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Review: Hail to the Chef

TITLE: HAIL to the CHEF
AUTHOR: JULIE HYZY
PUBLISHER: BERKLEY PRIME CRIME
PUB DATE: DECEMBER 2008
PAGES: 328

Ollie Paras is the new excutive White House Chef, and it's the Thanksgiving Holidays. Added to the ususal holiday bustle, the daily on the job stress and a bomb scare that puts the First Lady, the First Lady's nephew and Ollie together in a secure room complete with makeshift kitchen and soon chaos starts to seem like a way of life.
But to Ollie's dismay her favorite electrician is electrocuted and Ollie doesn't think it was an accident. She thinks it is murder, but before she can truly investigate his death another murder happens. One they are calling suicide and the First Lady isn't buying it. The First Lady's nephew wouldn't kill himself and she enlists the aid of Ollie to help her prove it wasn't murder.
Now if you think your family is dysfunctional then you're in for a treat because the First Lady's family is anything but soically nice. To…

Review: Needled To Death

Title: NEEDLED to DEATH
Author: Maggie Sefton
Hard Cover
ISBN:0-7394-6076-5
Mystery SeriesPublisher: Berley Prime Crime


Kelly Flynn loves her new life in Fort Conner, Colorado. She has her work and she has her friends. Life is good and she even has her hobby of knitting. So when Kelly volunteers to take a group of tourists to visit Vickie Claymore's Alpaca Farm to see these special sheep. The last thing on Kelly's mind is that she would find Vickie Claymore's lifeless slain body splayed on the beautiful hand woven rug. The suspects could be anyone from a soon to be ex-husband, close friend or relative but one thing is for sure Kelly has busy hands and a sharp mind. She may not be able to knit her sweater without frogging a few rows but when it comes to murder she can try to right a wrong.

NEEDLED TO DEATH by Maggie Sefton, includes a recipe and a knitting pattern but the most clever part of this book is the plot. Complete with charming characters and a wonderful setting th…

The Subject is Murder

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The SUBJECT IS MURDER:

Today suppose you tell us how you like your murder served to you between the pages of a book, on the small screen or the big screen.
Is strangulation your cup of coffee? Is poison your cup of tea? What about a good old fashioned stabbing, maybe you like your murder to end with a souffle gone bad or does your taste of choice end with a big bang?
Here are some movies and books that satisfy my taste for murder.
1. WHOSE KILLING THE GREAT CHEFS OF EUROPE?
2. MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS
3. MIDNIGHT LACE
4. STRANGERS ON A TRAIN
5. ROPE
6. MURDER IS EASY
7. HOSTILE MAKEOVER
8. NOTORIOUS
9. PRESUMED INNOCENT
10. DEATH TRAP
11. The PELICAN BRIEF
12. SUSPECT
Now these are all good movies and I love the ones with a twist ending. Moving on to books here are a few that I thought had clever plots.
1. THREE BEDROOMS ONE CORPSE by Charlaine Harris.
2. FATAL FIXER UPPER by Sarah Graves
3. The BODY IN THE IVY by Katherine Hall Page
4. POISONED PINS by Joan Hess
5. CRY WOLF by Tami Hoag
6. THIS O…

Guest Blogger - Lea Wait

Living in a vacation area (the coast of Maine) has both advantages and disadvantages. I’ve learned to keep clean sheets on the guest beds, hamburger in the freezer, and pots in which to make chowder, cook pasta, and boil lobsters, at the ready. My husband knows every farmers’ market within twenty miles. I try not to have book deadlines between June and September.
But this summer has offered special challenges. It has rained. Almost every day.
Any moment now (yes; it’s raining) we may break the 139 year record for “wettest recorded summer in Maine history.” I’ve had guests who stayed two weeks and never saw the sun.
Now, there are alternatives to outdoor Maine. One of my guest rooms is also my “mystery and suspense room” – two walls of floor-to-ceiling bookcases filled with mysteries. I have VHS and DVD movies. Maine boasts art galleries, craft shops, museums, outlet stores, and innumerable places to buy souvenirs and lobster rolls.
I encourage folks “from away” to partake of all of Maine’…

Pamela's XStitch Finish - Snowman by Hinzeit