A Catered Murder (Mystery with Recipes Series #1)

A Catered Murder (Mystery with Recipes Series #1)

by Isis Crawford

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Don’t miss the first mystery featuring Bernie Simmons…where murder is on the menu—along with delectable recipes you can try!

Bernadette Simmons wasn't sure what to expect when she left L.A.—and her no-good, cheating boyfriend—to move back in with her family in New York. And her sister Libby had no idea what she was in for when she hired Bernie to work for her catering business. But in between cutting up canapés and dishing up desserts, the two find themselves in the midst of a mystery they can really sink their teeth into. . .

It's only been a few days since Bernie and Libby started working together at A Little Taste of Heaven, and already they've got their hands full—baking cookies and slicing rare beef tenderloin to serve at a high school reunion. The dinner has a "Dracula" theme and a very strange guest of honor: Laird Wrenn, a New York Times bestselling author of vampire novels. Libby and Bernie know this will be an evening unlike any other. And they're proven right when Laird pours a glass of water, takes a long sip—and drops stone-cold dead. . .

Now, with murder on the menu and Libby under suspicion, the sisters will have to put their heads together to figure out whodunit—in a mystery that promises to be deadly to the very last bite.

"A naturally flowing narrative, lively and likeable characters, and plenty of clever word play amid the foul play set this first novel above the common run of cozies."
Publishers Weekly

Includes 7 Delectable Recipes for You to Try!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780758293299
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 11/01/2004
Series: Mystery with Recipes Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 58,172
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Isis Crawford was born in Egypt to parents who were in the diplomatic corps. When she was five, her family returned to the States, where her mother opened a restaurant in Upper Westchester County and her father became a university professor. Since then Isis has combined her parents’ love of food and travel by running a catering service as well as penning numerous travel-related articles about places ranging from Omsk to Paraguay. Married, with twin boys, she presently resides in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, where she is working on the next Bernie and Libby culinary mystery. Readers can visit her website at www.isiscrawford.com.

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A Catered Murder (Mystery with Recipes Series #1) 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
TheBookResort More than 1 year ago
I love mysteries. Cozies are my favorite mysteries to read. I'm hooked. Hooked. I always enjoy getting my hands on a new series, new author ~ new author to the publishing world or new to me. I get a kick out of being the first to scoop up the latest. I consider myself a cozy devotee. Sadly, A Catered Murder did zip, zero, nada for me. Nothing. I was bored. I found excuses not to read it. I read other books instead. I wondered how on earth this book got published. Did it win a contest? Was it nepotism? Was the editor @ Kensington about to embark on a cruise & said, " Oh, what the heck? " or did s/he win the lottery & give them a shot @ making their dream come true? I am one of those people who has to finish a book ~ no matter what. I am slowly learning to stop being so anal & read the incredible books waiting to be read. Instead of slogging through the drivel, I have decided to toss the books I can't digest aside. I have allowed myself to read the first 50 pages a` la Oprah, but have come up w/ my own reader meter ~ 25 pages. So, what was it about this book that was so foul tasting? Ingredients: Zzz Characters too over the top Grammatical errors Predictable plot Dialogue too problematic to follow Typing errors Snore Syrup Lack of Sense Sauce Isis Crawford's previous experience was as a food writer. Hmmm... maybe the recipes are worth the read, but I didn't bother. I walked away... ok, sprinted. A Catered Murder is the first of the Mystery with Recipes series & just because it isn't for my palate... you may enjoy this serving.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Makes this another failed cozy why must failed heroines all go into food preparation? What happened to house sitting and that favorite of old the nanny or companion or the rhinehart private duty nurse in the home. This will be a feeble friday freebie if series follows page counter
Reacherfan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is such a mess, I don't even know where to start. A fast over view of the "plot" A woman runs a catering service. She's catering a party, and some dude who thinks he's a vampire drops dead. The person that catering the party is the main suspect. Bang! That's it. The funny thing is that the cops must be complete dunderheads b/c the woman who is catering, has a stupid reason to wish him dead. First off, this book needs to be edited better. There were a ton of grammar errors, and half of the time, I didn't know what was talking. It was very distracting to have to look back to see what character was talking. Speaking of the characters, they were paper thin. No depth and no personality. Even the guy that was killed was boring as all heck. The book us full of fluff. In the first 115 pages, about 10 (at most) have to deal with the murder and looking for clues. You may ask what the other 105 pages are about? Glad you asked. It's about cooking and setting up for parties (yes, more than one) and we get to go shopping with one of the characters. There is just so much dang fluff. Normally, I'd say check this out at the library..... but don't even do that. Unless, you like reading about setting up for parties and hearing about going shopping.
bookwormteri on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Simmons sisters are investigating a murder and cooking up lots of yummy stuff at their restaraunt A Little Taste of Heaven. A very fun easy read.
cyderry on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Libby and Bernie are two typical sisters fighting with each other constantly but also loving each tremendously. When Bernie runs home after finding her live in boyfriend with another woman, she is enveloped back into the family fold without a bat of the eye. Libby who takes care of the family bakery/catering business and their invalid father, is at the moment of Bernie's arrival trying to prepare for a large event at which are their friends will be in attendance.The story progresses through the murder at the event and subsequent investigations that the sisters make to try to clear Libby's best friend of the murder charges.The writing is entertaining but as mysteries go, the writer failed to give enough clues to make it possible for the reader to solve the mystery. The murderer was in the first few chapters and then did not appear again until the last 2 chapters.
rumisshuggs More than 1 year ago
The story is about a murder that happened when Libby who runs a catering business was catering the high school reunion when Laird Wrenn keels over while making a toast at the reunion. The suspect list is long since he wasn't a nice person. His girlfriend of 17 years Tiffany is charged with his murder. Tiffany runs to Libby (they are best friends) before the police can arrest her. Libby doeosn't believe that her BF is a murderer so she asks her sister Bernie (who just returned home from CA) try to find out who actually murdered Laird. Libby and Bernies' father used to be the chief of police but now is wheelchair bound and no longer works. This is the first book in a series of books. The writing was okay and the story most of the time went smooth. The main characters are being developed so you don't know much about what they did before or where they are headed even though their backgrounds are told a little in the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was soo good I couldn't put it down. It is my first isis crawford book and plan on reading the rest of the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read. I ended up enjoying the charachters and will definitly read the next book.
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Debb23 More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I thought that it was unique in the fact that we don't have just one sleuth but two. A sister team that has two distinctive personalities but actually care about each other, unlike some that I've read. I love how Bernie starts rambling about any info that she has stored in her brain, sometimes driving people crazy. The only drawback I had was when it was figured out who did it, I was a little lost. I don't know if I missed some clues, or if they just weren't there. Still it was a fun read and I will continue on with the series.