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A Catered Murder

(A Mystery with Recipes #1)

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  1,348 ratings  ·  123 reviews
Bernadette Simmons wasn't sure what to expect when she left L.A. - and her no-good, cheating boyfriend - to move back in with her too close for comfort family in New York. And her sister Libby had no idea what she was in for when she hired Bernie to work for her catering business. But in between cutting up canapes and dishing up desserts, the two find themselves in the mid ...more
Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Published November 1st 2004 by Kensington Books (first published 2003)
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Nov 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2019
Dollycas’s Thoughts

Bernadette Simmons escaped from Los Angeles leaving her cheating ex behind along with most of her belongings to return home to New York. There she starts working with her sister Libby at A Little Taste of Heaven, a store and catering company. They have been hired to cater a high school reunion with a Dracula theme. The guest of honor, author Laird Wrenn, even arrives with his own coffin. Sadly, before the night ends he is going to need it because after a big drink
Joan - xstitchfan
This is a very enjoyable mystery series, but I recommend skipping book 1. I began reading this series in December 2016 and chose to read the book 3 which is set at Christmas first. I'm so glad I didn't start with the first book. I have read 4 books in the series and this is my least favorite selection. It's not terrible, but just not a memorable book. The murder takes place at a book party which is essentially a high school reunion. There are too many characters in this town to follow throughout ...more
A quick, easy read. Could have done with some editing but otherwise a good mystery. Looking forward to the next in the series. 3.5*
It was nice to see how it all started out. I had only read the last book in the series that is out. Just like that one it was a nice mystery. Yet again I didn't know who it was. Which is always nice. There are 11 more for me to read in the series. I hope they all continue to be good.
Oct 03, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-read
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Mary Ann
Nov 01, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library, mystery
Murder with Recipes I'll start with I loved the recipes. I did make copies of the cake recipe. My kids loved it. This was the first book in the series and there were moments where I felt like looking at the end to see who did it. Lots of suspects, lots of "sisterly" nonsense and just seemed longer than it needed to be. I did continue and it was a pretty good story. I am going to try another book from the series and see how I feel after it. 
Diane Morasco
I love mysteries. Cozies are my favorite mysteries to read. I'm hooked. Hooked.

I always enjoy getting my hands on a new series, new author ~ new author to the publishing world or new to me.

I get a kick out of being the first to scoop up the latest. I consider myself a cozy devotee.

Sadly, A Catered Murder did zip, zero, nada for me. Nothing. I was bored. I found excuses not to read it. I read other books instead.

I wondered how on earth this book got
Dec 26, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-star
So I read this book to back-track after reading "A Catered Halloween," which is further along in the series. I am pleased to say that this book is more enjoyable than the Halloween one, but it still lacked some basic information about the characters, and the mystery wasn't readily solvable.

I am curious as to what happened to their father, and how much damage he has from the injury. Obviously he is paralyzed or stuck in the wheelchair, but it just seems like there's more that could ha
Rubi Jayne
Overall, the story was a fair distraction during a mourning period when I desperately needed distracting. The execution of the story, however, was frustrating. There were too many times I had to stop reading to figure out who was speaking or how/why someone was performing an action (sitting, standing, opening something) when they'd done that just ten lines earlier.
Jun 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: challenge
Well done first book in the series. Good mystery and I was just as lost as to who the culprit was as Libby and Bernie were. Looking forward to more.
Sep 14, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had trouble getting through this, it was slow and boring. I will read the next in the series to see if it picks up. Also- the author really should have picked better names for the characters, they were all literally starting with L's! Libby, Lydia, Lucy, Lionel, the list goes on. She had two characters that went by two different names, and she kept shifting back and forth, and it confused me as to who was who. She even had a Bree and a Bernie!
Jun 13, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A quick, light mystery. The culprit was a surprise. I had no idea how it would end. I liked finding out how this series started, since I started with the twelfth book. I also liked all the food and recipes in this story.
Just an entertaining "beach read". Although it has been freezing cold here!
Apr 30, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kim-f
Review Originally Posted At: FictionForesight

I was excited to read the first in this series by Isis Crawford, because I had already read A Catered Halloween around Halloween time last year. I was left feeling a desire to know more, as Crawford decided to leave further introductions and background out of that book, making the assumption that the reader had read her previous installments.

