So I found this one in a Jughead Double Digest an had to share:
For more Archie Comics, go to Reggie in The Big Boom
So I found this one in a Jughead Double Digest an had to share:
For more Archie Comics, go to Reggie in The Big Boom
The Demon of River Heights (Nancy Drew Girl Detective Graphic Novels #1) by Stefan Petrucha
When this came out it was a new decade so that meant new updated look to Nancy Drew. In this Nancy is an absent-minded detective always forgetting things like putting gas in her car (a prius as she is very environmentally friendly) and charging her cellphone.
Bess is curvy and beautiful, and a mechanical genius.
And George is a super athlete and a tech whiz (?).
This came out in conjunction with the Nancy Drew, Girl Detective series and focuses mostly on mysteries that happen in River Heights, ILL.
So the plot presented here is a new one, in which two art students are making a movie in River Heights based on an urban myth about a local demon.
When the students go missing, it is up to Nancy and friends to find them.
I really enjoyed the graphic design and I liked the at-home mystery.
For more on Nancy Drew, go to Deadly Intent
For more graphic novels, go to Dracula (Graphic Novel)
For more demons, go to Just Because You’re Paranoid, Doesn’t Mean a Demon’s Not After You: Storm Front
So I love enchiladas. When I saw this recipe I thought it sounded good…except they mix red sauce with chicken. We NEVER, EVER, EVER do that in my house. Red sauce with meat, green with chicken. NEVER, EVER, EVER, EVER, EVER exchange it.
So I was very wary, but I thought I’d try it. It comes from The Magical Slow Cooker.
- 1.5 lbs of Boneless, Skinless, Raw Chicken Breasts
- 1-28 oz Can of Red Enchilada Sauce
- 10 Corn Tortillas
- 3 Cups of Grated Cheddar Cheese
- 1-3.8 oz Can of Olives
- Put the chicken and sauce in the slow cooker.
- Cook on high 4 hours or low 8 hours.
- Shred the chicken with two forks in the slow cooker.
- Cut the tortillas in to strips, add to the chicken and sauce.
- Add 1 cup of cheese and half the olives.
- Stir again.
- Flatten mixture and add rest of cheese and olives.
- Cook on low for 40-60 mins longer.
What did I think? I didn’t like it.
Red Sauce with Chicken is just gross. I didn’t like it and recommend skipping it.
For more Pinterest recipes, go to Peanut Butter Banana Oat Smoothie
For more Mexican food, go to Chorizo Breakfast Burrito
For more casseroles, go to Spanakopita Penne Bake
For more crock-pot recipes, go to Slow-Cooker Bread
The Company You Keep (A Kendra Clayton Mystery) by Angela Henry
I received this book free on BookBub. Lately those books have been a miss so let’s see how this one goes.
Kendra Wilson tried to leave her hometown, but found herself stuck there and working. She lost her job as a teacher due to cutbacks and instead spends her time split between working as a GED instructor and as a waitress at her uncle’s restaurant.
She loves both places, but wishes she could teach full time. Also her uncle’s restaurant is great but there is an annoying mean, boorish server-Joy and her uncle’s eclectic, high strung, dramatic girlfriend (I love her wigs and outfits, it makes me think of Iona in Pretty in Pink)
Kendra’s problems start with her best friend Bernie, who is dating a cad and jerk-Jordan Wallace. He’s just after her for money and someone to take care of him. They are waiting for him to pick Bernie up from the Literary Center’s Annual Recognition Program. His car was in the shop so he borrowed hers.
Bernie says she’s done this time-Kendra has heard that before. Everyone knows how Jordan has been cheating on Bernie, especially with Vanessa Brumfield, their old mean girl from high school.
The two go to the rental house that Bernie owns and has been renting to Vanessa (and she of course providing to Jordan along with herself.) Bernie goes to get her car and Kendra then goes home.
Later she is awoken by a phone call, Bernie telling her that Jordan is dead! Found dead in Vanessa’s house.
