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Deathday Party

(Mysteries by Design #2)

3.09  ·  Rating details ·  35 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Meet Hillary Scarborough, a domestic artiste with a flair for design...and Jane Ferguson, an ex-law student who can't cook or decorate to save her life. Between the two of them, they solve more crimes--and decorating disasters--than any other belles of the South.

Local psychic Cassandra Bean has hired Elegance du Sud to supply a banquet in honor of her great aunt--who died
Paperback, 197 pages
Published October 1st 1999 by Berkley
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Nov 09, 2013 rated it it was ok
This outing in the series didn’t work as well as the first book for me. This book used a classic plot device, the isolated house in the country, a storm, a bridge to the house washed out, and from then on it “And Then There Were None” territory. This book was written in 1999 but it came across as a much earlier time and yet it was obviously supposed to be set currently. Although I have read and enjoyed mysteries with this “isolated country house” plot device, it just didn’t ring quite true in th ...more
Jan 08, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-alabama
Jane's boss Hillary (the self-styled southern Martha Stewart) has taken a catering job way out in the country. Not until they're almost there does she reveal to Jane that it's a birthday party for someone who's already dead--and who may be a murderess. Or does it count, Hillary wonders, if the murder victim was already dead? Common-sensical Jane doesn't believe in ghosts, but she's not really happy when the only bridge connecting the remote Bean mansion to the main road washes out in a flood, an ...more
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
This book is about when Party Planner, Hilliary, and her business employee, Janet are hired to give a Birthday party to a woman's Great-Aunt. The situation becomes odd when they realize that the Great-Aunt is dead and has been for quite a while. The story has an old mansion in the woods, a bridge that floods out, and relatives that appear dead then not!

I found myself a bit weary of Hilliary fairly quickly and the story was predictable to me. It is a gentle cozy and quickly read.
Dec 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Banter makes a great cozy, is the bottom line of this little gem. The formidably amusing duo of Southern belle Hillary and fish-out-of-water Jane is rescued from cliche by zippy dialogue that never interferes with the haunted house and its more-than-eccentric Gothic family. Whodunnit's fairly clear early on, but you don't really mind. Loved the recipe for Hillary's Brandy Sauce, wish we could've had the recipe for the pecan-cranberry quickbread she mentions, too. But definitely a keeper. ...more
Nancy Haddock
Nov 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Okay, I got this book at a library book sale, copyright 1999. If you read this "straight," you may be disappointed. If you image the sleuths as updated, female Abbott and Costello -esque, you'll have a blast with it!
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