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Dying For A Blue Plate Special Hardcover – May 13, 2005


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"Kalikoff puts the City of Destiny front and center as the setting of a quirky detective story."

"Kalikoff?s protagonist, Jewel Feynmann, is a New Jersey transplant to Tacoma, trying to make a fresh start with her business, Blue Plate Catering. When Jewel caters a dinner for a bunch of big-shot academics at Commencement Bay University in Tacoma, she?s certain the high-profile event at the prestigious liberal arts college will prove her meal ticket to a prosperous future."
--The News Tribune (Tacoma, WA), July 2005 (Doody Enterprises 20050701)

"Seattle writer Beth Kalikoff, who teaches at the University of Washington's Tacoma campus, has produced that rarity: a mystery set in our much-maligned neighbor to the south, [Kalikoff] is warmly affectionate toward the City of Destiny and its residents."

"Struggling caterer Jewel Feynmann has finally scored a great gig: feeding a big dinner at (fictional) Commencement Bay University. Alas, the school's president dies during the dinner -- poisoned, in fact. Needless to say, this isn't the best piece of news a struggling caterer could get. To keep her business from drowning in rumors, Jewel has to find out whodunnit and why. As it turns out, the president was a nasty piece of work, and a variety of whacked-out academics had plenty of motive and ample opportunity."
--The Seattle Times, June 2005 (Doody Enterprises 20050612)

"In Tacoma, Jewel Feynmann worries that her business Blue Plate Catering is failing; if she goes bankrupt she does not want to go back to the Jewish epicenter of metropolitan New York where her family awaits the return of the prodigal child...Helene Moore, who met Jewel over fried ice cream, offers the caterer work at Commencement Bay University better known as Zoo U. Because of an accidental death in the kitchen, the school needs an outside caterer. Jewel accepts the job because she needs the money. However, everything goes wrong when the Zoo U Dean Matthew Mulcahy dies from food poisoning served by Blue Plate. As Homicide Detective Ben Hartsock investigates the murder, he also tries to date Jewel, who wonders if there might be a non-kosher conflict of interest even if his kisses are tasty. Still with her company in jeopardy Jewel conducts her own investigation into the murder,DYING FOR A BLUE PLATE SPECIAL is a delightful amateur sleuth police procedural who-done-it starring a likable Jersey transplant...Fans will enjoy this fine Washington State blending."
--Harriet Klausner, June 2005 (harrietklausner.wwwi.com 20050601)
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 238 pages
  • Publisher: Five Star; 1 edition (May 13, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594142971
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594142970
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6.8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,369,521 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Richard Barkley on May 24, 2005
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I'm halfway through the book and it's been great so far. It's full of action and mystery. It's especially good how it keeps you in suspense every minute. I also like how it follows a struggling caterer. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves mysteries and food.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Happy Helena on June 14, 2005
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Such a great read! A perfect receipe for a sleuth-in-training: a catering job where the heroine, Jewel, does (and will --we hope--in later volumes about her) run into all kinds of situations requiring food as well as her talents sniffing out murder and mayhem. Kept me guessing until the end. Jewel's sassy smart-mouthing character with such a colorful conversation style provides a tasty treat for the reader in need of literary sustenance. Keep those dishes coming, Ms. Kalikoff!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kima Cargill on June 1, 2005
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If Wolfgang Puck and Raymond Chandler wrote a novel together, I doubt it would be as saucy and hard-boiled as this one. Dying for a Blue Plate Special is as tasty as it gets. The novel uses the Pacific Northwest as the cold, rainy backdrop for this classic detective fiction. Save up your

sick days at work, because this is one literary murder mystery that'll keep you curled up on a rainy day.-- Food Psychologist Kima Cargill, Ph.D.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on June 3, 2005
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In Tacoma, Jewel Feynmann worries that her business Blue Plate Catering is failing; if she goes bankrupt she does not want to go back to the Jewish epicenter of metropolitan New York where her family awaits the return of the prodigal child.

Helene Moore, who met Jewel over fried ice cream, offers the caterer work at Commencement Bay University better known as Zoo U. Because of an accidental death in the kitchen, the school needs an outside caterer. Jewel accepts the job because she needs the money. However, everything goes wrong when the Zoo U Dean Matthew Mulcahy dies from food poisoning served by Blue Plate. As Homicide Detective Ben Hartsock investigates the murder, he also tries to date Jewel, who wonders if there might be a non-kosher conflict of interest even if his kisses are tasty. Still with her company in jeopardy Jewel conducts her own investigation into the murder.

DYING FOR A BLUE PLATE SPECIAL is a delightful amateur sleuth police procedural who-done-it starring a likable Jersey transplant. The story line is lighthearted in terms of the heroine's jewel of an investigation and much more professional in a support role when Ben makes inquiries. Fans will enjoy this fine Washington State blending.

Harriet Klausner
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. A Connerly on July 24, 2005
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Reading this book was like enjoying a meal with friends at a casual and creative restaurant. As a heroine, Jewel has an endearing mix of confidence and self-deprecating humor. I enjoyed the eclectic character of Del and would like to know more about the intriguing Ben Harstock. The settings (especially Tacoma and Zoo U) are almost like characters themselves. I am hungry for more Blue Plate mysteries!
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