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Cooking Up Murder (A Cooking Class Mystery #1)

3.5  ·  Rating Details ·  1,594 Ratings  ·  109 Reviews
On the first night of Annie and Eve's cooking class, they dish up a murder. Now the friends feel bound to uncover whatever secrets a classmate is hiding before someone else's goose gets cooked. Original.
Mass Market Paperback, 256 pages
Published November 7th 2006 by Berkley
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Feb 05, 2010 Terri rated it liked it
Annie and Eve are best friends. And when Eve signs them up for a cooking class she has no idea how crazy her life would become. Annie is a horrible cook and has one challenge after another in the class. But that's not all, after witnessing some arguments after class, they stumble across a body. And then they get to investigating, especially since Eve's ex is the detective investigating the crime and they want to show him up. Oh, and Annie really likes the hot Scottish cooking instructor too.

Jun 17, 2009 Judy rated it liked it
Recommends it for: anyone liking a bit of humor with mystery
Another cooking/mystery novel for bookclub. It was a quick, fun read. Enjoyable characters, good story. Moved fast. Women were a bit ditsy, especially one. They investigate a murder, a little romance, nicely done. Realistic, not people getting into something thinking they are superheroes. Did think their obsession with guys (did I mention they are single, mid-30's women) was juvenile. The women acted on the premise that their first impression of another woman in their class, which in the end was ...more
Aug 02, 2009 Leeankh rated it really liked it
Overall, I really liked this book. I liked Annie and Eve quite a bit. After reading a review or two, I noticed Eve wasn't as popular as Annie. Personally, I know people like Eve in real life, so she seemed very real to me. Additionally, I just like the idea of 2 friends working together to solve a mystery. I've always thought that if I were to become an amateur detective in real life, that I'd have to work with a friend. I would need that other person to bounce ideas off, if nothing else. Plus, ...more
Aug 24, 2009 Janet rated it really liked it
This was a cute and fun book. Definitely not deep but since I'm about to tackle Anne Bronte's book, I needed something light. This book is the first in a series. You're introduced to Annie and Eve - two lifelong friends that are polar opposites. Annie (the main character, at least in this book) is recently divorced and dealing with low self esteem. Eve is a glamourous beauty, full of confidence, can't commit to one man and just a bit dingy. Eve decides to cheer Anne up by signing her up for cook ...more
Dec 06, 2009 Stephanie rated it liked it
I have been enjoying reading "cozy mysteries" lately, and I happened to see this series at the local library as I was browsing the shelves. I love to cook, so I tend to migrate towards the cooking cozies, and this book was fun and light, though mostly predictable - all cozy traits, in my opinion. While I like the Laura Childs' series more, I will read the next three in this one.

The story centers around two best friends who begin taking cooking classes together as a means of helping the main cha
Cheryl Bradley
Dec 10, 2009 Cheryl Bradley rated it liked it
I found this book a light, fun read, a bit more reminscent of chick lit with some of the characters feeling a bit shallow. I didn't expect it to be a serious read though. I enjoyed it enough to continue reading this series.

Annie Capshaw is thirty-five, divorced, and has sworn off men. In an effort to get Annie's mind off her ex, Annie's best friend, Eve, signs both of them up for a cooking course at Tres Bonne Cuisine. Eve has pre-paid the course, so Annie feels obliged to humor her and go to th
Jackie Lane
Jan 09, 2010 Jackie Lane rated it liked it
Started 1/6/10 - Finished 1/9/10

This is a quick, fun read about 2 friends that sign up for a cooking class and stumble upon a dead body while leaving the first evening after class.

The two of them undertake the task of finding out who the killer is. Annie, had her husband leave her and is lacking in self-esteem. Eve, is a flirt who has been engaged 6 tims and who still has feelings for the one that got away. The girls decide to try to solve the murder for their own personal reasons.

The antics in
Apr 30, 2010 Sara rated it liked it
The first in the Cooking Class mystery series, this was a fun easy read. Annie and Eve are best friends. Eve decides to sign them up for a series of cooking classes in the hopes that Annie will learn to cook and start recovering from her recent divorce. Annie is a plain Jane compared to blonde beauty Eve--but somehow she manages to attract the attention of the hot cooking instructor. Of course, along the way, Eve and Annie discover a dead body and have to investigate.

A cute little series, recip
Annie has been divorced for a year and her BFF Eve decides that it is time for her to get out and about again. So Eve signs them up for a cooking class. The very first night of the class they find a dying man in the parking lot of the cooking school. For various reasons they feel compelled to investigate this crime drawing the attention of the murderer to Annie, who heard the dying man's last words.

