Daily Archives: January 11, 2013

Murder For The Halibut by Liz Lipperman

Murder For HalibutMurder For The Halibut by Liz Lipperman is the third book in the “Clueless Cook” mystery series. Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime, December 2012

A sports writing job would have been the perfect catch for Jordan McAllister, but in Ranchero, Texas, all she could reel in was the food column. Though she may not know her way around a kitchen, she has no trouble finding herself in a kettle of fish.

Tempted by the offer of a free Caribbean cruise, Jordan accepts a spot as a judge in a week-long big-time cooking competition aboard the Carnation Queen. She just better hope no one finds out that her famous palate is far from refined.

But there are bigger fish to fry when arrogant chef Stefano Mancini falls face first into his signature halibut dish during the first event. While evidence suggests that the handsome Italian chef’s death was an accident, Jordan thinks otherwise. But she’ll have to keep her wits about her—and the sea sickness pills handy—if she’s going to solve this one.

OMG! This book is awesome. Jordan is on a cruise judging a competition when one of the contestant suddenly dies. Was it an accident? or murder? Jordan has other ideas when she overhears a conversation that points to something sinister and as such, puts her and her friends on the hunt for a murderer. The author did a good job in delivering a delightfully entertaining whodunit that I could not put down and did not want to see end. The dialogue was engagingly witty and the scene with “sweetbread”; Priceless. This is the best book in this fabulous series and I can’t wait for the next exciting adventures with Jordan and her friends.

A Wild Ghost Chase by E.J. Copperman

Wild Ghost ChaseA Wild Ghost Chase by E.J. Copperman is the first novella in the “Haunted Guesthouse” mystery series. Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime, December 2012

Phantom PI Paul Harrison from the national bestselling Haunted Guesthouse mysteries returns with a tale of his own in a house full of ghosts, secrets, and spectacular oceanside views.

Three years ago in a large Victorian house on the Jersey Shore in the town of Harbor Haven, fledgling private investigator Paul and his client, Maxie Malone, were murdered. Since then, recent divorcee and reluctant ghost whisperer Alison Kerby and her 10-year-old daughter Melissa have moved in and converted the place to a guesthouse, where Maxie and Paul are now checked in for an eternity and ready to solve any case that comes their way—or at least spook the guests (who love it).

Alison’s got a lot on her plate at the moment, however, so when Paul discovers the three-hundred-year-old ghost of a small boy in the house, he decides not to involve her in the case. The boy, named Eagle of the Sun, says he’s searching for his missing mother. Paul’s happy to help Eagle of the Sun find her, though something about the boy’s story doesn’t add up. But why would a lost little ghost lie?

Paul is on the case when a young boy seeks his help in locating his mother from the great beyond. This is a very enjoyable mystery with surprising elements in this short novella with bonus excerpt for the next Haunted Guesthouse series.