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A catered Christmas : a mystery with recipes / Isis Crawford.

By: Crawford, Isis.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Mystery with recipes ; 3.Publisher: New York : Kensington Publishing Corp., [2014]Copyright date: ©2013Description: 328 pages ; 18 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780758274908; 0758274904.Subject(s): Simmons, Libby (Fictitious character) -- Fiction | Simmons, Bernie (Fictitious character) -- Fiction | Caterers and catering -- Fiction | Murder -- Investigation -- Fiction | Christmas cooking -- FictionGenre/Form: Detective and mystery fiction.DDC classification: 813/.6 Summary: Bernie and Libby investigate when the favored contestant in a highly competitive Christmas cookie baking contest they are judging is killed while driving to the competition.
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"Fans of culinary cozies by Joanne Fluke and Diane Mott Davidson will enjoy discovering Crawford."-- Library Journal

Bernie and Libby Simmons, caterers extraordinaire, are hosting a televised cookie contest just in time for Christmas, but unfriendly rivalries cook up a cutthroat competition. . .

The feisty members of the Christmas Cookie Club Exchange are busy perfecting their recipes once again. And with the Baking for Life cookie contest on the line, the stakes are higher--and deadlier--than ever. When the odds-on favorite dies in a suspicious car accident en route to the show, Bernie and Libby start digging and are shocked to uncover a soap opera of sinister secrets and clandestine affairs. But they'll stop at nothing to get to the truth, because no holiday treat is sweeter than justice!

Includes Original Recipes for You to Try!

"A chatty, cozy mystery." -- Library Journal

Bernie and Libby investigate when the favored contestant in a highly competitive Christmas cookie baking contest they are judging is killed while driving to the competition.

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Library Journal Review

Bernie and Libby are the bickering sisters and owners of a catering and bakery business in Longely, NY. As Christmas approaches, a murder also turns them into amateur sleuths again (after A Catered St. Patrick's Day). The elderly ladies of the Christmas Cookie Exchange Club are anticipating entering their cookies in a baking contest on a TV show. No one wants to win more than Millie Piedmont, who has obsessively been testing cookie recipes for months. She's finally come up with a sure winner-Millie's Majestic Meltaways-but on the way to a run-through for the show, Millie is in a fatal car accident. When the accident begins to look suspicious and Millie's cookies and recipes go missing, Bernie and Libby investigate. VERDICT A chatty cozy mystery without much action. Includes Christmas cookie recipes, although, disappointingly, not Millie's Majestic Meltaways. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Publishers Weekly Review

In Crawford's busy ninth mystery featuring Longely, N.Y., sisters Bernie and Libby Simmons (after 2012's A Catered St. Patrick's Day), the elderly ladies of the Christmas Cookie Exchange Club are excited about the Baking for Life TV program coming to town for a contest. In particular, 82-year-old Millie Piedmont is confident her Millie's Majestic Meltaways will be the winner. On the way to the show, Millie is injured in a car accident. Before she expires, she tells her niece, Amber, who works for the sisters' catering company, that she wants Bernie and Libby to "find her murderer." As the constantly bickering Bernie and Libby investigate, they discover that every club member had a grievance with Millie. Since the sisters are the contest's judges, they face a potential conflict of interest when Amber announces her plan to take her aunt's place. Squabbling suspects and a demanding TV producer create further complications in this lightweight holiday cozy. Agent: Evan Marshall, Evan Marshall Agency. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.