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Sisters Bernie and Libby Simmons are used to catering lip-smacking treats to an artsy group of book lovers—until fiction spills into reality . . . If anything can be said about endearingly predictable Margo Hemsley, it’s that she always serves elaborate desserts at her mystery book club meetings. That’s why everyone fears the worst after she doesn’t pick up her order from Sisters Bernie and Libby Simmons are used to catering lip-smacking treats to an artsy group of book lovers—until fiction spills into reality . . . If anything can be said about endearingly predictable Margo Hemsley, it’s that she always serves elaborate desserts at her mystery book club meetings. That’s why everyone fears the worst after she doesn’t pick up her order from Bernie and Libby and skips out on the monthly gathering. The Simmons sisters can’t imagine their acquaintance vanishing like a character from one of her favorite novels, at least not willingly. When the search ends with the discovery of a dead body, Bernie and Libby agree to help the nine remaining book club members prove their friend was murdered. But a speed read through Margo’s background reveals there was more to the victim than harmless hobbies and frumpy cardigans would suggest. As the sleuthing sisters unearth scandalous secrets about the book club members, they’ll have to determine who was connected to Margo’s shady dealings—and who sent her to an early grave . . .


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Sisters Bernie and Libby Simmons are used to catering lip-smacking treats to an artsy group of book lovers—until fiction spills into reality . . . If anything can be said about endearingly predictable Margo Hemsley, it’s that she always serves elaborate desserts at her mystery book club meetings. That’s why everyone fears the worst after she doesn’t pick up her order from Sisters Bernie and Libby Simmons are used to catering lip-smacking treats to an artsy group of book lovers—until fiction spills into reality . . . If anything can be said about endearingly predictable Margo Hemsley, it’s that she always serves elaborate desserts at her mystery book club meetings. That’s why everyone fears the worst after she doesn’t pick up her order from Bernie and Libby and skips out on the monthly gathering. The Simmons sisters can’t imagine their acquaintance vanishing like a character from one of her favorite novels, at least not willingly. When the search ends with the discovery of a dead body, Bernie and Libby agree to help the nine remaining book club members prove their friend was murdered. But a speed read through Margo’s background reveals there was more to the victim than harmless hobbies and frumpy cardigans would suggest. As the sleuthing sisters unearth scandalous secrets about the book club members, they’ll have to determine who was connected to Margo’s shady dealings—and who sent her to an early grave . . .

30 review for A Catered Book Club Murder

  1. 5 out of 5

    Tina

    This is a cozy mystery, and this is the 16th book in A Mystery with Recipes series. I found myself not caring about the characters of this book. The mystery part of this book was ok. Overall, I just found this book ok. I was kindly provided an e-copy of this book by the publisher (Kensington) or author (Isis Crawford) via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review about how I feel about this book, and I want to send a big Thank you to them for that. (*)

  2. 5 out of 5

    Vintagebooklvr

    An entertaining mystery. Libby and , sisters, co-owners of a catering cafe, and semi-professional P.I.s (though they don't have licenses) are hired to find a member of a mystery book club who went missing on the day of a meeting. Libby and have a good banter that is usually entertaining and get involved in amusing antics but that are clearly illegal. Sometimes I found them a bit annoying. It was a decent mystery overall. I thought the motivation for the people hiring the sisters was a bit dubiou An entertaining mystery. Libby and , sisters, co-owners of a catering cafe, and semi-professional P.I.s (though they don't have licenses) are hired to find a member of a mystery book club who went missing on the day of a meeting. Libby and have a good banter that is usually entertaining and get involved in amusing antics but that are clearly illegal. Sometimes I found them a bit annoying. It was a decent mystery overall. I thought the motivation for the people hiring the sisters was a bit dubious, particularly as things unfold and the reader discovers not everyone is exactly who or what they appear to be. I guessed who the culprit was about half way through but there were plenty of twists and turns that would keep even the most adept reader engaged.

