Dial M For Meat Loaf: A Culinary Mystery

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As Minnesota housewives race to meet the deadline for the Times Register's meat loaf contest, an unsavory small-towner named Kirby Runbeck is blown to smithereens by a car bomb. Days later, the town's former mayor, near death from a stroke, confesses to the killing. His family vehemently denies it. But when Sophie Greenway, food maven and friend of the family, happens upon an old snapshot, she wonders . . .

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Praise for Ellen Hart and her Sophie Greenway mysteries

SLICE AND DICE
"Mouth-watering . . . A smorgasbord of devilment."
--Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine

"The pace quickly bubbles from simmer to boil. . . . The complexity of Hart's novel is admirable."
--Publishers Weekly

THIS LITTLE PIGGY WENT TO MURDER
"Strong characters and a rich Lake Superior setting make this solidly constructed mystery hard to put down. Another winner for Ellen Hart!"
--M. D. Lake

FOR EVERY EVIL
"Another splendid specimen of the classical mystery story, nicely updated and full of interesting and believable characters."
--The Purloined Letter

"A dilly . . . A fair-play plot and contemporary characters that leap off the page . . . Stir in Martha Grimes with P. D. James and add a dash of Christie and Amanda Cross and you begin to get the idea: a cozy with a brain."
--Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine

Praise for Ellen Hart and her Jane Lawless series

HALLOWED MURDER
"Hart's crisp, elegant writing and atmosphere [are] reminiscent of the British detective style, but she has a nicer sense of character, confrontation, and sparsely utilized violence. . . . Hallowed Murder is as valuable for its mainstream influences as for its sexual politics."
--Mystery Scene

VITAL LIES
"This compelling whodunit has the psychological maze of a Barbara Vine mystery and the feel of Agatha Christie. . . . Hart keeps even the most seasoned mystery buff baffled until the end."
--Publishers Weekly

STAGE FRIGHT
"Hart deftly turns the spotlight on the dusty secrets and shadowy souls of a prominent theater family. The resulting mystery is worthy of a standing ovation."
--Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine

A KILLING CURE
"A real treat . . . Secret passageways, a coded ledger, a mysterious group known only as the Chamber, experimental drugs, blackmail, sexual assault, betrayal: all the ingredients of a good whodunit."
--Lambda Book Report

A SMALL SACRIFICE
"A smart and shocking thriller."
--The Minnesota Daily

FAINT PRAISE
"Packed with mystery and scheming characters, Faint Praise is one of the year's best. It's no wonder Ellen Hart is everyone's favorite author."
--R. D. Zimmerman

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FOR MURDER

As Minnesota housewives race to meet the deadline for the Times Register?s meat loaf contest, an unsavory small-towner named Kirby Runbeck is blown to smithereens by a car bomb.

Days later, the town?s former mayor, John Washburn, near death from a stroke, confesses to the killing. His wife and two children vehemently deny it, but when Sophie Greenway, food maven and friend of the family, happens upon an old snapshot, a bundle of letters, and a tattoo of a red-eyed snake, she wonders about Washburn?s innocence. Unlike the recipe for a prize meat loaf, this murder is seasoned with spicy secrets and a generous portion of scandal, which Sophie dares to bring to a roiling boil. . . .

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