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A Catered Book Club Murder

(A Mystery with Recipes #16)

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  134 ratings  ·  56 reviews
Sisters Bernie and Libby Simmons are used to catering lip-smacking treats to an artsy group of book lovers—until fiction spills into reality . . .

If anything can be said about endearingly predictable Margo Hemsley, it’s that she always serves elaborate desserts at her mystery book club meetings. That’s why everyone fears the worst after she doesn’t pick up her order from
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Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published December 29th 2020
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Tina
This is a cozy mystery, and this is the 16th book in A Mystery with Recipes series. I found myself not caring about the characters of this book. The mystery part of this book was ok. Overall, I just found this book ok. I was kindly provided an e-copy of this book by the publisher (Kensington) or author (Isis Crawford) via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review about how I feel about this book, and I want to send a big Thank you to them for that. (*)
Vintagebooklvr
Oct 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
An entertaining mystery. Libby and , sisters, co-owners of a catering cafe, and semi-professional P.I.s (though they don't have licenses) are hired to find a member of a mystery book club who went missing on the day of a meeting. Libby and have a good banter that is usually entertaining and get involved in amusing antics but that are clearly illegal. Sometimes I found them a bit annoying.

It was a decent mystery overall. I thought the motivation for the people hiring the sisters was a bit dubiou
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The Cozy Review
Jan 08, 2021 rated it liked it
I adore Bernie and Libby and have for a long time. However, I have found fault with books in this series from time-to-time. Unfortunately, the Catered Book Club Murder is no exception. The main characters were, as usual, sticking their nose where it didn’t belong, not being careful, and with Bernie, letting her ego take control. And that is the crux of the issue I have found throughout the series. Bernie’s ego is just too much to bear. Her belief in and subsequent reckless actions, that she is s ...more
☆☆Hannah☆☆
This was a good read. Libby and Bernie were hired by the book club to find out what really happened to one of their members. We find out that a lot of these members had secrets. Which made it hard to know who really did it. Luckily the truth came out and everything is well for now.
Annie


I can’t remember the last Isis Crawford book I read, but it has been a while. But I decided to give this book a shot because of the book club premise. Unfortunately, I guess I was too eager because I didn’t properly read what this book was about.

In the end, I just didn’t feel invested in the characters or the storyline. The main characters in particular just didn’t seem to fit my personality at all. I couldn’t relate to them and maybe that’s due to the age difference, but I felt like I was r
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Lisa Morin
Sep 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book had me laughing out loud. Libby and Bernie always get themselves mixed up in murder investigations, and it’s always poor Libby who tries to do the right thing.
Libby and Bernie are hired to locate a member of the local book club, who seems to have disappeared without a trace.
It seems the book club members have a lot of secrets, some that they would do anything to keep from getting out.

I love the mouthwatering recipes in this book, and I’m glad that Libby and Bernie are starting to grow
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Jerri Cachero
Nov 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Libby and Bernie Simmons are sisters, bakers, caterers and sleuths. When one of their regular customers doesn't pick up a standing order and the book club members think she met with foul play - Libby and Bernie take the case.

I have enjoyed this series and one of my favorite things is that the murders usually occur around a holiday or gathering. This book features a book club which I liked and had the classic sisters discussions (arguments) the other books had, but inthis book they were little bi
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Leah
Jan 19, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story is about a missing person, missing artwork, a murder, and secrets. Each of the characters had something to hide. I was surprised by the killer, but I figured it out when they did. Also, there was a lot of food, which I look forward to reading about in each book. It tends to make me hungry, though.
Rima Aiello
Oct 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When you get these sisters and their father together, not only will you eat well and be entertained, but murder will most likely need to be solved. This book has all of that and more. The mystery is well thought out, but the focus is always on the sisters and their relationship. It is one that is so well written, you want them to be real people. Every single book in this series keeps me laughing and wanting more. I can't wait for the next one! ...more
Bridget
This is the sixteenth book in a series by Isis Crawford and my first.