  3. 4 out of 5

    The Cozy Review

    I adore Bernie and Libby and have for a long time. However, I have found fault with books in this series from time-to-time. Unfortunately, the Catered Book Club Murder is no exception. The main characters were, as usual, sticking their nose where it didn’t belong, not being careful, and with Bernie, letting her ego take control. And that is the crux of the issue I have found throughout the series. Bernie’s ego is just too much to bear. Her belief in and subsequent reckless actions, that she is s I adore Bernie and Libby and have for a long time. However, I have found fault with books in this series from time-to-time. Unfortunately, the Catered Book Club Murder is no exception. The main characters were, as usual, sticking their nose where it didn’t belong, not being careful, and with Bernie, letting her ego take control. And that is the crux of the issue I have found throughout the series. Bernie’s ego is just too much to bear. Her belief in and subsequent reckless actions, that she is somehow better than, and more qualified than, an actual detective in conducting a murder investigation simply because she is the daughter of a retired cop, is grating and unrealistic. The food played little part in the story but should have been a prominent feature. The mystery in this new book was easy to figure out but had enough action and red herrings to keep many readers interested. The suspects are very similar. Their motives are almost identical. This made it hard to like any of them or empathize with them. The actual killer was good but not exceptional. The motive, like with the other suspects, not original or unexpected. The police investigation seemed to be non-existent until the end of the book, and even then didn’t play a huge role. In general, Catered Book Club Murder was a quick read, with moments of intrigue and heartfelt emotion but simply was not overly exciting. I still like Bernie and Libby, but after sixteen books, I guess I feel they should have grown and matured. It’s too bad that they seem to have stayed the same, even when faced with circumstances that should have changed them to be more cautious and less egotistical. I would like to have had more cooking and more about the food and desserts, and their father should have been more involved in the investigation. A little less breaking the law would be nice. If this series continues, I hope to see some changes with the main characters that will widen their world and make life more entertaining for them and the reader.

  4. 5 out of 5

    ☆☆Hannah☆☆

    This was a good read. Libby and Bernie were hired by the book club to find out what really happened to one of their members. We find out that a lot of these members had secrets. Which made it hard to know who really did it. Luckily the truth came out and everything is well for now.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Annie

    I can’t remember the last Isis Crawford book I read, but it has been a while. But I decided to give this book a shot because of the book club premise. Unfortunately, I guess I was too eager because I didn’t properly read what this book was about. In the end, I just didn’t feel invested in the characters or the storyline. The main characters in particular just didn’t seem to fit my personality at all. I couldn’t relate to them and maybe that’s due to the age difference, but I felt like I was r I can’t remember the last Isis Crawford book I read, but it has been a while. But I decided to give this book a shot because of the book club premise. Unfortunately, I guess I was too eager because I didn’t properly read what this book was about. In the end, I just didn’t feel invested in the characters or the storyline. The main characters in particular just didn’t seem to fit my personality at all. I couldn’t relate to them and maybe that’s due to the age difference, but I felt like I was reading a book for a whole different demographic. The mystery was okay, but also a little over the top in some places. I don’t mind regarding a few things, but this one seemed like too many things happened and didn’t fall into place in the end. I felt like the author was trying too hard to make this exciting and it just didn’t work out well. That being said, I think I will pass on this series. It’s just not for me.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Morin

    This book had me laughing out loud. Libby and Bernie always get themselves mixed up in murder investigations, and it’s always poor Libby who tries to do the right thing. Libby and Bernie are hired to locate a member of the local book club, who seems to have disappeared without a trace. It seems the book club members have a lot of secrets, some that they would do anything to keep from getting out. I love the mouthwatering recipes in this book, and I’m glad that Libby and Bernie are starting to grow This book had me laughing out loud. Libby and Bernie always get themselves mixed up in murder investigations, and it’s always poor Libby who tries to do the right thing. Libby and Bernie are hired to locate a member of the local book club, who seems to have disappeared without a trace. It seems the book club members have a lot of secrets, some that they would do anything to keep from getting out. I love the mouthwatering recipes in this book, and I’m glad that Libby and Bernie are starting to grow up. In some of the past books, they were very immature, and it’s nice to see that the author has taken them in another direction. I’m always excited to to read a book in this series.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jerri Cachero

