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She was right there in the kitchens of San Francisco and Berkeley, during the emergence of local cuisine, when some of the best known chefs in the nation made their bones. For more information on Claire M. Johnson, visit www. Hey Claire! Your reading public clamors for more Mary Ryan mysteries!! May 19, Sarah Madison rated it it was amazing. Have you ever stumbled across a new-to-you author and then run out and read the rest of his or her backlist as a result? Yeah, that happened to me the other day.

Laid up with a shoulder injury, I began working my way through a backlog of unread books. When I picked up Beat until Stiff, I was immediately pulled into Mary Ryan's life from the moment she stumbled across the dead body of a co-worker at the upscale restaurant where she works.

This story is so much more than a classic mystery with an i Have you ever stumbled across a new-to-you author and then run out and read the rest of his or her backlist as a result? This story is so much more than a classic mystery with an interesting female protagonist. The author avoids many of the pitfalls with the genre by making us care about what happens to Ryan. As much as anything, it's the story of Mary Ryan coming back to life after a bitter divorce has caused her to freeze out everything else but work--and once Mary takes notice of the things that have been happening under her very nose, there is no stopping her.

I inhaled this story and picked up the next right away. Nov 19, Fmorlan rated it really liked it. I stumbled on this lovely cozy mystery and listened to the audio. It was very good - about a pastry chef who has issues n general and unfortuately finds a body whike trying to prepare for a big party. Mary lives alone due to unfortuare divorce but her husband keeps showing up out of concern.

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The murder made her a target. There are so many suspects that keep. She is tryimg to prove herself to her ex's best friend a married cop. There are funny scenes betwe I stumbled on this lovely cozy mystery and listened to the audio. There are funny scenes between these two as well as her mother. Great audio. I was very impressed with how the narrator could do a male Mexican accent as easily as she did an American female. Quite nicely done.


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I'm always amazed at how badly chefs in books eat. I hope real ones do better. The mystery was well done. Like in most cozies, the main character has no common sense when putting herself in danger. Luckily she has a good relationship with the local police so they keep yelling at her. The descriptions of San Francisco were very realistic and I could almost feel the f I was very impressed with how the narrator could do a male Mexican accent as easily as she did an American female. The descriptions of San Francisco were very realistic and I could almost feel the fog. Jun 23, Bridgette H rated it really liked it.


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I came across this one while looking for an eBook that was available through my library. It's a murder mystery set in a high-end restaurant in Los Angeles. She is overworked and doesn't have time for the body she finds in the kitchen of American Fair, the restaurant she basically lives in. What follows is a duo of over-protective cops, a language barrier, illegal aliens, celebrity chefs, put upon wives, and a love of pastry.

Look I came across this one while looking for an eBook that was available through my library. Looking for a light mystery to pass the time? Give it a try. May 07, Katie rated it really liked it. I listened to this book in audio format and really enjoyed it. Main character was very well done. She seemed like a "real" person with real emotions, desires, and behavior. I hope there are more books featuring Mary Ryan.

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In addition to have a great protagonist the backstory is fascinating. I admit to loving foodie stuff and this supplied my craving. It leads the reader into the gritty world of chefs and restaurant staff of San Francisco. I will be looking for more from this author. Sep 26, Paul rated it it was ok. The narrator was not up to the accents on some of the characters. The story was fine, but the heroine was a little unbelievable in the way she jumps into the sleuthing and mystery solving.

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I have the impression this is the start of a series. If so, I don't think I'll read more. Not a bad book, but there are other books of this genre that are more interesting. Nov 16, Kelly Aley rated it did not like it. The main character was awful. I don't think bitter divorcee is really my type.

I found the "romance" to be awkward, unnecessary, and gratuitous. Why not have a third cast member instead? The main character also did a lot of dumb things that real people just wouldn't do. Crying for 15 minutes before calling after finding a body? I would have stopped, but it was the only thing on my kindle.

Cannot recommend even a little bit. Aug 18, Lisa rated it liked it.

Much like Agatha Raisin, though, the lead Mary Ryan, pastry chef takes way too many things into her own hands. I will look for more from this author. Written well. Did not see all the loose ends tying up as they did. Jul 17, Stephen rated it it was ok. Just picked this up on a whim. Was fine and a sorta quick, fun read. Aug 12, Michelle rated it liked it Shelves: audio , mystery , library-books , read-in How much of Mary-Kate Olsen's work have you seen?

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