The two call the police, but Bernie ends up being the number one suspect. Kendra believes her to be innocent, but then discovers there is a whole lot more to Bernie than she realized!
In fact, Kendra discovers that about all the company she keeps-Joy the waitress, Bernie, Bernie’s sister-in-law Diane Gibson, even her uncle: are hiding a lot more than she realized and all hated Jordan. There are lots of possibilities as to who could have killed Jordan but they all seem to point to Bernie.
Kendra wonders if Vanessa might be involved in all this, finding her “disappearance”, later claiming to be on “vacation”, very suspicious. She tries to investigate her and even goes out with Vanessa’s soon-to-be ex-husband, an extremely handsome lawyer. Kendra really falls for him, but it turns out someone doesn’t want them to together.
One of the two has a stalker that is determined they stay single for them. Will Kendra find out the truth and outwit this psycho? Or will she be joining Jordan in eternity?
I really enjoyed this book and the characters. I thought Kendra was funny and extremely interesting and that the plot was well written and well paced.
The only thing I didn’t care for was Kendra dating someone that may or may not have murdered someone (never get involved with a suspect!!!) but otherwise I really enjoyed it. I can’t wait to see what is next in her investigations.
For more BookBub books, go to Weak Flesh
For more stalkers, go to The Wife Between Us
I love zucchini and tomatoes, so this seemed a perfect recipe for me.
This comes from The Kellogg’s Cookbook.
- 1/4 Cup of KELLOGG’s Complete Wheat Bran Flakes
- 2 Teaspoons plus 2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil
- 1/2 Teaspoon of Grated Lemon Zest
- 4 Medium Zucchini (about 1 1/4 lbs), well washed, trimmed, and cut crosswise into 1/4-inch thick slices.
- 3 Medium Tomatoes (about 3/4 lbs), peeled, cored, seeded, and cut into wedges.
- 1 Tablespoon of Fresh Lemon Juice
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Place the wheat bran flakes in a resealable bag. Seal the bag and using a rolling pin, crush the flakes into a fine crumb.
- Set aside.
- Heat 2 teaspoons of the oil in a small frying pan over low heat. Add the crumbs and cook, stirring constantly, for about 4 mins, or until lightly colored.
- Remove from heat and stir in zest. Set aside.
- Heat the remaining tablespoons of oil in a large frying pan over medium heat.
- Add zucchini and saute for 5 mins or until almost tender.
- Add tomatoes and lemon juice, along with salt and pepper.
- Cook, stirring frequently, for about 3 mins, or until hot.
- Remove from heat and transfer to a serving bowl.
- Sprinkle the crumbs over the top and serve.
No picture, I forgot to take one.
It was really good except the crumbs. They were too sweet and didn’t really add to the recipe.
For more Kellogg recipes, go to Cheese Potato Crisps
For more from the Kellogg’s Cookbook, go to Rice Krispies Cookies
Lowcountry Boil (A Liz Talbot Mystery #1) by Susan M. Boyer
So I first became aware of the Liz Talbot Mysteries with the third book, Lowcountry Boneyard. I was a book reviewer for a blog, we didn’t get paid but I did get free books to read, like that gum commercial.
I tried to get the rest of the series but the libraries didn’t have it and I thought about buying it but I really wanted to read it first. I finally got my hands on the first book, so here we go!
Liz Talbot left Stella Maris Island, her hometown, for college and marriage and has hardly been back. Her high school sweetheart, Michael Devlin, married her evil cousin Marci Miller (seriously she has some screws loose), and then she married, Scott Andrews, turned out to e a narcissistic conman.
She is divorced and now runs a successful private investigator team with her ex-brother-in-law Nate Andrews. (It is obvious he has feelings for her but Liz doesn’t see it and still carries a torch for her high school sweetheart).
Everything changes when she sees the ghost of her high school friend, Colleen Stevens. She warns her to come back to the island as her grandmother, Gram is dead.
