Death of A Kitchen Diva

Death of A Kitchen Diva

Book - 2012
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Single mum Hayley Powell is barely keeping her leaking roof over her head when her boss at the "Island Times" gives her a new assignment - taking over the paper's food column. Hayley's not sure she has the chops--she's an office manager, not a writer, even if her friends clamor for her mouth-watering potluck dishes. But the extra income is tempting, and Hayley's chatty first column is suddenly on everyone's menu - with one exception. When rival food writer Karen Appelbaum is found face-down dead in a bowl of Hayley's creamy clam chowder, all signs point to Hayley. To clear her name, she'll have to enlist some help, including her BFFs, a perpetually pregnant lobster woman, and a glamorous real estate agent. As she whips up a list of suspects, Hayley discovers a juicy secret about the victim - and finds herself in a dangerous mix with a cold-blooded killer.
Publisher: New York : Kensington, c2012
ISBN: 9780758267375
0758267371
Branch Call Number: HOLLIS
Characteristics: 344 p. ; 18 cm

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Nov 06, 2018

If I could have given this book zero stars, I would have. But I think you have to give some star or part of a star to do a comment. The previous commenter mentioned maybe the brother/sister writing team would develop better writing skills in later books. Well they might. But I'm not going to waste my time on any more of their books. This book should have been written in the 1950's....totally, absolutely dumb woman let's men pretty much run her life. Except for her ex-husband, who though he has a steady job out in Iowa as the manager of a Target store, cannot seem to get his child support sent very often. No problem! Don't hire a lawyer and get a Wage Garnishment out on ex's pay check. Just take on another job to feed your two kids and pay the mortgage on a falling down house! And when you aren't at home, which with 2 jobs etc. is not very often, the kids just keep ordering pizza while you "worry" about their nutrition. Yup....this book should have been written to reflect the 1950's. There were really hilarious things throughout the book. I think most of them were not meant to be funny. Such as...it takes place way up North in Maine, way after Labor Day and the trees are all turning color and it's down in the low 50's at night...BUT our heroine is still able to stop at a farmer's market on her way home from work to by a flat of strawberries! Yup, strawberries are still being grown and picked in late September, early October up in Maine. Right!? There were many, many, many silly bloopers like that. After awhile they stopped being funny. Very little plot and writing that read like it was being done by a Junior High student....and not a really good student at that. Interested in how they write later books? Not me.

nutty7688 May 12, 2012

Some laugh out loud moments. This is the first book written by this brother and sister team, although I did like it, they were lacking in writing skills. Maybe the next one will get better.

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