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Liver Let Die (A Clueless Cook Mystery #1)

3.77  ·  Rating Details ·  675 Ratings  ·  116 Reviews
Jordan McAllister dreams of becoming a popular sports columnist but gets stuck in a po-dunk town writing personal ads for a small time newspaper. When she's offered a chance to fill in for a local food critic off on sick leave, she jumps at the chance rationalizing that it's one step closer to her dream. However, when a dead body is found underneath her apartment stairwell ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 278 pages
Published 2011 by Berkley Prime Crime
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Jan 16, 2016 LORI CASWELL rated it it was amazing
Jordan McAllister wants to be a sports columnist, but she follows her boyfriend to Dallas and sports columnist jobs are few and far between. Even worse her boyfriend breaks up with her after she has turned her life upside down for him.

The only job she can find working at a newspaper is at the Ranchero Globe writing the Personals ads, while she awaits her dream job. After just three months on the job she is summoned to the editor’s office. Not having a clue what she did, she slowly makes her way
Oct 02, 2011 Nora-adrienne rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozies
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Oct 03, 2011 Yvonne rated it it was amazing
Jordan McAllister’s dreams of being a sports news reporter hits a snag when her fiancé leaves her for another woman. She has no choice but to leave Dallas and move to the small town of Ranchero, Texas where she moves into an apartment building with a zany group of neighbors. She accepts a job writing personal ads for the local newspaper. When one of her co-workers has an injury and is unable to work, Jordan is temporarily assigned to her food critic column. Jordan knows nothing about fine ...more
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
Oct 12, 2011 Jeannie and Louis Rigod rated it it was amazing
This new book series is going to become a joy to look forward to. I base this observation upon my devouring the first, "Liver Let Die."

The premise is a sports journalist has moved to a small town, Ranchero, Texas as she finds herself chucked out by her love in Austin. The journalist finds herself in the only available job in town...a personal ads clerk. To her delight the editor offers her a part-time (no pay increase,) appointment as writer of "The Kitchen Kupboard." This is only for the time
May 12, 2014 Fred rated it really liked it
This book is the first in the A Cluelass Cook Mystery, by new author Liz Lipperman.

Liver Let Die is a very entertaining addition to the mystery genre.

Jordan McAllister has always dreamed of being a sports columnist. After breaking up with her boyfriend, she has moved to the small Texas city of Ranchero, TX and has gotten a job at Ranchero Globe. Okay, she is writing personal ads for the paper, but she has hopes. The culinary columnist has just broken her hip and will be rehab for six weeks. Jord
Judy Alter
Oct 14, 2011 Judy Alter rated it it was amazing
I'd call this first in a new series a "non-culinary" mystery. Jordan McAllister is stuck writing personals for a small-town newspaper and dreaming of a career as a big-time sports reporter when she is suddenly asked to take over the food column. Jordan knows how to fry bologna and that's about it--her cast iron skillet is literally unused, though she puts it to good use here. In one of the funniest scenes I've read in a long time, she is sent to review an upsccale steak restaurant. She confesses ...more
Nov 16, 2011 Tina rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I won this book from "Goodreads First-Reads".This is Liz Lipperman's first novel and I am so glad I was picked as a winner to read it. The story was fast paced and kept me trying to guess who was doing the killing, but it also was funny throughout the whole thing. This is about a bunch of strangers who live together in the same apartment building who become a family that would do anything to help one another. Jordan writes for a newspaper trying to work her way up to become their sports ...more
Brenda Kirton
I burned through this book in an afternoon. I wasn't that keen on reading it. I picked it up randomly at the library. It was a great book. Good plot. Not as straight forward as it seems at first (the is a positive not a negative) Interesting characters, although the list of them is a bit formulatic, they work well. I like that the protagonist works for a newspaper, it gives lots of reasons for her to be involved in future murders. Also there is quite a bit or potential in her gang of characters ...more
Pete Morin
Oct 16, 2011 Pete Morin rated it really liked it
Liz Lipperman uses her first in the "Clueless Cook" series to show us she knows just how to craft that cozy mystery with a big honking grin on her face.

Brassy aspiring sports writer Jordan Macallister, stuck instead writing personal ads in a backwater town, takes an assignment as a food critic, even though she can't make toast. On her first assignment, the classiest restaurant Texas has to offer, she dumps the foie gras in her purse rather than - ugh - eat it, and thereby becomes (unwittingly) t
Feb 05, 2012 Melissa rated it really liked it
Shelves: food, mystery
Don't order the foie gras. If you don't take anything else from this book, at least take that. As you may have guessed, this is a cozy/foodie mystery.

