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“A sparkling new cozy star!”—Cleo Coyle, national bestselling author of the Coffeehouse Mysteries

“Jordan McAllister heads up an appealing cast of characters in the fun, new Clueless Cook series from Liz Lipperman.”—Misa Ramirez, author of the Lola Mysteries

About the Author

Liz Lipperman is one of nine children and grew up eating casseroles. She spent many years working as a registered nurse saving lives, before she gave in to her life-long passion of finding ways to kill people and writing about them. Born and raised in Ohio, she lived in many places, including Saudi Arabia and Taiwan before finally settling down in a small suburb north of Dallas. When she’s not writing, she enjoys all sports, especially the NFL, traveling, and spending time with her four grandchildren.
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Product Details

  • Series: A Clueless Cook Mystery (Book 2)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (July 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 042525142X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425251423
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,209,177 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Versel Rush on July 5, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I had my calendar marked with the release date for the latest Jordan mystery by Liz Lipperman. I then spent all night of the 3rd (my job does not allow me to read mysteries during work hours--bummer) and most of July 4th reading. I believe it was even better than the first installment, "Liver Let Die".

I don't do synopsis--you can get that from the blurb above. And, unlike many series, you don't actually have to read the first one to enjoy this second book (but I do highly recommend you do).

It is obvious that Liz Lipperman lives in Texas. Her scene descriptions, dialogue cadence, and legal references ring true. Though Ranchero may be a fictional town, the setting is not. Anyone who has ever been to North Texas recognizes the towns and the people. I like that in a Texas book.

Her characters are amazing. Too many mystery authors forget the importance of the supporting cast, as it were. But in order to keep a series fresh, those secondary characters are important. Rosie, Ray, Victor and the rest of the apartment crew, as well as the newspaper employees, assorted family members (some by reference only), and the obligatory love interest make Jordan's life real and make the reader care. The additional "this book only" characters are equally well developed and true to their Texas equivalents.

And, of course, you have to consider the actual mystery when reading any cozy. Like most cozies, the solution to the whodunit is not particularly difficult. But it is the getting to the solution that marks a good mystery. And Lipperman takes the reader on a lively path before revealing all.

In addition to the Cattleman's Ball, the reader is treated to big Texas ranches, larger than life cattlemen, and good old Texas bbq.
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Jordan McAllister is no "foodie," yet she finds herself writing a food column for a little Texas town newspaper. If she had her "druthers," she'd be writing for the sports page. But she gives it a go with the help of her friendly neighbors at a rundown apartment house. One sweet neighbor supplies the recipes for her column (the author has included the recipes) and the others furnish all the love and protection this young woman could ever need. Not only are her friends loyal, they are also lots of fun! "Beef Stolen-Off" takes up where "Liver Let Die" ended. At the behest of her editor, Jordan finds herself whisked off to a Cattlemen's Ball. Unfortunately, her handsome ranch hand escort promptly dies before they even get to the meat. I love the way the author spins the plot adding more and more complications as the story progresses. I couldn't see where she was going with the plight of one of Jordan's co-workers frightened of a ghost. Or, even more puzzling was the mysterious disappearance of cattle. And what was the connection to the escort who turned out to have been poisoned? As Jordan pursued her duties as a newspaper food critic, she starts to discover that people aren't what they seem. Some are downright dangerous. Jordan is one of those lovable characters you can't help but root for. I enjoyed reading about her even though she is actually a junk food girl. She is brave and has a good heart. And she has a good head on her shoulders.
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One of the reasons I enjoyed this book so much was that the sleuth, Jordan McAllister, a food columnist for a local newspaper, goes to a location and takes us along. Ranchero, TX, is already new to me, but getting a chance to travel to the famous 'Cattleman's Ball' and feel the atmosphere is bathing us in glamour, then...death strikes. Startling and cold. You can literally feel Jordan's distress.

As Jordan tries to attend the Memorial, she begins to learn more questions about the death than answers, especially when her youngest brother suddenly appears and even more shockingly, her boyfriend, Alex makes an unscheduled (but dreamed of,) appearance. What is going on?

Delicious recipes accompanying this novel and yes, we have tried the "Beef Stroganoff", and "Sandy's Almond Balls." Seriously yummy dinner.

I can't wait to see what adventures Jordan and friends get into next...
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Jordan McAllister is officially the culinary reporter for the Ranchero Globe! It's still a far cry from being a sports reporter, but it's a step up from writing the personals. When the local cattle baron, Lucas Santana, insists that Jordan cover the Cattleman's Ball, she has no choice - his advertising at the Globe keeps the press printing. When her blind date (Santana's right hand man) dies in Jordan's arms at the ball - she's thrown into yet another murder mystery - and much more personal than the last one.

Jordan soon finds her helping her brother, Danny, investigate cattle rustling in the area - something that the murder victium was supposedly a part of. Can they solve both the murder and the rustling?

I really enjoyed this second installment of Liz Lipperman's series, once again she did an amazing job of weaving the main plot with the subplots - keeping me guessing with every chapter. Liz dropped clues throughout the whole novel, but not enough to give away the ending - which to me makes a great mystery. The reader should have an idea of whodunit, but not be convinced.

Again the residents of Empire Apartments helped Jordan solve the mystery, with all of their characters developing more - I love them all!

The only flaw, more of a pet peeve, I had with this book was the lack of consistency in the timeline - but only when referring to what happened to Jordan in the first book. Sometimes it was referred to as a few weeks ago, then several months ago, etc - no consistency, but it wasn't important to the plot, so no star lost. It's just a minor annoyance.

*Review Disclaimer* This review reflects my honest personal opinion of this work, and was written to help others who have the same tastes as mine. That being said, everyone has their own opinions and there will be disagreements -- so please show my opinion respect, as I show your opinion respect.
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