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Carolyn Blue's trip to San Francisco includes a visit to her mother-in-law, a few earthquake tremors-and a stint in prison as a murder suspect. A column on prison food might make for an interesting change of pace......

Title : Chocolate Quake
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ISBN : 9780425189467
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 290 Pages
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Chocolate Quake Reviews

  • Tabby Kat
    2019-02-03 02:13

    The Carolyn Blue culinary-travelogue mysteries are, I'll admit, one of my favourites. And while the multiple point-of view narratives were unnecessary, in my opinion, and a bit distracting, (in "Chocolate Quake" we're not only privy to Carolyn's and her husband, Jason's, thoughts but also those of San Francisco private detective, Sam Flamboise's thoughts as well), the mystery was so interesting and intriguing that it captured my attention completely.Carolyn and Jason are in San Francisco -- he to attend a conference, while Carolyn has tagged along so that she can sample (and write about) the sights and foods of that unique city. But first business before pleasure: San Francisco is also the current home of Carolyn's critical feminist mother-in-law, Vera. But when Carolyn makes the curtesy call to Vera to inform her of their arrival, the last thing she expects is to be greeted with the news that Vera has been arrested for murder. Vera, who has been working at the Union Street Women's Center, has been accused of stabbing to death Denise Faulks, the center's accountant. The evidence against Vera is circumstantial at best, unfortunately the police believing that they have their murderer have stopped investigating the crime completely; while neither Vera, nor Jason for that matter, seem to be taking this crisis seriously. And it's beginning to dawn upon Carolyn that she will have to discover who the real murderer is and solve this crime herself! Now, if she can also figure out how to cope with all the tremors as well as fit in a couple of restaurant stopovers and some sight-seeing as well...

  • Ed
    2019-02-11 04:18

    #4 in the Culinary Food Writer series. Carolyn Blue is a food columnist from Texas who travels with her husband as he attends scientific conferences; this is a parallel to the author who is marries to a Texas chemist. The series will appeal to foodies; the mysteries aren't much, but this entry stands out as above average.Culinary Food Writer series - Carolyn Blue and husband are in San Francisco for one of his scientific conferences. Coincidently, his professor, feminine activist mother has been jailed for the murder of a staff member at a woman's center. Carolyn is determined to find out who the real killer is and becomes partnered with a gay, ex-NFL player detective. Of course she finds time to eat.

  • Jill
    2019-02-08 00:19

    I believe this book is # 4 in A Culinary Mystery series. I did enjoy the way it was written and the strange and funny characters in the book. Carolyn Blue is in San Francisco with her husband when she learns that her MIL has been arrested for murder! Carolyn goes into detective mode to help solve the crime, with a little help from her friends. She isn't too sure about SF after 3 different desserts are shaken off her plate when 3 small quakes hit the area. There was a little problem for me, trying to remember all of the characters, but it was a fun from Brenda

  • Margaret
    2019-02-12 02:12

    I didn't like this one quite as much as The Perils of Paella (which is the book right after this one in the series). Like Sam, I think towards the end I found Carolyn a little tiresome. I also thought there were really too many suspects, well, at least at first until I figured out the mystery. Loved the San Francisco setting though and I really want to try the Easy Pappa al Pomodor recipe! I will still read more in this series as I come across them.

  • Kilgallen
    2019-02-09 04:16

    Overall not a bad mystery. I did get a little annoyed at the weird historical trivia that broke up the flow of the story without adding anything meaningful to the "investigaton". The author also chose to tell the story from the view point of three different characters and did a good job of changing the "voice", but I found the technique to again be disruptive to the flow of the story.

  • Linda
    2019-02-07 04:36

    Did not know what to expect, the title sounded interesting. Liked so much I am looking for other books by Nancy Fairbanks. Since I am from the San Francisco area I was able to relate to the "Quakes" in the story. Loved the mother-in-law in jail and husband not concerned! Good story!

  • Lo
    2019-01-25 07:15

    2.25 starsPerhaps a bit outdated (seeing as it was written in 2003) but I get the feeling it was a bit progressive for its time, even if some of it could be considered offensive now. Either way, the story itself was fun to read despite my inability to keep track of all the characters.

  • Terri
    2019-01-22 00:19


  • Edith
    2019-02-18 04:31

    A fun bit of fluff. I especially enjoyed the antics of the heroine's mother-in-law.

  • Mary Z : )
    2019-02-07 05:28

    I just don't care about any of these characters. : (

  • Susan
    2019-02-10 05:36

    Mystery with recipes. What more could you ask for? Anyway, found the book well written with good humor and included historical facts.

  • Cheryl
    2019-02-10 06:17

    Main character is a food columnist, hence the food title. Recipes are, of course, included.

  • Gail
    2019-02-06 07:21

    Recipes are even worse, but the story is still fun.

  • Rebecca
    2019-01-21 06:41

    There wasn't anything wrong with it really. It just didn't excite me.

  • Mary Havlovic
    2019-02-17 23:41

    I liked the book

  • Corinne Yee
    2019-01-27 04:22

    It was a fun read, but the characters often felt very much like caricatures. I've ready other cooking mysteries that were better.

  • Carol Collins
    2019-02-11 23:41

    Too, too sweet for me. Are there really 40 year old women that are that sheltered and naive?

  • Marilyn
    2019-02-09 05:30

    Funny and a good mystery!