Jordan is getting by at her job, writing personals when she would rather be working in the sports section. So when an opening comes up (temporary mind you) for the food column, she reluctantly takes it. And after a unique experience at a restaurant involving foie gras, she gets pretty famous for her column. But then her waiter shows up dead at her
Dec 04, 2011 Kim rated it really liked it
I read a lot of mysteries. Some series I have given up on because the characters have grown hollow or because the main character should just marry or dump her love interest already.

The Clueless Cook series though has a potential for a long run, and one that I will want to see to the finish line.
Liver Let Die was at times hilarious and the characters have such interesting personalities that I am looking forward to the next book, Beef Stolen-Off.

The reason I gave the book four stars and not five
Nov 03, 2014 Carol rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012, cozy-mysteries
My mama always told me "If you cook, you have to clean up". She sewed while I cooked and I cleaned up. I did the same for about twenty years after I got married. But my second husband is a great cook and he cleans up. It is like a long vacation to me. This is the first culinary cozy that I have read where the main character is "clueless" about cooking. I figure that she doesn't have to clean up. Pretty smart right?

In "Liver Let Die", by Liz Lipperman, Jordan McAllister was writing personals for
Feb 20, 2012 Dale rated it really liked it
If you like your mysteries fun, fast, and fresh, try this sassy debut novel from Liz Lipperman. It details the tribulations of a young lady, wannabe sports reporter Jordan McAllister, as she takes on a new job that's murder. As a hapless and hopeless anti-foodie who has a hard time even boiling water, she's tapped to become an overnight food critic, and must journey to an exclusive new restaurant and report on the cuisine.

Of course the assignment turns out to be a lot more than she bargained fo
John Kilgallon
Feb 15, 2012 John Kilgallon rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: "Cozy Collectors"
Shelves: mysteries-i-like
Okay, I know it seems like forever since I started reading Liver Let Die, but it was not because of the book. The book moves with a quick pace as we follow Jordan McAllister and watch her get entangled in all sorts of crises all because of some duck liver foie gras!

This book combined a lot of elements; article writing, recipes, mystery, suspense and romance. Jordan gets to try her hand writing the food column for her local paper, while she doesn't have trouble with the restaurant critic portion
Donnell Bell
Nov 24, 2011 Donnell Bell rated it it was amazing
Jordan McAllister is about as worthy a protagonist as I've read in some time. On the rebound from an old flame, she longs to use her journalism degree to write sports columns for newspapers. Unfortunately, life's been rough and she ends up in Ranchero, Texas, barely earning a living, writing personal ads and subsisting on fast food and Hostess Ho Hos.

Jordan's big break finally comes when she's summoned to the editor's office Dwayne "Big Ears" Egan. Egan needs someone to fill in for the culinary
Jul 19, 2012 Kristen rated it liked it
Shelves: serial-cozy, 2012
If you enjoy culinary cozies, you'll enjoy this one from debut cozy author, Liz Lipperman. She introduces us to Jordan McAllister, a journalist in a small-town in Texas. In an instant, I welcomed Jordan into my world, as I entered in hers, and rooted for her throughout the novel. We realize how she struggled to make ends meet as a journalism for a small newspaper, and how she glowed into the limelight, when this new assignment of hers is the hit.. with yummy recipes for you to make. We see an ...more
Donna Cummings
Dec 18, 2011 Donna Cummings rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I started it after a workday that had worn me down, and within just a few pages I was giggling and having such a great time getting to know Jordan. I immediately sympathized with her because I'm not much of a cook either, and I really admired her for trying to get ahead by doing restaurant reviews without any culinary skills in her repertoire.

The mysterious Alex who shows up in Jordan's life was a charming devil, and I loved every scene he was in. I really hope there'
Edie Ramer
Jordan McAllister has moxie. It's a pleasure hanging around with her and the colorful neighbors from her apartment building. In addition to the fun characters, the book is well-written, with humor, romance, food and dead bodies. Everything I love most in a book. As a bonus, I might try a few of the recipes in the back of the book. This book was pure delicious enjoyment. I hope the next Clueless Cook Mystery comes out soon.
Jan 27, 2015 NotQuiteAllHere rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, humor, cooking, cozy
this is a hard book to rewiew.... though I thought the book and story was cute and kind of funny.... the mystery was terrible. I figured out what was going on and who was going to die before he was even dead. Now there was a small twist that took me a little longer to figure out but it wasn't difficult at all. I did enjoy the book and characters are super cute and fun but mystery wise it fell really short.
❂ Jennifer
Oct 30, 2011 ❂ Jennifer rated it it was ok
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Well, I didn't love it. But I didn't hate it either. The protagonist didn't come across very consistently - acting timid and meek one minute and throwing very smart sassy and sarcastic around the next. The main plot was transparent and the secondary one only slightly less so. Still, the rest of the characters were engaging and likeable, and perhaps in the next book the main character will find her place. I won't be against reading the next one to see if the series improves.
Lori McD
3.5 stars

This seems like a fun series with a quirky bunch of characters - the "new" fad of mysteries and recipes. But this one has a twist - the main character isn't a chef or a caterer; she's not even a home cook or a foodie. Jordan McAllister is a sports journalist who ended up in a small Texas town working for the local paper, but typing the Personals, making barely more than minimum wage. THEN she's offered the chance to sub for the current culinary reporter, who's recovering from broken bon
Sep 03, 2013 Kristin rated it liked it
3.5 stars.

