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Product Details

  • Series: A Hemlock Falls Mystery
  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (April 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425247074
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425247075
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 4.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #211,349 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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''Claudia Bishop writes an enthralling amateur-sleuth mystery.'' --Best Reviews, praise for the series

''A great cozy series.'' --Books 'n' Bytes, praise for the series

''Offbeat, intriguing.'' --Armchair Detective, praise for the series --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

About the Author

Claudia Bishop has authored many mysteries under her name and the name Mary Stanton, and is senior editor of three mystery anthologies. She divides her time between a working farm in upstate New York and a small home in Florida.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lori Caswell TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 7, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Hemlock Falls, New York, is perfect for tourists with its quaint shops and world famous cooking school and the wonderful Inn at Hemlock Falls. Run by sisters, Meg Quilliam and Sarah Quilliam-McHale. Meg is a master chef with a bit of a temper, watch out for flying saute pans. Sarah (Quill) is the manager with an adorable son Jackson. Her husband Myles, the former sheriff, now works for the federal government and is gone a lot.

In this latest installment a episode of the hit television show Your Ancestor's Attic is being taped in Hemlock Falls. The host of a competing show Pawn-O-Rama arrives on the scene just in time to cause a little trouble. The hosts of the shows have quite a rivalry going and they decide to settle things between them with a cooking contest that will be taped for both programs.

Things get a little heated as the competition begins, then one of the men keels over dead. Suspicions are that he was poisoned and his rival is the obvious culprit. But he is not the only suspect, even some of the residents of Hemlock Falls are being questioned.

Thankfully the Quilliam sisters are masters at sizing up the suspects and with a little help they will catch the killer.

Dollycas's Thoughts

This is one of my favorite series. The entire set in on my keeper shelf. The quirky characters are delightful. They continue to grow and evolve through each story. Their antics always bring a smile to my face.

With that being said the plot of this one threw me a bit. I love the idea of an Antiques Roadshow type series coming to the town. The characters this theme brought were amazing. I got lost wondering why would these hosts engage in a cooking contest? This idea did bring the story back to the inn and cooking school, but it just felt off.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Avid Reader on August 4, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have been a fan of this author since I read her first Hemlock Inn book. Her books are a quick read and fun. That being said this one seemed like she was trying to pack too much into this one. It could have been made into two books.

As another reviewer said, they didn't understand why the hosts of an Antique Roadshow type shows would have a cooking contest. I don't either. There was just something off about this book. Is the author running out of steam with this series. She has another one that she hasn't put out a new book in quite a while. Maybe it is time she did. Quill seems to still be a bit scatter brained. The bit about looking at her sisters' socks to see what her mood is has finally jumped the shark. Enough! Quill whines about wanting to go and play with her son instead of doing her job. Well, that is what happens when you run your own business.

The other usual characters are about the same except Marge. I was surprised when I found out what she was doing. The character of Carole Ann Spinoza just comes in and disappears. What is the point of her character?

Don't get me wrong, this book was enjoyable it just needed to be tweaked a bit before being published.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Evans on August 7, 2012
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I enjoy this author who makes good reading without being heavy reading. The story is quick if time is limited yet entertaining.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on April 3, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
After a month away from Hemlock Falls Sarah "Quill" Quilliam-McHale and her three years old son Jack move back into the Inn at Hemlock Falls while her husband and Jack's father travel for his counterterrorism agency to a foreign nation. The town is excited with the news that Edmund Tree, the pompous acerbic host of Your Ancestor's Attic, is coming to film a show and marry his fiancée Rose Ellen Whitman, owner of Elegant Antiques.

T-shirted mellow Pawn-O-Rama producer Belter Barcini, whose show trails Ancestor in the ratings, also arrives in Hemlock falls. The bitter rivals agree to a cooking contest in which each will make their favorite dishes. During the cook-off, Tree drinks wine only to keel over dead. Quill knows the obnoxious Tree died from strychnine poisoning. She works around her promise to her spouse of "no more Snooping" in way that don't break her pledge. As always Quill's sister Meg and their staff at the inn assist her; but like the police her inquiry over several months fails to identify the killer.

The latest Hemlock Falls Mystery (see A Pinch of Poison and Murder Well-Done) is a delightful cozy filled with eccentric characters that bring plenty to the charming plot. Filled with red herrings and false leads, Quill is at her energizer bunny best as she uses her artistic eye to find clues in a case that seems to go nowhere. Fans will enjoy this fun whodunit as the polar opposite visiting TV personalities bring out small-town living.

Harriet Klausner
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Toni Snyder on July 30, 2013
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This isn't a reflection on the content of the book but rather on the reader of this audiobook. The audio CD jacket says it's read by Justine Eyre and says she has several audio awards under her belt. I found her reading to be annoying in the extreme. She reads in a half whisper half growl voice and every single sentence ends on a down note. Like a reverse valley girl. I got through the first CD but won't be listening to the second. To bad really cause the story seems like it's a good one. Oh well.
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