"Before you, Bella, my life was like a moonless night. Very dark, but there were stars, points of light and reason. ...And then you shot across my sky like a meteor. Suddenly everything was on fire; there was brilliancy, there was beauty. When you were gone, when the meteor had fallen over the horizon, everything went black. Nothing had changed, but my eyes were blinded by the light. I couldn’t see the stars anymore. And there was no more reason, for anything."

~ Edward Cullen

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Review: Cooking Up Murder

Title: Cooking Up Murder
Author: Miranda Bliss
Pages: 233
Rating: 4/5

Annie and Eve are life-long best friends who have absolutely nothing in common-except a lack of skill in the kitchen. So when they sign up for a cooking class at the local gourmet shop, they figure the only things at risk are a few innocent fruits and vegetables. But on the first night, Annie and Eve see their fellow student Beyla arguing with a man-a man who later turns up dead in the parking lot. Now the friends feel bound to uncover whatever secrets she's hiding, before someone else's goose-perhaps one of their own-gets cooked (amazon.com).

What a cute read!

I've never really jumped aboard the "cozy" mystery train before. I've bought a few here or there, but haven't really picked any up and given them a chance yet. However, I'm really glad I read Cooking Up Murder and I can't wait to read the rest of the series.

Annie Capshaw and Eve Decauter have been friends almost their entire lives. Annie is recovering from a horrible divorce and Eve feels like the best way to help is by signing them both up for cooking classes. The bad thing is, Eve is the worst chef in the history of chefs (literally...lol). However, their instructor Jim has lots of patience and he's absolutely delicious to look at so it makes the class that much better.

After their first night of class, Annie and Eve discover a body in the parking lot of the cooking school and from there the ride begins. And what a fun ride it was! I absolutely adored the character of Annie Capshaw and could relate to her in so many ways. And Eve was the perfect best friend. Her personality is so different from Annie's but together they made one heck of a detective team.

I'm looking forward to seeing how the girls' detective skills improve and where Bliss takes Annie's relationship with Jim. Currently there are five books in the series, the most recent published in December of 2009. All the books have a cooking them and come with lots of yummy recipes. I can't wait to try the recipe for "Eve's Baked Apples" that is in the back of Cooking Up Murder. I'll have to let everyone know how that turns out!!


Darlyn said...

interesting story! i love reading anything with cooking in it. *LOL*

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Tammy said...

Well this sounds like a fun read with a super cute cover! I htink I'll have to give this series a shot. Thanks for the review!

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