William Morrow, 2004 (2004)
Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth
adeline Bean is a party planner working in Los Angeles. After her company, the Mad Bean, stages a successfully spectacular fund raiser/party, a valuable saxophone is stolen and one of Mad Bean's servers is killed in Madeline's house. Believing the bullet that killed the server was meant for her, Madeline is determined to solve the crime.
is Jerrilyn Farmer's sixth book and a fun book it is. The reader gets a peek into the party scene of the rich and famous; is treated to a proverbial love triangle; reads about fabulous food; and has a couple of murders thrown in for a good mystery. Sounds like a lot for one book? That's not all. Add several thefts on a grand scale and insurance fraud, and you have the ingredients for a lively, fast-moving story.
ost of the characters are well fleshed out. I especially liked Madeline who is gutsy, introspective and able to move on in her life when things don't go right. Her partner Wes is a little nebulous, however. I couldn't quite put my finger on him. Farmer writes for television and also teaches mystery writing at UCLA Extension's Writers Program. She must be her own best pupil.
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