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Steamed (Gourmet Girl Mystery) Hardcover – March 7, 2006

3.9 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews

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This delectable collaboration between Jessica Conant-Park and her mother, Susan Conant, author of the Cat Lover's and the Dog Lover's mystery series (Scratch the Surface, etc.), introduces an appealing heroine, Chloe Carter, a boy-crazy 20-something gourmand who lives in Brighton, Mass. Chloe thinks she might have found both romantic and gastronomic satisfaction in Eric Rafferty, a foodie she meets online. But their first date is a bust: Eric is a dolt, and he winds up getting stabbed before dessert. Chloe later falls for gorgeous Josh Driscoll, a chef acquaintance of Eric's. But Josh has a temper—and it turns out he owned the knife that killed Eric. Chloe must help clear Josh's name if their romance is to stand a chance. This scrumptious cozy, the first of a new series, has it all—charming characters, snappy dialogue and mouth-watering recipes. (Mar.)
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[Steamed] has it all: charming characters, snappy dialogue and mouth-watering recipes. It's delectable. (Publishers Weekly)

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Product Details

  • Series: Gourmet Girl Mystery
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Hardcover; First Edition edition (March 7, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425208052
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425208052
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,603,138 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I love cozies and I love food, so I thought I might be able to add the Gourmet Girl series to my "follow" list. Honestly, I found that I disliked so much about this book that nothing could salvage it for me. I just couldn't get into it, though I did finish the book. There were a handful of scenes or quips that I found funny, but, overall, I just found it sad and I found Chloe unlikeable.

Chloe was shallow, vain, selfish, and thoughtless. I didn't mind that a good portion of the book focuses on who Chloe was sleeping with and who she wanted to sleep with - welcome to Generation Y. What I didn't like was that she was in graduate school, in the social work field, and rather than wanting to be a catalyst for the betterment of society or wanting to help people in general, Chloe was only doing it because she had to go to graduate school to inherit a large sum of money from her dead uncle. Her internship at a place that she can't remember the name of is dedicated to helping women being harassed in the workplace, but it's all a joke to her. That's just so sad to me, even in a fictional story. I think a lot of this stuff was meant to be funny, but I just didn't feel it.

She spends all this time deceiving the grieving parents of her murdered date so she might find some clues to help get exonerate her want-to-be-beau who wasn't even a serious murder suspect given the lack of police presence in the book. Other than three or four scenes, the detective in charge is just a voice on the phone that Chloe disregards.
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Format: Hardcover
Unlike the other reviewers, I don't think this is a great book. It was OK, but the only reason I read it to the end is because I kept expecting better, and it was a lazy Sunday afternoon. I love Susan Conant's books, and will buy any new ones without even reading the jacket. But I won't buy any of the mother-daughter team books without reading the precis and sampling portions. Another reviewer spoke of the main character, Chloe, as having force of character. I don't think so - I think she is impulsive, manipulative, and self-centered. She picks what she thinks is the easiest graduate course (and it's only two years) so that she can get her inheritance, and enters the program intending to do the minimum necessary to get by and cash in. Her coments about the social work program are, indeed, very negative, and her reaction to her internship placement is one of no commitment, no participation, and little caring for the goals of the program (yes, it wasn't a well thought out program and not one I'd want to spend time with, but still... ) She sacks up with a guy who says he doesn't want commitments, doesn't really believe him, and has a fit when he (her downstairs neighbor) sacks up with someone else. She tries to prove that Josh, the primary police suspect in the murder, is not guilty not because she really doesn't believe he could be guilty, but because she doesn't want him to be guilty because he is a hottie and she wants to get into bed with him. She doesn't have the strength of character to tell the parents of the murder victim that she wasn't in a relationship with him, only a blind date, until after a third encounter where the dad makes moves on her.Read more ›
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This is the first book in the Gourmet Girl Mystery series. It is a little different from the other cozy mysteries I have read, with a younger, less serious protagonist. Chloe, is a 20-something woman, and is headed back to school for a graduate degree in order to get an inheritance. She has picked social work as her area, thinking it will be something she will enjoy. The program,students, and classes are not what she expected and she wonders how she will get through. After seeing her neighbor/boyfriend with another woman, she begins online dating hoping to find someone who matches her love for food. She has a dismal first date at a new restaurant, particularly when her boorish date ends up dead. Chloe gets dragged into going to the funeral when his parents think that she is his fiancee. There she meets Josh, an up and coming chef who she thinks may be a candidate for romance. When Josh ends up being a suspect, Chloe works to find out the truth, even dragging the case to her talk therapy class to get help. This was a light, breezy mystery, with a lot of humor and I am curious to see how the series develops.
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Format: Hardcover
While I didn't ENJOY Chloe's long embarrassment when she discovers that her shack-up downstairs, whom she has deluded herself into believing she had enticed into monogamy, is sexing with another woman. I could get through the emotional outrage and the impulsive signing up for a dating service and the impulsive accepting of a blind date partly because it would mean dinner at a fancy restaurant. Unpleasant as all this was, it certainly was based in (female) human nature.

However, from that moment on the events got less and less believeable. While Chloe misleads some people to serve the author's needs in the plot, she also throws herself into yet another instant "romance" and, well, if I tell you more it would be a spoiler.

It took me no time at all to figure out who was the murderer and so most of the book was spent watching Chloe be mean about other people, such as "Braids," and denigrate her master program, which may have been perfectly accurate, but certainly did not place her character in a good light. Most troublesome, she instantly hooks up with yet another man and though he is the main murder suspect, the hot spot between her legs leads her to believe that he just can't be guilty. There certainly was nothing in his character to make her admire him or seek to know him better. When he casually admits that he sabotaged the man he was sent to help, my instincts screamed, "Get away from him - murderer or not!" But we were supposed to somehow accept this behavior as being a-okay in one's Penis of Choice. And the coy ways the authors managed to postpone the Great First Probing did not alter the fact that Chloe likes the guy solely for his hottieness.
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