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Immaculate Reception (Madeline Bean #2)

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The Pope is coming to breakfast, and Madeline Bean's got frittatas on the skillet. What a coup for gourmet caterer Mad Bean and her company, the event-planning wizards, chosen to mastermind L.A.'s official welcoming extravaganza. Pulling off the early morning meal for His Holiness, and two thousand high profile bigwigs, sounds like great fun for the unflappable Ms. Bean.

Mass Market Paperback, 256 pages
Published October 1st 2001 by Avon (first published April 1st 1999)
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Dec 31, 2016 Kristen rated it liked it
In Jerrilyn Farmer's Immaculate Reception, the second installment in the Madeline Bean culinary cozy series, things get heated and a bit controversial with past historical topics. Months after the debacle from the previous incident, Madeline and her two associates started a new catering company together. When they received an invitation to cater the pope's arrival in Los Angeles, things get a bit dicey, when she discovered a hidden confession from a Jesuit priest in a folder of recipes for makin ...more
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Jul 12, 2014 Dharia Scarab rated it liked it
Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books...

1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future.

2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author.

3 stars... This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read more, But if I find another book by the author for under a dollar I'd pick it up.

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Jan 14, 2012 Suzanne rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Emily, Ginny
Recommended to Suzanne by: AVM Challenge - winged creature
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
I'd even go 4.5 stars - what an awesome read! I just love this series. I really love Maddie and Wes, and I love reading about their catering and event planning. The mystery was really good, and particularly intriguing as an 'old' mystery became part of the 'new' mystery. (view spoiler) ...more
Debbie Maskus
Jul 22, 2012 Debbie Maskus rated it it was ok
Jerrilyn Farmer writes a gentle mystery set in California. The amateur detectives are the owners of a catering service. Madeline Bean and her partner Wesley blunder along until the mystery is solved, and still have time to socialize and to work. In this episode, the Pope will briefly visit Los Angeles, and Madeline and Wesley are the caterers for a breakfast for the Pope. An ex-boyfriend, who is now a Jesuit, throws an unwanted complication for Madeline. Farmer gives a glimpse of the life style ...more
Mark Baker
Mar 07, 2014 Mark Baker rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, 2001
The pope is coming to LA, and Madeline is catering the welcome breakfast. But while prepping, she finds a letter that seems to confess to a murder, and it sets her off on a mystery with ties to the past. Still my favorite in the series with a fast paced, twisty plot and such wonderful characters.

Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.
Dec 05, 2011 MB rated it it was ok
Looking for a new cozy mystery series, and this isn't it. Too many unbelievable actions by the characters. Too many missed clues that were too obvious to the reader, but the sleuth didn't catch. Found the Hollywood characters to be over-the-top stereotypical. Just not my style.
Jun 15, 2008 Natalie rated it it was amazing
I happened to come across another Maddie Bean story and enjoyed it, so I thought I would try another. I am glad I did because I really enjoy the way these stories are written. They are fun and full of "mystery".
February Four
Feb 13, 2016 February Four rated it really liked it
Phew, talk about ambition. The Pope! Plot twists I cannot address because of spoilers! Nice. On to the next one!
Nancy Savonick
Aug 04, 2008 Nancy Savonick rated it really liked it
Just discovered this series, and it's very exciting. An endearingly-quirky group of characters makes for entertaining reading.
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Aug 04, 2014 Nancy H rated it liked it
This is a good mystery set in the Hollywood scene but involving an old WWII scandal involving a pope and murder.
Mandy Huot
Jun 13, 2012 Mandy Huot rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. It was quite tasty, honestly! HAHA. But seriously, it was really well written and I enjoyed it.
Jul 27, 2011 Ubalstecha rated it really liked it
The second of the Madeline Bean Catering mysteries. Fun, and perhaps better than the first one. This one involves the Pope, an ex-lover who is now a Jesuit priest and the Nazis.
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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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