I’m pleased to say that A Catered Murder was definitely worth the read. Two sisters, the ever direct and r
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Kim j
Feb 21, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: isiscrawford
I got this ebook for practically nothing & I am glad because it is not worth full price or any price. I am a fast reader & this book took forever to read. I found excuses to not read it--cleaning, cooking, shopping, even an agonizing medical procedure over this book. It has potential & I kept thinking that something good would happen but no because I usually toss the bad ones out pretty quick. I like the characters Bernie, Libby & Sean but they lacked background info that adds to ...more
Apr 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: food-cozies
I was surprised by the low ratings I saw. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I thought that it was unique in the fact that we don't have just one sleuth but two. A sister team that has two distinctive personalities but actually care about each other, unlike some that I've read. I love how Bernie starts rambling about any info that she has stored in her brain, sometimes driving people crazy. The only drawback I had was when it was figured out who did it, I was a little lost. I don't know if I missed ...more
Jul 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love the story. Look forward to the next one. I this story two cool sisters team up to run a catering gig, but also solve a murder. I must have missed any clues, because I was surprised as to how it ended. I dislike Bernie. She was a walking encyclopedia.
Jun 04, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
Not as good as the Fourth Of July one but decent.
It annoys me how the author gives no description of the characters like how old they are or what they look like.
Alison (Lady Coffin) S
These two sisters and their retired father as a sidekick make for a fun story.
Look forward to reading others in this series.
Oct 29, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-reads
This is the first in a series of mysteries where I've read some of the later books, but it was fine on its own..

Bernie Simmons returns to Longely, NY from her glamorous life in Los Angeles after she comes home to find her boyfriend in bed with her best friend. She finds her sister Libby busy preparing a big catering job for her high school class reunion. Though it's summertime, the theme is Halloween, since they are honoring a classmate who has hit the big time with his novels about
Nov 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bernie Simmons comes back to her hometown after a breakup and just in time to help her sister, Libby. Libby is overwhelmed with their family store, A Taste of Heaven, along with the catering business.
There's nothing like stories and acquaintances from the past and Bernie and Libby cater a party in honor of Laird Wrenn, old classmate,and vampire wanna-be turned author. Only, Laird drops dead and Libby's friend is suspect number one. Along with Bernie and Libby, their dad, a retired police c
Susan Clark
Apr 22, 2019 rated it did not like it
Still confused

I hate to give low scores, but a better editor would have helped. Between two paragraphs the setting, days, and characters change without ANY warning. A simple symbol or additional spacing would have solved that dilemma. The female characters were especially too similar to differentiate, even the main ones. Now that i read the book, I’m still clueless on too many points to enumerate. There are two interesting fleshed-out characters: Sean the dad, and Rob. I really wanted to like t
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed, 2018, cute
A really enjoyable light read, akin to the Peacock Emporium with a return to a hometown and an odd father/daughter arrangement.

My one complaint is the large amount of character names used. I think 10 were introduced in the first chapter and it took a second to put names to people correctly.

Character-wise I loved Libby despite Bernie being more my style, she ends up growing into her skin throughout the novel.
An entertaining enough story that I'd class as "a cosy-murder-mystery" - if murder can ever be cosy! Enjoyable while read but a bit forgettable....would struggle to tell you characters names now though can just recall the general gist of story. Would be happy to read more in this series should they come my way but won't be going hunting for them.
Jun 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
So, I was confused with this plotline. In my opinion the story is not as simple as it sounds. I may come back to the series much later, but this book was not a great read. It was sort of blah. Story dragged on in the middle and was sort of pointless then the final few chapters were still just ok.
Amanda Fee
Oct 06, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I had read the second book in the series and really enjoyed it so thought I should start the series from the beginning. From the opening pages I have struggled to keep interest in this book. The plot didn't stun me and I found the main characters really irritating. Disappointed I didn't like this book more.
Aug 24, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Did not finish. I was too frustrated with the writing style. I had to keep rereading to figure who was doing what tasks and why. I could never figure out who was actually speaking or thinking. I am even annoyed just trying the explain why it was so difficult to read.
Dec 05, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I am a big fan of cozy mysteries, especially with recipes, but this one didn't sparkle.
I was looking for a bit of humor but didn't find it.
The characters were disjointed.
I like the premise of the 2 sisters and former cop dad, but the book was just not put together.
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Isis Crawford was born in Egypt to parents who were in the diplomatic corps. When she was five, her family returned to the States, where her mother opened a restaurant in Upper Westchester County and her father became a university professor. Since then Isis has combined her parents’ love of food and travel by running a catering service as well as penning numerous travel-related articles about plac ...more

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