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Fried by Jury by Claudia Bishop
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This wasn't too bad of a book. It's got a couple amateur detectives bumbling through a search for a criminal, while people are dying all around them. The police don't seem particularly incompetent, nor do the detectives spend half the novel hiding details from the reader. On the downside, the solution comes as a surprise to detective and reader.

To me, it boiled down to liking the characters and how they interacted in their quaint small town. (Which seemed bizarrely dissimilar to my experiences in a town of about the same size; how does a 23-room inn end up the largest employer in a town of 4000?) I didn't feel like I had wasted my time at the end of the book, but the story did feel a little weak, and I'm not looking for the rest of the books in this series to read. ( )
  prosfilaes | Apr 21, 2008 |
These series concerns the Quilliam sisters: Sarah and artist, Meg, a master chef. After Sarah's divorce and the death of Meg's husband, the two move to Hemlock Falls, a small town in New York to run a bed and breakfast.

The individual stories can be charming in a screwball sort of way, but I find them dull after a while. Either things stay infuriatingly the same, or they change in a bizarre abrupt fashion; there is no real development. Of course, my disinterest in gourmet cooking doesn't help.

The volumes usually include at least one recipe. ( )
  juglicerr | Jul 2, 2007 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0425189945, Mass Market Paperback)

When the judge for a deep fat frying contest disappears-along with a butcher's knife from Quill and Meg's kitchen-the Quilliam sisters know they have a new murder to solve.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:49:31 -0400)

Meg Quilliam is adamant that she doesn't want to judge a deep fat frying contest. But when celebrity chef Banion O'Haggerty offers to do it and decides to stay at Meg's inn, it's the start of even more turmoil. For Mr Holcomb's most hated rival, Colonel Cluck, is setting up shop here too. Then a butcher's knife disappears - and so does Banion...… (more)

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