes me feel like I am in the story. This story takes place on location in Vermont and I loved that it was a cellular dead zone. No cell phones, no Wi-Fi, in one way it sounded like a real escape, but also difficult when you need help and there is no phone available. Each book in this series has it's own type of setting and I enjoy seeing the challenges of each, especially when a criminal act is involved. This is a wonderful series that gets better with each book. I'm looking forward to reading what happens next, especially with Penny and Joey! Thank you to Henery Press and NetGalley for this e-book. This did not influence my review in any way.
UpstateNYReader More than 1 year ago
A cozy mystery that does not make the cut for this reviewer. The underlying plot has potential, but the author fails to carry it out well. Though I regularly review books from this publisher, this is the first book from this series that has crossed my path; thus, I was not sure what to expect. What I found was a story that focused on a caterer that, from my experience, was understaffed. Many of my college days were spent working on the catering crew for large trail rides in the mountains surrounding California's Central Valley. We were equipped to feed 40-60 men for a week. It required a staff of 12 or so (the owner, the chef, two cooks, and a support staff to feed and clean up after each meal). There is no way a crew of four could have completed the job. This made the story less believable from the very beginning. But, besides being unbelievable, the story seemed slow as it developed. Some chapters appeared to offer little to the ongoing plot, other than adding pages to the book. A broken family, a newly hired chef/cook, and a difficult and mobile setting provided a familiar backdrop - but the story just did not want to hold together. I wanted to finish the book so I could move onto the next book in my to be read list. The story was not so poorly composed I wanted to put it down (I have read some like that), but it was sometimes easier to leave the book on the bed stand and hit the hay rather than pick it up to finish the current chapter. The bottom line: I will want to read another book by this author. The series has potential, but this book missed the target for this reader. I give it 3½ stars. ______________ This review is based on a free electronic copy provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review. The opinions are mine alone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Penelope is present during a violent assault and robbery at a favorite restaurant. Although she is unhurt one of her friends wis injured and the owner later has a heart attack. Her boyfriend is one of the investigating officers which ties her further to the case. Her and her catering team go to a remote location along with her friends, one starring in movie and one advising. When strange things start happening Penelope questions whether it is the trauma or if one of them was the original target. The mystery kept me guessing and the food descriptions were vivid and appealing. I read this book in exchange for a review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Penelope is present during a violent assault and robbery at a favorite restaurant. Although she is unhurt one of her friends wis injured and the owner later has a heart attack. Her boyfriend is one of the investigating officers which ties her further to the case. Her and her catering team go to a remote location along with her friends, one starring in movie and one advising. When strange things start happening Penelope questions whether it is the trauma or if one of them was the original target. The mystery kept me guessing and the food descriptions were vivid and appealing. I read this book in exchange for a review.
MariWatson1 More than 1 year ago
Three Characters gather for a meeting and breakfast and end up in the middle of a robbery. They are set to work on a Movie. Arlena will star, another will offer set advice and Penelope runs the catering. Nadia, who offers tennis advice,is hurt by an attack during the holdup but the real nasty stuff for the friends will start once they relocate to Vermont. Penelope's boyfriend is apparently a long- time character and works for the Police Department. Joey, with a new Partner, is tracking down the thugs while Penny and he stay in contact as much as they can. The Director insists the Catering Unit work with Conservation so they are not allowed to use plastic anything. They are out in the Country so far Penelope cannot even get service for her phone. She is also assigned to morning yoga. Her Catering Assistant starts a romance with the Brother who directs the Movie. Add a family argument over a farm and all kinds of sightings of a mystery man and you have a real "who dunnit!" I had not read any of these books before so I have to admit I was lost part of the time. I definitely feel you want to read these in order. They have a lot of action and are easily read in one night. Joey and Penny have an ongoing romance that readers will build on... a fun read. My thanks to Netgalley and the Publisher
Rosemary-Standeven More than 1 year ago
The book opens with an incredibly cheesy James Bond-style scene – my heart sank. But fortunately, I read on, and the story got a whole lot better. This is the fifth Red Carpet Catering mystery, the first that I have read, and I doubt it will be the last. It is a well-written and well-paced ‘cosy’ mystery, that keeps you guessing for much of the story. It is not until you are close to the end that you – and Penelope (the main character) – fully understand what has been going on. The story proper begins with a robbery at a café owned by one of Penelope’s friends, Sonya. Penelope, and two of her other friends – Arlena and Nadia – are caught up in the traumatic attack, with Nadia being injured. Penelope notices a suspicious looking man observing them before and during the attack. Afterwards, a number of items that the thieves appear to have missed, disappear from the police cordon, and another café is targeted. Later, far away, in another state, at the film set, Penelope has to deal with: a new-age Director, who insists that all the catering be done on a ‘green’ plastic-free basis, and who likes invading her personal space; a new member of the catering team; a possible family feud; more sightings of the suspicious man; and listening bugs in the accommodation. To make things more difficult, the film set is in a mobile phone and wifi free area, so contact with the outside world – and particularly with Penelope’s cop boyfriend – is limited. Is there any connection between all the unusual activity? Will there be a murder? Another attack? Who is/will be the victim? Being a ‘cosy’ mystery, everything is resolved in the end – but the resolution(s) may not be what you expect. The book keeps you engaged throughout, and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good mystery. I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
Deb-Krenzer More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love this series! It has your mystery, a little romance, and . . . behind the scenes looks at filming and catering. I just find the two latter parts so interesting. I like when there is a little something else within a mystery. Penelope is one of my favorites!!! The crew is going to the country in this latest adventure. And I mean country. No cell service, walking a lot and Penelope has to get involved with the town's folks to get the supplies that she needs. Little does she know that there is a family feud going on amidst everything else she has to deal with. She also has concerns about a old school friend who is now a tennis pro. While this wasn't my favorite in the series, it was still pretty enjoyable. I do have to say that this is my favorite cover in the series though. Thanks to Henery Press and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.