A Catered St. Patrick’s Day (2012)
To most of the people in the town of Longely, N.Y., St. Paddy’s Day means good food, great music, and plenty of Guinness. But when the lifeless body of Mike Sweeney floats to the top of a vat of green beer, it looks like the luck of the Irish has just run out.
Unfortunately for the Simmons sisters the number one suspect is related to one of their very best catering customers, the pampered and powerful Bree Nottingham. When Bree visits A Little Taste of Heaven to beseech them to clear her nephew’s name, they just can’t say no.
But the more information Bernie and Libby stir up, the more Duncan Nottingham looks like a killer. Known for his hot temper and love of the drink, Duncan and the deceased were both part of the Corned Beer and Cabbage Club, a group with more buried history than the Emerald Isle. And each member –especially Duncan – had a motive to sing Sweeney his last Irish lullaby, a motive they don’t want anyone revealing.
For Bernie and Libby, the situation is deadly and in danger of boiling over. And they can’t count on good old Saint Pat to drive out the snake in their midst…they’ll have to do it themselves before a murderer strikes again.
“In the eighth delectable visit (After A Catered Thanksgiving) from sisters Bernie and Libby, a dead body in the beer vat doesn’t bode well.”
“Murder once again interrupts a holiday in Crawford’s diverting eighth mystery series featuring sisters Bernie and Libby Simmons, the owners of A Little Taste of Heaven, a catering business in Longely, N.Y. As Bernie and Libby are preparing St. Patrick’s day goodies one morning, an urgent call from Bernie’s boyfriend, Brandon, summons them to RJ’s, the bar he runs. There, Brandon shows the sisters a body floating in a large keg of beer. The deceased, Mike Sweeny, was a member of the Corned Beef and Cabbage Club which has been meeting at RJs. Could a drunken Mike have fallen in and drowned? When the nephew of “real estate agent extraordinaire” Bree Nottingham is arrested for Mike’s murder two weeks later, Bree asks Bernie and Libby for help in proving her nephew’s innocence. Cozy fans will appreciate the zany characters, witty dialogue, and puzzling plot.”