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Turkey Flambe (A Carolyn Blue Culinary Mystery #10)

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Food writer Carolyn Blue's book launch goes up in smoke when her turkey flamb results in two flaming birds getting tossed out the window-leading to a young woman's death.

Now it's up to Carolyn to restore her reputation and find out who sabotaged her poultry party. And she thought flamb ing was hard...
ebook, 288 pages
Published November 6th 2007 by Penguin Group (USA)
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Turkey Flambe (Nancy Fairbanks)
Carolyn Blue is a food writer , she has a gig in New York where her publisher decides to pull a publicity stunt. To have her turkey recipe flambe. Things go wrong and the turkeys blow up, explode , literally.

It sounds funny but it is not, people get hurt during this stunt, one ends up in a coma. Soon Carolyn is the number one suspect. With her friend and side kick Luz, an ex cop they decide to investigate and clear Carolyn's name. Several people have the motive to...more
Georgiann Hennelly
Carolyn Blue is a forty something wife and mother who has decided to take on her dream job of being a food writer, now her life is filled with travel and exotic foods. Now at her first book launch in New York everything has gone up in smoke. When she flambe,s the turkeys at her editor,s urging two of the turkeys go up in flames. People panic. Someone throws the turkeys off the balcony into traffic causing an accident one hits the publisher.Suddenly Carolyn is accused of a terrorist attack on low...more
Tabby Kat
Typically I like it when the bodies are human, not fowl, in my mysteries. But Nancy Fairbanks provides us with turkey bodies all gussied up for the publish party held for Carolyn Blue's cookbook Eating Out in the Big Easy. Pettigrew Publishing had taken its time getting the book out, so throwing the party to celebrate seemed like a good idea. Although she wasn't very excited about the publisher's idea to flambé the turkey at the party, Carolyn decides to go along and ignite the two turkeys soake...more
A thoroughly enjoyable, delightfully silly, series. The protagonist is a housewife-turned-food-writer, who started her new career when she went to New Orleans with her husband, a university professor going to a chemistry conference. Carolyn becomes a columnist, getting recipes wherever she goes, bringing in food history trivia, making it all entertaining. In this book, the last (I assume, since there hasn't been a new one in over 5 years), she goes to NYC for the launch of the book started in Ne...more
This was a lot better than I expected. The story took place in NYC and with Carolyn Blue the recipe and cookbook writer who writes about recipes she finds during her travels. This one was set at a book publishing house where she was launching her new cookbook. She begins by flambeing her turkeys but they catch fire and burn the tablecloths and the ceiling and are thrown over the balcony into the streets causing accidents and international terrorism. She must find out why that happened with the h...more
This one was better than many of the past volumes. Carolyn didn't whine as much and Luz was enjoyable. Also, her husband Jason, wasn't present either for her to whine about. Flaming turkeys tossed on unsuspecting Manhattan passers-by with resulting chaos and criminal charges.

The only thing I can say is I'm glad this series is over because Carolyn is the most annoying, uptight prissy main character I've read in a while and can only think of a few who would compete with her ability to turn off a r...more
#10 in the Culinary Food Writer series - not #11 as shown in the title list. Three-Course Murder shown as #9, is actually an omnibus of series entries 1-3. At the moment, August 2012, it appears that Turkey Flambe is the final series entry. Blood Pudding, shown as #12, has not been published; Amazon indicates that publication date has not been announced and the author's website says that her torn ankle ligaments (2007) have delayed completion of the book.

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I enjoy the writing of these books, and the plots, even if a bit unbelievable. It's the recipes which are reallyannoying me. A blintz casserole recipe that starts by saying one should get two boxes of frozen blintes is just condescending. And since we don't have frozen blintzes here, it's also annoying.
The mystery this time takes place at the pre-launch party for Carolyn Blue's oft dealyed cookbook, set in the pre-Katrina New Orleans. She's worried that the delay will cause people to avoid her b...more
This book was great!
The first few chapters of this novel were so funny I was laughing out loud. The full on belly laughs that make people look strangly at you. As for the rest of the novel.....it was so so. The story is told from the view points of several main characters changing "voices" every chapter or so. I am not sure if I will seek out more in this series or not.
I love cozy mysteries, especially culinary ones, but this one was rather lacking for me. First off, the crime was incredibly far-fetched. Secondly, the main heroine, Carolyn Blue, was way too ditzy and annoying for me. I did like her sidekic, Luz, and she was what saved this for being too over the top.
Carolyn can be so clueless about some things and trusting of some of the most unsavory characters you wonder how she manages to not be seriously hurt. This doesn't make you dislike her or anything, you just kind of shake your head and keep reading to see what will happen next.
This was a great, fun read with some fun recipes included. While I am not completely enamored of Fairbanks' style, I really love her plots and her characters. Carolyn Blue is outrageous, and yet somehow, very authentic.
Beth Revers
I remember it as being quite funny. Going back to see what I have read in this series.
The first chapter had me giggling out loud! LOVE the characters!
a silly little book, a few recipes i wouldn't use
Beth (MrsGinTN)
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