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Fed Up (A Gourmet Girl Mystery #4)

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The latest in a series with "all the right ingredients-fresh characters, a dash of humor and a sizzling romance."(Elaine Viets)

Part-time student Chloe Carter is planning her best friend's wedding, working for her parents-and glued to her chef boyfriend, Josh, as he competes to star in a new TV series. The premise: Josh hijacks unsuspecting grocery shoppers and prepares th
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published February 3rd 2009 by Berkley Hardcover (first published January 9th 2009)
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Chloe tags along while her boyfriend tapes a reality-cooking contest. The crew goes to the supermarket, picks a stranger, and then creates a meal in his/her kitchen. While Josh cooks up a superb meal - something goes very wrong.

First, the contestant hates the meal, and with good reason as it's been poisoned. She dies soon afterwards and all those at the taping are suspected of murder.

If there's one thing Chloe doesn't need right now on top of her
May 16, 2009 Hanna rated it it was ok
This is a book I feel like I should have liked, but it's honestly just not that well written. It's a girly foodie murder mystery with recipes at the back. It seemed like they talked about the food in too much detail...without me getting hungry to try it. None of the characters were very interesting... The love interest was boring and the second love interest you only met twice before it turned out he wanted to throw a cat in the river? What? And it ends with a cliff hanger which was just ...more
Jun 14, 2009 Jill rated it it was ok
I saw this book in the new book area at the library and thought it might be fun. I wanted to like a murder mystery crossed with gourmet eating, but it really just ended up being ridiculous. Some pages read like a menu and many of the characters were over the top. The main character is an idiot, and comes off that way to several of the people in the book, too, apparently. There is a good bit of lecturing on cooking, environmentalism, animal right, etc.
Mar 25, 2009 Marlyn rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
This is the Gourmet Girl mystery series co-written byJessica Conant-Park and her mother, Susan Conant. Our heroine Chloe Carter tags along with her boyfriend chef Josh Driscoll as he films an episode of a "battle of the chefs"-style television series. They choose a random shopper at an upscale market to be the recipient of a home-cooked gourmet dinner, but the fun is spoiled when the shopper's wife dies a painful death during the meal. Josh is not a suspect, but having been the only person to ...more
Juliette Swett
Sep 25, 2011 Juliette Swett rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-fun
OK. I'm fed up. Here's the thing--I don't normally read themed mysteries, but I decided to give this one a try. This was sort of chick-lit- meets-foodlove-meets-mystery, and in the end, it really wasn't enough for me. Plus, being the fourth book in the Gourmet Girl mystery series, I was stuck with a RELATIONSHIP CLIFFHANGER ending that sort of annoyed me. I thought I had about twenty more pages, and instead I was stuck with twenty pages of RECIPES! Oh well... Although parts of this were fun, the ...more
Feb 28, 2009 Carmen rated it really liked it
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Jun 04, 2009 Jamie rated it really liked it
Although this is the newest book in a series, I read it before the others and loved it. I am now reading the series backwards and would recommend starting the series with "Steamed" to keep everything in the correct order of events. However, the writers are extremely talented and you really get a feeling that you personally know the characters in this novel. It is a quick and fun read.. It keeps you attention. Iread it in only a few days.
Chloe's boyfriend, chef Josh, is up for a shot at a reality show. But then one of the people who eats the food he prepares dies of poison. Although the police seem rather lackadaisical, Chloe is deeply affected by the death and decides to investigate. Meanwhile, she's also trying to prepare for her best friend's combined wedding/baby shower, to be followed almost immediately by a wedding.
Jul 08, 2009 Sarah rated it did not like it
The recipes at the end were by far more interesting than the "plot", especially since the murder mystery was at best an afterthought. It was more like, how much food, wedding fluff, and body descriptions can we go into before revealing that everyone is exactly who you thought they were in the first 10 pages... as an afterthought.
Jul 29, 2014 Margaret rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries
The book's first major scene is a mass food poisoning. Although the description is toned down, and the culprit is found in the end, somehow I am not eager to try the high-end recipes at the back of the book.
Apr 08, 2009 Jen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: summer-reads, mystery
Well! That certainly ended with a cliffhanger!
Apr 04, 2009 Janis rated it really liked it
Interesting who done it with recipes, hot guys, death and food.
Feb 03, 2016 Roxana rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: those who prefer their cookbooks with a little faux-plot thrown in
I never read this kind of book, but I got it as a blind date with a book thing at the library, so... Unfortunately, not the kind of blind date that gets a second date. Cardboard characters, stilted dialogue, plot twists you can see from a mile away, and, yeah, I know this is the Gourmet Girl series, but do we really need 25% of the word count to be detailed yet flatly prosaic descriptions of food? This has got to be the least appetizing, least image-rich food description in any book I've ever ...more
May 23, 2012 Michelle rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
This is the 4th book in the Gourmet Girl series. Chloe is busy with the plans for her best friend's wedding and her boyfriend Josh is in a local TV cooking competition where the chefs go home with a random shopper and cook them a gourmet meal in their home. When the wife of the current shopper dies after eating Josh's cooking, someone who was at the shoot must be to blame for poisoning the food. While Chloe tries to investigate she must deal with some wedding chaos, a handsome carpenter from her ...more
Aug 20, 2013 Joy rated it liked it
A TV true-life cooking episode involves Chloe's chef boyfriend picking someone out in a grocery store and going home to make a gourmet meal for the chosen family. When one of the "lucky" subjects ends up dead, Chloe is horrified on Josh's behalf and her own. Into her already busy life she crams a murder investigation as well. The funniest part of an entertaining plot is the unconventional wedding of Chloe's best friend Adrianna.

