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Thursday, June 19, 2008

Love Food and Mysteries? Do the Silver Sisters Have Something for You!

TITLE: A Corpse in the Soup

AUTHOR: Morgan St. James and Phyllice Bradner


GENRE: Funny Mystery series

ISBN# Paperback: 1-59705-805-X Audio CD: 1-59607-857-X

Reviewed by Olivera Baumgartner-Jackson, Reader Views,

Fast-paced and laugh-out-loud funny, this was a quick and satisfying read. Morgan St. James and Phyllice Bradner are sisters in real life, so that might explain why their co-operation worked out so well in a book. I certainly hope this was not the last book they’ve written together. Silver Sisters rule! I would highly recommend A Corpse in the Soup to any mystery lover, particularly those who enjoy the Cooking Channel and love a good, funny read.

Take several chefs, add some classy – and less classy - ladies, a couple of well-aged vaudeville actors, a talking dog, a bunch of gofers and miscellaneous Hollywood characters, and add a heaping cup of jealousy, a pinch of intrigue, a smidgen of history. Garnish with incredibly funny names (Sterling Silver, Biff Wellington, Chili Pepper, Justin Thyme, Mr. Manicotti, Caesar Romano…), take a shot at the increasingly popular cooking shows and stir well. What do you get? You get a recipe for an amusing, frothy, yet not lightweight romp. The characters are lovable and believable, even when they leave you shaking your head in wonder over their antics. The story flows well and pulls you in very quickly. Although you might think quite early in the book that you know who the villain is, I would be surprised if you’d truly manage to solve this mystery before the final pages.

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