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  • Taschenbuch: 343 Seiten
  • Verlag: Kensington Books; Auflage: Reprint (1. September 2009)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0758221932
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758221933
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 11,3 x 1,6 x 17,3 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 5.0 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (1 Kundenrezension)
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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Sabine Zimmermann am 30. Oktober 2009
Format: Taschenbuch
Das ist der erste Band, den ich aus der Serie gelesen habe und ich muss sagen, er hat mir gut gefallen. Die Charaktere sind sympathisch und lebensnah, mit leichten Macken, die Handlung ist spannend und das, obwohl ich schon sehr früh ahnte, wer der Täter sein dürfte und warum - ein echtes Novum, normalerweise verdirbt so etwas ja die Spannung. Hier kamen aber immer neue Wendungen hinzu, die das verhinderten. Gut gefallen hat mir auch, dass die Autorin eine wirklich ungewöhnliche Mordmethode gewählt hat, meist ist es ja das Übliche: stumpfer Gegenstand, Gift, Messer oder Schusswaffe, Strangulation. Auf die mit eingebaute Geistergeschichte hätte ich vielleicht verzichten können, andererseits passt sie aber wieder zu Halloween und dem Umgang der Amerikaner damit und sie trug natürlich zur Atmosphäre des Buches bei. Auch die Schilderung des Catering-Business wirkt glaubwürdig, was allerdings kein Wunder ist, denn die Autorin hat da ja eigene Erfahrung. Am Ende hätte ich mir vielleicht ein paar mehr Rezepte gewünscht, vor allem welche, die im Buch erwähnt wurden (und sehr lecker klangen). Fazit: Passt gut zur Jahreszeit und garantiert mindestens einen gemütlichen Lesetag. Ich werde sicherlich weitere Bücher der Reihe lesen.
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5 von 5 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
Kind of forgettable 30. Oktober 2009
Von Rushmore - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
It wasn't till I was nearly done with this book that I realized I had read A Catered Christmas, another book in the series.

I have trouble engaging with these characters. I can't get a picture of them in my head. Are Bernie and Libby in their 20s, 30s, 40s? We get so few insights into their relationship. The interplay between their dad Sean and Marvin, the guy who drives him around (also dating one of the sisters - I forget which), is much better developed.

I know plot is important in mysteries, maybe more important than characters, and the plot in this one is fine. It's not hard to read, and Libby and Bernie are likeable enough. I feel kind of bad about it, but this writer just doesn't draw me in. There are several mystery series set in the world of catering, restaurants, tea shops, etc., that have memorable characters and appealing sleuths. This one just doesn't do it for me. Sorry.
7 von 8 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
superb catered amateur sleuth 3. September 2008
Von Harriet Klausner - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
Amethyst Applegate receives a blackmail letter from deceased Bessie Osgood, who died years ago when they attended school together. Unshaken Amethyst plans to take care of the blackmailer as she took care of Bessie.

The Simmons sisters, Libby and Bernie, owners of A Little Taste of Heaven, are ecstatic to cater the Halloween festivities at the Peabody School, a place rumored to be haunted. Businessman Mark Kane is going all out to include construction of a haunted house with high tech special effects that a Hollywood horror move would envy. Everyone is stunned when they see a torso on a table with the severed head of Amethyst nearby.

Finding the killer will not prove easy as everyone has a motive to murder the universally loathed Amethyst whose list of enemies exceeds the Longley phonebook. Libby thinks she sees the ghost of Bessie, but rationalizes that her imagination got the best of her rather than her intuitive powers. Bob Small who is working at the haunted house has a strong reason to kill Amethyst because he spent jail time due to a stunt she pulled. Inez Colley hated the female abomination for stealing her husband and her wealth by seducing and blackmailing her weak spouse. Zachary Timberland held Amethyst culpable for ruining his daughter Zoe. The list goes on. However, the police arrest Bob as he is the only one with opportunity. The Simmons siblings think otherwise so with their father along they investigate the murder of an odious witch.

