Wednesday, May 22, 2013

LIVER LET DIE by Liz Lipperman

Publisher:   Berkley
Date published:   October 4, 2011
ISBN:  978-0425244043
Genre:   Cozy Mysery
Book format: Paperback
Obtained via:  Publisher
Reviewed by name and email address:  Gina


While waiting for her dream job as a sports writer to happen Jordan McAllister is happily writing away as a personal’s writer.

Well okay, maybe not so happily. It’s nowhere her dream but it’s par for the turn her life has taken. Things just hadn’t turned out the way she expected and hoped. That, however, is about to change. Maybe. She’s just been appointed the culinary column at her local paper. Not exactly her dream job especially since she can’t cook…or bake…or do much of anything else in the kitchen.

But all is not lost. She’s found a great apartment with fantastic friends and life is looking up. Seriously. As the culinary reporter she gets to dine out at some fabulous eateries. In fact her first day on the job she is dispatched to review the Long Horn Steak House. Well okay, she’s not a huge fan of eating meat—but all is not lost. Her waiter suggests a foie gras. She has no idea what it is but given it’s not beef she goes with it. One look at the dish and she knows she doesn’t much care for duck liver.

But all is not lost. The waiter, a really cute guy named J.T. asks for her number. Not only that, he actually calls her to…talk. When he says he’s on his way over Jordan’s not quite sure if he’s that great of a find. She’s not about to exchange sex for advice on…duck liver. She doesn’t quite find out if that’s what he has in mind, however, because before too long J.T. turns up dead…on her doorstep.

Mysterious and somewhat frightening things begin to happen. Fortunately Jordan has her friends to stand behind her and investigate just who killed J.T. But are they good enough to outwit the killer?

Liz Lipperman’s LIVER LET DIE is a good start on what is breaking out to be a fun series—her Clueless Cook Mysteries.  While this cozy mystery had some weak points there nothing stood in the way of reading on and trying to figure out just who killed J.T.  Despite some formulaic plot points—I knew immediately what was going on with the gold fish bowl—I was pleasantly surprised at who done it at the end.

There were some choppy passages and things that I would have expected from the character. She wants to be a sports writer but her only contact with sports is a few forays to the local college campus to check out their star quarterback. When she meets up with the coach she doesn’t draw on her sports experience to engage him.
I did enjoy how she went about finding her weekly recipes for her column.  Some of those dishes sound pretty good.  However, like Jordan, I’m not at my best in the kitchen.
I also enjoyed her group of friends. They are a unique and fun cadre.  I laughed to myself when Jordan takes off with one of her friends, Michael…Michael (and) Jordan do some investigation together. I don’t know if it was intended by the author or it just happened but I enjoyed the sense of tongue in cheek about it.

I’m looking forward to the rest of the series and seeing just where Jordan goes with her column as well as her sleuthing.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.


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