The Proof is in the Pudding

The Proof is in the Pudding[PDF / Epub] ✓ The Proof is in the Pudding ★ Melinda Wells – Oaklandjobs.co.uk A mouthwatering new Della Cools mystery recipes included Owner of a Santa Monica cooking school and cable cooking show star Della Carmichael is one of three judges for an A list cook off but it s the A mouthwatering new Della Cools mystery is in MOBI î recipes included Owner of a Santa Monica cooking school and cable cooking show star Della Carmichael is one of three judges for an A list cook off but it s the celebrities who are getting knocked off. This one really made us work.Good mystery.Fun detecting on Della s partI really would watch her show The Proof is in the Pudding By Melinda Wells,ISBN 978 0 425 23311 5Pub Berkley Prime Crime2010, 291 pagesMass Market OriginalThis is the author s third in her series featuring Della Carmichael And yes it comes with several pages of what appear to be mouth watering recipes While noting that the author sent a copy of the book to review, I have not yet tried any of the recipes However, if they are on a par with the quality of this author s writing which is excellent, they should be worthwhile The Proof is in the Pudding By Melinda Wells,ISBN 978 0 425 23311 5Pub Berkley Prime Crime2010, 291 pagesMass Market OriginalThis is the author s third in her series featuring Della Carmichael And yes it comes with several pages of what appear to be mouth watering recipes While noting that the author sent a copy of the book to review, I have not yet tried any of the recipes However, if they are on a par with the quality of this author s writing which is excellent, they should be worthwhile.Della Carmichael is the hostess and chef of a West Coast cable cooking show She also runs a small cooking school Her deceased husband was a cop so she has some useful connections for her adventures Make no mistake, this novel is not a cozy Even though set in Southern California, and the circle of suspects and other characters is limited, many of readers expectations about cozy crime novels are broken There are pets There is some fine humor and the pace is enough to keep even non foodies interested And, this is a whee of a story An Important Personage is staging a celebrity cooking competition for both humanitarian and personal reasons Della is brought in at the last minute to be one of three judges of the event There she encounters another judge who is definitely not on her A list of desirable guests When the man is stabbed to death during the beginning of the cooking competition, in a delightful and well thought out scene, suspicion falls variously on a close friend who is a cop, the cop s daughter and on Della herself.Wells is a good writer and she deals with one of the major problems of writing a series in a competent and forthright manner If a series is to continue, we can t have the protagonist in such jeopardy that she dies However, by recognizing the quandary , this author builds the tension in other ways, and the detecting is handled in a well done manner In addition, Della Carmichael acts like a real, fully realized woman, with desires, problems, and some pets and friends who are occasionally troublesome They are interesting which contributes to the stew without distracting us from the main story.I was completely charmed by Ms Carmichael and her adventure Her world is fun, funny, and as real as can be Moreover, the story is well plotted and has a very satisfactory conclusion Over the last couple of months, I ve become a huge fan of the Della Cooks series The Proof is in the Pudding is really the best so far Wells does an excellent job of digging deeper into her characters In fact, I felt that after reading this book, I now have a much better idea of just who Nicholas D Martino, Liddy, John, Shannon and Eileen her closest friends really are In previous installments of this series, I ve felt that Wells didn t go as far as she could in developing Della s frie Over the last couple of months, I ve become a huge fan of the Della Cooks series The Proof is in the Pudding is really the best so far Wells does an excellent job of digging deeper into her characters In fact, I felt that after reading this book, I now have a much better idea of just who Nicholas D Martino, Liddy, John, Shannon and Eileen her closest friends really are In previous installments of this series, I ve felt that Wells didn t go as far as she could in developing Della s friends into active players in the book, and this time she really hits a home run, in this respect When Della finds out she s one of three judges for a celebrity cooking contest at a famous landmark hotel, she s a bit apprehensive It turns out she had good reason to worry when after a diversion involving a smoke bomb, one of the other judges is found dead in the middle of the ballroom where the contest was being held This time, the stakes are high because Della s close friend John is a suspect in the murder Della fighting hard to protect John and his family commits a crime when the police find out, they are hot on her trail, even as Della uncovers a growing list of possible suspects Will Della go to far in her search for the culprit, and end up being the next victim Read the book and find out I can t wait for the next Della Cooks mystery 3rd book in series Della is chosen to judge a Cook off contest at the Olympia Grand Hotel One of the other judges is Keith Ingram who she finds out has been dating Eileen her spiritual daughter John s real daughter Keith dumps her to marry Tina Long daughter of the billionaire that owns the hotel He has secretly videotaped Eileen and several other women while having sex with them He blackmails Eileen right before he is murdered John is suspected as the killer and Della works on proving h 3rd book in series Della is chosen to judge a Cook off contest at the Olympia Grand Hotel One of the other judges is Keith Ingram who she finds out has been dating Eileen her spiritual daughter John s real daughter Keith dumps her to marry Tina Long daughter of the billionaire that owns the hotel He has secretly videotaped Eileen and several other women while having sex with them He blackmails Eileen right before he is murdered John is suspected as the killer and Della works on proving him innocent Nickolas and her are getting closer in their relationship then Della ever thought she was able to get after Mack s death After initially having a hard time getting into it, I found the book enjoyable. 