Paperback, 304 pages
Expected publication: April 3rd 2012 by Berkley
From the publisher: The bitter rivalry between two employees of antique collecting television shows heats up when they come to Hemlock Falls to have it out in a cooking contest. And it's a good thing that inn owners Meg and Sarah Quilliam are experts at appraising motives for murder when one of them keels over on camera...
My thoughts: There are some really colorful characters in this one; one of the television shows, Pawn-O-Rama, is hosted is a cliched characterization of a redneck complete with RV and overbearing Mama. The other show is hosted by by a snobby pompous twit of a Brit. Right away you know there are bound to be problems when one of them suggests a cook-off.
With the advent of the TV show coming to town, tempers are on edge in the Chamber of Commerce introducing quite a few suspects and motives. The Chamber is comprised of some downright quirky personalities. They each have their own agenda and you know they're going to clash someone else's goals. Add in the TV show hosts' huge egos and the fur is bound to fly!
Sounds like a fun premise, doesn't it? Well, for me the beginning was a little slow. It took to almost page 200 before the "main event". The preceding pages were a slow build up to the murder and explanations of the characters' relationships in the little town of Hemlock Falls, NY. When the murder does occur, the local inn owner, Sarah Quilliam is put on the spot to sleuth out the real killer. Sarah thinks she knows who the culprit is but proof is needed. Therefore a trap must be set . . . . .
Even though it took a while to get to the action, the ending was well worth the wait. I didn't see that one coming at all! Good job, Ms. Bishop!! Even though this is #18 in the series, it's a total stand alone. I haven't read any of this series and don't feel as if I were missing anything. 3.5***
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