A catered Mother's Day [electronic resource]. Isis Crawford.
- ISBN: 9781617733307 (electronic bk)
- Physical Description: 1 online resource
It's Mother's Day in sleepy Longley, New York, and this year, catering sisters Bernie and Libby Simmons help a friend--who happens to be an overworked and underappreciated mom--go to extreme lengths to teach her family a lesson. But when a prank turns deadly, the Simmons sisters will have to cook up a plan to clear their pal's name. . . Bernie's college roommate Ellen Hadley is burning the candle at both ends. She's grown a successful business baking treats for dogs and cats, and she's a dutiful wife and mother who somehow manages to fit all the cooking and cleaning into her busy schedule. But after her children forget her birthday and her husband forgets their anniversary, her expectations for a memorable Mother's Day are understandably modest. When Bernie jokingly suggests Ellen fake her own kidnapping to set her family straight, she never imagined her friend would actually go through with it. But when Ellen's husband follows her phony ransom note to an out-of-the-way hotel, he finds the police taking her into custody after she discovers a dead body in her room. Ellen swears she doesn't know the victim, but as police investigate her half-baked plans, they turn up more questions than answers. Bernie can't help but feel guilty for helping her friend concoct a recipe for disaster, so she and her sister Libby enlist the help of Ellen's kids, and together, they must race to find the true culprit--before Mother's Day is postponed indefinitely. . . Includes Original Recipes for You to Try!
Electronic reproduction. LaVergne : Kensington Books, 2015. Requires OverDrive Read (file size: N/A KB) or Adobe Digital Editions (file size: 1685 KB) or Kobo app or compatible Kobo device (file size: N/A KB) or Amazon Kindle (file size: N/A KB).
- Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2015 June #1
Bernie and Libby, sisters who run a catering business in Longley, New York, fall into a slapstick caper in between making delicacies for Mother's Day at their busy shop. Bernie had no inkling that her friend Ellen would take her seriously when Bernie suggested, purely facetiously, that Ellen should pretend to be kidnapped to get some appreciation from her husband and three boys. Surprise! Ellen calls the sisters to report that she has found a dead body in the hotel room where she is hiding as part of her faux kidnapping. They rush to Ellen's hotel, find that she has run away, and attempt to follow her trail, much to the consternation of the police. Turns out the murder victim had a history with the sister of Ellen's business partner's husband, which prompts Ellen's sons to hire Bernie and Libby to help prove Ellen's innocence. Readers will follow these chaotic doings with interest, mainly because of the quirky, off-center appeal of Bernie, Libby, and Ellen's sons. And let's not forget the recipes for some of those Mother's Day delicacies. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.
Isis Crawford was born in Egypt to parents who were in the diplomatic corps. When she was five, her family returned to the States, where her mother opened a restaurant in Upper Westchester County and her father became a university professor. Since then Isis has combined her parents’ love of food and travel by running a catering service as well as penning numerous travel-related articles about places ranging from Omsk to Paraguay. Married, with twin boys, she presently resides in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, where she is working on the next Bernie and Libby culinary mystery.
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