    Libby and Bernie Simmons are sisters, bakers, caterers and sleuths. When one of their regular customers doesn't pick up a standing order and the book club members think she met with foul play - Libby and Bernie take the case. I have enjoyed this series and one of my favorite things is that the murders usually occur around a holiday or gathering. This book features a book club which I liked and had the classic sisters discussions (arguments) the other books had, but inthis book they were little bi Libby and Bernie Simmons are sisters, bakers, caterers and sleuths. When one of their regular customers doesn't pick up a standing order and the book club members think she met with foul play - Libby and Bernie take the case. I have enjoyed this series and one of my favorite things is that the murders usually occur around a holiday or gathering. This book features a book club which I liked and had the classic sisters discussions (arguments) the other books had, but inthis book they were little bit snarkier. I would have liked to have had their boyfriends and their Dad more involved in the case. I received an ARC from NetGal!ley and the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Leah

    This story is about a missing person, missing artwork, a murder, and secrets. Each of the characters had something to hide. I was surprised by the killer, but I figured it out when they did. Also, there was a lot of food, which I look forward to reading about in each book. It tends to make me hungry, though.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Rima Aiello

    When you get these sisters and their father together, not only will you eat well and be entertained, but murder will most likely need to be solved. This book has all of that and more. The mystery is well thought out, but the focus is always on the sisters and their relationship. It is one that is so well written, you want them to be real people. Every single book in this series keeps me laughing and wanting more. I can't wait for the next one! When you get these sisters and their father together, not only will you eat well and be entertained, but murder will most likely need to be solved. This book has all of that and more. The mystery is well thought out, but the focus is always on the sisters and their relationship. It is one that is so well written, you want them to be real people. Every single book in this series keeps me laughing and wanting more. I can't wait for the next one!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Bridget

    This is the sixteenth book in a series by Isis Crawford and my first. Catering sisters Bernie and Libby Simmons are providing the goodies for one of their regular customers, Margo Hemsley, the leader of a mystery book reading club, but she fails to turn up to collect her delectable desserts. They go looking for Margo, but find her dead and so the sisters agree to help the other nine club members investigate, believing her to have been murdered, though the police appear to be treating the incident This is the sixteenth book in a series by Isis Crawford and my first. Catering sisters Bernie and Libby Simmons are providing the goodies for one of their regular customers, Margo Hemsley, the leader of a mystery book reading club, but she fails to turn up to collect her delectable desserts. They go looking for Margo, but find her dead and so the sisters agree to help the other nine club members investigate, believing her to have been murdered, though the police appear to be treating the incident as a mere disappearance... Although I am exceptionally late to the party in Isis Crawford's 'A Mystery with Recipes' series, I still found A Catered Book Club Murder an enthralling, fun read. I loved the parts of the story that were set in A Little Taste of Heaven, the sisters' catering business and some of their culinary creations sounded absolutely delicious! I would particularly like to try their Orange-Cardamom Morning Muffins. The character development was excellent, the plotline was well done and I was turning the pages late into the night. A humourous, compelling story of mystery and mayhem with a light dusting of romance that has inspired me to read some of the other instalments. I received a complimentary copy of this novel at my request from Kensington Books via NetGalley. This review is my own unbiased opinion.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Toni

    4.5 stars This is the sixteenth book in the Mystery with Recipes series by Isis Crawford. Bernie and her sister Libby are requested by a couple of Margo’s friends to look into her death. All signs seem to point back to her book club participants and then things just start to get interesting, I really enjoyed how the red herrings were placed in this story. Just fun stuff. I think I have read a book or two in this series and it is totally worth digging into. Loved how tenacious Bernie was looking for 4.5 stars This is the sixteenth book in the Mystery with Recipes series by Isis Crawford. Bernie and her sister Libby are requested by a couple of Margo’s friends to look into her death. All signs seem to point back to her book club participants and then things just start to get interesting, I really enjoyed how the red herrings were placed in this story. Just fun stuff. I think I have read a book or two in this series and it is totally worth digging into. Loved how tenacious Bernie was looking for the truth and having her dad by her side during the investigation was new and nice. Overall quite a nice read. Definitely a series I would recommend. If you like cozy mysteries, definitely check this one out. You won’t be disappointed. I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in return for an honest review. I thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Under the Covers Book Blog

