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Dim Sum Dead (Madeline Bean #4)

3.75  ·  Rating Details ·  272 Ratings  ·  21 Reviews

Yep. In hip Hollywood, that kitsch old game is fast becoming the next "new" obsession -- and that calls for a party! Madeline Bean and her charming partner Wesley Westcott are determined to throw a gonzo Chinese New Year banquet. But among the hot mah-jongg tiles, the steamy dim sum, and the frosty Singapore slings, no one expects to find one of the players ice-c
Mass Market Paperback, 256 pages
Published April 3rd 2001 by Avon (first published April 1st 2001)
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Feb 16, 2016 February Four rated it really liked it
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Grace Lingo
Nov 30, 2015 Grace Lingo rated it it was amazing
I thought at first glance that this would be a cheesy murder mystery book, and it was. However it is one of the most entertaining and thrilling books I've ever read. Madeline was very relatable, I could understand how she thought and why she thought it. The killer was relatable and has an understandable motive, which I feel always adds a splash on intrigue. There was even a little romance, but thankfully it didn't overthrow the entire storyline unlike popular books the Twilight series. Everyone ...more
Sep 27, 2009 Vickie rated it it was amazing
I have been in the mood for the cozies that I have on Mt Git'r'Read and this one seemed to leap off the shelf..or out of the drawer...and into my hands. I don't always like foodie cozy mysteries, but I liked the premise of this one and I wasn't disappointed. I like that Mad is a caterer in LA, fascinating as that town can be, and the food wasn't the center of the action so much as an enhancement or garnish (it is a foodie cozy). I've not read this author or series before, but it will definitely ...more
Mark Baker
Mar 09, 2014 Mark Baker rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, 2002
An antique Mah-Jongg set leads Madeline into another wacky LA based mystery. A another great mystery featuring the usual cast of characters.

Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.
Monica L Christopherson
Fun read

Will be reading the entire series. I like the characters, and Hollywood is a great setting for this storyline. I enjoyed it.
DIM SUM DEAD is an entertaining Madeline Bean catering mystery that showcases the abilities of author Jerrilyn Farmer. Madeline's personal life is realistic without detracting from the story, and the story is interesting right away and paced well. The mystery is well-integrated but not transparent. The dialogue is fun, and the characters are likeable. This is a lively mix of Hollywood dish, mouth-watering recipes. I also enjoyed the references to the menus Madeline and Wes were serving at the Ma ...more
Marla Cooper
Mar 07, 2015 Marla Cooper rated it it was amazing
This was the cozy mystery that inspired me to write a cozy mystery!
Alannah Davis
May 25, 2013 Alannah Davis rated it it was amazing
My first time reading one of Jerrilyn Farmer's Madeline Bean Catering Mysteries (received this one as a gift), and I definitely want to see more. I loved the richness of the story and characterization, as well as the overall quirkiness. (Aging Hollywood stars with secrets, a young trophy wife/widow, the Chinese New year, the old game of Mah-Jongg becoming the new obsession in the Hollywood crowd...who can resist?) The ending is fabulous.

I couldn't put this one down. Can't wait to read more by t
Oct 12, 2009 Jodi rated it it was ok
Madeline Bean is a caterer who can't seem to keep her nose out of murder. When her business partner discovers an old mah jongg set in the house he's restoring, it seems like a perfect accompaniment to the Chinese Dim Sum party she's catering. But the set holds secrets that many want kept that way and someone is willing to stoop to murder. Although this is a culinary mystery, there were no recipes. Food was somewhat secondary to the mystery. Plus, I'm not a fan of a sad ending and this one was ve ...more
Feb 03, 2016 Bethel rated it really liked it
Fun book. Enjoyed it all !
Debbie Maskus
Dec 13, 2012 Debbie Maskus rated it liked it
I enjoyed this light-hearted mystery set in California about a caterer. Madeline Bean caters parties for the elite of the West Coast, and in doing these parties, she encounters secrets and murder. This novel of the series centers on the Chinese New Year celebration, old movie actors, and the game of mah-jongg. The accidental killer in the end is now the person I suspected, but I had a wonderful trip through all the specialty foods and movie trivia.
Sep 07, 2015 Allison rated it really liked it
Shelves: paperback
Really liked this. Madeline Bean and her friends are wonderful. Loved the scene where she dumps the boyfriend over sesame seeds, must read this to find out further details. All in all a very satisfying mystery that kept me guessing until the end.
Aug 09, 2011 Margaret added it
Shelves: 2005
A fun read - liked the main character, Maddie and her partner in her Mad Bean Catering service, Wes, and I really enjoyed the Southern California/Hollywood setting since I lived in LA for 25 years. I can picture the type of houses in her neighborhood. Very enjoyable - I will look for more in this series.
Pattie Tierney
Feb 08, 2011 Pattie Tierney rated it liked it
This was my first Jerrilyn Farmer book. I tend to enjoy culinary mysteries, so thought I'd give this author a try. The book was interesting and I learned a lot about dim sum and mah jongg, but it wasn't "un-put-downable," so while I did like it, I didn't love it and won't read another book by this author.
Aug 09, 2015 Patty rated it really liked it
I like best the books where I learn a little something. In this case, about mahjong and Chinese New Year celebrations. The Hollywood setting with celebrity references are fun as well.
May 15, 2012 Suzanne rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
Just love this series!! The mah-jongg party and catering sounded so cool. Didn't see the mystery ending the way it did - love to get sucker punched!
Mar 17, 2011 Shannon rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries
OK mystery, but I didn't think it was particularly funny, and I read it specifically because it won a Lefty award for most humorous mystery.
Nov 18, 2009 Harvee marked it as to-read
Shelves: mystery
This mystery tied for the LEFTY award for most humorous mystery for 2002.
Jan 10, 2012 MaryJane rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012-list
It was okay. The author is advertised on the back as being funny and outrageous - couldn't find it in this book.
Lori Keen
Aug 21, 2012 Lori Keen rated it liked it
A fun read - one of my (many) free Pixel of Ink downloads. I'd read another of her books in the series.
Nancy Savonick
Oct 24, 2008 Nancy Savonick rated it really liked it
Fun reading!
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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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