Farmer's culinary detective Madeline Bean returns, and this time the L.A. catering queen joins the writing staff of Food Freak
, a ratings-topping television quiz show (a sort of Iron Chef
crossed with Who Wants to be a Millionaire
?) whose chief writer has suddenly disappeared. Then the newly arrived Maddie's office suffers a break-in. Shortly after, Maddie endures an assault while at work at her desk. A full cast of oddballs staffs the quiz show, so there are plenty of suspects lurking about. Discovery of a secret door behind a bookcase leads to a very private office and to a food magazine whose address label takes Maddie to the scene of a deadly fire. Along the way, readers learn about the history of Hollywood's movie and television studios and about the regulations governing television quiz shows. Farmer's easygoing prose makes for fun reading, and fans of her earlier works will be eager to follow Maddie's newest adventure. Mark KnoblauchCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
About the Author
Jerrilyne Farmer, the author of five acclaimed, award-winning Madeline Bean novels, is a TV writer who has written for game shows such as Jeopardy!
and Supermarket Sweep,
and sketch comedy specials for Dana Carvey, Jon Lovitz, Timothy Stack, Cheri Oteri, Tim Meadows, and others. Farmer also teaches mystery writing at the UCLA Extension's Writers Program. She lives in Southern California.