by Jerrilyn Farmer
Dim Sum Dead
Avon, April, 2001.
Paperback, 256 pages.
The ancient Chinese game of mah-jongg is now the hottest game among the Hollywood hipster crowd. Caterer Madeline Bean and her business partner Wesley are all set for the fabulous Chinese New Year's party they are catering for an elite mah-jongg club, with special treats and a real fortune teller. Then Wesley finds an antique mah-jongg set hidden in the wall of an old celebrity mansion that he's restoring. The mah-jongg set is stolen, and suddenly everyone seems very interested in getting their hands on the missing antique. The Chinese New Year's party goes off without a hitch, except for one thing: one of the guests is found murdered. Suddenly, Maddie and her friends are up to their saucepans in espionage, Hollywood legends and murder.
Dim Sum Dead is the fourth entry in the popular Madeline Bean catering mystery series. Maddie is a lovable heroine, whose curiosity and increasingly complicated love life make for wildly entertaining reading. Jerrilyn Farmer is a successful comedy writer who has written for Dana Carvey and John Lovitz, and her senses of timing and knack for dialogue are flawless. The tone is witty, wry, sophisticated and funny, and underlying the story has a real heart. This is one of the best comedic mystery series on the market today; don't miss it.
--Claire E. White
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This review was published in the April, 2001 of The Internet Writing Journal.
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