Monday, February 6, 2012

Eleanor Anders reviews A Catered St. Patrick's Day

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My guest this week is Eleanor Anders, book reviewer. Today she's reviewing Isis Crawford's A CATERED ST. PATRICK'S DAY.
Book Blurb (courtesy of Kensington Publishing's website):
Gastronomical dream team Bernie and Libby Simmons wade into a Celtic knot of malice and mayhem when a St. Patrick’s celebration goes terribly wrong… 
To most of the people of little Longely, New York, St. Paddy’s Day means good food, great music, and plenty of Guinness. But when the lifeless body of Mike Sweeney floats to the top of a vat of green beer, it looks like the luck o’ the Irish has just run out.
Unfortunately for the Simmons sisters, the number one suspect is related to one of their very best catering customers, the pampered and powerful Bree Nottingham. When Bree visits A Little Taste of Heaven to beseech them to clear her nephew’s name, they just can’t say no.
But the more information Bernie and Libby stir up, the more Duncan Nottingham looks like a killer. Known for his hot temper and love of the drink, Duncan and the deceased were both part of the Corned Beef and Cabbage Club, a group with more buried history than the Emerald Isle. And each member—especially Duncan—had a motive to sing Sweeney his last Irish lullaby. A motive they don’t want anyone revealing.
For Bernie and Libby, the situation is deadly and in danger of boiling over. And they can’t count on good old Saint Pat to drive out the snake in their midst…they’ll have to do it themselves, before a murderer strikes again.
Includes Original Recipes for You to Try!  
*Courtesy of Kensington Publishing's website.
         Eleanor's review of . . .
by: Isis Crawford
Publisher: Kensington 
Published: January 31, 2012       
Format: Hardback (304 pages)     
ISBN: 9780758247407           
Series: A Mystery with Recipes             
Origin: Publisher

***Though the publisher provides the free book, I offer the opinion.***
My Look:
Four leaf-clover shaped cookies, green beer, St. Patrick's day festivities, and murder.
Bernie and Libby Simmons are tossing dough and bantering around the worth of silly superstitions, when a telephone call interrupts them.  Bernie's boyfriend, Brandon, insists the sisters meet him, but he doesn't say why.
It's not until they arrive at the bar that these sisters become his witnesses of sorts; Brandon needs them to witness a death scene, just in case he's arrested.  However, odd as that may sound, it isn't.
The sisters along with their father, Sean, are famous around town for their sleuthing and interesting ways of finding out the whodunit, much to the Police Chief's chagrin.  He feels this crime solving family makes him the "Barney Fife" of Longely, New York and he would love to find them guilty of something.
Although the bar owner insists that this "accident" should not ruin business for his expected holiday crowd, Chief Lucas Broadbent makes an arrest.
Now, Bernie, Libby and Sean are on the case, to help.
However, when Sean discovers a second body, this sleuthing family gives the police chief even more charges to hang on the man they were supposed to help.  Have they just met a case they couldn't crack?  Or is there something they are missing?

My Take:
I recommend Iris Crawford's A CATERED ST. PATRICK'S DAY.
These two sisters are just like any set of siblings, they cajole, push each other's buttons, banter, and support each other through it all.  Their father, Sean, is a grounding force to the pair, and he's always bringing another avenue of investigation to the hunt.
Iris Crawford's characters are funny and a bit quirky, but her plots are engaging and deadly. Moreover, her recipes are to die for!
A CATERED ST. PATRICK'S DAY is a stand-alone title. Nonetheless, you'll want to catch up on the other books in the series, such as A CATERED THANKSGIVING (Kensington November 2011), A CATERED HALLOWEEN (reprint Kensington September 2011), A CATERED BIRTHDAY (reprint Kensington September 2009) just to name a few.

Mysterious Eleanor
About Eleanor Anders:
A book reviewer, Sisters in Crime member, writer, mum, dog mom, cat mom, wife, and lover of good food who is always on a diet!
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Kaye George said...

This sounds like just the thing for March! Thanks for the review, Ellis and Eleanor.

Jacqueline Seewald said...

I agree with Kaye: sounds like a perfect book for March reading.

Eleanor Anders said...

Kaye, I agree!

Eleanor Anders said...

Jacqueline, in March you'll have a great read!

Una Tiers said...

Hi Eleanor, great post, light and pleasant. Thank you and Ellis for the pointer.
Una Tiers

Ellis Vidler said...

Eleanor, thanks for posting your review. The book has a nice, light cover too. Very attractive. Sounds fun!

Eleanor Anders said...

Thank you, Una!