I enjoyed this book. Eve and Annie are perfectly mismatched friends. Eve manages to talk Annie int
Nicole Galbraith
Apr 06, 2011 Nicole Galbraith rated it really liked it
Great start to a cozy mystery series. Eve and Annie are best friends with little in common except for an utter lack of cooking skills. On the first night of class they come across a dying man in the parking lot and quickly learn that would appeared to be a heart attack, was actually poisoning. Soon, cautious Annie and carefree Eve are conducting their own murder investigation.
This book is the definition of a cozy mystery. It has the perfect blend of suspense, humor and romance. The ending leav
Annie is at a plateau in her love life. She recently, actually a year ago, becomes a divorcee. While she is boiling water one day, her friend, Eve, shows up at her door. Annie forgets about the water and burns the pan to a crisp. She is very flustered and angry that she doesn't know how to cook, no less boil water.

Eve is single and is anxious to meet her soul mate. She consoles Annie and tries to boost her spirits. After Annie calms down, Eve surprises her by saying that she enrolled them in a c
Jul 29, 2011 meg rated it it was ok
Very slow. I could not finish it and ended up just flipping to the back to see who did it. Not sure if I will read any others in the series or not.
Dawn Michelle
Nov 24, 2010 Dawn Michelle rated it really liked it

Read~November 8, 2010
4 Stars

WHAT a fun book!! A really great addition to my "cozies"!! Annie and Eve are the perfect foil for each other and ALL the scrapes they get into are VERY believable (at least they are to me. I can see this stuff happening to me should I decide to start snooping into other people's lives). Lots of fun to read, lost of neat recipes and a "lovely" murder to solve. Perfect read for that rainy day in!!

** YAY for reading a book I LOVED on a milestone (BOOK 100 of 2010)!!!!!!
Romancing the Book
Apr 27, 2011 Romancing the Book rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Cooking Up Murder is Miranda Bliss' debut novel and the first in A Cooking Class Mystery series.

Annie still hasn't completely gotten over he ex-husband, who left her for the dry cleaner, and she's put love on the back burner. In an effort to get Annie out of the house and back into society, Eve enrolls the both of them in a cooking class. Annie doesn't want to go because she can't even boil water without catastrophic events occurring.

On the first night of class, Annie and Eve see a fellow studen
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
May 28, 2011 Jeannie and Louis Rigod rated it really liked it
I have managed to read these books out of sequence. Thus, it was fun to read the first in the series and learn more about the characters and how they interact with each other.

Annie Capshaw is not a cook, but with the coaxing of her best friend, Eve, she attends a 10-day cooking school.

First off Annie and Eve are put in the midst of a crime scene in the parking lot next to the store/school. Their natural curiosity leads them deeper into a murder mystery and perhaps an Eastern European one at tha
Jun 04, 2011 Kristen rated it liked it
If you love a great culinary cozy, you'll love Cooking Up Murder by Miranda Bliss. It has romance, drama, and plenty of intrigue... not to mention great recipes. Annie Capshaw is recently divorced and can't cook. When her best friend Eve signs them up for cooking class, it changed their life. First, they witness an argument and a murder. Now it's up to them to figure out who done, even if it's one of their cooking classmates. When they believe it's Beyla, they go after her, until more dead bodie ...more
Nov 15, 2011 Sensitivemuse rated it liked it
This was a fun read!! I really liked the idea of a cooking class with two very hilarious funny ladies featured. Naturally, the reader knows where this is going, especially when you find out what kind of a sidekick Eve is.