Catering sisters Bernie and Libby Simmons are providing the goodies for one of their regular customers, Margo Hemsley, the leader of a mystery book reading club, but she fails to turn up to collect her delectable desserts. They go looking for Margo, but find her dead and so the sisters agree to help the other nine club members investigate, believing her to have been murdered, though the police appear to be treating the incident
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Toni
Dec 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

This is the sixteenth book in the Mystery with Recipes series by Isis Crawford.

Bernie and her sister Libby are requested by a couple of Margo’s friends to look into her death. All signs seem to point back to her book club participants and then things just start to get interesting,

I really enjoyed how the red herrings were placed in this story. Just fun stuff. I think I have read a book or two in this series and it is totally worth digging into. Loved how tenacious Bernie was looking for
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Under the Covers Book Blog

2.5 Stars

“The mystery was okay, but also a little over the top in some places. ”
~ Under the Covers

I can’t remember the last Isis Crawford book I read, but it has been a while. But I decided to give this book a shot because of the book club premise. Unfortunately, I guess I was too eager because I didn’t properly read what this book was about.

In the end, I just didn’t feel invested in the characters or the storyline. The main characters in particular just didn’t seem to fit my personality at
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Taryn
Jan 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
In this next book of the series the sisters think it's weird when regular Margo Hemsley doesn't come to pick her regular order but figure there has to be a reason why. When she doesn't make it to her book club meeting the others in the club get worried and pull the sisters into going to Margo's house to see what is going on. Bernie and Libby decide to help the ladies and they soon learn why Margo was a no show, they find her dead, murdered in her own home. The book club ladies ask the sisters to ...more
Mayda
Feb 14, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: music, cozy
Bernie and Libby are hired by the members of a book club to investigate the death of one of their members. These sisters spend a lot of time being amateur PIs but they still manage to run their restaurant. Margo’s body was found in a swamp, drowned in her car. The police think it was an accident, but not everyone agrees. Of course, the sisters dive right in, snooping and stretching the law to the point of breaking it. The banter between the two is always entertaining, but the secondary character ...more
Elizabeth Plunkett
I was excited to see a new book from Isis Crawford. The latest book combines by love of mysteries and bookclubs! It was fun to spend time with Bernie and Libby again and I definitely didn't see the end coming! I wish A Little Taste of Heaven was real, it's somewhere I would definitely be a regular at, but at least Crawford included some yummy recipes in the back of the book. ...more
Roberta
Feb 03, 2021 rated it liked it
It may not have helped that I had not read any other novels in this series, but this book was ok and not great to me. I love cozy mysteries, especially those involving books. This one had very little about the book club.
Doreen
Jan 03, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: mcn
1/4/2021 Better than its predecessor in the series. Full review tk at CriminalElement.com. ...more
Kim
Jan 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
Another adventure with Bernie and Libby. It has been a while since I've read one of these books. I always enjoy these books, and I have not read most of them in order. I've never had any problems understanding the plot of any of the storylines. The characters are entertaining, however, Bernie is sometimes just a little bit too reckless. The mystery is well-plotted with plenty of suspects and twists and turns. I was completely surprised by the ending of this mystery.

All thoughts and opinions are
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Jan
Oct 08, 2020 rated it liked it
Most of the characters are part of an insider crowd and seem lacking in depth to me. This is the first I have read in the series, but it seems more focused on food and recipes than on finding out who did what to the murder victim. I was disappointed. I do not think it stands alone well.
I requested and received a free ebook copy from Kensington Books via NetGalley.
Valerie Blankenship
I just love good cozy mysteries and this book did not disappoint! It was such a great fun read! The characters were all enjoyable and the book plot was really good. If you love cozy mysteries I suggest you give this book a try. You will not be disappointed!
Tracy Wood
Dec 06, 2020 rated it it was ok
Bernie and Libby Simmons run a successful catering business named A Little Taste of Heaven but have been known to investigate the crimes which happen in their upstate New York town. After all their dad used to be a cop so they have experience, right?