I'm a long-time fan of Susan Conant, one half of this mother-daughte
May 13, 2010 Dlora rated it liked it
Shelves: murder-mystery
I must have been in a good mood--I liked this #4 in the series much better than the previous book I just read. The murder scene was especially well described, the sleuthing was more natural and the motive believable, the wedding planning was fun, and Fed Up was just overall more enjoyable to read than Turn Up the Heat. I guess every author has stronger and weaker books in a series. You've got to read them all for the character development but sometimes you are just wading through the story. Hmm, ...more
Mar 08, 2014 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-reads
Fed Up is the first book that I have read in this series, and I found that I really enjoyed it. Chloe was a great leading character who found herself embroiled in a murder mystery while trying to plan the perfect wedding for her best friend. I really liked the secondary characters in the book as well because I think that they really added to the overall story. I also liked how the author added in some humor because the wedding definitely proved to be memorable. Fed Up was full of enough twists ...more
Sep 16, 2014 Julia rated it really liked it
I powered through this book and read it in 1 day. I really enjoyed reading it. This is the fourth book in the series, but the first one that I have read. I didn't have any problems getting into the story and getting invested in the characters. I liked Chloe and Josh, and enjoyed their relationship. I liked how the author went into detail about the food. The only thing I really didn't like was the ending. It seemed a little abrupt, and I don't like the direction the series is going in. Still, I ...more
Feb 29, 2012 Kalika rated it it was ok
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Linda Stephens
Apr 19, 2011 Linda Stephens rated it it was ok
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Jeannie and Louis Rigod
Jan 15, 2010 Jeannie and Louis Rigod rated it it was amazing
I felt that this book introduced the crime at the beginning and continued to track it throughout the book, unlike some that just pop back up again at the conclusion. I do feel you need to read the series from the beginning in order to truly know the characters and why they interact as they do. I was interested in the food as well, but did sense it was a bit above the average readers palate. The recipes were divine though and I have tried the Pasta last night to rave reviews of the family and ...more
Jul 07, 2016 Jessica rated it it was ok
This was my second attempt at reading the Gourmet Girl series. I picked the book out off the library shelves because the reality show premise really worked for me. Unfortunately, it feels like Chloe is never going to grow into a deeper character than her introduction in Steamed. I wanted to like the plot but I gave up about one-third into the book. So I pushed to the last 30-40 pages to see what happened. About what I suspected and without a lot of convincing evidence on why. I wish the book had ...more
Aug 09, 2011 Alison rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction
Well, the best I can say is that I finished it. Mostly because I was at the beach (nothing else pressing to do) and I wanted to see if I was right, having figured out the mystery before the half way mark. The writing is un-interesting, the plot is thin and not very mysterious, the lectures about the value of rain barrels seems preachy. And what the heck was that thing with the cat and Hector? Just to make sure we didn't want our heroine to switch boyfriends?
Sep 01, 2009 Nichole rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2009-reads
Ugh. The only reason that I finished this book is that I can't stand to start a book without knowing how it ends. I thought this book sounded like a fun summer read, but the writing drove me so crazy that I barely paid attention to the story. It was a mystery, but I could have solved the mystery from the first few chapters...the "bad guy" is really the bad guy. I thought there would at least be a twist or something. I want my last few nights back!
Jun 14, 2009 Jennifer rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Another "gourmet girl" mystery finds Chloe Carter gearing up for her best friend's wedding---but murder interferes! The "reality" in "reality show" gets too real and Chloe's chef boyfriend is caught in a murder investigation. The solution is obvious pretty early on for an experienced mystery reader. The recipes at the end of the book for food within it sound tasty, but they are definitely the kind I want someone else to cook for me, not stuff I'd cook myself!
Jan 26, 2010 Elizabeth rated it liked it
It was a fast read and liked checking out the recipes at the end. Author witnesses a death/murder and tries to figure out who dunnit. Loved the references to food--but thought the characters were flat and needed more depth. the story also lacked detailed development of a plot, but helped me fall asleep at night.
May 03, 2009 Mysticaldreams rated it it was ok
I was hoping for some light, fun reading and the description of the book looked good. In actuality, I found the book rather boring. The characters are not well developed, I couldn't identify with any of them, and the plot was rather predictable. It was a quick read, but like I said, pretty boring.
Jul 12, 2009 Madison rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Chick lit fans
Shelves: mystery, chick-lit, series
I was in the mood for a mystery but this was really more chick lit than anything else. I found myself wondering when we were going to get back to the mystery, even though I figured out "whodunnit" very early on. There were a bunch of subplots that were never fully developed, perhaps because this is a sereies. Nonetheless, I did find it to be a fun, light, amusing read.
Nov 20, 2010 Barbara rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
Since I am a sucker for that niche genre of mysteries with recipes included, I picked this book up at the library the other day. Written by a mother-daughter team, it is an amusing light read set in Cambridge, Mass. Oddly, the recipes in the back did not seem to bear much relationship to the novel.
Jul 13, 2013 Kim rated it did not like it
Shelves: didn-t-finish
Plot line is a lot like Cleo Coyle's series, in which the main character's SO does a lot of similar life decisions. Very shallow mystery, full of girl-details about perfume, make-up, appearance oriented, etc. Nothing about this particular book made me want to read the others, but the writing is not bad, and the plotting is actually quite good.
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The Hidden Review...: Fed Up [Jessica Conant-Park] 1 10 Jan 15, 2013 02:40PM  
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A Gourmet Girl Mystery (5 books)
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