"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)