When local artist and member of the mystery book club, Margo Hemsley doesn't come in for the regular order she takes to the meetings Bernie and Libby wonder if they should be concerned. By the following morning not only has Margo not turned up but h
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Michelle Kidwell
Jan 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A Catered Book Club Murder
by Isis Crawford
Kensington Books
Kensington
Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 29 Dec 2020


I am reviewing a copy of A Catered Book Club Murder through Ke sing tonight Books and Netgalley:



Bernie and Libby Simmons are sisters who run a catering business in the upstate New York town they live in. And now they are excited about providing delicious deserts for the local Mystery lovers Book Club. But when fiction spills into a reality and the sisters find themselves investigating a
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Kerrie
Oct 30, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
#ACateredBookClubMurder #NetGalley
Unfortunately, I didn't realize this was part of a series. The story was easy enough to follow, but perhaps, I would have had a better appreciation for the mystery if I were more invested in the characters. Basically, bakery store owners/sisters act as sleuths to investigate the disappearance & subsequent murder of a customer at the request of her fellow book club members.
Thoughts:
1. How do these sisters keep a bakery / coffee business going when they are almo
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dnsyl57
Jan 14, 2021 rated it it was ok
This series has gotten old and stale. The sisters may be great cooks/bakers but their detecting skills are a farce. Each book in the series has gotten more and more predictably absurd. Bernie is pushy, manipulative and fancies herself as a self appointed fashionista. Libby is more cautious, dresses (more or less) sensibly and puts up a slight argument against Bernie's risky schemes but gives in and often ends up doing much of the grunt work. The patter/banter/bickering between Bernie and Libby h ...more
Desiree
Jan 03, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
A Catered Book Club Murder was a good read, with some flaws. The story was entertaining, even if the actions of some characters did not always make sense. I still never figured out why someone would pay Libby and Bernie to solve a murder, since they are caterers instead of PIs. I am assuming I am missing things by starting with the sixteenth book in the series. And the crime could have been solved without the illegal actives of the two amateur detectives. There are more examples, but I do not wa ...more
Susan Johnston
Feb 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
Princess Fuzzypants here: Bernie and Libby run a successful restaurant and catering business but they cannot resist playing detective. Their father, a former cop, and a current cop who is also a friend, aid and abet them in their investigations. They are pretty good at their unlicensed activities even though they often are reckless. They truly do skate very close to the edge in this outing and it is good to see their father, who should know better, chastise them for some of their exploits.

This t
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Anne
Dec 29, 2020 rated it liked it
A Catered Book Club Murder by Isis Crawford is the newest in a long-running series, none of which have I read. This may account for why it was a little difficult to get in to, around all the bickering that confused the issue. These two women were scattered and disorganized and it was difficult to believe that they could successfully solve a murder. Lots of things seemed to come from left field. There were plenty of characters to keep track of, both directly involved with the murder or not. The p ...more
Tari
Jan 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Another fun and crazy adventure with these sleuthing sisters, one the voice of reason and the other completely uninhibited as proven when Bernie found her way into a suspect's house through a window. I always enjoy their banter with each other that sometimes has nothing to do with the case but after all, they're bakers by trade, so yeah it's not weird to hear some food and bakery talk going on either. I love the characters of their dad Sean and his police buddy Clyde. Poor Clyde always gets conn ...more
Amanda Lavelle
Feb 06, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books for kindly providing me with a digital copy of this book for review.
This is book number 16 in this series but I’m ashamed to say it was completely new to me, and I had not heard of it before I was given this opportunity to read this book. Having said that though, I didn’t feel lost at all and I get the impression that you could read any of the books out of order or as a stand-alone.
The only thing I was really disappointed in was that the title of this
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Nikki
Feb 17, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgally
A Catered Book Club Murder (A Mystery with Recipes #16) by Isis Crawford
Publisher: Kensington Books
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers
Release Date: December 29, 2020

A Catered Book Club Murder by Isis Crawford is the sixteenth book in A Mystery with Recipes series. I had not read the previous books, and while I felt like I was missing some of the backstory, I was able to easily read this as a standalone book.

I really struggled to get through this book. I just did not capture me the way I want a book to.
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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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