    2.5 Stars “The mystery was okay, but also a little over the top in some places. ” ~ Under the Covers I can’t remember the last Isis Crawford book I read, but it has been a while. But I decided to give this book a shot because of the book club premise. Unfortunately, I guess I was too eager because I didn’t properly read what this book was about. In the end, I just didn’t feel invested in the characters or the storyline. The main characters in particular just didn’t seem to fit my personality at 2.5 Stars “The mystery was okay, but also a little over the top in some places. ” ~ Under the Covers I can’t remember the last Isis Crawford book I read, but it has been a while. But I decided to give this book a shot because of the book club premise. Unfortunately, I guess I was too eager because I didn’t properly read what this book was about. In the end, I just didn’t feel invested in the characters or the storyline. The main characters in particular just didn’t seem to fit my personality at all. I couldn’t relate to them and maybe that’s due to the age difference, but I felt like I was reading a book for a whole different demographic. The mystery was okay, but also a little over the top in some places. I don’t mind regarding a few things, but this one seemed like too many things happened and didn’t fall into place in the end. I felt like the author was trying too hard to make this exciting and it just didn’t work out well. Reviewed by Ann❤ ♡ Don't want to miss any of our posts? Subscribe to our blog by email! ♡ ❤

  13. 4 out of 5

    Taryn

    In this next book of the series the sisters think it's weird when regular Margo Hemsley doesn't come to pick her regular order but figure there has to be a reason why. When she doesn't make it to her book club meeting the others in the club get worried and pull the sisters into going to Margo's house to see what is going on. Bernie and Libby decide to help the ladies and they soon learn why Margo was a no show, they find her dead, murdered in her own home. The book club ladies ask the sisters to In this next book of the series the sisters think it's weird when regular Margo Hemsley doesn't come to pick her regular order but figure there has to be a reason why. When she doesn't make it to her book club meeting the others in the club get worried and pull the sisters into going to Margo's house to see what is going on. Bernie and Libby decide to help the ladies and they soon learn why Margo was a no show, they find her dead, murdered in her own home. The book club ladies ask the sisters to look into the death and they soon learn there was more to Margo than anyone knew. She was hiding more than one secret but the question is which one got her killed. They decide they must delve deeper to figure out the reason Margo was murdered and why. Follow along to find out if one of the book clubbers did the dirty deed or was it someone from her past?

  14. 4 out of 5

    Mayda

    Bernie and Libby are hired by the members of a book club to investigate the death of one of their members. These sisters spend a lot of time being amateur PIs but they still manage to run their restaurant. Margo’s body was found in a swamp, drowned in her car. The police think it was an accident, but not everyone agrees. Of course, the sisters dive right in, snooping and stretching the law to the point of breaking it. The banter between the two is always entertaining, but the secondary character Bernie and Libby are hired by the members of a book club to investigate the death of one of their members. These sisters spend a lot of time being amateur PIs but they still manage to run their restaurant. Margo’s body was found in a swamp, drowned in her car. The police think it was an accident, but not everyone agrees. Of course, the sisters dive right in, snooping and stretching the law to the point of breaking it. The banter between the two is always entertaining, but the secondary characters in this story were less so. The mystery was not one of the best, since most of the suspects were of similar backgrounds.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Plunkett

    I was excited to see a new book from Isis Crawford. The latest book combines by love of mysteries and bookclubs! It was fun to spend time with Bernie and Libby again and I definitely didn't see the end coming! I wish A Little Taste of Heaven was real, it's somewhere I would definitely be a regular at, but at least Crawford included some yummy recipes in the back of the book. I was excited to see a new book from Isis Crawford. The latest book combines by love of mysteries and bookclubs! It was fun to spend time with Bernie and Libby again and I definitely didn't see the end coming! I wish A Little Taste of Heaven was real, it's somewhere I would definitely be a regular at, but at least Crawford included some yummy recipes in the back of the book.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Roberta

