Rosemary's Gravy

Rosemary's Gravy

by Melissa F. Miller

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ISBN-13: 9781940759104
Publisher: Brown Street Books
Publication date: 05/06/2015
Series: A We Sisters Three Mystery , #1
Pages: 268
Sales rank: 558,806
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.61(d)

About the Author

USA TODAY Bestselling Author Melissa F. Miller was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Although life and love led her to Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and, ultimately, South Central Pennsylvania, she secretly still considers Pittsburgh home.

In college, she majored in English literature with concentrations in creative writing poetry and medieval literature and was STUNNED, upon graduation, to learn that there's not exactly a job market for such a degree. After working as an editor for several years, Melissa returned to school to earn a law degree. She was that annoying girl who loved class and always raised her hand. She's worked for major international law firms, clerked for a federal judge, and ultimately started a two-person law firm with her lawyer husband.

Powered by coffee, she writes her legal thrillers while pretending not to hear her three young children wreaking havoc. She has a very lazy dog and three hyperactive gerbils.

Please visit www.melissafmiller.com and sign up for her e-mail newsletter to find out when new books are published.

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Rosemary's Gravy 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 66 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Three stars for an easy read that's light on the romance, light on the mystery, and light on character background and development, but still entertaining. The characters have lots of potential, but suffer from lack of depth and development. Rosemary is intelligent, a talented chef, has a realistic relationship with her sisters, and doesn't just fall into bed with the handsome flirty hunk on the first date, but there's too much emphasis on her parents' financial problems that really had nothing to do with the basic story, and not enough development of motivations to place her in dramatic conflict. There's minimal background on Detective Dave Drummond, and no depth to any secondary characters - the Hollywood music producer, the estranged son, the Hispanic maid, the race car driver, the police men and women, and a smattering of others. At 164 pages, this is a lightweight fast read. The basic mystery is who poisened the obnoxious Hollywood starlet and blamed it on the chef? There's reference to means, motive and opportunity, but minimal development of those elements, and the limited cast of characters makes the "mystery" too easy to solve.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an easy read and a decent mystery. I enjoyed it and will probably try another of her mysteries.
Sweetpea53 More than 1 year ago
Disclaimer: I was given an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. It is definitely a change of pace from Melissa's legal thrillers and I have to say I enjoyed it very much. This is the first book in a new series and I am looking forward to reading the upcoming books as well. Rosemary, Sage and Thyme are three sisters who are in a bit of a financial mess left behind by their parents. In order to help dig out from under a looming money disaster, Rosemary is working as a personal chef to a high-maintenance Hollywood star. When her employer is found dead, Rosemary gets caught up in a murder mystery and becomes the number one suspect. The story progresses as she works to clear her name while falling under the romantic spell of the victim's stepson. A handsome detective also shows an interest in her which makes for a fun twist to the story. Rosemary has a rather "snarky" attitude at times which I found to be amusing and a bit endearing. This story has enough plot twists to keep your interest and is quite an enjoyable read. I enjoy mysteries and would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a mystery with a bit of a comedic twist.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Knew who did it from the start, Liked the ending but too many unanswered questions about Rosemary and sisters paat and future,
gaele More than 1 year ago
AudioBook Review: Stars: Overall 3 Narration 2 Story 3 So – a private holistic chef working for a vegan Hollywood actress, an allergic reaction, a handsy step-son and plenty of suspects highlight this story. And from the blurb, I was instantly intrigued – being a fan of Dianne Mott Davidson’s titles: more foodie –heavy cozies that always is worth a re-read or listen for me. So my hopes for this title were instantly mitigated within the first few sentences: clichéd descriptions and characters that just had me hoping for more. But, it was early on, and I listened on. Rosemary was, by far, the best-developed character in the story: her background and love for the food she creates, as well as her care taken in preparation all sang out neatly, even as her client drops dead from an allergic reaction – she was CAREFUL. But, if she’s being honest, aside from being unemployed, again: the woman was a diva to the extreme – and the police now think she is responsible for the murder. Rosemary realizes that there are only a handful of ‘real’ suspects that could have ‘done the deed’: a race-car driver, a leading man, a music producer and, of course, Felix, the handsy step-son who she (for