At first Liz thinks her grandmother died by accident, but soon she and her brother. Blake Talbot, Police Chief, decide there was something more happening.
Liz inherits her Gram’s house and Colleen, a guardian spirit who is connected to the island. As long as Liz remains on the island, Colleen is there to guide and protect her-but if Liz doesn’t stay then terrible things will happen.
As Liz says goodbye to Nate and her other life, she sets out to make Stella Maris her new home and solve who killed Gram.
She finds herself in a wasp nest of developers, fighting city council, blackmail, hired guns, domestic violence, choosing between her old flame or starting something new, and more! Will she find out the truth, or end up joining Colleen in the spirit world?
It was a great read. I love how classy and ladylike Liz is, as a Southern woman should be, along with how tough and resourceful she is.
This novel is great read as it gets intense in the middle and I was flipping pages trying to get to what happened next.
I loved it and can’t wait for book 2!
For more private investigators, go to The Case of the Invisible Dog
For female private investigators, go to Innocent in Las Vegas
For more Southern mysteries, go to Design for Murder
For more supernatural mysteries, go to Christina’s Ghost
Today is the fourth anniversary of my blog Mysterious Eats.
We’ve reviewed all kinds of books, mysteries, short stories, recipes…
That’s a LOT…
The traditional gift for a fourth anniversary is flowers or fruit. I settled on sweetheart roses from Let Me Call You Sweetheart by Mary Higgins Clark
Happy Anniversary and a very special thanks to all my readers!
For more anniversary posts, go to It Was Brain-Tanned Leather, As Soft As a Horse’s Nose, and the Color of Butter Melting in the Sun
For more on Let Me Call You Sweetheart, go to Let Me Call You Sweetheart
For more on Mary Higgins Clark, go to I’ve Got You Under My Skin
The Crown Conspiracy (The Riyria Revelations #1) by Michael J. Sullivan
Hadrian Blackwater and Royce Melbourn are two of the greatest thieves you could ever go against. Their duo goes by the name Riyria, that name being known throughout the land.
At the beginning of the novel, the two are heading to work on a job when they are stopped by some thieves. All they have to do is say who they and they scare the others off like rabbits.
They head off to try and rob Archie Ballentyne, the Earl of Chadwick, by breaking into his impenetrable tower.
Meanwhile, Archie Ballentyne has been waiting for Marquis Victor Lanaklin. Archie has unsuccessfully been trying to woo his daughter, Alenda, as he is after the Lanaklin lands. He has managed to intercept some of her private love letters to the rebel Degan Gault, and wants to use them as leverage with the father. In order to keep them safe he has locked then in his study in the crown tower, a gigantic tower with only one entrance, the only one who can open it being Archie.
But when he goes to show the letters, they are MISSING! They have been stolen, along with the Marquis’ carriage. Who could have done this? Riyria.
Riyria return back to their pub and deliver the goods to Alenda, receiving their payments. But just as one job is finished, there appears there is another who wishes their services.
Hadrian goes to meet with the man, Baron Delano DeWitt. He has a job that needs to be done tonight. Sadly, Baron DeWitt has committed the biggest mistake anyone in that region could, he looked upon the wife of the master swordsman, Colonel Pickering. Colonel Pickering will duel anyone who stares at his wife, and with his skill he is impossible to beat.
Colonel Pickering’s only weakness? His special rapier that he cannot fight without. Baron DeWitt has stolen the sword and hid it in the castle’s chapel and he wants Riyria to smuggle the sword out of the castle before they search and find it. Now Riyria has a rule about accepting rush jobs, they don’t. But Hadrian isn’t really a thief, he has a warrior’s heart. He likes things to be fair or to fight for something “right”, justice, etc.
He has felt a little disheartened at stealing things for royals, then notifying the party they stole from to get payment to steal it back. This is a job that will mean something. Plus the pay is really good.
