Item description for Recipe for Murder (A Patrick and Grace Mystery, Book 2) by Elaine Smith Janet...
Patrick O'Malley, retired New York City cop, and Grace Johnson, Jill-of-all-trades at the homeless shelter where she escaped in the first Patrick and Grace Mystery, take flight to Nebraska when they hear that Walter Schmidt, Grace's cohort from the kitchen at the shelter was found hanging in the apple shed. What seems ilke a perfectly simple suicide soon turns to a devious plot, with family secrets abounding on every side. Small town life is at its best, where outsiders are "suspects" from the start, but soon Patrick and Grace have a lineup of suspects of their own. The primary clue is the letter to Patrick and Grace, which contained a key to a safety deposit box. In the box? A RECIPE FOR MURDER. But was it really worth killing for? Obviously someone thought so. It was, literally, "a recipe to die for."
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.9" Width: 5.8" Height: 0.6" Weight: 0.57 lbs.
Release Date Aug 13, 2006
Publisher Star Publish
ISBN 1932993487 ISBN13 9781932993486
Reviews - What do customers think about Recipe for Murder (A Patrick and Grace Mystery, Book 2)?
"Good enough to die for" May 13, 2003
Retired New York City cop Patrick O'Mally and his new love Grace Johnson, recently widowed cook at a homeless shelter, leave the Big Apple behind (something Grace never did before in her life!) after they get an unexpected letter. Walter, a drifter who helped Grace in the shelter's kitchen when she was new there, has returned to his home town in far-off Nebraska. Patrick and Grace find his letter worrisome, so they decide to phone and ask if he is all right.
Walter is dead. Sometime after he wrote and mailed the letter, his mother found him hanging in a shed on their property - located in a town so small that people drive through it without knowing they've arrived, until the road takes them beyond its limits again. His mother is convinced that Walter didn't kill himself, despite the way she discovered his body. Patrick and Grace agree with her. But why would anyone want to kill such a harmless soul? That's almost harder to imagine than why a man as happy as Walter seemed recently would want to take his own life.
The tiny town's other residents, never happy to have outsiders in their midst, swiftly close ranks against Patrick, Grace, and Walter's grieving but determined mother. Who knows a secret that may have everything to do with her son's murder - or does it, after all?
I can't speak to this book's merits as a mystery. I seldom read anything in that genre, and therefore have no basis for comparison. But if you're looking for intriguing, sympathetic, and very real characters, you should treat yourself to the most recently released Patrick and Grace tale. Even the supposed "bad guys" (whose identities I'm not about to reveal) will tug at your heartstrings, because Janet Elaine Smith gives each of her creations believable motivation and a genuinely human face.
Now I must try baking "Walter's Oatmeal Cookies"! Since I've heard from a reliable authority that they are "good enough to die for," and the recipe is printed at the end of the book. But I hope they won't cause similar havoc in my somewhat larger town.
A cosy mystery Mar 28, 2002
The second adventure for the intrepid crime fighting duo, retired cop Patrick O'Malley and Grace Johnson, now employed at a homeless shelter, begins when they get a letter from former resident of the shelter, Walter Schmidt. Along with the cryptic letter, there is a key for a safety deposit box, and the letter hints that it contains something that will make them rich and if anything happens to him, they will know what to do with it.
Worried by the letter, they call his mother in Nebraska only to discover that Walter has died. It's being called a suicide but his mother is convinced that he was murdered. He was found hanging from the rafters in the apple shed. Patrick and Grace head out to the small town of Albany, Nebraska to discover the truth.
What they find there is a place unfriendly to strangers, and secrets long buried coming to the surface. For such a small town, there are quite a few suspects in the investigation and it will be difficult to guess the culprit before the end, I was convinced twice I had it figured out, only to be thwarted again!
In Walter's safety deposit box is a recipe for applesauce and oatmeal cookies, it seems that he may have been murdered for the recipe, but who would have the most to gain?
Although a murder mystery, there is no blood and gore here. It's a book that leaves you thinking, very fast moving and with a wealth of characters that seem to jump out at you from the page, as if they were in the room with you.
A lovely touch at the end is Walter's recipe for the cookies (and you don't even have to kill anyone to get it!) There is also a sneak preview for the next book in the Patrick and Grace series. Obviously, Janet Elaine Smith has taken the adage "always leave them wanting more" to heart, because it certainly does that. A very enjoyable book.
Reviewed by Annette Gisby, author of Silent Screams