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Dim Sum Dead: A Madeline Bean Culinary Mystery (Madeline Bean Mysteries) Mass Market Paperback – Apr 2001

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Books (April 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380817187
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380817184
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 1.6 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,266,643 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mark Baker TOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 Jun. 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Madeline Bean hates surprises. So when her partner Wes surprises her by showing her the antique mah-jongg set he found in an old house he's restoring, she less then thrilled. But when it is stolen and then found in a garbage can, she begins to smell something fishy. And when the rightful owner of the set turns up dead, Madeline knows she must figure out what all this means.
I was looking for a light, fun mystery, and this story didn't disappoint. At the same time, this book does have its more thoughtful moments, something I've come to enjoy about the series. As always, the characters are great and provide some truly funny scenes. The plot slows down a little in the second quarter of the book but picks up speed for the second half and doesn't slow down until you reach the climax.
This series is high on my favorites list, and this is a wonderful addition to the series. If you've been missing out on these great books, start with the first, Sympathy for the Devil. You'll be glad you did.
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
Dim Sum Delightful 6 Jun. 2001
By Roz Levine - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Madeline Bean is back and along with her partner, Wesley Wescott, planning a marvelous Chinese New Year party for the Sweet and Sour Mah Jongg Club. It just so happens that earlier that very day, Wes found an antique Chinese mah jongg set in the old house he's renovating. Along with the beautiful hand carved tiles, there's also a red leather-bound book of what he figures are game instructions, that belonged to the previous owner, the now deceased Hollywood movie legend, Dickey McBride, and his last wife, Quita, will be at the party tonight. Wes has decided to give Quita the set, but before he can deliver it, it's stolen. The game is found a few blocks away in a trash can, but the book is missing. Later that evening, Quita is found dead from an apparent fall down the stairs. The police chalk it up to an unfortunate accident probably caused by too much partying, but Madeline isn't so sure. Her instincts tell her there's a lot more going on than meets the eye and she can't let it rest until she knows the whole truth..... Jerrilyn Farmer has written a light, witty whodunit that gives you a birds eye view of life in L.A., from the old Hollywood screen mavens to the hip nouveau riche. Her writing is delicious, full of descriptive laugh out loud scenes and marvelous dialogue and her cast of quirky characters add to the fun. This is a very well researched book and Ms Farmer's expertise in cooking and the kitchen, mah jongg, the ways of Hollywood and the Chinese New Year celebrations adds real credibility to the story. And as the various plot lines wind their way through the story and eventually come together at the end, it all adds up to a great read with an unexpected climax and very satisfying conclusion. Madeline Bean mysteries never disappoint, and they're not starting now. Dim Sum Dead is a winner!
21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
A Chinese treat with a Hollywood spin 5 April 2001
By Doris Ann Norris - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Jerrilyn Farmer may write like a dream, but her heroine Madeline Bean often faces nightmarish situations in her career as a Los Angeles event planner. She and her partner, Wesley, are planning to cater a mah jongg party, which in Hollywood has become a new fashion borrowed from the past. Wesley, in his other job of restoring houses, has come across a very old mah jongg set which was hidden in the wall of the house of a recently deceased movie star. It also contains a journal. Before Mad has a chance to satisfy her curiosity, the box is stolen. It is found with only the ancient game tiles and no journal. As Madeline tries to figure out the puzzle she meets old Grande Dames of both the silver screen and the small screen, gamblers, and hi-tech nouveau riche. After the widow of the late Hollywood icon is murdered, she also renews her acquaintance with policeman, Honnett. Farmer writes hilarious dialgoue, but the humor of her story arises from situations and the people involved. She looks at the Tinsel Town scene with a somewhat jaundiced and amused point eye, but also with a certain amount of love. This author deserves to be in hardcover and on the top of every best seller list available. DIM SUM DEAD is a treat for discerning readers be they mystery fans or just admirers of well written and entertaining books.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Exciting mystery-action never lets up 18 Feb. 2001
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In Hollywood, Madeline Bean and Wesley Westcott are good friends and partners in Mad Bean Events, a catering and occasion planning event enterprise. At a Santa Monica Farmer's Market, Wes shows Maddie a box found behind a wall containing a mah-jongg set, a dagger, and a red leather bound book all belonging to the recently deceased star Dickey McBride.
Before Wes can return the items to Dickey's widow Quita, someone mugs her and steals everything. A few blocks away, they find the mah-jongg set, but not the book. Quita is deeply upset to learn the book is stolen. That night Maddie learns that Quita died from a fall down the stairs of her new lover's home. Though she never liked Quita, Maddie feels guilty that she failed to prevent the calamity. Maddie decides to learn what really happened, no knowing how much the truth will crush her emotionally.
DIM SUM DEAD is an entertaining Madeline Bean catering mystery that showcases the abilities of author Jerrilyn Farmer. Cozy fans will enjoy the Christie-like mystery as violence occurs off the pages while amateur sleuth buffs will relish watching the vulnerable but strong heroine conduct her brand of an investigation. Identifying the killer is impossible until the plot provides the answer to a wonderful story line that will delight the audience.

Harriet Klausner
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
The Best Bean Book Yet! 1 May 2001
By Karen Dyer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Although DIM SUM DEAD has already received many wonderful reviews and continues to place high on Amazon.com's list, I must add my two bits' worth to say that I found DIM SUM DEAD to be the best Madeline Bean mystery to date. All of Ms. Farmer's books are great but there was something special about this one. perhaps it is the unusual use of the game of mah-jongg; I mean, when was the last time you saw a T-shirt that said: "Mah-Jongg Maven" on the front, with "my mother used to play" on the back! It is touches such as this that give Ms. Farmer's books a special edge and a special appeal. Plots and subplots move nicely and the ensemble cast of Wesley and Holly has grown and developed. The research in this book is terrific and thorough as can be seen throughout the book whether the topic be basil, mah-jongg or murder.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
DIM SUM's Delightful & Won't Leave You Hungry An Hour Later 3 April 2001
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The fourth Madeline Bean mystery is the best yet. Hollywood caterer/amateur sleuth Madeline has a lot on her plate - she's catering trendy mah-jongg parties, trying to help the host's troubled girlfriend (even though she doesn't really like Quita), looking into the background of some mysterious objects found in a house her business partner is renovating, and working on some issues all her own. Like is her boyfriend Mr. Right or just Mr. Semi-Convenient? And is she willing to admit to the slightest possibility that she might want kids sometime this century? These personal issues don't overwhelm the mystery, they just add depth and emotion to the story and enhance Madeline's development as a character you care about. Neither Madeline's investigations nor her soul-searching stop her from being delightfully witty throughout DIM SUM DEAD. A little example: she points out that 'I am a huge fan of yours' is 'THE required Hollywood greeting when meeting any form of celebrity. This greeting has no actual meaning whatsoever - just like 'hello' in other parts of the country.' Madeline has plenty of time to show off her Hollywood etiquette expertise because her sleuthing involves several celebs, including some wonderfully eccentric grande dames of acting. All of Jerrilyn Farmer's mysteries are terrific, but I think in DIM SUM DEAD the plotting is the sharpest, the humorous lines and scenes the funniest, and the changes in Madeline's life the most rewarding (for her and the reader!). Quite a tasty treat.
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