Royce was raised on the streets and has been a thief as far back as he can remember. He has no qualms about what they do, and because of what he has been through he is also extremely suspicious. He does not want to take this job, but Hadrian convinces him it is worth it as they will get 200 gold tenets.
That night they sneak into the castle and into its chapel. They go to search for the sword but find the king, dead.
As their minds grasp the situation, a dwarf starts screaming out that they killed the king. Guards swarm on them and they end up locked up in the dungeon. Yes, someone murdered the king and framed them. But who? And why?
Alric Essendon wakes from a tumble with a maid to discover he is the new King. He is furious over the death and prepares a horrible punishment as his revenge.
Meanwhile, Hadrian and Royce await their fate in the dungeon; Hadrian wishing he hadn’t tried to take the job and Royce wishing he had talked Hadrian out of it. To their surprise they receive a royal visit from princess Arista Essendon.
Arista questions them, and Hardrian tells her the story, claiming they did not kill her father. And to their surprise, she believes them.
Arista is not like other women. Her father sent her to University and she studied the lost art of magic. She had been given a warning about the threat upon her father’s life but unfortunately didn’t heed it. Now she wants to hire the two to kidnap her brother.
Hadrian and Royce are surprised, but Arista explains that she thinks someone is after the Essendon line and wants to kill her brother as well. She wants them to smuggle him out of the castle and go to Gutaria Prison, the secret ecclesiastical jail. They they will meet the wizard, Esrahaddon, who will be able to guide her brother. They think it is odd, but faced with death, they take the job.
Arista has a complete plan in place. She will send two monks in to administer the last rites and have the two unchained to pray. They will knock the monks out, switch clothes and meet her in the kitchen where she will have Alric.
Everything goes off without a hitch as they head off to the prison to find Esrahaddon, the wizard. As they continue their quest they run into a monk with a photographic memory that survived a massacre; a hidden prison that not only is built into a rock wall but once you enter cannot leave; the great wizard Esrahaddon who has been alive for eons; and secret church and government plot to answer the legend of the god Novron’s son and unite all the kingdoms under one rule!
Meanwhile, Arista tries to rule in her brother’s place but finds treachery very close to home. They try to brand her a witch and kill her.
Will this ragtag group be able save the throne? Or will they be outwitted and destroyed by these agents of Novron?
I started reading this book, and I could not put it down. It is that amazing!
Luckily, my book had one and two in it as I quickly consumed it, and then searched for the rest in the series.
It is an amazing book trhat I highlyt recommend for Lord of the Rings fans or anyone who likes fantasy with a little mystery thrown in.
For more fantasy-mystery, go to Gates of Thread and Stone
For more magic and sorcery, go to The Emperor’s Edge
The recipe is actually Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie, but as I have one that is almost the same title I added oats to this to distinguish it from the other.
I found this on Pinterest and it sounded good (you know me and smoothies) and I had the ingredients. The original site is Daily Smoothie, I think with a name like that, the will be popping up again on my blog…
- 1 Frozen Banana
- 1/2 Cup of Almond Milk (I don’t like almond so I use regular)
- 3/4 Cup of Greek Yogurt
- 1/2 Cup of Oats
- 1/2 Tsp of Cinnamon
- 4 Tbsp of Peanut Butter
- Combine all in blender and mix well.
- Add a dash of oats on top.
It was delicious. I loved the peanut butter and I loved the smoothie. It was delicious and I recommend it.
For more Pinterest recipes, go to Creamy Sour Cream Lemon Pie
For more from Daily Smoothie, go to Peanut Butter and Jelly Smoothie
For more smoothies, go to Blueberry Banana Protein Smoothie
For more peanut butter, go to Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Smoothie
For more drinks, go to Banana Peanut Butter Smoothie
Design for Murder (Death on Demand #2) by Carolyn G. Hart
It has been a while since we reviewed a Death on Demand, so let’s do a quick review. Annie Laurence, from Texas, tried to be an actress in New York, but when she didn’t ht it big she headed to Broward’s Rock of South Carolina where her beloved uncle lived. When he died, she inherited his mystery bookstore, Death on Demand.
