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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington; First Edition edition (December 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758221940
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758221940
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.2 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,828,478 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

At the start of Crawford's diverting sixth mystery to feature Bernie and Libby Simmons (after 2008's A Catered Halloween), imperious Annabel Colbert hires the catering sisters of Longely, N.Y., to cook for her beloved pet pug's birthday lunch, demanding the same menu for the dogs and the people—at the same table no less. At the party, shortly after insulting all her human guests and drinking what she realizes is a glass of poisoned wine as soon as she gulps it down, Annabel collapses. Before losing consciousness, the wealthy entrepreneur (who dies two days later) gets Bernie and Libby to promise to find her killer. Suspects include Annabel's philandering husband; the husband's gorgeous, surgery-enhanced assistant; and the high school friend whose original idea Annabel stole to make millions. This gabby, low-key culinary cozy includes recipes for canines and humans, one a liver birthday cake you can serve to a person you dislike (Just frost with whipped cream and leave off the dog treats and Cheez Whiz). (Dec.)
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This is a really good book and fun to read.
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This book was a good length with a plot that was rather satisfying.
Jwb52z
Ditto my feeling about this book from the one above.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Pohren VINE VOICE on January 29, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Birthday parties for pugs, murder and mayhem collide in Isis Crawford's sixth installment in her series "A Mystery with Recipes", A Catered Birthday Party.

Bernie and Libby Simmons own a delightful and well-known catering company and shop named A Little Taste of Heaven. As sisters, they are as different as night an day, as business partners, they work together to please their customers. One such customer, Annabel Colbert, a wealthy and not-so-respected business woman asks the sisters to cater a birthday celebration for her beloved pet, Trudy the Pug. Not overly keen on the idea, Bernie and Libby take on the job, knowing it will be a boost to their catering company. The sisters knew they would be in for a bit of nit-picking from Annabel, perfectionist extraordinaire, but what they didn't count on was inadvertently agreeing to solve Annabel's murder.

During Trudy's party, as Annabel is giving a toast and laying out all the cards on her true thoughts of her "friends", she realizes that something is just not right:

"Here's to me and my new ventures and to hell with all of you. I don't know where any of you are going, but if I had to guess I'd have to say to the bad place, and don't pretend you don't know what I'm talking about." Annabel raised her glass to her lips and drank the wine down. A strange expression came over her face. Here eyes widened. Her hand went to her throat. "I've been poisoned!" she cried. "Someone has put something in this wine!"

"Now, dear," Richard said. "I'm sure you're fine. You know how you tend to exaggerate."

Annabel's death is ruled a death by natural causes and that is that. Until Bernie and Libby take things into their own hands.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By onewac on November 30, 2009
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This was a fun book to read. Of course who wouldn't enjoy a book with Pugs in it. Unlike the other two reviews I found this book a good read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on December 4, 2009
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Annabel and Richard Colbert are the richest couple in town thanks to the hot seller of theirt toy company's Puggables based on their pet Trudy. Annabel is throwing a birthday party for Trudy and she hires the catering service of A Little Taste of Heaven run by sisters Bernie and Libby Simmons. Annabel toasts the attendees saying she knows no one there is her friend, but instead are leeches before dinking the wine. She starts choking claming she has been poisoned; before falling into a coma she begs the siblings to find her killer and bring that rat to justice. Two days later she is dead.

As soon as the body is released for burial, her husband Richard has her cremated and demands the sisters drop the idea of investigating Annabel's death. Everyone at the gala depended on Annabel but also loathed her as she screwed all of them at one time or another thus everyone has a motive to kill her. With help from their father, a retired police chief, Bernie and Libby uncover the identity of the culprit, but lack solid proof.

The rich and powerful cast of suspects are amusing and lampooned as unlikable amoral A-holes. Isis Crawford delightfully mocks the affluent inside of a fascinating amateur sleuth mystery. Readers will root for the sisters to bake a perfect case so the killer receives his or hers just desserts. Unlike the odious affluent characters, the siblings are nice and caring as they are always there for one another and their family. With an amusing satirical spin, A CATERED BIRTHDAY PARTY is a delightful Creative Culinary mystery.

Harriet Klausner
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Carol Donaho on November 21, 2009
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Having never read this author, wanting a change of pace light mystery for a rainy day and the Kindle price led me to read this book. I was pleasantly surprised.

Libby and Bernie own a bakery/catering service, A Little Taste of Heaven, and live with their father, Sean, a retired chief of police. Since this is the 6th book in the series, I wasn't clear on a lot of the past references but I gather that Sean had been dismissed, had an illness that keeps him at home with a wheelchair close by, and that his daughters are prone to getting involved in and solving crimes. Libby and Bernie are hired to cater a birthday party for a Pug dog owned by a very wealthy woman. The dog's owner is poisoned at the party and forces the sisters to swear they will find her killer.

There are a lot of characters, aka suspects, and the storyline is somewhat convoluted but will keep you turning the pages. The dialogue - make that repartee - is amusing and well written. The storyline is good and will keep your attention. Even though the killer is a foregone conclusion, there are enough twists, red herrings, and interesting characters to keep you wondering.

I would probably give this 3 1/2 stars, but rounded up since the book was free and I figured I owed the author something.

If you are looking for an easy but fun read where you can just put your mind on the shelf and enjoy a good story with good characters - this book is for you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jwb52z on February 18, 2014
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This book was a good length with a plot that was rather satisfying. I won't bore you with a plot summary as I know other reviewers are fond of doing that. The characters just get better and better all the time. I will say, however, that some of the recipes are not my cup of tea in terms of combinations of flavors. I appreciate that this book has chapter demarcations. Chapter demarcations make it so much easier to see how close you are to the end of a chapter or find a stopping place when you need to do so. This book has a tad of misdirection in the plot which not a great deal of cozy mysteries have and even then the misdirection doesn't always make sense, but in this case it did. I didn't really find anything really wrong with this book to talk about except maybe a bit of punctuation that looked odd, but nothing that interrupted the flow of the book. If you liked the previous books in the series, I say you should give this one a shot because I don't think you'll be disappointed. Have at it! I can't wait to read the next one.
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