3.5 starsThis is the first book I read in this series Haven t warmed to the characters all that much Decent mystery. The third book in a line of culinary mysteries, this cozy by Melinda Wells is an engaging story of celebrity and murder Della Carmichael, once married to a police detective, now runs a cooking school and hosts a cable television cooking show, all of which make her a good choice for a fill in spot to judge a local charity celebrity cook off Two other judges will join Della, one of whom has been dating the daughter of her close friend, but reports coming from Della s publicist among other peopl The third book in a line of culinary mysteries, this cozy by Melinda Wells is an engaging story of celebrity and murder Della Carmichael, once married to a police detective, now runs a cooking school and hosts a cable television cooking show, all of which make her a good choice for a fill in spot to judge a local charity celebrity cook off Two other judges will join Della, one of whom has been dating the daughter of her close friend, but reports coming from Della s publicist among other people indicate that this food critic and judge is a sketchy character.The night of the cook off, things begin going awry First there is a scene between the girl s father and the judge with his daughter the victim of a romantic disaster, and worse Then, smoke appears and overwhelms the crowd at the charity cook off While that is happening, a best selling author who is preparing what else pudding for the contest, grabs Della and pulls her to the floor to protect her When the smoke clears, Della s fellow bad guy judge is dead, with the police s most likely suspect Della s friend another detective who once worked with Della s husband.Thus begins the mystery of The Proof is in the Pudding Of course, there are a lottwists and turns and dishes to be made with recipes included at the end of the book Della wants not only to protect her friend s daughter from possible scandal, but to clear his name of the crime as well The mystery of who killed the cooking judge and why are interesting enough, but the heart and charm of the story is the amateur detective, Della, herself Her life and friends and even her pets are what give the story value.Those who are serious foodies may find the story and recipes a bit too pedestrian, even disappointing Della reminds one of a Rachel Ray type of television personality, whose tastes and recipes run closer to homespun cooks than true chefs Still, there s plenty of charm and camaraderie in this delightful book to keep the cozy reader going There s nothing to set the book apart from similar food based cozies, but the writing and story are solid, and the characters who populate Della s world are eminently likeable Despite being part of a cooking series, The Proof is in the Pudding works as a singular book, complete unto itself Even if the recipes do not charm, the character herself is sure to win over critics I continue to enjoy this series I went back and re read it because I enjoyed this one so much, especially the last couple of chapters after the mystery is solved Once again Della gets involved in a murder This time she s called in by Phil, the head of publicity for the channel her cooking show is on, as a replacement judge for a celebrity cook off Only to discover that one of the other judges has just dumped Eileen, the woman she loves like a daughter, and is now threatening her reputation I continue to enjoy this series I went back and re read it because I enjoyed this one so much, especially the last couple of chapters after the mystery is solved Once again Della gets involved in a murder This time she s called in by Phil, the head of publicity for the channel her cooking show is on, as a replacement judge for a celebrity cook off Only to discover that one of the other judges has just dumped Eileen, the woman she loves like a daughter, and is now threatening her reputation But they are far from the only people mad at him, and one apparently decides to take it to the ultimate extreme when he s murdered Unfortunately he dies not long after Eileen s dad pops him one for threatening his daughter, making him prime suspect 1 3.5 starsI enjoy the Della Carmichael series and this was no exception They are fun cozy mysteries with a protagonist in her 40 s and recipes included in the back This one even contained a little story about the actress Linda Dano and a recipe who I watched back in the day on Another World I didn t guess the killer, although I had my suspicions, until it was revealed, so that s a big plus And there was a fight with her boyfriend Nicholas and I enjoyed the progression of their relationship 3.5 starsI enjoy the Della Carmichael series and this was no exception They are fun cozy mysteries with a protagonist in her 40 s and recipes included in the back This one even contained a little story about the actress Linda Dano and a recipe who I watched back in the day on Another World I didn t guess the killer, although I had my suspicions, until it was revealed, so that s a big plus And there was a fight with her boyfriend Nicholas and I enjoyed the progression of their relationship.there son my blog I love the Della Charmichael A 40 something host of cable cooking show Della Cooks In this junior installment to the series Della finds herself judging a cooking contest of celebrity chefs..one of who winds up murdered.What I liked about this particular book was Della talking about how she came to open her cooking school..and what events lead her to that decision We also get to see her in action at the school making some very yummy recipes..I m very much looking forward to the next book in I love the Della Charmichael A 40 something host of cable cooking show Della Cooks In this junior installment to the series Della finds herself judging a cooking contest of celebrity chefs..one of who winds up murdered.What I liked about this particular book was Della talking about how she came to open her cooking school..and what events lead her to that decision We also get to see her in action at the school making some very yummy recipes..I m very much looking forward to the next book in this series, I cannot wait to see what is on the horizons for our protagonist Della and our hunky reporter Nick

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  • Paperback
  • 320 pages
  • The Proof is in the Pudding
  • Melinda Wells
  • English
  • 10 November 2019
  • 0425233111