She was followed by the wealthy billionaire, Max Darling, who she met in New York and fell in love with. She left him as she felt they were too different, but Max won’t let true love get away. He opens up a private investigators business on the island. Meanwhile, in the last book, Elliot Morgan was murdered and a whole list of suspects were involved-with Annie being number one. She and Max solved the case and since then life has been good.
Until…Annie is hired to do a Mystery Night for historic Chastain’s garden and historic house show. The Historic board is championed by tyrant Corinne Pritchard Webster who likes everything her way. She didn’t want to add this mystery night, but was outvoted, the board hiring Annie to plan it.
Corinne is a snake, but Annie is thrilled to create her own murder mystery play with clues! This is perfect as it takes her mind off her fight with Max about wedding plans.
Annie receives a note from Cordelia with her outline for the murder mystery, which infuriates Annie as she spent hours planning something else. But when she presents it to the board she discovers it wasn’t sent by Cordelia, but that someone pretended and sent a mystery to embarrass Cordelia.
After that Annie works extra hard on an English style murder mystery that has no resemblance to anyone whatsoever and her booth for the night. Before you know it, the day has come and it is time to stage it all. As Annie does a once-over of the grounds she spots the body in the wrong place. When she goes to move it-it turns out to not be a mannequin but a real body. Cordelia! But which of the many people who hated her murdered her?
Could it have been Lucy Gaines, the once fiancé of Corrine’s brother, the relationship Corrine broke up. Soon after Corrine’s brother died and Lucy never married or had children. She also was stuck working and dealing with Cordelia everyday. Did it finally get to her and she killed her to get back at the life that could never be?
Mayor Webster, Corinne’s husband, has been alienated from her for years. In fact he developed a relationship with one of the local teachers. Could he have murdered her to get his money, freedom, and a new girl?
Corinne bought off her niece, Gail’s, “unsuitable” boyfriend and has been crushing her spirit. Could she had snapped and finally stopped her aunt from being involved?
She has taken all paintings and works made by local and museum artist Tim Bond. She has a contract that they are owned by the museum and selling them not to Tim’s New York show, but loaning them out to other museums. This will ruin his career. Did he kill her to get everything back? Or was it his girlfriend Sybil Giacamo who hates Corinne and wants to help Tim, her lover?
Roscoe Merrill got drunk when out of town on business. He slipped up on his marriage and Corinne just happened to see him. She holds that over him and threatens to ruin his perfect marriage. Did he kill her to end the blackmail? Or was it his wife who killed Corinne to ensure no one sees their marriage as anything less than ideal?
Dr. Sanford has been practicing on that area to work exclusively with a doctor in his specialized field. He has plans to increase the hospital and increase his work. Corinne wouldn’t let him change anything in the hospital. Could he have done it, so that he continue his love?
Edith Ferrier gives so much to the community and wanted to have the position of president of the historical society as it is her favorite thing. Corinne wouldn’t give up her power, even though Edith would do a better job. Was this the last straw after constantly being crushed? Did she snap and kill her?
Unfortunately, the only one who the police are focusing on IS Annie! Will she be able to solve the case or be sipping her future mint juleps in jail.
It’s so good, and always get me.
A real page turner!
For more Death on Demand, go to Death on Demand
For more Design for Murder, go to So Many Books to Review, So Little Time
For more Historical Socities, go to Death by Cashmere
For more Southern mysteries, go to For Whom the Bluebell Tolls
So every 17th I try to make an Irish recipe in honor of the day. Usually I make some Irish Soda Bread and something else to go with it. The last two years I have done sweeter recipes, so this year I decided to go with something savory and made out of an Irish staple: Potatoes.
I was planning on doing one recipe, but discovered I purchased the wrong potatoes. I scoured the internet and found this one on The Spruce Eats.
