- Series: Hemlock Falls Mystery (Book 1)
- Mass Market Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Berkley (September 1, 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0425143503
- ISBN-13: 978-0425143506
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.7 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #664,527 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Taste for Murder (Hemlock Falls Mystery) Mass Market Paperback – March 2, 2004
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Why is it that in cozies authors create so many adults -- even their protagonists -- who act like stupid, bratty kids? What is appealing about this? We're supposed to LIKE these people? Somehow find them funny? Or understand how they can act so immaturely? I love mysteries, but this is total crap. I give her 2 stars because the writing itself is adequate, but it's wasted on no plot and awful characters.
I know they own a business, but ENOUGH is ENOUGH!!! Do you even WANT these people as patrons ANYWAY??? Groping you, continuallty handing them free stuff and being humiliated in front of the entire room of people????
WHERE IS THE GUTSY FEISTY BROAD no one better mess with?????
I know just about NOTHING about the sister who cooks (can't even remember her name) she's in the books so little and also seems bland--all I know is she likes to "cook" with raw eggs, which is a major turn off right there.
The sheriff is supposedly Quill's love interest .... chemistry = ZERO. He's barely in it the book (so far) and they hardly have any exchange and none of it is romantic or even witty.
I wanted to love this book since I love cooking, cozies, New England and Witch Trials from the 1600s ... but ... I cannot force myself to read any further. A big pass. Borrow this one from the library, if you're interested.
Bishop does an excellent job with her creation of Hemlock Falls and her description of the Inn. The entire book gives off the vibe of a cozy mystery in small town America. Fans of Denise Swanson's Scumble River Mysteries may also enjoy this series as A Taste for Murder really reminded me of her work. My only criticism is that this book did not feel like the first in a series. Prior events and relationships were alluded to which made me want to keep checking if I really did have the first book of the collection.
Overall, this was a good start to a new series and I'm looking forward to seeing where the next book, A Dash of Death, takes the Quilliam sisters and the residents of Hemlock Falls.