Book Review: Fear of Frying

Kathryn Lively

Visitors: 140

For a light and quick weekend read, Jill Churchill's Fear of Frying fit the bill. For those of you unfamiliar with Churchill's Jane Jeffrys series (of which this is the ninth installment), amateur sleuth Jane is a single mother who likes to cook and/or eat, and has a detective boyfriend (a no-show in this story) and a best friend named Shelley. Despite the title, Jane doesn't do much cooking here, though it does give a hint with regards to the murder weapon of choice.

Along with various other people in their social circle (including two car dealership execs and their wives, a high school principal and her complacent husband), Jane and Shelley volunteer to spend a few days to evaluate Camp Sunshine, a wilderness resort which owner Benson Titus hopes to contract to the area school district for summer programs. Shades of Allan Sherman's “Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah" are evident during this trip as a bit of heavy rain spoils the atmosphere for Jane and Shelley, but not so much as the lifeless body of car dealership owner Sam Claypool which they discover lying by a doused campfire.

When Sam turns up alive later that evening, and the rest of their working vacation is marred by environmental activists, a washed-out bridge leading to freedom and a grumpy sheriff, Jane and Shelley are hardly happy campers. All the same, it's fun to read. I hated camp, I sympathize entirely.

Fear of Frying may be predictable for some, but as a cozy read it works: I enjoyed being introduced to Jane and Shelley and hope to become more familiar with them in the future. They play off each other with good humor, they seem like real people and their ability to rely upon observation rather than blatant snooping is reminiscent of Christie's Miss Marple. A good read to take to the beach.

Kathryn Lively is the publisher of Phaze, romance novels in eBook and paperback. She offers book promotion advice for authors.


Article Source:

Rate this Article: 
Book Review: The Little Book That Beats The Market
Rated 4 / 5
based on 5 votes

Related Articles:

Neutralizing the Power of Fear - Book Review

by: Heather Froeschl (March 26, 2008) 
(Book Reviews)

An E-Book on Conquering Fear!

by: Azrina Aznan (December 03, 2007) 
(Book Reviews/Self Help)

Martial Arts Book Review- Fighters Fact Book 2 by Loren Christensen

by: Shawn Kovacich (May 29, 2007) 
(Recreation and Sports)

God's Big Idea Book by Myles Munroe - Book Review

by: Richard R Blake (October 16, 2008) 
(Book Reviews/Spirituality Religion)

A Prince in Need - Book Two in the Myrridian Cycle by Debra Killeen - Book ..

by: Ian McCurley (August 05, 2008) 
(Book Reviews/Fiction)

The Lost Secret of Fairies - The Crystal Keeper Chronicles Book 1 by Tiffany ..

by: Avery Largent (December 16, 2008) 
(Book Reviews/Childrens Books)

Book Review: Jan Fennell's book, The Dog Listener

by: Denice Moffat (November 20, 2006) 
(Shopping and Product Reviews)

A Book Review on the E-book Grayrider by Bruce Skye

by: Heather Shockney (October 08, 2008) 
(Book Reviews/SciFi Fantasy Horror)

Book Reviews - 6 Secrets of Writing a Book Review

by: Arya Borkar (April 30, 2008) 
(Writing and Speaking/Writing)

Book Review: The Little Book That Beats The Market

by: Larry Holmes (December 01, 2005) 
(Book Reviews)