    It may not have helped that I had not read any other novels in this series, but this book was ok and not great to me. I love cozy mysteries, especially those involving books. This one had very little about the book club.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Doreen

    1/4/2021 Better than its predecessor in the series. Full review tk at CriminalElement.com. 1/4/2021 Better than its predecessor in the series. Full review tk at CriminalElement.com.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    Another adventure with Bernie and Libby. It has been a while since I've read one of these books. I always enjoy these books, and I have not read most of them in order. I've never had any problems understanding the plot of any of the storylines. The characters are entertaining, however, Bernie is sometimes just a little bit too reckless. The mystery is well-plotted with plenty of suspects and twists and turns. I was completely surprised by the ending of this mystery. All thoughts and opinions are Another adventure with Bernie and Libby. It has been a while since I've read one of these books. I always enjoy these books, and I have not read most of them in order. I've never had any problems understanding the plot of any of the storylines. The characters are entertaining, however, Bernie is sometimes just a little bit too reckless. The mystery is well-plotted with plenty of suspects and twists and turns. I was completely surprised by the ending of this mystery. All thoughts and opinions are my own, and in no way have I been influenced by anyone.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jan

    Most of the characters are part of an insider crowd and seem lacking in depth to me. This is the first I have read in the series, but it seems more focused on food and recipes than on finding out who did what to the murder victim. I was disappointed. I do not think it stands alone well. I requested and received a free ebook copy from Kensington Books via NetGalley.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Valerie Blankenship

    I just love good cozy mysteries and this book did not disappoint! It was such a great fun read! The characters were all enjoyable and the book plot was really good. If you love cozy mysteries I suggest you give this book a try. You will not be disappointed!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Tracy Wood

    Bernie and Libby Simmons run a successful catering business named A Little Taste of Heaven but have been known to investigate the crimes which happen in their upstate New York town. After all their dad used to be a cop so they have experience, right? When local artist and member of the mystery book club, Margo Hemsley doesn't come in for the regular order she takes to the meetings Bernie and Libby wonder if they should be concerned. By the following morning not only has Margo not turned up but h Bernie and Libby Simmons run a successful catering business named A Little Taste of Heaven but have been known to investigate the crimes which happen in their upstate New York town. After all their dad used to be a cop so they have experience, right? When local artist and member of the mystery book club, Margo Hemsley doesn't come in for the regular order she takes to the meetings Bernie and Libby wonder if they should be concerned. By the following morning not only has Margo not turned up but her remaining club members have hired the sisters to find her. With very little to go on they begin their investigation but as secrets are revealed it becomes clear there is way more going on than either of them could ever have imagined. Determined to keep searching the sisters soon find themselves in grave danger with only their wits to keep them safe. Unfortunately I found this book a struggle. Had I realised it was number sixteen in the series I would probably not have considered it as too much has already happened even though it can be read as a standalone. It was also more than a little far fetched. They may have an ex cop for a dad but Libby and Bernie seemed to move through the clues with impunity, breaking and entering if things didn't go their way without so much as a slap on the wrist. I would also think running a catering business at a profit needs to be more than a passing interest along with their sideline. I was able to read an advanced copy of this thanks to NetGalley and the publishers but the opinions expressed are my own. Regrettably I can't recommend this book unless you are already a fan of the series.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Kidwell

