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More About A Catered Tea Party by Isis CrawfordOverviewQuiet Longely, New York, is abuzz with excitement over the opening of a revamped art complex and catering sisters Bernie and Libby Simmons are helping put on an elaborate tea party for the opening night gala fundraiser. But when the billionaire behind the project drops dead, the Simmons sisters find themselves steeped in a whistling kettle of murder . . .
Everyone in Longely is talking about Blue House, an art complex that will bring the town a theater, an art gallery, and even a restaurant and coffee bar. But they re less than enthusiastic about Ludvoc Zeb Zalinsky, the self-made billionaire who s funding the complex and rubbing everyone the wrong way. Bernie and Libby reluctantly agree to cater the Alice in Wonderland themed tea party he s planned, but it quickly becomes clear that Zeb is madder than the hatter he ll be dressed as . . .
The night of the benefit arrives and Westchester s finest show up in droves, having paid $500 apiece to attend Zeb s meticulously-orchestrated tea party. But just when it seems the production is going according to plan, Zeb lifts an electric tea kettle, clutches his chest, and falls to the floor in fittingly dramatic fashion. The kettle shorted out and his pacemaker malfunctioned but it doesn t take long for police to decide that this seemingly random accident was actually cold-blooded murder . . .
As Bernie and Libby set out to find the culprit, they realize Zeb might have had more enemies than money. With so many possible culprits to sort through, only one thing is clear: Zeb was poured a steaming cup of revenge and a second serving may be on the menu
Includes Original Recipes for You to Try
DELICIOUS PRAISE FOR ISIS CRAWFORD AND HER MOUTH-WATERING MYSTERIES
A CATERED MOTHER S DAY
Cozy fans will find plenty to like. Publishers Weekly
A CATERED FOURTH OF JULY
Framed with scenes of food preparation and sales, and supported by the richly portrayed relationship between the sisters and their widowed father, this satisfying cozy will appeal to fans of Joanne Fluke s Hannah Swensen mysteries. Booklist
A CATERED ST. PATRICK S DAY
Cozy fans will appreciate the zany characters, witty dialogue and puzzling plot. Publishers Weekly
A CATERED CHRISTMAS
Comical minor arguments, bitchy asides, cookie dependencies, and useful recipes keep this moving. Library Journal
A CATERED MURDER
Fans who love culinary mysteries are going to gain pounds after reading this delicious who-done-it. I Love a Mystery
- ISBN-13: 9781617733338
- ISBN-10: 1617733334
- Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
- Publish Date: August 2016
- Page Count: 304
Series: Mystery with Recipes
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- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-07-18
- Reviewer: Staff
Murder’s surely on the menu when Bernie and Libby Simmons agree to make pierogies for abusive director Ludvoc Zalinsky in Crawford’s hectic 12th mystery featuring the catering sisters (after 2015’s A Catered Mother’s Day). Zalinsky pours money into his Alice in Wonderland production at the Blue House arts center in Longely, N.Y., but buys only resentment. On opening night, someone steals the $2 million Chinese teapot he insisted be a prop. And the thief—or another miscreant—hotwires an electric kettle, fatally shocking Zalinsky. Daughters of retired police chief Sean Simmons, the intrepid sisters must outsmart his bumbling successor, Lucas “Lucy” Broadbent, to exculpate their play director pal, Caspar Cumberbatch. When not sleuthing or cooking, they tangle with Sean’s 50ish girlfriend, Michele. The family scenes resonate, but the murder thread quickly frays. Crawford’s recipes, usually plot-related, include semolina gnocchi and a coffee-filter clotted cream. Some testers may find that the cream comes together more sweetly than the story. Agent: Evan Marshall, Evan Marshall Agency. (Sept.)