Saturday, May 9, 2009

A Catered Murder ~ Isis Crawford

Courtesy of Kensington

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 too-close-for-comfort 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 canapes 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 Libby hired her sister Bernie to help out 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. From the minute he sweeps into the school cafeteria—decked out in a cape, accompanied by some truly odd hangers-on—Libby and Bernie know this will be an evening unlike any other. And they’re right. During his after dinner speech, Lionel pours a glass of water, takes a long sip—and drops stone-cold dead…
Talk about a recipe for disaster. Especially since the police are still combing through the dinner leftovers for clues—and have made it perfectly clear that they consider Libby a suspect. True, Libby had an argument with Lionel the day of his murder. But there are plenty of other people—Lionel’s recently spurned girlfriend and his chatty publicity agent among them—who make much more plausible murderers. Now Libby and Bernie will have to put their heads together to figure out whodunit—in a mystery that promises to be deadly to the very last bite…

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?


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.

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