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Killer Mousse (Della Cooks Mystery) Mass Market Paperback – February 5, 2008
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Her first live program ends suddenly when the former Cooking Diva of the Better Living Channel dies after taste testing Della's Chocolate Mousse.
Della then has to try and prove her innocence and along the way expose
some secrets about the others at the Better Living Channel.
I enjoyed Killer Mousse and can't wait for the next book in the series.
Did anyone else catch the connection between this book and the first book in this author's last series?
Her characterizations are absolutely tops! All of the people in this book are so real! And most of them are the type of person you'd like to have for a friend. Della Carmichael, the main cook here, is a down-to-earth woman of 47. WOW! 47!!! She's capable. And she can still walk and talk and make love and do all kinds of things. Compared to Hollywood's fascination with `twinkies' that's truly incredible. She has a delicious sense of self to go along with her wry sense of humor, and these blend excellently well with her abundance of common sense. She's a woman after my own heart.
She's now a widow, and freely admits to a few imperfections, but she's not a quitter, and truly when life handed her lemons, she proceeded to make marvelous tangy lemonade. I've not yet tried any of the recipes in the book, but they read easy, so maybe they'll make easy, too. We'll see.
The premise is a dandy, too, for who among us hasn't hoped to be a TV star, even if only for five minutes? As a cable cooking diva, she shares a studio with a car mechanic, a crafter and a guy who specializes in rescuing and re-creating `stuff'. Seems reasonable to me. They're all just a wee bit loony, but great fun, and eminently believable. So is her dog, Tuffy, and rescued cat, Emma. And there's NDM. Scrumptious!
But in the meantime, I can only hope for the speedy arrival of her next book, with all these marvelous characters we've just met, to see what sort of troubles Ms. Wells can stir up for them.
Or they stir up for her. Whichever.
1. For me, reading a mystery novel should not feel like reading a romance novel. My beachreading tastes run towards mayhem and impossible escapes by recently divorced small business owning women from domestic murderers; not groping and fondeling by vigorous oiled studs (see NDP - in all three books). Unfortuantely, in this book there is far too much of the latter. I am sure it is just me,(perhaps my having missed the sexual revolution is the cause) but I am not at all interested in reading about anyone's sexual encounters. I don't want to know about breasts being gently rubbed or a "post-coital glow" which is interrupted by "a slight stirring against her thighs." Nor, do I want to imagine the "release" of anything that is unconnected from getting out of prison (and all of this by page 22 - Della Takes the Cake). Frankly, there are just too many references to "explosions" (that have nothing to do with dynamite) to make any further reading of this series possible for me.
2. The references are not only sexual but oddly juvenile. Consider this excerpt: "Frankly...I got so hot imagining what you and the Sicilian were doing that I jumped John as soon as we got home...John rose to the occassion so to speak." I don't think I have heard anyone refer to sex as "jumping" since I was in the 7th grade. Does anyone talk like this?Read more ›
Now that Della has a cooking show she is surrounded by many more people, but not all of them are nice. Mimi Bond's cooking show has been canceled and Della's cooking show is the one replacing it. Needless-to-say, Mimi is NOT a fan of Della's. Still, Mimi is the one chosen to be the taster at the end of Della's first show, which goes out live! Mimi ends up dying after taste testing Della's mousse, in front of a national audience.
Detective Emil Hall has Della listed high on his suspect list. John is pulled in to work with Hall and cannot guarantee Della that she will not end up in prison. Phil Logan, head of publicity for the Better Living Channel, has Della spending a week with a crime reporter for the Chronicle named Nicholas D'Marino "NDM", who will (hopefully) help Della solve the crime. A second person soon ends up dead and Della is, once more, the main suspect.
Della must get through several unrehearsed show tapings and solve the two murders quickly - or her next show may be from behind bars.
**** This is the first of the Della Cooks mysteries.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book was terrific until I got to the sex part. What was the purpose of it anyway? Perhaps because it is an older book that I just discovered and that's how the writing was... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Cat lover
It was a decent read. Like able characters. The mystery was too easy though. I had it solved before the 2nd murderPublished 7 months ago by Elizabeth A. Crean
Culinary mysteries are my favorite cozy! I'm at that age, where, reluctantly admitting large print novels are easier to read. The choices are certainly more limited! Read morePublished on August 10, 2013 by Nancy L. Otto
Glad I decided to give these books a read. They have humor, animals, cooking, and mystery; great elements for a comfy cozy book to sit back enjoy and read. Read morePublished on June 29, 2013 by P. D. Swanson
very dull, not worth much time to read, okay for a quick read at bed time, would not read againPublished on January 30, 2013 by Ruth J Levy
First in the Della Cooks mystery series revolving around the widowed Della Carmichael stepping into her first cooking show. Read morePublished on November 1, 2012 by Kathy Davie
I had not read a Della Cooks Mystery prior to this book. I was pleasantly surprised at the fiestiness of the character and her passion for cooking. Read morePublished on September 6, 2012 by jagma88
I'm a huge fan of cozies and mysteries in general so I couldn't wait to dig into this one, the covers look especially appetizing with all the colors and who can resist that... Read morePublished on January 27, 2012 by - Kasia S.
I love this book. It was fantastic. Della is the perfect character. Real, down to earth, and relatable. Read morePublished on May 6, 2011 by Sarah Cromwell