    A Catered Book Club Murder by Isis Crawford Kensington Books Kensington Mystery & Thrillers Pub Date 29 Dec 2020 I am reviewing a copy of A Catered Book Club Murder through Ke sing tonight Books and Netgalley: Bernie and Libby Simmons are sisters who run a catering business in the upstate New York town they live in. And now they are excited about providing delicious deserts for the local Mystery lovers Book Club. But when fiction spills into a reality and the sisters find themselves investigating a A Catered Book Club Murder by Isis Crawford Kensington Books Kensington Mystery & Thrillers Pub Date 29 Dec 2020 I am reviewing a copy of A Catered Book Club Murder through Ke sing tonight Books and Netgalley: Bernie and Libby Simmons are sisters who run a catering business in the upstate New York town they live in. And now they are excited about providing delicious deserts for the local Mystery lovers Book Club. But when fiction spills into a reality and the sisters find themselves investigating a suspicious death, it's up to them to figure out whodunit. If one thing can be said about the endearingly predictable Margo Hemsley, it's that she always serves elaborate desserts at her mystery book club meetings. Which makes everyone fear the worse when after she doesn’t pick up her desert order from Libby and Bernie, and then skips out on the monthly meeting. The sisters can’t imagine Margo vanishing like the characters from her favorite Mystery novels, at least not willingly! After the search ends in the discovery of a dead body Bernie and Libby agree to help the nine remaining book club members prove their friend was murdered. But a speed read through Margo's background reveals there was more to the victim than harmless hobbies and frumpy cardigans would suggest. As the sleuth sisters dig up scandalous secrets about the book club members, they'll have to determine who was connected to Margo's shady dealings--and who sent her to an early grave. If you are looking for a light hearted cozy to give you an escape from the crazy times we are living with, I’d recommend A Catered Book Club Murder! Five out of five stars! Happy Reading!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kerrie

    #ACateredBookClubMurder #NetGalley Unfortunately, I didn't realize this was part of a series. The story was easy enough to follow, but perhaps, I would have had a better appreciation for the mystery if I were more invested in the characters. Basically, bakery store owners/sisters act as sleuths to investigate the disappearance & subsequent murder of a customer at the request of her fellow book club members. Thoughts: 1. How do these sisters keep a bakery / coffee business going when they are almo #ACateredBookClubMurder #NetGalley Unfortunately, I didn't realize this was part of a series. The story was easy enough to follow, but perhaps, I would have had a better appreciation for the mystery if I were more invested in the characters. Basically, bakery store owners/sisters act as sleuths to investigate the disappearance & subsequent murder of a customer at the request of her fellow book club members. Thoughts: 1. How do these sisters keep a bakery / coffee business going when they are almost never at their store?!? And where's their money coming from... when they are at the business, they're constantly giving their products away for free. Yet, they've got Prada handbags? Designer clothes / shoes?? I'd be more inclined to investigate them. 2. The police insist that the woman's death was an accident but how does one accidentally drive their car directly into a marsh at an out of the way reserve & just stay there to die. It made no sense. 3. The whole mystery was a confused mess. There were missing paintings, possible forgeries, expensive cars, FBI involvement, and IRS audits to contend with. Red herrings were plentiful, but also unrealistic in the extreme. 4. The 'who-dun-it' was obvious because the author kept alluding to it, but in no way did it make sense. And the reason behind the murder was also bizarre. While A Catered Book Club Murder was an easy quick read, it was also an unsatisfying one for me.

  24. 5 out of 5

    dnsyl57

    This series has gotten old and stale. The sisters may be great cooks/bakers but their detecting skills are a farce. Each book in the series has gotten more and more predictably absurd. Bernie is pushy, manipulative and fancies herself as a self appointed fashionista. Libby is more cautious, dresses (more or less) sensibly and puts up a slight argument against Bernie's risky schemes but gives in and often ends up doing much of the grunt work. The patter/banter/bickering between Bernie and Libby h This series has gotten old and stale. The sisters may be great cooks/bakers but their detecting skills are a farce. Each book in the series has gotten more and more predictably absurd. Bernie is pushy, manipulative and fancies herself as a self appointed fashionista. Libby is more cautious, dresses (more or less) sensibly and puts up a slight argument against Bernie's risky schemes but gives in and often ends up doing much of the grunt work. The patter/banter/bickering between Bernie and Libby has become boring and predictable. Then there are the errors (at least in the Kindle editions) that should easily have been caught with a decent proofreader or editor. There have been a few in every ebook in the series. Examples from this one: - Clyde is referred to as Craig at one point. - Bernie referred to as Libby or vice versa - repetitive words in sentence or awkward phrasing. I started reading this series just over a year ago when I came across some deep discounts for the books in the Amazon Kindle store. ($1.50-$2 each). The first few in the series were fun and when I saw that this one was going to be released I pre-ordered it then forgot about it. I should have canceled the pre-order and waited for another deep discount. This wasn't worth $7.56USD ($9.98CDN). If you still want to read this book, I'd suggest you wait for a deep discount or borrow from a library.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Desiree

