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Warren Bradley, the local gadfly in the picture-perfect community of Sausalito, is esteemed by his admirers and despised by his detractors. But for love of his caramel chicken and cherry fudge brownies, everyone has a little gossip to share. When the great chef and his admirers take offense to a newly arrived Manhattan power couple, their world of tasty sauces and stinging insults leads to deadly results.
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- Publication date : October 5, 2014
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : Signal Press (October 5, 2014)
- Language: : English
- Print length : 286 pages
- ASIN : B00O7CGITO
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
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- Lending : Enabled
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I find myself becoming impatient with overly wordy books and will skim through them trying to get to the next passage that is relevant to the core story of the book. This was definitely not the case with this story. The way the author laid out the story of the couple involved in the mystery was so skillfully done that it had me hooked by the time the actual incident happened, and it only got better from there. The way this groundwork was covered helps to make the reader have a vested interest in these characters. I find this much more effective than the typical 'Here is Mr. So and So, now he is dead, who killed him?'
This kind of device needs to be done masterfully though or it could quickly put off the reader. In this case, it was done perfectly.
If I was able to I would actually rate this book a 4.5. It's pretty rare for me to give out five stars, but this first book in the Murder in Marin County Mysteries came very close.
I can't wait to read the next book in the series.
My rule is too always finish any book I start. You never know, the worst beginning can sometimes make a spectacular turn. However, nothing much has really happened in this one yet, other than establishing the main character as a particularly unlikable chap. Mr. Brown does, I fear, have the dubious distinction of being the first author in probably 20 years or so to get me to break my finish-every-page-of-every-book rule. I just can't see wasting any more of my precious minutes on this one. Again, I'm really sorry to have to give such a terrible review, but Its honest and I feel needs saying.
I suspect I disliked The Gossiping Gourmet because of Warren Bradley and his "partners in gossip". He's a victim you'll love to hate — he's such a smarmy, mean git. The kind of person I can't stand. One who interprets every comment as being about himself. I also hate how he twists gossip to influence and hurt people.
Brown starts the story off with a prelude and then flashes back to provide the trail of events that lead to this critical conflict in this primarily character-driven tale. It's handy that Brown uses a third person global subjective point-of-view so we hear from many of the characters. It helps lay the groundwork for how incestuous this town is!
I have a hard time having empathy for Timmons. Brown laying out the hardships of running a small newspaper and the clever ideas The Standard incorporates to stay solvent are fantastic, but I find fault with Timmons letting Warren run amuck.
I did enjoy Brown's colorful assessment of Sausalito. I also liked Grant and Barbara. I must say their art gallery partnership sounds made in heaven with Grant cultivating the artists and Barbara cultivating the buyers.
The path that leads to the inciting incident is a long-building trail of miscommunication, an unfortunately frequent issue in most relationships. Dang it.
In the end, it's a core group of small town bullies egged on by the reprehensible Warren.
And we learn why Warren lost his hands...poetic justice in two many ways.
It's a game of know-and-tell gone wrong when Warren's plans are put on the carpet by Alma Samuels. The brown-nosing Warren is stuck, if he wants to retain his influence in Sausalito!
The petty, mean-spirited Warren Bradley lives for gossip and sees himself as a fabulous gourmet chef who works hard to appear wealthy. Okay, fine...he is a good cook... He writes the "Heard About Column". Some believe he cheated Mrs Danvers out of her cottage.
Eddie Austin is a lead investigator at the county sheriff's department. He's also a longtime best friend of Rob Timmons. Sharon is his wife, and they have a son, Aaron.
The local paper is The Standard published...
...by Rob Timmons, the owner. Holly Cross is his full-time editorial assistant/production manager. Social events in Tiburon, Mill Valley and the towns in Ross Valley are covered by Sylvia Stokes, Ed Dondero, and Cassie Crenshaw, respectively.
When he was a child, Timmons had a Dalmatian named Smoke. Today, he's married to Karen Klein, the daughter of a local dentist, and they have a son and daughter.
Grant Randolph, a former very successful gallery owner of The Discerning Eye, is the new chair of the Sausalito Fine Arts Commission, newly arrived from Manhattan with his wife, Barbara, who gets a job with the Moss Gallery in San Francisco. Anna Ruth Moss is the founder. James Moss is Anna's attractive son.
Ray and Debbie Sirica, from Chicago, invite the Randolphs to Sausalito and become best friends.
The Sausalito Women's League, a.k.a.,
...The League, started as support for the suffragette movement. Now it's the paramount social set with the heartless Alma Samuels, the widow of a San Francisco attorney Roger Samuels, in charge.
Louise Allen is Alma's caretaker these days, having evolved from maid to cook to caregiver.
The Ladies of Liberty...
...was started and continues to be led by Alma, also. Members include Bea Snyder, one of Warren's friends; Ethel Landau, who is on the art commission and is a granddaughter of The League founder, Dorothy Landau; Marilyn Williams, who is a charter member and one of Alma's lieutenants; and, Robin Mitchell, who dominates the city council.
Sausalito Fine Arts Commission is...
...one of the premier committees with Arthur Bingham as the chairperson. The membership of the Gate Six Artist's Cooperative incorporates promising young artists. Kitty will become one of Grant's prodigies.
Sausalito PD is...
...too often referred to as "the gang that couldn't shoot straight" is the happy recipient of Warren's attentions. Captain Hans Petersen and his officers include Chris Harding, the newest patrol officer, and Steven Hansen, who is Chris' partner.
Dave Nichols is an EMT officer. His partner is Hal Michaels. Max Brownstein is the Marin County medical examiner.
Smitty's and the No Name are two bars that the locals patronize. Alberto is a bartender at the No Name. Past artists of Sausalito included Jean Varda, Shel Silverstein, and Gordon Onslow. Oscar and Clarice Anderson are the Randolphs' neighbors. Bob Ivan is an attorney. Alex and Trevor were boyhood friends of Eddie's and Rob's. Robert Allan, recently elected to the city council, and Carrie Kahn had been some of Warren's victims. Mollie Stone's Grocery sounds tasty. Patricia Smith, a dot-com CEO, and her husband, Mario, move to Sausalito.
William Benedict used to work at Northern Arizona University and lived with Elaine Hayden. Hayden had a son, James, and a foster son, Topher, who got chewed up by the defense lawyer.
The Cover and Title
The cover is a glorious summer day looking back from the Bay at the house-studded hills of Sausalito with a blue sky above and the muddy green waters below. The title is at the top in a white-outlined red with the series information below it in black. Brown's numbering for the series, included between the icon of the Golden Gate Bridge towers following the series title, is a clever device.
The title is all about The Gossiping Gourmet who simply can't resist his Machiavellian embellishments.