Annie is a fun to read character, she’s come out of a divorce and she’s a disastrous cook. She has her own kind of natural charm, and I like how she is the opposite of what Eve is (sexy, a little on the airhead side, filled with plastic surgeries and possibly lipos). However Ev
Jan 30, 2012 Julia rated it it was ok
I was very disappointed with this chick-lit cosy mystery. I found many of the characters two-dimensional: the beautiful blonde, the hunky teacher, the fat Frenchman. I also found the two main protagonists, Annie and Eve, exasperating in terms of their assumptions and actions. The plot was predictable and at times unrealistic. I felt that the author was trying too hard to write humorously. What saved this book from a one-star rating was the growth in Annie's character and the warmth in her relati ...more
Meg Fee
Oct 23, 2011 Meg Fee rated it liked it
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Feb 03, 2012 Spuddie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Trying to find a lighter, cozier series to read at bedtime so thought I would give this, the first "Cooking Class Mystery" a try. *sigh* Like so many cozy series, it ended up being mostly a romance with the main female character doing lots of fantasizing and drooling over the main male character. Very stereotypical characters--Annie (main character) has less-than-perfect looks and low self-esteem due to cheating hubby and recent divorce. Her best friend Eve is a vivacious drop dead gorgeous blon ...more
Aug 24, 2015 Laurie rated it it was ok
I originally got this series from the library, but the rest of them will be going back unread. Annie is a newly divorced 35 year old bank teller with low self-esteem who men describe as "cute". Her best friend since preschool Eve is a beautiful, shallow, not so smart blonde who has been engaged six times and can't hold down a job. Put them together in a book and you want to slap them both silly because they make so many utterly stupid moves, it becomes uncomfortable to read. I've read lots of co ...more
Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*
I enjoy genuinely funny cozy mysteries, and this one does meet that mark. The MC Annie was a fun and quirky character who, as a refreshing change, isn't naturally good at everything. Her southern belle best friend drags her along to a cooking course to get her mind off relationship woes, and of course the two stumble upon a murderous story line while trying not to burn the food. Somehow Annie even manages to ruin the art of boiling.

The mystery is a fun one because they do sleuthing, breaking and
Oct 20, 2012 Drebbles rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2007
To help her best friend Annie Capshaw recover from her recent divorce (her husband ran off with the dry cleaner) Eve DeCateur signs them up for a ten day cooking class. Annie is skeptical, she can't heat water without burning it, but when she gets a look at hunky cooking instructor Jim MacDonald, she decides to stick around, even though she is convinced he only has eyes for the beautiful Eve. On the first night of classes, Annie and Eve see a classmate arguing with a man and threatening to kill ...more
May 03, 2016 Hilary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-food
The first in this series and we see the newly divorced Annie Capshaw (by her own admission the worst cook in the world, at the beginning of the book she manages to burn water!) going to a cookery class along with her best friend Eve (who arranged this to get Annie to do more than go to work and skulk around her apartment), when they arrive the first night (of ten, spread over two weeks), they see the owner of the shop arguing with a man, later they see the same man arguing with one of their fell ...more
Expected a light and easy read for a cozy mystery. But this story definitely was not all that light. It also felt like the author was not that very certain on how she wanted to go about ordering events and characters' actions to take place. And the characters themselves....I really wanted to try and keep an open mind and like Eve and Annie because on the cover they looked so cute and looked like they would be some fun characters to read about and journey along through the story with. But no, it ...more
Why do I keep reading these things? I must be a sucker for punishment. And this was. A short one, mercifully, but torture for however long it lasted. Annie and Eve are best friends and do cooking class together. Annie is our main girl by the way, who's less than perfect, has problems with the way she looks, the kind guys say is cute but that isn't enough for her. She's also been dumped by her darling husband for some random female. After reading the whole book, and getting to know her charming p ...more
Imagine if a more intelligent Chrissy and a more curvy Janet teamed up to solve a mystery. You would have a much more entertaining tale than this book. Eve is described as shallow by her BFF Annie. Shallow she is, so shallow in fact that you could put a tea bag in her and still not have tea a week later. Couple this with her "one that go away" who happens to a cop who's ego is as big as he wishes his dick is. (He flat out tells Eve that he thinks she has made up this whole murder. Really?!) Way ...more
Yeah...a cozy mystery I enjoyed. "Cute" Annie and her sexy friend Eve join a cooking class, basically as a distraction from Annie's divorce becoming finalized. Not only are they enjoying the class and their 'hottie' teacher but they find themselves embroiled in a mystery or two along the way. I suspected the killer long before it was revealed and the 'red herring' was obviously that, but this was still a fun read, lighthearted but not complete fluff (but just fluffy enough). This is what I perso ...more
Kathy Jackson
May 23, 2015 Kathy Jackson rated it liked it
This is my first Miranda Bliss book, as far as I know anyway. I know that sounds vague but her name is familiar and I’ve read a thousand books in my lifetime so who knows for sure?

Both characters in the book are quirky and well done – though very stereotypical which I found disappointing. Why can’t the gorgeous blond ever be the smart one of the group? It would have made the book more fun but whatever – I guess we all love our stereotypes.

A fast, quick read that held kept me interested enough to
Jul 21, 2015 Liana rated it it was ok
I only read this because a couchsurfer brought it to me as a gift and I felt obligated. Not my typical fare, and gave two stars (instead of one) because I actually finished it. I can't fully explain the stupidity exhibited by the characters in this book, the trite dialogue, the obsession with fashion and handbags, interrogations by the police where no one says "I want an attorney"...
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