Death By Gumbo: A Jake Russo Mystery
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on July 2, 2011
Poor ol' Jake Russo can't buy break. Formerly obese, he slimmed down during his Sarasota assignment and met a gal. So, what does the Times do? They send him to New Orleans to be a food critic of all things.

Fortunately for the reader, they've also assigned his geriatric sidekick Gary to go along as Jake's photographer. Gary's also blogging about food these days and (hilariously) has become something of a internet sensation.

Of course, it's not long before a famous chef is murdered. The cops call it an accident, but Jake and Gary don't buy it.

The Jake Russo books are a tad old fashioned in their approach to the murder mystery and the reader may well puzzle out the ending long before our heroes do, but the relationship between Jake and Gary keeps it very fresh. Gary's propensity for saying exactly the wrong thing, combined with Jake's native insecurities (especially where it comes to the dames) make for very entertaining reading.

If you're in the mood for some (very) light reading and enjoy a few laughs along with your murder, then DEATH BY GUMBO is for you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Death by Gumbo is just plain fun and I'll be back for another helping of Jake Russo. If you're looking for a really complex, convoluted mystery, this isn't it. If you're looking for enough suspense to keep you intrigued, an interesting main character, a side of laughter with your crime, and enough twists to keep you from figuring out who done it before all is revealed A(or at least pretty close to that point), you will enjoy this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 20, 2011
This book is better crafted than the first Jake Russo book, but the author still does not make the most effective use of dalogue. An exception is for the new and improved sidekick, Gary. I like the characters and hope there will be more Jake Russo books...set in Florida! Well...Gary's wife is there and so is Mel so it sounds like the guys ought to head home. Before they do, Mr. Edwards should spend a few weeks in Sarasota and on the Gulf Coast!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 2, 2013
As far as light mysteries go, this one is fun and entertaining, well written for a bit of quick reading. Don't expect great literature, but sometimes we want to just be entertained.

The plot was creative and about as non-bloody as a murder mystery can be. Poor Jake Russo is somewhat of a loser, but really likable. For being a fairly smart guy, he sometimes acts pretty stupid. I really, really cheered him on. And did he get what he wanted in the end? I'm not telling.

Four stars not because this is a classic but because it is a very good example of this lightweight genre.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 29, 2013
This was my first Jack Russo and i found it riveting with both humor and adventure. It's a can't put it down until I'm finished book
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 8, 2013
Good pace, u want to keep reading just to know what's next. Highly recommend it for suspense book lovers. One good mystery.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 4, 2012
We are not talking about fine literature. Do not expect Agatha Christie plot twists. Enjoy some highly interesting and charming characters.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 1, 2011
I read the first one in this series maybe six months ago. The new one popped up. I was pleasantly surprised to find it a more enjoyable romp despite the changed setting. My interest was peaked by the molecular gastronomy. Did you know an anti-griddle is real? I need to save up my Amazon dollars for it.

Anyway, it's a good story- keeps things goofy and adds humor and plot to the mix.
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on June 12, 2014
There was some difficulty with character development and the focus on the mystery with a lot of attention to food reviews.
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on February 23, 2014
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It was funny but it held my attention, and was quite riveting, and had a great cast of characters
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