A Catered Mother's Day: A Mystery with Recipes

Kensington. May 2015. 304p. ISBN 9781617733291. $25; ebk. ISBN 9781617733307. M
Mother's Day is coming. Sisters Bernie and Libby Simmons, who run A Little Taste of Heaven Bakery, are preparing their favorites. But Bernie gets a call from her dear friend Ellen Hadley, who has, unfortunately, taken Bernie's flippant advice to pretend to be kidnapped to get her family, who have a bad habit of forgetting special occasions like Mother's Day, to appreciate her. Ellen has discovered a dead man in her room at the rundown Riverview Motel; how does she convince the police it's all a big misunderstanding? As the body count rises, who could be killing the good citizens of quiet Longley, NY, and why?
VERDICT The 11th title in Crawford's charming culinary series (after A Catered Fourth of July) concocts the perfect recipe of family dynamics, tasty food, and fun. Diane Mott Davidson and Jerrilyn Farmer fans will find this delightful.
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