Books, Cooks, and Crooks

Books, Cooks, and Crooks

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Penguin Putnam
The national bestselling Novel Idea Mysteries are back, as Lila Wilkins?literary agent and sleuth?is setting up a delicious cookbook fair. But the tension in the kitchen is about to boil over?

Inspiration Valley, North Carolina, is bubbling with excitement for the Taste of the Town festival, and Lila is right in the middle of it all. Along with her coworkers at the Novel Idea Literary Agency, Lila is organizing a grand celebrity chef event, featuring food television's biggest stars, complete with cooking demonstrations, cookbook giveaways, and even a culinary writing contest.

But just as the celebration is about to start, the demo kitchen blows up, taking one of the star cooks with it. With all the explosive egos of the cook’s colleagues, it’s hard to find someone who didn’t have a motive to eliminate the competition. Now Lila will have to scramble to figure out which of her clients is a killer?before someone else gets burned.


Random House, Inc.
The national bestselling Novel Idea Mysteries are back, as Lila Wilkins—literary agent and sleuth—is setting up a delicious cookbook fair. But the tension in the kitchen is about to boil over…

Inspiration Valley, North Carolina, is bubbling with excitement for the Taste of the Town festival, and Lila is right in the middle of it all. Along with her coworkers at the Novel Idea Literary Agency, Lila is organizing a grand celebrity chef event, featuring food television's biggest stars, complete with cooking demonstrations, cookbook giveaways, and even a culinary writing contest.

But just as the celebration is about to start, the demo kitchen blows up, taking one of the star cooks with it. With all the explosive egos of the cook’s colleagues, it’s hard to find someone who didn’t have a motive to eliminate the competition. Now Lila will have to scramble to figure out which of her clients is a killer—before someone else gets burned.

Baker & Taylor
Literary agent Lila Wilkins must discover which one of her clients has cooked up a murder after a celebrity chef is killed during Inspiration Valley's annual cookbook fair. Original. 35,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Berkley Prime Crime, c2014
ISBN: 9780425252246
Branch Call Number: PB MYSTERY ARL
Characteristics: 295 p. ;,18 cm.

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Shelley51
Jun 26, 2016

I like the characters, the setting, and the main character's career. Anxious to read book 4 & 5.

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LauraSteinert
Oct 02, 2014

This is the first one I have read in the series, and I can see I have missed an awful lot. Very enjoyable reading. The difference between this book and most of the other cozy mysteries I have read lately is that these 40 something women do not act as if they are stuck in junior high. I love the more mature adults who have real jobs, are not overwhelmed with the trivia of life, and still find time to solve crimes. :-)

Especially enjoyable is that Lila is trying to understand and become close to her mother--who by all accounts (at least in this book) a life long mystery and slight embarrassment. While Lila is still convinced she was the perfect mother, she has just started to discover her mother has always loved her as much as Lila loves her son.

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