Toast Mortem (Hemlock Falls Mysteries, #16)

I'm sure I would have enjoyed this more if I had not jumped into the series at book #16.Having no history with the Quilliam sisters, I'm just not that invested or interested in them.Having said that, the author seems to phone this one in a bit, throwing lots of characters around but without adding much mystery.In fact, a murder doesn't even happen until halfway through the book.I just didn't feel very compelled to keep reading.Two nights ago I...

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A Dash of Death (Hemlock Falls Mysteries, #2)

A Dash of Death by Claudia Bishop is the second book of the Hemlock Falls mystery series set in contemporary upstate New York. Sarah Quilliam "Quill" co-owns the Hemlock Falls Inn with her gourmet chef sister Meg. Sarah left behind a career as an artist and the NYC lifestyle to lead a completely different life in picturesque and historic Hemlock Falls. The beautiful descriptions of scenery and the Inn's luxurious lodgings make it sound very...

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A Puree of Poison (Hemlock Falls Mysteries, #11)

This small-town cozy comes with two squabbling sisters, one a gourmand cook, the other an established painter.They collide in a little upstate New York town called Hemlock Falls.Aptly named.Together the sisters Sarah, called Quill, and Meg, own and operate an inn on a perfect plot of property overlooking the namesake falls.The novel comes with a list of the huge number of characters at the front and an unremarkable recipe at the back.The...

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A Plateful of Murder (Hemlock Falls Mysteries, #1-2)

The first two Hemlock Falls mysteries?a winning recipe for mystery lovers. A Taste for Murder takes readers to the festival at Hemlock Falls, featuring a reenactment of the 17th-century witch trials. But this year the mock execution becomes all too real when a guest at the Inn is crushed under a pile of stones. The killer has not been identified?yet. In A Dash of Death, Helena Houndswood is the...

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Ground to a Halt (Hemlock Falls Mysteries, #14)

I've recently re-discovered the Claudia Bishop Hemlock Falls Inn series--I think there are fourteen, and I probably read one or two quite some time ago. But now I've immersed myself in that world and read about four in a row--Marinade for Murder, Toast Mortem, A Steak in Murder, and most recently, Ground to a Halt. I'm looking forward to the next one, Dread on Arrival, due out in the fall. This series has what I like best about...

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A Fete Worse Than Death (Hemlock Falls Mysteries, #18)

Sisters Meg and Sarah Quilliam make sure guests feel right at home when they visit the Inn at Hemlock Falls. Located in upstate New York, Hemlock Falls is a small town renowned for its scenic beauty—and scenes of crime . . . Disaster strikes a mere week before the Hemlock Falls Ladies’ Auxiliary hosts the annual Spring Fete when the festival’s chairwoman—the redoubtable Adela Henry—gives up her job in a huff. Who’s going to judge the...

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