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A Corpse in the Soup
by MORGAN ST. JAMES  Morgan St. James and Phyllice Bradner 

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Category: 

Mystery/Suspense

Publisher:  Wings ePress, Inc. ISBN-10:  159705805X Type: 
Pages: 

329

Copyright:  June 1, 2006 ISBN-13:  9781597058056
Fiction

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How did an aging hippie from Alaska and an advice columnist from Beverly Hills get into such a mess? Identical twins Goldie and Godiva discover that some chefs will do anything to win the Greatest Gourmet Gladiator's Medal, maybe even murder!

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A Corpse In The Soup

                           Excerpt

     Manicotti’s face turned beet red. “He’s where? He’s

what? But that can’t be... he’s a Gourmet Gladiator. He’s

due on stage at the Kitchen Coliseum in ten minutes. We

can’t hold up the show for him.”

     “You don’t understand Mr. Manicotti,” he squeaked.

“The man is dead as a mackerel. D-E-A-D. He can’t come

to the Kitchen Coliseum, he can’t cook on your show, and

he’s not goin’ anywhere except the morgue.”

     Large patches of sweat appeared on the producer’s

shirt. His eyes bulged and his mouth opened and closed

like a carp out of water. “You’re sure? You touched him?

He’s dead?”

     “Yes, Sir. I’m still on his set. I’m about to call the

police, the medics, the swat team, the FBI, I don’t know

what all. I’ve never seen a corpse in a soup bowl, ya

know.”

     Manicotti’s massive jaw went slack. “Wait, Hal,” he

shouted into the phone. Then, looking around, he cupped

his hand over the receiver and lowered his voice. “I’ve got

an idea. How would you like to make a cool ten grand?

Under the table, right now?”

     “What are you talking about, Boss? I gotta get off the

phone and call the cops. What do you want me to do?”

 


Excerpt

Flossie looked up from the letters she was sorting and threw up her hands, palms out. “Such twins I’ve got! One daughter calls herself G.O.D. and tells people how to run their lives and the other one lives in Alaska and chases bears out of her garbage.”



Professional Reviews

Fallen Angel Reviews-A Five Angel Review
A Corpse In the Soup is a blend of murder, mystery, mayhem and a touch of humor that takes the reader on a wonderful journey with some delicious cooking tomfoolery.

Goldie and Godiva Silver set out on an adventure filled with wonderful excitement. The sisters season the story with some wit that keeps the reader turning the pages. With some delightful twists and turns, they incorporate surprise after surprise trying to figure out the culprit. Ms. St. James and Ms. Bradner mix some exciting names that brew well within the storyline. They give the reader a run for their money in this fast and furious skip with a mixture of cooking and a glitz of Hollywood. With the addition of some incredible banter, some interesting characters, a gripping plot and two wise-cracking sister detectives, this breathtaking read is spectacular.

This delicious recipe of entertainment is scrumptious. I look forward to more remarkable stories from these two authors! The character names are to die for! Stand up and cheer, this reader loved, loved, loved this book!
Reviewed by Linda L


JOELLEN CONGER… REVIEW RATING: 5 STARS *****…
An amazing sister writing team, Morgan St. James and Phyllice Bradner, put out a witty, complex murder mystery that will keep you laughing from beginning to end. It’s a must read. This book is chuck full of surprises and plot twists. I didn’t want this book to ever end.

A CORPSE IN THE SOUP is a whimsical tale about the Silver twins, who get into the act like Miss Marpal. When the rich sister, Godiva Dubois, a newspaper columnist attends the TV program, ‘Flirting With Food’ featuring Chef Caesar Romano… she is hospitalized with food poisoning after tasting one of Caesar’s culinary creations on the set. Her sister Goldie Silver Pepper, closes her Silver Spoon Antique Shop in Juneau, Alaska and dashes to LA to be with her twin.

Godiva has been smitten by the chef’s good looks, and when he is accused of stabbing to death his program’s nasty, ‘bad boy’ competition, Biff Wellington with his very own kitchen knife, Godiva and Goldie vow to prove Caesar innocent. Being identical twins has
its own advantages when the entire family and a fistful of friends become involved in sleuthing out the facts they suspect the police may have overlooked.

JoEllen Conger
Conger Books Reviews,



READER VIEWS..Four and a half stars
Fast-paced and laugh-out-loud funny, this was a quick and satisfying read. Morgan St. James and Phyllice Bradner are sisters in real life, so that might explain why their co-operation worked out so well in a book as well.

Take several chefs, add some classy – and less classy - ladies, a couple of well-aged vaudeville actors, a talking dog, a bunch of gofers and miscellaneous Hollywood characters, and add a heaping cup of jealousy, a pinch of intrigue, a smidgen of history. Garnish with incredibly funny names (Sterling Silver, Biff Wellington, Chili Pepper, Justin Thyme, Mr. Manicotti, Caesar Romano…), take a shot at the increasingly popular cooking shows and stir well. What do you get? You get a recipe for an amusing, frothy, yet not lightweight romp. The characters are lovable and believable, even when they leave you shaking your head in wonder over their antics. The story flows well and pulls you in very quickly. Although you might think quite early in the book that you know who the villain is, I would be surprised if you’d truly manage to solve this mystery before the final pages.

I certainly hope this was not the last book they’ve written together. Silver Sisters rule! I would highly recommend “A Corpse in the Soup” to any mystery lover, particularly those who enjoy the Cooking Channel and love a good, funny read.
Reviewed by Olivera Baumgartner-Jackson for Reader Views (3/07)


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