This is book number 11 in the A Mystery With Recipes series.
Bernie’s college roommate Ellen Hadley is burning the candle at both ends. She’s grown a successful business baking treats for dogs and cats, and she’s a dutiful wife and mother who somehow manages to fit all the cooking and cleaning into her busy schedule. But after her children forget her birthday and her husband forgets their anniversary, her expectations for a memorable Mother’s Day are understandably modest.
When Bernie jokingly suggests Ellen fake her own kidnapping to set her family straight, she never imagined her friend would actually go through with it. But when Ellen’s husband follows her phony ransom note to an out-of-the-way hotel, he finds the police taking her into custody after she discovers a dead body in her room. Ellen swears she doesn’t know the victim, but as police investigate her half-baked plans, they turn up more questions than answers.
Bernie can’t help but feel guilty for helping her friend concoct a recipe for disaster, so she and her sister Libby enlist the help of Ellen’s kids, and together, they must race to find the true culprit—before Mother’s Day is postponed indefinitely…
Includes Original Recipes for You to Try!
A Catered Fourth Of July
“Framed with scenes of food preparation and sales, and supported by the richly portrayed relationship between the sisters and their widowed father, this satisfying cozy will appeal to fans of Joanne Fluke’s Hannah Swensen mysteries.”—Booklist
“Scorned women, jealous husbands, Wiccans, and Hilda the pet pig add to the cozy fun.” —Publishers Weekly
“A pleasant and entertaining mystery with the perfect mix of crime, family dynamics and good food.” —RT Book Reviews
A Catered St. Patrick’s Day
“Cozy fans will appreciate the zany characters, witty dialogue and puzzling plot.” —Publishers Weekly
A Catered Christmas
“Comical minor arguments, bitchy asides, cookie dependencies, and useful recipes keep this moving.” —Library Journal
A Catered Murder
“Fans who love culinary mysteries are going to gain pounds after reading this delicious who-done-it.” —I Love a Mystery