Isis Crawford outdoes her usual superb catered amateur sleuth novels with A CATERED HALLOWEEN as ghosts and Libby's visions enhance a whodunit in which the townsfolk, the sisters, and the readers agree beheading is befitting the odious ogress. The two sisters are total opposites yet best friends as each is always there for the other. Due to Libby's paranormal skills they feel obligated to unmask the real killer as they believe strongly the cops got the wrong person. With euphoric ghosts and plenty of eccentric suspects toasting the killer, solving the case of the murdered witch may prove a recipe for failure for the Simmons, but catered entertainment for series fans.

Harriet Klausner
3 von 3 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
No 4. April 2012
Von Andrea - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
I was excited when I saw this series of books - it is a mystery series with a holiday theme. It seemed perfect for me, so I started off with the Halloween book.

It took me a long time to read this book; I thought I would never finish it. It is dry, boring, lacks charm, uninteresting. Of all the one-star books, this would be the worst of them all. I will never read another book of this series. I didn't care for the characters. I didn't like anything about this book.

The idea of this book and the series seems like something good. Two sisters run a catering shop, and each book is around a holiday or occasion. So the idea of the book looks good on paper. But the actual book was so boring and charmless. Sometimes it just rambled on, and I couldn't get interested in the characters. I didn't care for the sisters or the dad, or anybody else. And character development wasn't that great, but what it was, I didn't care for any of them. It was boring to say the least.

The two sisters were determined to find out who killed the victim (I will not say who). They used some things that were supposed to be "exciting" when solving a mystery, such as the puzzle box, viewmaster, etc, but I couldn't even get interested in those things. Bessie Osgood had died at the old school, and then someone else was murdered (the someone whom I won't say who). It brought back the memories of the pleated skirts, etc. There is also paranormal activity in this book. I just couldn't get into it. The last page of the actual book was 321 (not counting the recipes), and that was 321 too many. I did finish the book (I hardly ever leave a book unread.) But I will never read another book in this series. I felt zero coziness in this book.
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So many motives, so little time 28. August 2008
Von Armchair Interviews - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
A Catered Halloween is number five in this fun series featuring sisters Libby and Bernie Simmons, who run a shop and catering service, A Little Taste of Heaven. They are catering the Longely Volunteer Firemen's Halloween Haunted House, run as a fundraiser by wealthy Mark Kane out of the mansion he had just purchased as a home for his Foundation. He has had experts put in all sorts of eerie holograms and special effects.

Before it is even open to the public, Mark, Libby and Bernie find the severed head of nasty Amethyst Applegate at the foot of some steps, her body on a platform with a pendulum swinging above it.

There is no end to the possible suspects for Amethyst's murder because she ruined so many people's lives. The two most likely are cleaning woman Inez and handyman Bob. Both were on site, and the police consider Bob Small the main suspect as he had knowledge of the wire that was used in the murder. But was he framed? Ex-policeman Sean Simmons helps to clear Bob. He is also Libby and Bernie's father, and is aided by Marvin, Libby's boyfriend. Complicating the investigation is the history of the mansion. It used to be The Peabody School, where young Bessie Osgood fell out a window and died. Was it an accident, or was Amethyst involved?

The intrepid investigators-Libby, Bernie, Marvin, Sean and friends-find Bessie's diary buried under a tree on the grounds, and learn the truth behind her miserable life at the school, and about her death. While working at the mansion all alone, Libby feels that she is targeted by Bessie's ghost, asking for help.

This pleasantly shivery culinary cozy mystery will keep you intrigued as the motives of various suspects are investigated and the sisters squabble. The book includes recipes as well.

Armchair Interviews says: Good characters and good mystery are combined for a very fun read.
wonderful! 3. März 2014
Von Pamela M. Ferguson - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verifizierter Kauf
Kept me guessing! I love the characterization. A great read. Suggest the whole series to be read in order of course.
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