Reviewer Amy Lignor: Amy is the author of a historical fiction novel entitled The Heart of a Legend, and Mind Made, a work of science fiction. Presently, she is writing an adventure series set in the New York Public Library, as well as a teen fiction series, The Angel Chronicles. She is an avid traveler and has been fortunate to have journeyed across the USA, where she has met the most amazing people, who truly bring life and soul to her books. She lives in the Land of Enchantment (for now) with her gorgeous daughter, Shelby, her wonderful Mom, Mary, and the greatest friend and critic in the entire world - her dog, Reuben
Author: Isis Crawford
As a fan of the “Catered mystery series,” I not only look forward to another great story when these appear on the market, but I also look forward to the original recipes that are included in these books. Being dedicated to Thanksgiving, (the ultimate savory holiday), this new novel had my mouth watering before I even opened the cover.
We are back with Bernie and Libby – the fantastic sisters who own A Little Taste of Heaven catering company. They’re still as witty, charming, and talented as they have been in other stories, and their business has grown by leaps and bounds. They had no idea that with only a one-line mention in the New York Times about how fantastic their pies were, that there would be lines out the door this day before Thanksgiving, and that they would still be working on filling over 150 orders before the day was over.
Their father, Sean, has decided to go visit his sister for Thanksgiving in Florida. He hasn’t spoken with her in twenty-nine years, but he really wants to get out of his daughters’ way so that they can concentrate on the catering job they have to do for Thanksgiving Day. They have been hired by the Field family – a wealthy bunch who made all their money in fireworks – to serve them a feast they won’t soon forget. And, boy…was that an understatement.
On Thanksgiving morning the sky opens up and a blizzard begins to take over their town. As Bernie and Libby load up their van and try desperately to get through the snow, they barely make it to the Field’s “compound.” Inside, they meet up with a variety of family members including: Lexus – the young, blonde trophy wife of the patriarch, Monty Field – who is constantly complaining because she thought she’d be dripping in diamonds and furs by now; Ralph and Perceval, Monty’s two brothers who, literally, can’t stand their brother but know that if they don’t show up for the Thanksgiving dinner they might be cut out of his will; Geoff – Monty’s grandson; and, Melissa, Monty’s daughter from his first marriage who is slightly overweight, despises Lexus, and works as a nurse in the local E.R.
When readers first meet this family, they’re sitting in a room that is no more than fifty degrees, on furniture that looks like it belongs to a hobo living on the street, wondering why Monty Field is so unbelievably cheap and ornery. There isn’t one of his family members who don’t wish that he would simply drop dead so that they could split the forty million dollar art collection and turn the heat up before they freeze to death.
When the caterers arrive, they begin to set up the feast for the family. When Monty Field appears in the kitchen to check the turkey in the oven, Bernie and Libby watch in fear and amazement as the roasting bird explodes in Monty’s face…literally. Now there are family members pointing fingers at every other member of the family accusing them of murder. Secrets begin to surface about a divorce in the works that would’ve left Lexus penniless – to a takeover of the company that Monty hadn’t told his brothers about. There is no shortage of suspects, and Libby and Bernie need to solve this puzzle before the police arrive and haul them off to jail for bringing the deadly poultry into Monty Field’s home.
Just like the Murder She Wrote series, and the best that Agatha Christie had to offer, these books are extremely fun “who-dun-its” with great action, well-written puzzles, and dialogue a reader will not soon forget. And, like I said, the recipes and the descriptions of the food are SO real and well-done that you’ll need to have a plate beside you as you read so that you can fill your stomach at the same time as you feed your brain. Enjoy!
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