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Sympathy for the Devil (Madeline Bean #1)

3.72  ·  Rating Details ·  479 Ratings  ·  23 Reviews
Madeline Bean, caterer to the stars, is in the middle of the biggest job of her career. She and her partner Wesley have pulled off Hollywood's most outrageous A-list Halloween party for notorious producer Bruno Huntley, complete with an eerie fortuneteller who is astonishingly accurate, and exotic food that's to die for. Before long, Bruno is thrashing and writhing out on ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 256 pages
Published May 1st 1998 by Avon
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Jun 15, 2008 Natalie rated it liked it
This book was okay. It was the first of the series and I am glad it wasn't the first one I read or I might not have read some of the others in the series. I think her writing style and character development is better in the later books!
Debbie Maskus
Jul 08, 2012 Debbie Maskus rated it it was ok
Madeline Bean owns a catering business that caters to the rich and famous. She and her partner, Wes, have a huge job with a Halloween party for producer, Bruno Huntley. The novel is not as well written or Elizabeth George or Tess Gerritsen. The book is mostly fluff, like the people living in Los Angeles. There are no detailed autopsy reports or gory murder scenes. The reader does not learn any earth shattering knowledge from reading this book. The book is just a simple beach read.
Mark Baker
Mar 07, 2014 Mark Baker rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, 2001
Madeline Bean is catering the Hollywood party this Halloween. But things take a bad turn when the host, producer Bruno Huntley, dies in the middle of the festival. This debut features great characters and lots of fun twists to the plot and started what is still a top notch series. I just wish there were more than seven books.

Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.
Cindi Schultz
Jun 07, 2012 Cindi Schultz rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book. At first I wasn't sure I was going to like it but what I was really unsure of was did I want to read this or a different book. I'm very glad I convinced myself to keep reading it. Zit was good and look forward to the rest of the series.
Jun 10, 2012 Hil rated it really liked it
I liked this mystery. I liked the main character, Madeline Bean (wish she would get out of her convenient relationship!), and I enjoyed the mystery. It wasn't too easy to figure out and wasn't so boring that I read the end to figure it out! I will read the rest of the books in this series.
Apr 15, 2008 Muriel rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2005, mystery
First book in a cute series of a caterer who gets mixed up in a murder mystery. It's been a long time since I read this but I have a vague recollection of enjoying it and picking up a couple of more books in the series.
Jun 25, 2016 Maureen rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
Too fluffy for me. The title appears to be a popular one. My search pulled up at least a half dozen books with this title by different authors.
Monica L Christopherson
Entertaining read.

This is a fast read, with a diverse cast of characters. Great for a beach read or a quiet weekend.
This is a nice new cozy to enjoy with colorful food analogies, similes and metaphors for a breezy read. This is a must read for the summer and a good one to enjoy.
Jul 29, 2008 Vanessa rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, food
I love the Madeline Bean mysteries. They are funny, give great Old Hollywood trivia and, of course, she cooks.
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Jerrilyn Farmer, the author of the acclaimed, award-winning Madeline Bean novels, is a TV writer who has written for game shows such as Jeopardy! and Supermarket Sweep, and sketch comedy specials for Dana Carvey, Jon Lovitz, Timothy Stack, Cheri Oteri, Tim Meadows, and others. Farmer also teaches mystery writing at the UCLA Extension's Writers Program.

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