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Slice and Dice: A Culinary Mystery (Wheeler Cozy Mystery) [Large Print] [Paperback]

Ellen Hart


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3 May 2005 Wheeler Cozy Mystery
MURDER A LA CARTE

If all goes according to plan, Connie Buckridge's culinary empire will soon boast a state-of-the-art cooking academy and restaurant in her home town of Minneapolis-St. Paul. Unfortunately, just when the kitchen queen and her bickering entourage hit town on a publicity tour, so does a bestselling investigative writer who is hot on her scandalous trail.

Primed by an anonymous e-mail informer, Marie Damontraville is preparing to cook Connie's goose with a major expose of her strategies for success. The one missing ingredient in this unsavory stew is murder, and when food critic Sophie Greenway finds a cooking colleague stabbed with his own kitchen knife, a fire that has been smoldering for forty years suddenly bursts into flame. . . .


SPECIAL AUTHOR INTERVIEW INSIDE
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  • Paperback: 540 pages
  • Publisher: Wheeler Publishing; Lrg edition (3 May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1587249650
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587249655
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 7.9 x 3.3 cm

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Amazon.com: 4.5 out of 5 stars  6 reviews
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great mystery from Hart! 1 Dec 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Just finished reading Slice And Dice last night and loved it! My favorite in the series is still Murder In the Air, but in this book we get more of a sense of Sophie and Bram, who they are and what their marriage means to them when it is tested. Sexy subplot! I was fascinated by the construction of the book too, the way the journal entries follow one story while the narrative follows another. At the end, everything is tied up. Yes, this is a complex story with lots going on, but it didn't confuse me. On the contrary, I found the writing solid and the plotting exceptional. Oh, and I loved the interview that was included in the back of the book where Ellen Hart interviews her lead character, Sophie Greenway. I thought it was not only hilarious, but terribly clever. I'm looking forward to the next Sophie Greenway culinary mystery, Ms. Hart! How long do I have to wait?
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining story 10 Sep 2000
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Connie Buckridge is the matriarch head of a culinary empire that includes her son, daughter, and stepson. Connie feels elated because she is coming home to Minneapolis-St. Paul to open up a cooking academy.

However, on the eve of Connie's biggest personal triumph, Pluto, a Deep Throat like character keeps sending E-mails to investigative reporter Marie Damontraville. The missives state scandal and nasty skeletons prominently lie in the Buckridge closet. Perhaps it is her belief that this Betty Crocker clone could not be so perfect or just her natural cynicism that comes with her job, but Marie believes the messages. She plans to expose Connie's darkest secrets that will in turn crumble a growing culinary empire.

Meanwhile, the biggest detractor of the Buckridge kitchen is local food critic George Gildemeister of the Tomes Register. However, someone kills George and newly hired food critic Sophie Greenway finds the body. Suddenly a scandal that dates back to 1963 threatens to boil over and destroy the Buckridge empire.

The latest Sophie Greenway culinary mystery, SLICE AND DICE, is an entertaining story that will thrill genre fans. The fast-paced story line is filled with negative relationships that appear ready to explode at any moment. Though there are too many charcaters to keep up with (thank goodness a score sheet exists), most are fully developed with their motives understandable. One does not have to be a food critic to enjoy Ellen Hart's tasty morsel.

Harriet Klausner
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Slice And Dice 13 Sep 2000
By tregatt - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
If I had been Sophie Greenway in this novel, I'd have booked a ticket for Italy and joined her son on vacation. It's a wonder that the stress of helping an old friend evade a murder charge and having a tenacious old flame knocking at her her door every single moment didn't have her reaching for Midol more ofter!
When restaurant and food critic for the Times Register, George Gildemeister, decides to retire, Sophie is offered the job and she agrees to take it on in spite of her husband's misgivings. And then she finds George's dead body; and a friend of her father's, the owner of a restaurant that Gildemeister had been reviewing badly is accussed of the crime. Sophie feels that she must somehow help her friend out by discovering who did commit the murder.
Added to all this is the complication of an old love and the problems that his family is currently facing. The Buckridges have a successful culinary empire and are currently in Minneaploa-St. Paul looking about for a suitable spot to open another branch of the cooking academy. On the surface the Buckridges seem like the ideal successful all American family. But when it comes to light that an unauthorised biography of the family's matriach is about to be written, decades of old resentments and secrets rise to the top to threaten their empire. But for Sophie, the threat she faces is from the memories of her love for Nathan Buckridge, and the temptation that it poses to her marriage.
I usually enjoy the Sophie Greenway mysteries, but I found that too much was happening in this book, and that I wasn't too interested in the Sophie-Nathan dilemma at all. I was really hooked on Marie Damontrville, the investigation biographer, and her research into the Buckridge past. I found myself caring a great deal as to whether or not she survived the death threats the Buckridges levelled at her and if she managed to finish her investigation for her book.
Not too bad a novel but not quite on par as previous novels in this series.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Murder is a savory dish, as is gossip! 6 Jun 2003
By Sandi Jones - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Sophie Greenway, former food critic, is settling into her new position of owner and manager of the Maxfield Plaza hotel in St. Paul Minnesota. Her husband Bram Baldric, a talk radio personality, is not fond of her tight schedule, but Sophie assures him that their life will soon normalize. How wrong can she be? Let's see.
St. Paul is being taken storm by hometown girl, Constance Buckridge, internationally known cookbook author, and culinary academy founder, and her entourage. The local food world is a buzz. The entire Buckridge group takes up residence at the Maxfield Plaza. Constance is extremely protective about her private life.
Marie Damontraville, queen of the unauthorized biography, is tailing Constance Buckridge back to her home town, and some deeply hidden secrets that someone has been sending her hints about. Judging by the reaction of the Buckridge's, she must be on to some thread of truth.
A cook is sliced to death with his own cutlery, leaving one obvious suspect. Only, Sophie can't believe that the obvious could be true, so with her already overbooked schedule, she takes it upon herself to extract her long-time friend from his bad fate by trying to find the real killer, putting her own life in peril.
The book has a great mix of personalities sprinkled throughout the tale. They are highly believable characters, many amusing in their human frailties.
As I detest spoilers I will not give any more plot elements, suffice to say that there are many beautifully woven sub-plots in this book. It is a fast read with much intrigue and drama. There are some rather adult situations in the book. The language is not particularly bad, and the gore factor is rather light.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Sophie Greenway installment thus far. 6 May 2001
By Christine Fritzinger - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I will admit to being a long time fan of Ellen Hart's writing. She is one of the best mystery writers out there and I'm glad to see that she was finally given hardcover releases a couple years ago -- it is a vote of confidence from the publisher that was long overdue. But as far as her Sophie Greenway series goes, I have to admit that I prefer her other series protagonist Jane Lawless much more. I have found Sophie and Bram to be a bit "dry" in the past.
That all changed with this latest Sophie installment, SLICE AND DICE. This book is a master stroke of plotting! Hart manages to string together several plot lines throughout the book -- challenges to the sanctity of Sophie and Bram's marriage, familial history, journalism and a journal writer's intrigue, and last but not least, murder. Hart also furthers the storylines of her main characters significantly in this book, deepening the emotional intensity and given them the chance to grow and be all too human by erring. All the characters this time out were well drawn, keeping my attention riveted long into the night. Hart managed to get close to the mastery of P.D. James in her ability to plumb psychological depths.
A special bonus in this book is an "interview" by the author with protagonist Sophie Greenway. It shows Hart's wit and skill off nicely.
Overall, if you like mysteries with a culinary bent and characters that are multi-faceted instead of cardboard, then you should try this book. It is very enjoyable and extremely well written!
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