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A great amateur female detective novel...

  • Apr 13, 2004
I finished a fun read a week or so ago. It was Mumbo Gumbo by Jerrilyn Farmer. Farmer's books involve a caterer named Madeline Bean who finds herself involved in crime mysteries not of her own choosing. In Mumbo Gumbo, she is called on to do some writing for the final episode of a hit show called Food Freak when the head writer disappears. No one knows where he took off to, but the people who write, produce, and star on the show all seem to have something to hide when it comes to his disappearance. Bean's cop boyfriend is working on some serial killings that appear to be drug-related, and the two stories start to intertwine when a body is found in an arson fire of the head writer's home. I'll stop there to avoid giving away any more of the plot...

The writing is well done and the dialog is fun. The story seemed to get a little muddled in the middle, but I'm not sure if it's because it really was or if it was taking me some time to finish the book and I lost continuity. Regardless, readers of the amateur female detective genre will enjoy this book.

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Farmer's culinary detective Madeline Bean returns, and this time the L.A. catering queen joins the writing staff ofFood Freak, a ratings-topping television quiz show (a sort ofIron Chefcrossed withWho Wants to be a Millionaire?) whose chief writer has suddenly disappeared. Then the newly arrived Maddie's office suffers a break-in. Shortly after, Maddie endures an assault while at work at her desk. A full cast of oddballs staffs the quiz show, so there are plenty of suspects lurking about. Discovery of a secret door behind a bookcase leads to a very private office and to a food magazine whose address label takes Maddie to the scene of a deadly fire. Along the way, readers learn about the history of Hollywood's movie and television studios and about the regulations governing television quiz shows. Farmer's easygoing prose makes for fun reading, and fans of her earlier works will be eager to follow Maddie's newest adventure.Mark Knoblauch
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ISBN-10: 0380817195
ISBN-13: 978-0380817191
Author: Jerrilyn Farmer
Publisher: Avon

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