Mumbo Gumbo: A Madeline Bean Novel Hardcover – Mar 2003
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Farmer's culinary detective Madeline Bean returns, and this time the L.A. catering queen joins the writing staff of Food Freak, a ratings-topping television quiz show (a sort of Iron Chef crossed with Who Wants to be a Millionaire ?) whose chief writer has suddenly disappeared. Then the newly arrived Maddie's office suffers a break-in. Shortly after, Maddie endures an assault while at work at her desk. A full cast of oddballs staffs the quiz show, so there are plenty of suspects lurking about. Discovery of a secret door behind a bookcase leads to a very private office and to a food magazine whose address label takes Maddie to the scene of a deadly fire. Along the way, readers learn about the history of Hollywood's movie and television studios and about the regulations governing television quiz shows. Farmer's easygoing prose makes for fun reading, and fans of her earlier works will be eager to follow Maddie's newest adventure. Mark Knoblauch
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About the Author
Jerrilyne Farmer, the author of five acclaimed, award-winning Madeline Bean novels, is a TV writer who has written for game shows such as Jeopardy! and Supermarket Sweep, and sketch comedy specials for Dana Carvey, Jon Lovitz, Timothy Stack, Cheri Oteri, Tim Meadows, and others. Farmer also teaches mystery writing at the UCLA Extension's Writers Program. She lives in Southern California.
Top Customer Reviews
"Mumbo Gumbo" includes a lot of interesting Hollywood studio history, as well as details involved in producing a reality TV show. Each Madeline Bean mystery is set in a different "world" of Hollywood, which helps make each book in the series so fresh. Ms. Farmer does a good job of developing the supporting characters in the story, most of whom are staffers on the game show. Madeline and her friend Holly slways seen to have a sassy comeback. The hilarious dialogue in this book rivals a Stephanie Plum movel. Particularly hysterical are Maddie and Holly's "men troubles". Maddie is trying to make sense of her on-again, off-again relationship with LA policeman Chuck Honnett.
Whether you are an old friend of the Madeline Bean series or not, I highly recommend this fun mystery.
The writing is well done and the dialog is fun. The story seemed to get a little muddled in the middle, but I'm not sure if it's because it really was or if it was taking me some time to finish the book and I lost continuity. Regardless, readers of the amateur female detective genre will enjoy this book.
Maddie enjoys learning the ropes of writing for a food game show. She is intrigued by all the different personalities behind the scenes of this show. Especially Chef Howie and his wife Fate.
She starts uncovering clues about the missing head writer. As the web of puzzles grows, Maddie works hard at solving them. Her assistant at Mad Bean Events, Holly, comes to help her. Plus Maddie's relationship with police detective Honnett becomes more confusing.
I always enjoy reading a Madeline Bean novel. There are always a lot of escapades and food involved. Jerrilyn Farmer has a winner in this series.
The characters are well written as is the plot and setting. She makes me feel like I am there in the story. There is a lot of intrigue and mystery but a lot of fun. This is a quick and easy read.
I highly recommend this book and series.
Most recent customer reviews
I have read all of her books and look forward to more. Ms. Bean is an interesting character who does dumb down for the story. This series is definitely worth a look!Published on March 28 2004 by Lorna Carpenter
Mad Bean Events is one of the industry's most well known event planners but with the economy in a downward spiral and the international scene so frightening, business is hurting. Read morePublished on March 8 2003 by Harriet Klausner
With the downturn in the economy, people just don't want to pay for lavish parties anymore, so Madeline Bean takes a temporary job as a writer for a food quiz TV show. Read morePublished on March 6 2003 by Amy Phipps
Madeline Bean, LA caterer/party planner to the stars, & all her cohorts are back, & so is the humor in MUMBO GUMBO by Jerrilyn Farmer. Read morePublished on March 6 2003 by L. Hirt
Mad Bean Events is getting ready for the wrap party for this season's newest TV sensation, Food Freak. Read morePublished on March 3 2003 by Mark Baker - Carstairs Considers
in my store, this will only be recommended for hardcore food mystery fans, readers who enjoy celebrity name dropping and mystery fans who don't mind holes in the plot too much. Read morePublished on March 1 2003
This was a nice read, but I did not find it up to par with other books I have read by this author. It dragged a little. Characters where hard to care about. Read morePublished on Feb. 28 2003