Saturday, May 9, 2009
Courtesy of: conantparkmysteries
If you have an appetite for crime, join Chloe Carter, food connoisseur, aimless grad student, and resilient survivor of failed romances . . .
Chloe Carter is forever on a quest for the perfect meal and the perfect man. Getting both in one shot is irresistible. That’s why Chloe (known on the Internet as GourmetGirl) risks another burn when she accepts a date with DinnerDude online. Unfortunately, her fellow food lover turns out to be just another cheap, pompous, well-fed bore. Showing more promise is the honey-lavender crème brulee-a bit of culinary heaven Chloe’s bland date never even has a chance to sample. Certainly there’s an easier way to run out on a tab than being stabbed to death in the men’s room.
Talk about a rocky love life. Chloe’s first date of the week is a murder victim. Her second date is with a perfectly sweet chef who’d be ideal if he wasn’t the prime suspect. As the investigation plunges the amateur sleuth into the gourmet restaurant scene, she discovers a cutthroat world rife with killer competition, stormy love affairs, and a recipe for Baby Bok Choy Slaw to die for . . .
Just toss it all together in a bowl, mix it up & you have a delectable concoction in Steamed!
Steamed isn't your classic cozy. It isn't your customary culinary mystery either. So, what exactly is it?
Enter the chick-lit mystery.
The mother-daughter mystery writing team of Jessica Conant-Park (daughter) & Susan Conant(mother) have created a fresh, fun, zesty series.
Jessica definitely inherited her mother's gift of establishing a charismatic story .
Susan Conant is best known for her delightful “Dog Lovers Mystery” series.
Together they created Chole Carter. Chole is an exhilarating, intelligent, snappy, chick. If you look up the word au courant don't be surprised if Chole Carter's name & photo appear under the definition.
Psst! I love the pop culture references!
Chole is refreshing. She isn't a caterer, chef, critic, or waitress. She's a foodie.
She is the real deal. She tells it like it is.
The plot flows & the writing is spunky.
This is a well-crafted mystery stuffed w/ plenty of motives & suspects.
The secondary characters are absorbing, delightful, lovable, quirky & add flavor to Chole's slightly neurotic, but riotous world.
This is a must for those w/ an appetite for murder!!!