When Jane and Shelly head off to the mountains of Wisconsin to check out a summer camp for kids, they are greeted on their first night with the discovery of a corpse that has been bludgeoned with a heavy-duty skillet. When the body disappears, then reappears very much alive, Jane decides to investigate.
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In Fear of Frying neighbors Jane Jeffry and Shelly Nowack set off for some relaxation in the Wisconsin woods while scouting summer camp sites for suburban high-school students. Jane isn't exactly thrilled at the idea: any form of camping is an anathema at the best of times, and in damp midwinter it seems especially grim. Matters do not improve when this pair of amateur detectives discover one of their fellow campers smacked with a frying pan--seemingly with fatal consequences. But they suspect their own eyes (and everyone else suspects their sanity) when the body disappears along with any evidence of foul play. To make matters worse (or better) a surprisingly healthy victim resurfaces. With a mix of resentment at not being believed and amazement at the turn of events, the would-be campers are determined to discover what is really going on at their apparently secure haven in the wilderness.
Jill Churchill is a pen name for historical novelist Janice Young Brooks. Fear of Frying is the ninth in her Jane Jeffry series; the first, Grime and Punishment, won both the Agatha Award and the Macavity Award for Best First Mystery Novel. Fear of Frying is one of the stronger in the series--the fringe characters strike just the right note between parody and believability--and Jane and Shelly investigate matters more convincingly by relying on their memories and knowledge rather than by asking brash questions. The brightness and charm remain consistent: these suburban moms love children and dogs, a good gossip and decadent food--although not necessarily in that order. A lighthearted installment in a pleasantly lighthearted series. --K. CrouchAbout the Author:
Jill Churchill has won the Agatha and Macavity Mystery Readers awards and was nominated for an Anthony Award for her bestselling Jane Jeffry series. She is also the author of the highly acclaimed Grace and Favor mysteries and lives in the Midwest.
Jill Churchill is the bestselling author of the Jane Jeffry mystery series for Avon Books. The first in the series was nominated as "Best First Novel" for the Anthony award and won both prestigious Agatha and the Macavity awards in the same category. She says writing this series is the best treat she can have without a knife and fork.
Under her real name, Janice Young Brooks, she's written a number of historical novels and is an avid amateur genealogist. Like her sleuth, she lives in Midwestern suburbia, but without half a Jane Jeffry's murderous adventures.
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Book Description Center Point Books, 2006. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P111585478067