    A Catered Book Club Murder was a good read, with some flaws. The story was entertaining, even if the actions of some characters did not always make sense. I still never figured out why someone would pay Libby and Bernie to solve a murder, since they are caterers instead of PIs. I am assuming I am missing things by starting with the sixteenth book in the series. And the crime could have been solved without the illegal actives of the two amateur detectives. There are more examples, but I do not wa A Catered Book Club Murder was a good read, with some flaws. The story was entertaining, even if the actions of some characters did not always make sense. I still never figured out why someone would pay Libby and Bernie to solve a murder, since they are caterers instead of PIs. I am assuming I am missing things by starting with the sixteenth book in the series. And the crime could have been solved without the illegal actives of the two amateur detectives. There are more examples, but I do not want to give away any spoilers. There was very little about the Libby and Bernie as characters. I felt that way with all of the recurring characters. Things were said that made me realize there was a back story, but I really could only a small idea of their personalities. If I hit a lull with my TBR pile, I might go back and try earlier books in the series with the hope of getting to know them better. As for the actual mystery, there were definitely enough clues dropped to solve this one before the ending. As I am not a huge fan of suspense, I was fine with that. Overall, I enjoyed the book. It is not a new favorite series, but not one I would avoid in the future. Thank you to the publisher and to Net Galley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Susan Johnston

    Princess Fuzzypants here: Bernie and Libby run a successful restaurant and catering business but they cannot resist playing detective. Their father, a former cop, and a current cop who is also a friend, aid and abet them in their investigations. They are pretty good at their unlicensed activities even though they often are reckless. They truly do skate very close to the edge in this outing and it is good to see their father, who should know better, chastise them for some of their exploits. This t Princess Fuzzypants here: Bernie and Libby run a successful restaurant and catering business but they cannot resist playing detective. Their father, a former cop, and a current cop who is also a friend, aid and abet them in their investigations. They are pretty good at their unlicensed activities even though they often are reckless. They truly do skate very close to the edge in this outing and it is good to see their father, who should know better, chastise them for some of their exploits. This time members of a book club hire them to find one of their members who has disappeared. When they find her, she is dead and while the police believe it was an accident, the other members disagree and ask the ladies to find out who killed her and why. As it turns out, it is a rather foolish thing to hire them as the individual members all have secrets and complicit activities that are revealed much to their chagrin. Some of these activities are egregious but are they enough to lead to murder. That is for the reader to discover. There are lots of turns and twists before Bernie and Libby solve the mystery. They do take big chances but they get there in the end. Four purrs and two paws up.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    A Catered Book Club Murder by Isis Crawford is the newest in a long-running series, none of which have I read. This may account for why it was a little difficult to get in to, around all the bickering that confused the issue. These two women were scattered and disorganized and it was difficult to believe that they could successfully solve a murder. Lots of things seemed to come from left field. There were plenty of characters to keep track of, both directly involved with the murder or not. The p A Catered Book Club Murder by Isis Crawford is the newest in a long-running series, none of which have I read. This may account for why it was a little difficult to get in to, around all the bickering that confused the issue. These two women were scattered and disorganized and it was difficult to believe that they could successfully solve a murder. Lots of things seemed to come from left field. There were plenty of characters to keep track of, both directly involved with the murder or not. The plot was complex and bordered on difficult to keep up with. Admittedly, it all came together at the end. Bernie and Libby are sisters who run a restaurant and catering business called A Little Taste of Heaven. Their father is a retired police detective and they are amateur detectives who charge for their services having no license. Their father has contacts from his time on the force that they use when necessary. They drive around in their business's van, making it hard to keep a low profile. They do seem to know a lot of people. I didn't love it. I was invited to read a free ARC of A Catered Book Club Murder by Netgalley. All opinions contained herein are solely my own. #netgalley #acateredbookclubmurder

