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Foreign Body: A Tory Bauer Mystery Mass Market Paperback – July 31, 2001


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Product Details

  • Series: Tory Bauer Mystery
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Books; 1st edition (July 31, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380812053
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380812059
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.5 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,028,503 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Kathleen Taylor is the author of six mysteries featuring smalltown waitress Tory Bauer. Kathleen was a contributing editor for several crafts magazines and, when not writing, enjoys working on crafts. She has lived all her adult life in South Dakota, with her husband.

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Kathleen Taylor is a writer, spinner, knitter, wife, mother, and grandmother. She has written six Tory Bauer Mysteries, and five knitting books.

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Bring Back Tory!
TundraVision
FOREIGN BODY is a laugh out loud amateur sleuth novel that will appeal to anyone who likes an Agatha Christie like mystery with a twist of humor.
Harriet Klausner
It's a few years since the last Tory Bauer book but Kathleen Taylor has a great WEB site still.
D. P. Birkett

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 3, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
OK, I admit that I was already a Kathleen Taylor fan. Had I not been, FOREIGN BODY would have made me one.
This is a tour de force for Ms. Taylor. Her descriptive skills are at their best as Tory Bauer, her protagonist, doesn't even go outside her own café in Delphi, South Dakota to get involved with another mess. The question is: Is it a suicide or is it murder? Tory and her best friend wannabe-lover, wealthy-librarian Neil Pascoe, try to sort the pieces of a puzzle involving the local Luthern minister, a visiting teen-age choir, and a local scalawag.
As Ms. Taylor fits the pieces together, she builds her characters so completely that, when one finishes the book, he feels as though he is actually acquainted with the town and it's cleverly drawn citizenry.
The Tory Bauer series was already one of the best in the contemporary mystery genre. FOREIGN BODY only builds Ms. Taylor's reputation as a master storyteller and skilled writer.
When is Kathleen Taylor going to get her much-deserved Edgar Allen Poe Award?
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By N. Sausser on August 29, 2001
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Tory Bauer, waitress, part owner of a small cafe in Delphi, South Dakota and reluctant crime solver has fallen into another sticky situation. A young girl has attempted suicide in the Delphi Café and Tory is off in search of answers. I found a few problems with this, the sixth and most recent of the Tory Bauer Mysteries. I have always enjoyed Tory's introspective breaks in previous novels. They are often humorous and surprisingly insightful. But I think Ms. Taylor went a little overboard with this particular gambit in the first part of the story. It seemed to take too long to get to the meat of the tale. By the time Tory sits down with her friend, Neil Pascoe (they are a perfect match!), to discuss recent events, the story begins to move along at a more satisfying pace. There were several writing errors throughout the book. A few examples: In one sentence, the word make was used in place of the word may. "...lost on the our vast grid...". "...that it would to be up to me...". There were so many of these small errors it was a distraction. The print on several pages was faint and washed out looking. For people with normal vision, this probably doesn't pose a problem, but my eyesight is less than good and I had some difficulty with it. The story is a very good one and I enjoyed catching up with the folks in Delphi. It is a Not To Be Missed addition to this excellent series. I'm sorry to be so critical here, but I am hoping that word will get back to the publisher that Taylor's books deserve better editing and more attention paid to the actual printing process.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 16, 2001
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Kathleen Taylor has done it again! This 6th Tory Bauer mystery is her best yet. I read it entirely in one sitting and am anxiously waiting for a seventh in the series.
One title in the series, "Sex and Salmonella," is still out of print. For new readers to the series, you'll want to read this one, too. Start whining to the publishers for a re-issue!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Roz Levine on August 16, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
How could this be happening again? Another dead, or to be more exact, almost dead body in the Delphi Cafe. This is definitely not good for business and poor Tory Bauer, overweight, over forty waitress and now co-owner of the only eating establishment in town can't believe she's calling 911, yet again. It seems that one young Swedish female member, Annelise, of the European Traveling Lutheran Youth Choir has decided to attempt suicide in the cafe by taking an overdose of aspirin, leaving behind a scandalous note that blames this desperate act on Delphi's own Reverend Clay Diebert, for molesting her. To make matters even worse, though rushed to the hospital in Aberdeen, Annelise dies, Clay's wife, Junior is Tory's first cousin, about ten months pregnant and convinced that he's been having an affair with someone, an old Delphi nemesis, Weasel Cleaver is out of jail and back in town wreaking havoc, the cafe's in real financial trouble and about to go under and if that's not enough, another dead body is found in the Reverend's office closet. Now Tory is on the case, trying to sort this mess out and as usual, when she begins asking questions and peeking into the lives of Delphi's finest citizens, secrets and lies start popping up all over town..... Kathleen Taylor has done it again, written another fast paced, entertaining page turner that begs to be read in one sitting. Her engaging plot and crisp, witty and often irreverent writing are only outdone by her wonderful cast of quirky, wacky characters and you're sure to be laughing out loud at their antics and her vivid side-splitting scenes. This is the sixth installment to a terrific series. If you're new to Tory and company, start at the beginning with Funeral Food and read them all. If you're already a fan, you won't be disappointed this time out. Enjoy!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on July 31, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This has not been an uneventful year for Tory Bauer and that is the biggest understatement of the century. In a period of seven months, she has become involved in six homicide investigations, began and ended an affair with a married man, and became the co-owner of the Delphi Café when her mentor and friend passed away. The new co-owner is a former stripper who drives her nuts and she fears to becoming romantically involved with her best friend because if things go wrong, she will lose a relationship she deeply cherishes.
Just when it looks like her life might be getting back to normal, a girl dies in the Delphi's café. Leaving a note behind, the girl, in her letter, accuses the Reverend Clay Deibert of molesting her. The Reverend is married to Tory's cousin Junior and she does not believe Clay would do anything so horrendous. She intends to prove this and winds up getting involved in another murder investigation.
FOREIGN BODY is a laugh out loud amateur sleuth novel that will appeal to anyone who likes an Agatha Christie like mystery with a twist of humor. The lead and supporting characters have all appeared in previous works in this series so readers will feel as if they are revisiting with old friends. Kathleen Taylor has a dry sense of humor, which comes out at unexpected turns in the voices of the characters and helps make FOREIGN BODY an enjoyable reading experience.

Harriet Klausner
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