- 4 oz of Butter, divided
- 9 oz of Onion, peeled and thinly sliced
- 4-6 Potatoes, Peeled and very thinly sliced
- 4 ounces of Cheddar Cheese
- Slice the onion.
- Peel and cut the potatoes.
- Heat the oven to 375 degrees F.
- Over medium heat, melt 1 oz of butter in a large, oven safe, frying pan.
- Gently cook the onions until soft, but not browned.
- Melt half of the remaining butter.
- Remove pan from heat.
- In the pan, arrange a layer of potatoes.
- Add a layer of onion.
- Sprinkle on a layer of cheese.
- Season with salt and pepper.
- Repeat steps 8-11, until all ingredients are used and the top is layered with potatoes.
- Place the pan over medium heat and cook on stovetop for a few minutes, or until the bottom layer of the potatoes are brown.
- Dot the surface with the rest of the butter and place in the heated oven, baking for 30 mins.
- Remove from oven and increase the oven temperature to 425 degrees F.
- When the oven’s temperature has risen, return the pan to the oven and cook for 15 more minutes.
- To serve, loosen the edges of the potato cake from the frying pan with a spatula.
- Flip the pan over onto a plate or breadboard.
- Cut into wedges and enjoy.
So I didn’t have an oven safe pan, after cooking on the stove I flipped it into my pie pan. So I had mixed feelings about this. The potatoes on top and bottom cooked very well, and were delicious. However, the ones in the middle didn’t all cook through.
I sliced my potatoes extremely thin, so I don’t think that was the problem. If I were to do this again, I would do less potatoes; maybe 2 or 3. Or try it with the yukon gold or red potatoes.
But the parts that were cooked, were so good. Yummy:
For more Saint Patrick’s Day posts, go to Irish Blueberry Scones
For more potato recipes, go to Grilled Sausages, Potatoes, & Carrots with Salsa Verde
For more holiday posts, go to Creamy Sour Cream Lemon Pie
As you see above, today is Pi day so I decided to post a pie recipe.
I’ve made a sour cream lemon pie before, but this is a new recipe. This one comes from The Chunky Chef.
- 2 Cups of All-Purpose Flour
- 1 Teaspoon of Salt
- 3/4 Cup of Shortening
- Ice Water
- 1 Cup of Sugar
- 4 Tbsp Cornstarch
- 1 Cup of Milk
- 2 Lemons Juiced (about 1/2 Cup)
- 1 Tbsp Lemon Zest
- 3 Large Egg Yolks, Lightly Beaten
- 4 Tbsp Cold Butter, Cubed
- 1 Cup of Sour Cream
- Whipped Cream (Optional)
- Lemon Slices (Optional)
- In a mixing bowl, mix up the shortening and flour. Add in water a tablespoon at a time until dough is more malleable. If you add to much and it is too liquid-y, then just add a bit more flour to firm it up.
- Line crust with foil and place beans, rice, or pie weights (as pie dough will rise) and bake for 8 mins or until browned. Set aside to cool.
- In a heavy bottomed saucepan, add sugar and cornstarch. Whisk to combine.
- Slowly whisk in milk and lemon juice.
- Heat over medium heat, stirring often, until mixture is thickened and bubbly.
- Reduce to low, and cook 2 mins longer, stirring often.
- Remove from heat.
- Lightly beat eggs in a small mixing bowl. Whisking continuously, add a small amount of the hot lemon mixture, then add the mixture to the hot saucepan.
- Heat pan on medium heat until it comes to a gentle boil, and cook for 2 minutes.
- Remove from heat again and add lemon zest.
- Continue to cool, but don’t stir.
- Cool mixture for 30-40 mins and then fold in sour cream until no white streaks remain.
- Spoon mixture into the pie crust and spread out evenly.
- Cool in the refrigerator for 4 hours (or more). To serve, top with whipped cream and lemon slices.
