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# 31: Killer Pancake by Diane Mott Davidson:

Arch knelt on the kitchen floor and tried to attract the cat. Scout, however, wanted a fresh bag of cat food. This he indicated by standing resolutely next to his bowl, which held only undesirable, four-hour-old food. Receiving no response in the meal department, Scout sauntered across the floor and rolled onto his back.

Synopsis: Catering assistant Julian has his heart broken when his makeup salesgirl girlfriend is mown down by a truck, driven by one of several unscrupulous people involved in makeup espionage. Yes, makeup espionage.




That is all.


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Apr. 25th, 2009 01:42 am (UTC)
Well, fuck. Now I really have to get reading. More than 10 pages in a sitting.
Apr. 25th, 2009 01:46 am (UTC)
Baaaaaaarbaraaaaa...they're coming to get you, Barbara...
Apr. 25th, 2009 01:48 am (UTC)
Mr Catyah likes some of her books. I don't see the appeal myself, but some of the recipes are nice. My favorite egg bake recipe comes from her book "Dying For Chocolate".
Apr. 25th, 2009 01:50 am (UTC)
Oh that's awesome! I was wondering if anyone ever made any of the recipes from culinary mysteries.

Yeah, I've struggled through 3 of these bad boys now, and I think I might go back and pick up the one with Julian's first appearance, but if it isn't stellar, I might bag the whole thing. So many other good books! Too little time!
Apr. 25th, 2009 01:53 am (UTC)
So many other good books! Too little time!


The story of my life. Maybe I'll use it as my epitaph. Honestly, if heaven doesn't have a LOT of books, I'm not going.
Apr. 25th, 2009 01:56 am (UTC)
See, I suspect you get what you expect, as long as you expect/believe hard enough. Heaven's a library, with overstuffed armchairs, cats, a ghost in the belfry and a fireplace, and a neverending snowstorm outside...
Apr. 25th, 2009 01:59 am (UTC)
You ROCK!! Very well put.
Apr. 25th, 2009 02:11 am (UTC)
Apr. 25th, 2009 02:07 am (UTC)
I enjoyed those books up to the point (because I can cheerfully turn off a lot of my critical faculties when reading a cheezy mystery novel), but there was one where Goldy was so *spectacularly* stupid there's no way her cop husband would have been able to avoid sending her ass to jail, not and still be the honorable man we know him to be, and I couldn't believe them ever again. I can't remember which one that was now though (of course).

I generally like Killer Pancake (as I recall) and it has some good cookie recipes in the back. (I've made a few of them from her books particularly the dessert recipes.)
Apr. 25th, 2009 02:10 am (UTC)
Good GRIEF. Is everyone making these recipes except me?

Killer Pancake was really good for the first 150 pages, but then Goldy got so caught up with the suspects and their drama, that she sort of neglected Julian and Arch and her own best interests. It all just screamed out to be skimmed at that point. And it didn't really wrap up all that neatly or well, I thought. I liked The Cereal Murders much better.
Apr. 25th, 2009 02:13 am (UTC)
Killer Pancake isn't the one I was thinking of actually. THe Cereal Murders is the one I was thinking of--though OMG killing to get your daughter to be valedictorian is pretty brain dead. :D

I don't remember which on Killer Pancake even *is*.

I also liked the one where she and Tom got married, but that's just because I'm a sucker for that sort of emotional moopiness. (And because I think Tom is *really* sweet and nice and ::koff:: probably deserves better than *Goldy* but that's a different issue.)
Apr. 25th, 2009 02:16 am (UTC)
Yeah, Cereal Murders demands a quite a bit of suspension of disbelief, but I was so taken by Julian and by the high school drama of the whole thing that I was willing to overlook Goldy's *cough* misstep.

Killer Pancake is the one that's all about makeup espionage, and the Spare the Hares protestors, and basically way too much of it takes place in a mall.

I have yet to read the one where she and Tom got married, but if the first Julian one goes well, I'll put it back on my list.

Apr. 25th, 2009 02:19 am (UTC)
I don't think I've read Killer Pancake--I think it comes after the one where Goldy gets thrown in prison for at least ten years (or at least where she *should*) and I stopped reading.
Apr. 25th, 2009 02:21 am (UTC)
It does indeed. It's the first book after the one where they get married. Which is Last Suppers, I think.
Apr. 25th, 2009 02:24 am (UTC)
Oh, then I must have read it. Consarn it I need to do research now. :D
Apr. 25th, 2009 02:24 am (UTC)
Mwhahahahahahah! My work here is done...
Apr. 25th, 2009 02:50 am (UTC)
Okay, I got distracted from my looking for which of her books sucked so hard by looking for your reviews of the other three you didn't like (because I love to read your reviews for real) and can't find them. So you need to give me links to your reviews, please, and I'll go back to the *other* research project.

(And to think I was going to do homework tonight. ::facepalm::)
Apr. 25th, 2009 02:54 am (UTC)
Sadly, I read all of the others before I started keeping reviews on lj. Best I can do is link you to my Big Crazy List of Culinary Mysteries, which has wee mini reviews in it.

(Sorry, dude!)
Apr. 25th, 2009 03:02 am (UTC)
Oh, bummer!! I was so hoping! ::sniffs::

Well, I was successful anyway--the one that Sucks beyond Sucking is "The Main Corpse".

I wasn't listening to them in order, so I must have skipped over Killer Pancake (or I listened to it but nothing about it stuck in my memory), but The Main Corpse blows monkey chunks.
Apr. 25th, 2009 03:05 am (UTC)
Sweet. That's an anti-recommendation you don't hear everyday. I'm going to go back and deal to Dying for Chocolate, and if I like it at all, I'll make my way forwards to Last Supper.

Uh, not being all that into monkey chunks as either appetizer nor main course, I may skip Main Corpse.
Apr. 25th, 2009 03:14 am (UTC)
Or you could save it for a day when you really *need* something to mock. :D

I do really love reading your reviews, so thanks for the link to that list with the review-lets that was fun.

Have you read much Nero Wolfe--they're not culinary mysteries in the sense that Rex Stout gives recipes, but Wolfe and Fritz talk cooking all the time and there's a lot of food in those books.
Apr. 25th, 2009 03:15 am (UTC)
Thanks very much for the kind words. I have not read any Nero Wolfe, no. I keep hearing how good they are, but they don't seem to make it onto my list. I'll try to fix that. :)
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