This was a fluffy, fast read, that’s pretty much what you’d expect from a cozy mystery, likeable main characters, a cast of goofy yet supportive neighbors and an easy to guess murder mystery (though this doesn’t really matter because you’re not reading an engrossing thriller to try to guess whodunit, you’re basically reading this for the characters).

Jordan McAllister wanted to be a sports columnist but after she moved to Dallas with her boyfriend, who promptly broke up with her so that
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Oct 26, 2011 Book of Secrets ☕ rated it liked it
Rating: 3.5/5

I think it was the clever title that first drew me to this book. "Liver Let Die: A Clueless Cook Mystery" fit the story perfectly. The clueless cook in question is Jordan McAllister. Her ambition in life is to be a big time sports reporter, but instead she's stuck doing the personal ads for a small town newspaper. When the paper's food critic takes a leave of absence, Jordan's boss insists that she take over the weekly Kitchen Kupboard column. There are only two problems: Jordan can
Mar 24, 2014 Melissa rated it liked it
Liver Let Die is the first in the Clueless Cook mystery series. The main character, Jordan, has moved to a small town north of Dallas and writes the personals for the local newspaper after being dumped by her boyfriend. Eager to move up at the newspaper, she agrees to take over the kitchen column although she is not a foodie herself.

This cozy was just so-so for me. It wasn't really good or bad, per say. There were a couple of things that kind of jarred me out of the story because I thought they
Oct 20, 2011 Marlyn rated it liked it
Shelves: cozies, food
Jordan McAllister always wanted to be a sportswriter. But after graduating from journalism school, she followed her boyfriend to Dallas, where she was unceremoniously dumped. Wanting to get away from him, she took a job writing personal ads for the newspaper in tiny Ranchero, Texas, "just until something more suitable turned up".

The paper's resident food critic has an accident, and Jordan is "called up" to cover for her. The only problem is that Jordan knows nothing about food. Has first assignm
Jan 19, 2013 Meg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Jordan McAllister is stuck writing the personals for the “Ranchero Globe,” but she really wants the opportunity to be a sports reporter. When the culinary reporter for the Globe has a jet ski accident and needs someone to fill in, Jordan gets the opportunity to shine at the newspaper. The problem? She doesn’t know the first thing about cooking or fine dining. Even worse, the waiter from her first review assignment shows up dead outside her apartment. Murdered.

Jordan is most definitely the prima
Aug 14, 2013 Summerfly rated it liked it
Really enjoyed this book. Not so complicated that you had to devote 3/4 of your braincells to keep track of the plot, but also enough twists and turns that I didn't have it all figured out by halfway through.
Also...(wait for it...) A SMART HEROINE.

What's that you say??

That's right folks! In the end, when she's about to go face the bad guy, she actually thinks to herself - hey, wow, wait - I totally should NOT do this alone, because that's how people get killed!

The only things that struck me as
Dec 27, 2013 Fanficfan44 rated it liked it
I picked up this book today and read it mainly because I had accidentally bought the second book in the series and didn’t realize it until I went to read it. Luckily my second hand bookstore had this one, so I was able to get it.

Fun, quick read with a food related theme. The protagonist, Jordan, is covering a food column in a small local paper while the regular writer recovers from an accident. The story was fun and the mystery had lots of twists and turns. The included recipes are okay, but not
Feb 10, 2013 MB rated it really liked it
Despite the fact that I write food reviews for a local newspaper, I found this book to be an enjoyable romp and a neat little mystery.

You have to be willing to suspend disbelief. Small town newspaper editors don't really just hand a credit card to complete unknowns and tell them to write restaurant reviews.

But a few elements really make this book sparkle. First of all, Jordan McAllister's driving ambition is to be a sports columnist. That's what she's trained for. She's absolutely clueless in t
Sep 10, 2016 Saadia rated it really liked it
I really liked the writing! Very clean, readable, logical and well-paced! The action moves along at a clip while the descriptive parts and dialogue blend together swimmingly. I could not put it down and read the story in one sitting, which is rare for me.

Heroine is surrounded by a cast of eccentric supporting characters and finds herself drawn into a series of baffling adventures, culminating in encounters with not only one, but two different killers! Of course, she meets a dishy action hero who
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