I made this for Thanksgiving last year and it was sooooo good! It was eaten immediately. I only got one slice! 😦
For more on lemon pies, go to Sour Cream Lemon Pie
For more pie recipes, go to Blueberry Sour Cream Pie
For more pinterest recipes, go to Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Smoothie
For more desserts, go to Braided Candy Canes
I’ve Got You Under My Skin (Under Suspicion #1) by Mary Higgins Clark
Laurie Moran’s doctor husband was shot in the park while he was out with his son Timmy. After the killer shot him, he told Timmy “I’m coming for your mom next, then you.” All Timmy remembers from of the man was his intense and scary blue eyes.
Five years have gone by and Laurie has raised her son with help from her retired police officer father, Leo Farley. Laurie is a television producer who has had a few bombs recently.
This time she is sure she has a winner, a Unsolved Mysteries like TV show where all the people from the case reenact what happened in cold cases, having them be looked over and maybe solve it-with viewer’s aid.
And she has the perfect case to start them off, the murder of Betsy Bonner Powell, otherwise known as The Graduation Gala Murder. Twenty years ago, four close friends graduated from college and Robert Powell and Besty Bonner Powell decided to throw a huge gala for the four of them-Claire Bonner (Betsy’s daughter and Robert’s step daughter), Nina Craig, Alison Schaefer [Kimball], and Regina Callari.
The morning after the party, Robert went to deliver his wife her early morning coffee, as he did every morning, and found her dead-smothered to death. He, the housekeeper Jane, and all the girls were heavily questioned, being under suspicion for twenty years.
Robert Powell is very ill man, not long for the world, and he agrees to the show and to putting up $250,000-tax free. That added to the TV show’s $50,000 they are paying each woman-every single one will take home $300,000 for just a bit of rehashing-and maybe even clear the suspicions surrounding them.
Alex Buckley, famous defensive attorney, especially for the way he questions witness on the stand, will be the host and will question each of the graduates, Jane, Robert Powell, and the family friend George Curtis.
As they all gather everyone wonders and questioned which of them did it?
Claire was very close to her mother, even commuting to Vasser to live at home. Her mother was so beautiful and commanding and she so plain. Did she kill her mother because she resented Robert Powell coming between them or was she jealous of her mother?
Nina’s mother, actress Muriel Craig, was dating Robert Powell. One day they went out to a restaurant Nina saw her friend Claire and her mother Betsy also dining out. When Betsy met Robert that was it, they married not long after. Muriel was furious at this and always blamed her daughter for ruining her chances-did Nina snap and kill her-thinking it might finally shut her mother up?
Alison was from a poor family and a scholarship student who worked hard for everything she got and her scholarship to college. She married four months after the murder to longtime friend Thomas “Rod” Kimball. What could be her motive?
Regina’s dad heavily invested in Robert Powell’s hedge funds, losing everything and committing suicide. Did she get revenge by killing Betsy?
Jane used to work with Betsy when Betsy was a usher at the theater. Her life increased wonderfully after Betsy hired her on, or did it? Did she have a reason to kill her?
Robert Powell-he loved Betsy with all his heart and never remarried. Is he really the grieving widower, or was he the one who killed her?
And George Curtis, helpful family friend-or does something more lie under that facade?
But that is just the surface, each one has a secret-and a deeper motive for killing Betsy.
Claire could use the money and she hates Powell with vengeance, that being her only reason to come back. Powell molested her from the time she moved in until she fled after her mother’s murder. Claire had been trying to work up the nerve to tell her mother what was happening when she overheard the two, and discovered her mom knew and allowed it. Was Claire a part of the deal always, the real reason he left Muriel for Betsy? Claire had just found out before the gala, did she snap with anger and smother her mother?
Nina is just an extra and is stuck with her mother after Muriel almost burned her apartment down falling asleep while smoking. Life with her mother has been hell ever since Robert Powell left Muriel as every day she was verbally abused and yelled at for messing that up. She agrees to come to get the money and get rid of her mother-moving her out and as far away as possible. What no one knows is that besides the constant berating of her mother Betsy always rubbed in her face as well-even going as far as writing a slight on the invitation and to her face at the party. Did she finally snap under the pressure and silence her?
