A Corpse in the Soup – Morgan St. James & Phyllice Bradner, Authors

August 8, 2009 at 10:36 pm (Crime Novels, mystery, Suspense Novels) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

A Corpse in the Soup – Reviewed by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat

Some one is sabotaging the cooking show of America’s favorite Chef. Food testers are coming down with food poisoning, the Baked Alaska is blowing up and the paprika is as hot as Hades. But who would do this and why?

When I was young I enjoyed playing the board game “Clue.” What made this game so much fun were the characters. So now I want to introduce you to the characters of A Corpse in the Soup. Let’s see if you can determine “who done it” in this story of colorful characters.

Godiva Olivia Duboise – writes a syndicated column titled Ask G.O.D. Resides in L. A. And loves to solve other people’s problems. Married, widowed, left very rich.

Goldie Silver – identical twin of Godiva. Owns and operates the Silver Spoon Antiques in Juneau, Alaska. Even though she is identical in looks to Godiva she is actually a “mirror” twin. While Godiva’s clothes come straight from the designers, Goldie’s come straight from the Salvation Army. Godiva has a fleet of expensive cars in her garage while Goldie drives an old clunker.

Chili Pepper – Daughter of Goldie and Red Pepper (Goldie kept her maiden name for the shop). Sous-Chef on her father’s Alaskan cruise ship the Aurora Borealis. Gets a call from Godiva inviting her to attend the taping of “Flirting with Food” where Godiva is chosen to be a food tester and ends up in the hospital with food poisoning.

Flossie Silver – Mother of Godiva and Goldie. Sterling Silver – Uncle of Godiva and Goldie. Both Flossie and Sterling are retired vaudeville magicians. And they, like Godiva love to solve other people’s problems.

Chef Caesar Romano – Star of “Flirting with Food.” Cooked and served the shrimp that put Godiva in the hospital with food poisoning. Swears someone is sabotaging his food. Ends up becoming Godiva’s biggest fan and admirer.

Chef Biff Wellington – star of his own cooking show and known as the “Aerobic Chef”. Will be competing against Caesar Romano in the annual competition of “Gourmet Gladiators”. Hates his competition and swears that he will be this year’s winner.

Candy Vanderloop – ex-assistant to Chef Caesar Romano, now working with Chef Biff Wellington. Has a big crush on Romano. Finds out that Wellington is a real pain to work with and for.

Chris Cross – office assistant to Chef Biff Wellington. Has his own problems working with and for Wellington. Teams up with Candy to create their own show.

Now, with names like these you know this is going to be a very funny, entertaining book. But this is also a murder mystery so one of these characters must die. In fact the victim is murdered and found face down in a bowl of soup.

Goldie sums it up quite well with her words… “All I wanted was a quiet buying trip. Instead, my sister gets poisoned, then dates the guy who poisoned her, who hires my daughter, then he gets arrested for killing his rival, we try to help out and almost get carved up by a wacko writer and our savior is a sweet little girl who turns out to be a kamikaze Black Belt. This could only happen in L. A.”

A Corpse in the Soup

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The Pot Thief Who Studied Pythagoras – J. Michael Orenduff, Author

August 8, 2009 at 9:07 pm (Crime Novels, mystery, Suspense Novels) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

The Pot Thief Who Studied Pythagoras – Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat

‘The two best things about being a shopkeeper are that your income isn’t limited to some corporation’s idea of what a salary should be, and you get to set your own hours. The two worse things are that you don’t have a salary to depend on ever month, and… well, it doesn’t really matter what the other worst thing is if there’s no money coming in.’

Hubert Schuze owns a Native American pottery shop in Albuquerque’s Old Town. Hubert’s close friends and his not so close friends call him a ‘pot thief.’ In 1980 Congress passed the Archaeological Resources Protection Act which prohibits the removal of buried pots on public lands, thus putting a supposed halt to Hubert’s treasurer hunting and a crimp on his income.

When Carl Wilkes of New World Antiquities walked into Hubert’s store, he came with an offer that was hard to turn down. He wanted Hubert to “acquire” one of only two intact Mogollon water jugs ever reported found. This particular jug Wilkes wanted Hubert to acquire was on display at the Valle Del Rio Museum at the University of New Mexico. And when Wilkes offers $25,000 for the acquisition, Hubert decides to give it some thought. That is until he’s visit by Agent Guvelly from the Bureau of Land Management. Guvelly proceeds to accuse Hubert of taking not the jug that is in the University museum but the other jug that was on display in Bandelier.