  28. 4 out of 5

    Tari

    Another fun and crazy adventure with these sleuthing sisters, one the voice of reason and the other completely uninhibited as proven when Bernie found her way into a suspect's house through a window. I always enjoy their banter with each other that sometimes has nothing to do with the case but after all, they're bakers by trade, so yeah it's not weird to hear some food and bakery talk going on either. I love the characters of their dad Sean and his police buddy Clyde. Poor Clyde always gets conn Another fun and crazy adventure with these sleuthing sisters, one the voice of reason and the other completely uninhibited as proven when Bernie found her way into a suspect's house through a window. I always enjoy their banter with each other that sometimes has nothing to do with the case but after all, they're bakers by trade, so yeah it's not weird to hear some food and bakery talk going on either. I love the characters of their dad Sean and his police buddy Clyde. Poor Clyde always gets conned by yummy baked goodness into spilling whatever he can about the case. I really had no idea until the end whodunit. It seemed like in that whole book club that had the sisters investigating a member's murder, no one was able to be completely trusted. The showdown was pretty exciting. This is one of the few series I can read out of order but still have it make decent sense. I'm sure there are a few little things that happened along the way. Someday I do intend to start it from the beginning. I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher via NetGalley, and my opinions are my own.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Lavelle

    Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books for kindly providing me with a digital copy of this book for review. This is book number 16 in this series but I’m ashamed to say it was completely new to me, and I had not heard of it before I was given this opportunity to read this book. Having said that though, I didn’t feel lost at all and I get the impression that you could read any of the books out of order or as a stand-alone. The only thing I was really disappointed in was that the title of this Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books for kindly providing me with a digital copy of this book for review. This is book number 16 in this series but I’m ashamed to say it was completely new to me, and I had not heard of it before I was given this opportunity to read this book. Having said that though, I didn’t feel lost at all and I get the impression that you could read any of the books out of order or as a stand-alone. The only thing I was really disappointed in was that the title of this book lead me to believe there might be a lot of bookish talk and references, but I didn’t find this to be the case. There were a few mentions of people like Agatha Christie,, but the bookish geek in me craved much more. The mystery was interesting and I did not figure out who had done it until the end of the story. And talking of the end of the book there were a few recipes to try as well, which I always enjoy seeing. I enjoyed the writing style and found the conversation natural and unstilted- I think it was evidence of an author comfortable and confident with their characters. Would recommend for cozy mystery lovers.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Nikki

    A Catered Book Club Murder (A Mystery with Recipes #16) by Isis Crawford Publisher: Kensington Books Genre: Mystery & Thrillers Release Date: December 29, 2020 A Catered Book Club Murder by Isis Crawford is the sixteenth book in A Mystery with Recipes series. I had not read the previous books, and while I felt like I was missing some of the backstory, I was able to easily read this as a standalone book. I really struggled to get through this book. I just did not capture me the way I want a book to. A Catered Book Club Murder (A Mystery with Recipes #16) by Isis Crawford Publisher: Kensington Books Genre: Mystery & Thrillers Release Date: December 29, 2020 A Catered Book Club Murder by Isis Crawford is the sixteenth book in A Mystery with Recipes series. I had not read the previous books, and while I felt like I was missing some of the backstory, I was able to easily read this as a standalone book. I really struggled to get through this book. I just did not capture me the way I want a book to. The characters were ok, but not captivating. The storyline was ok. (Considering I was reading this during a snow day in Texas and had absolutely nothing else to do but read, I really struggled to keep reading it and has to force myself to finish it.) The mystery was interesting, but I didn't feel invested in figuring out who did it. Overall, this book was good, even though it didn't work for me. I'm so grateful to Isis Crawford, Kensington Books, and NetGalley for providing me with a free copy of this ARC ebook in exchange for my honest review.

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