several reasons that truly weren’t well elucidated) she is dating – she begins to put the pieces together. Of course, nothing is straight-forward and the flat, one-dimensional and frequently clichéd characters appear regularly: Hot male cop, mean female cop, Latina Housekeeper, spoiled (and not particularly remorseful) step-son, and phrases that were commonplace in 1980’s romance: knees like Jelly, an over-played focus on romantic statements that caused more than a few eye-rolls, the story moves toward a rather pat suspicion by the police in their often heavy-handed approach to proving her guilt, rather than discovering the truth. Of course, the fact that Rosemary and her sisters need a fast infusion of cash to save their parents’ failing business does add to the suspicion about her motive (there wasn’t one) and their continuing to follow that path. Narration for this story is provided by Vanessa Daniels, and I’ve had an up and down experience with her work. A bit rushed in the delivery, with minimal distinctions separating the characters and an overly exaggerated breathiness that was a staple in many of the romantic (or meant to be romantic) moments, odd pauses that didn’t feel as if they existed in the text and an uneven pace throughout each chapter brought more than a bit of frustration in this listen. When the story feels as if the characters were all in need of depth and development, and the clearly present culprit despite the multiple questions and clues meant to lead elsewhere, the story felt less focused on the layering of the mystery than presenting a series of moments that played to the often-quirky Rosemary’s humor and behavior. The story felt young and indecisive, and while quick to finish, leaves me wondering just where the next story will go. I received an AudioBook copy of the title from Tantor Audio for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kind of fun, kind of cute, and a little far fetched. I have trouble with all of the food themed mystery novels spurting out but this one wasn't bad
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great light-heartd mystery that was fun to read. Only complaint was that her sisters were shocked that she hadn't slept with the guy after their first date. Doesn't anybody DATE anymore? They just jump straight into bed with someone before they know anything about them. Turns out it was a good thing she didn't slep with him. Maybe a good lesson in there.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fun and throughly engaging mystery romance. Try her Shasa McCandless legal thrillers. You won't be dissapointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a nice afternoon read - not deep but interesting and fun.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a good quick read. Mystery, romance and a quick. read. It's free!
Anonymous 3 months ago
Rosemary’s Gravy was a real treat to read. It has everything going for it: a nasty villain, two luscious men, family members who are a little kooky and dogs. I’m going to buy book two as soon as I finish this review.
Anonymous 3 months ago
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Anonymous 7 months ago
Loved it! Looking forward to the next book!
Anonymous 7 months ago
It eas a good mystery. Lml
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great story, can't wait to read more in this series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I guessed whodunit, but not why. The relationships between Rosemary and her sisters is especially intriguing. This book had plenty of twists and turns and surprises. My only criticisms are that i wanted recipes and that Rosemary didn’t wash her hands between blowing her nose and peeling potatoes at the homeless shelter. Yes, those things bother me. Enjoy everything else!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting quick read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would have given this well-written book 5 stars until people kept saying, "me and ..." The author isn't as literate as I had thought. Her grammar and punctuation are pretty good, though. Better than average for today's fiction writers. Good story. Interesting. The ending was as expected but too fast moving - which made it crude. One thing: How does a man kiss a woman and push his lips down her throat?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you're looking for a quick light mystery, heavy on superficial romance, then you might enjoy this book. For a free book, it's not bad, but I wouldn't consider it worth paying for. There is not much character development, the police work is pretty sloppy, and there are a number of implausible scenarios. It had a lot of potential and I enjoyed it at the start, but then in slowed down considerably in the middle as it focused primarily on romance. The pace picked up toward the end, but by then I was skimming just to get to the end and confirm who I'd guessed the murder was fairly early on. JB
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a very interesting to read. Romance, mystery and suspense. Would recommend
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was easy to read and kept you interested. I have read Ms. Miller's books before and they are always great. Go out and get one, they are great.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun and witty
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Entertaining light storyline.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Entertaining quick read