I’ve never been to Albuquerque, much less it’s Old Town, but through my reading of The Pot Thief I feel that I’ve just gotten back. The history of the area’s Native Americans, the pottery and Pythagoras himself, made this a very educational book. The story it’s self is filled with murder and tension, but it also has humor which makes it a light hearted book to read. And the conversations carried on by Hubert and his best friend Susannah, as they discuss how to solve the mysteries of who stole the jug from Bandelier, who murdered the man in room 1119 and who placed a dead man in Hubert’s store, are such “practical” conversations that you can’t help but laugh.

The Pot Thief was an extremely entertaining book and I highly recommend that you read it for yourself. And the ending…. I can only call it “creative, poetic justice.”

The Pot Thief

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Where Angels Fear by Sunny Frazier

August 8, 2009 at 5:20 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

AngelsFear_comp2Set in the Central Valley of California, author Sunny Frazier once again explores the rich agricultural region, rural law enforcement and crimes shrouded by Tule fog in this sequel to FOOLS RUSH IN.   

            Amateur astrologer Christy Bristol finds herself on the fringes of Kearny society and a members-only sex club as she reluctantly takes on a missing person case. Prominent business man Avery Anders has disappeared and his wife cannot go to the authorities. When the man’s horoscope reveals an affair and mortal danger, she enlists Christy to do an investigation.

            Christy’s day job with the local sheriff’s department is on the line as her investigation crosses paths with several homicide cases and surly Detective Kerwin. Could the cases be connected?

            Aided by best friend Lennie Watkins, the women find themselves on a treacherous trail that leads to the Veterans Hospital, a sex-specialty clothing store, mansions of the rich, and even touches on the Viet Nam War. With only a prescription bottle and matchbook as clues, the young woman must face the Knights of Sensani and her own sexual limitations.

            Christy Bristol must go where angels fear to tread.        


 If you liked “Fools Rush In” you will love “Where Angels Fear”. Frazier takes us into Christy’s life. Sometimes things are confusing. Sometimes they are embarrassing. But there are wonderful and warm times too. This tale has one of the best, “feel good” endings I have ever read. I laughed and I felt good for Christy. This is a wonderful story and one everyone should definitely read. You won’t be sorry. I give it a 9 of 10 on the Weaver meter.
Enjoy, Sid Weaver


Beginning with the stiletto boots and whip on the cover, Where Angels Fear pulls the reader into a labyrinth of death, domination, and fear with just the right number of humorous turns. Frazier has created a character in Christy Bristol that readers will gladly welcome into their living rooms in book after book to see how she grows and to learn more about how she uses her gift for astrology.  Where Angels Fear is a delightful, fun read that proves Frazier has no fear as a writer.

T. L. Cooper


 From its dark, compelling opening, ‘Where Angels Fear’ is an intriguing mystery. Christy makes an appealing and resourceful heroine, with many tangled relationship issues we can all identify with. Her friend Lennie is equally engaging and there are many nice touches of humor when she is investigating. The story moves with great pace, yet at the same time the colors, culture and cuisine of this part of California are excellently described, and overall the novel has great atmosphere. The ending is truly gripping.  Christy’s relationship with her lover also develops and ‘Where Angels Fear’ rounds off with a lovely scene between Christy and Rod. I enjoyed, ‘Where Angels Fear’ very much and I look forward to reading more of this series.
Lindsay Townsend.

Links: http://www.sunnyfrazier.com

And, if you would like to break some news to your readers, I will do a FREE 6-month horoscope with the purchase of one Christy Bristol novel, 12-months for ordering both FOOLS RUSH IN and WHERE ANGELS FEAR. Books must be purchased through contact with me so I can get birth information. Email through my website. 

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When Fates Collide by Andrea Dean Van Scoyoc and Yvonne Mason a Review

August 8, 2009 at 1:54 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , )

When Fates Collide
What a fun story!!!
  1.  Aug 2009
by luisanewell

This book was great reading!!! I picked it up in the afternoon and was done by diner time. I just could not put this book down. It is very different from anything that I have read from Andrea before. It was funny, creative and animated. Hope and Alex take the readers along with them on their adventure. It was so much fun reading it and imagining these two in the middle of the bounty hunter business that I had to laugh many times. I guess that it was very funny to me because I am a Florida girl, where the story takes place. I loved the shark refernce and how the authors’ personalities impact the story. It is very humorous. I have to say that Ivonne and Andrea make a great team. I hope to read the next story soon.

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