Alison’s dreams of becoming a doctor and researcher were dashed when she lost the scholarship that she had worked so hard for and couldn’t afford to pay for graduate school on her own. Rod signed on a great football contract and asked her to marry him, promising to pay for her schooling. However, shortly after they were married Allison lost her dreams again when Rod was injured and lost his contract-the two ending up working in a pharmacy and Rod having to use crutches or a wheelchair. She agrees to come to get the money and go back to school. While all know she lost her dream no one knows that Betsy was the cause. Betsy wanted to join a socialite club and in order to get in she had Robert donate a ton of money to the school and used her influence to give the rich daughter of the socialite the scholarship to seal her entrance into the club. Alison was furious as the girl who won it was lower in grades, had dropped out, could afford to pay her own way, and was not deserving of it at all. Alison also sleepwalks when stressed and angry, could she had found her way into the room that night?
Regina had a horrible divorce where she didn’t come out with much. She is a struggling real estate agent, competing with her wealthy ex for care and attention of her son. With the money-she could provide things for her son herself, and not have to worry about money. But she has a dark secret too. When her father committed suicide he left a note (which she stole to protect her mother) saying that Betsy manipulated him to invest the money. The two had been having and affair, she and Robert knew all along that the investment would fail, and planned this all to take his money and save themselves. Because of that she lost her dear father and home, a loss she felt no stronger than on her graduation. Did she finally snap and get revenge!
From the day that Jane moved into the house she fell head over heels in love with Robert. She also grew to hate Besty and her “queenly” ways. Did she do her in to get a chance at Robert?
George and Betsy had a two-year affair, which at the end of it Betsy threatened to tell his wife all unless he paid her off. George knew that paying her off wouldn’t end it but just begin a constant flow of payments-but he knew if Isabelle found out she would leave him and his life would be over. Did he kill her to protect his wife?
And Robert, how much did he know? How much was he a part of? And did he kill her too?
Meanwhile, Robert’s driver discovers most of the girl’s secrets and starts blackmailing them, and blue eyes resurfaces-hanging close to Laurie and planing on finishing his threat-during the graduation gala filming.
This had an amazing buildup! I was listening to it on CD while driving about and became so caught up in it I had to check the book out to read whodunit.
However, I did wish the deeper secrets were revealed, to all the characters which I wish they, as the “motives” for murder are so weak without them.
But otherwise a real page turner! And I’m looking forward to the next book in the series.
For more Mary Higgins Clark, go to The Man Next Door
For more mysteries in retrospect, go to Let Me Call You Sweetheart
For more blackmailing, go to The Cereal Murders
Death Dines Out (Hemlock Falls Mystery #5) by Claudia Bishop
The Quilliam sisters are thrilled to take a vacation from the Inn for a week in Palm Beach, Florida-but of course we know it won’t be a “real” vacation.
In exchange for first class tickets the pair are helping Tiffany Taylor, wealthy socialite, with a week long charity function for phobic women. The two are going to stay at the luxury condo, Combers Beach Club, Quill will give one lecture on inn keeping, and Meg three cooking classes. They are really going for Meg in the hopes she can win back her third star from L’ Aperitif.
The whole thing is basically a ruse,
Tiffany just wants to get back at her ex-husband. The two keep one-upping each other and one ends up dead…a case of murder!
This was awful.
It was boring, made no sense and just absolutely horrible. Whatever charm attracted me to this series in the first place is gone and I never want to read another one.
But you know me, ugh I have to finish the series. Bleh!
For more Hemlock Falls mysteries, go to Murder Well Done
For more Claudia Bishop, go to A Pinch of Poison
For more mysteries taking place in Palm Beach, go to Spring Breakdown