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Bernie s college roommate Ellen Hadley is burning the candle at both ends. She s grown a successful business baking treats for dogs and cats, and she s a dutiful wife and mother who somehow manages to fit all the cooking and cleaning into her busy schedule. But after her children forget her birthday and her husband forgets their anniversary, her expectations for a memorable Mother s Day are understandably modest.
When Bernie jokingly suggests Ellen fake her own kidnapping to set her family straight, she never imagined her friend would actually go through with it. But when Ellen s husband follows her phony ransom note to an out-of-the-way hotel, he finds the police taking her into custody after she discovers a dead body in her room. Ellen swears she doesn t know the victim, but as police investigate her half-baked plans, they turn up more questions than answers.
Bernie can t help but feel guilty for helping her friend concoct a recipe for disaster, so she and her sister Libby enlist the help of Ellen s kids, and together, they must race to find the true culprit before Mother s Day is postponed indefinitely
Includes Original Recipes for You to Try "
- ISBN-13: 9781617733291
- ISBN-10: 1617733296
- Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
- Publish Date: April 2015
- Page Count: 304
- Reading Level: Ages 18-UP
Series: Mystery with Recipes
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-03-23
- Reviewer: Staff
With Mother’s Day looming, Ellen Hadley, the disgruntled wife and mother at the center of Crawford’s engaging, dialogue-driven 11th mystery with recipes (after 2014’s A Catered Fourth of July), decides to get back at her ungrateful husband, Bruce, and two negligent sons, Ryan and Ethan, by faking her own kidnapping. A ransom note is supposed to lure Bruce to the Hudson Valley’s rundown Riverview Motel, where Ellen is hiding out, but the discovery of a dead man in her motel room instead brings the police, who suspect Ellen of killing the man. Ryan and Ethan ask their mother’s college roommate, caterer Bernie Simmons, and Bernie’s sister, Libby, for help in exonerating her. A series of murders in Longley, N.Y., leads the sisters, who are amateur sleuths, to believe that Ellen and Ellen’s partner in her dog- biscuit business, Lisa, have secrets that connect them to each victim. Cozy fans will find plenty to like. Agent: Evan Marshall, Evan Marshall Agency. (May)