Dying For A Blue Plate Special

Beth Kalikoff

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Synopsis: New Jersey expatriate Jewel Feynmann finds herself up to her kugel in aggro when her fledgling business, Blue Plate Catering, does dinner for Commencement Bay University, aka Zoo U. Keeping dreamy employee Del Troutman and runaway student waiters in line is hard enough. Then Zoo U Dean Matthew Mulcahy dies of poison at Blue Plate's dinner while hundreds of poorly dressed academics watch in horror. Chocolate-eyed homicide detective Ben Hartsock works the case in a quiet, capable, good-looking way-damn good-looking, not that Jewel cares-but too methodically for her East coast taste. Everyone from the Brown and Hailey candy factory to the Museum of Glass will think Blue Plate killed Mulcahy unless Jewel finds out who did. And yesterday. Jewel dives in among the college people, including foul-mouthed playwright Leo Wallinsky; puppy-like Ace Birney, fraternity boy; and watchful Helena Moore, in charge of student grievances and a lot more. Del pitches in. Together, they find out enough about Mulcahy and his women students to gag a mule. Ben's-no, Detective Hartsock's-official investigation gets close enough to lift Jewel's pulse to code red. Surely it's unethical for a cop to have sex with a suspect? When Jewel's e-mail box fills with death threats and Courtney Mitznick cancels her son's Bar Mitzvah buffet supper, Jewel really gets mad. Hair flying, she finally finds the answer with the murderer in Blue Plate's deserted kitchen, late at night. Maybe too late.

Beth Kalikoff grew up in New Jersey and Connecticut. Her poetry and nonfiction have won national awards. Currently, she teaches writing at the University of Washington's Tacoma campus.

Review: "Kalikoff puts the City of Destiny front and center as the setting of a quirky detective story."

"Kalikoff?s protagonist, Jewel Feynmann, is a New Jersey transplant to Tacoma, trying to make a fresh start with her business, Blue Plate Catering. When Jewel caters a dinner for a bunch of big-shot academics at Commencement Bay University in Tacoma, she?s certain the high-profile event at the prestigious liberal arts college will prove her meal ticket to a prosperous future."
--The News Tribune (Tacoma, WA), July 2005 (Doody Enterprises 20050701)

"Seattle writer Beth Kalikoff, who teaches at the University of Washington's Tacoma campus, has produced that rarity: a mystery set in our much-maligned neighbor to the south, [Kalikoff] is warmly affectionate toward the City of Destiny and its residents."

"Struggling caterer Jewel Feynmann has finally scored a great gig: feeding a big dinner at (fictional) Commencement Bay University. Alas, the school's president dies during the dinner -- poisoned, in fact. Needless to say, this isn't the best piece of news a struggling caterer could get. To keep her business from drowning in rumors, Jewel has to find out whodunnit and why. As it turns out, the president was a nasty piece of work, and a variety of whacked-out academics had plenty of motive and ample opportunity."
--The Seattle Times, June 2005 (Doody Enterprises 20050612)

"In Tacoma, Jewel Feynmann worries that her business Blue Plate Catering is failing; if she goes bankrupt she does not want to go back to the Jewish epicenter of metropolitan New York where her family awaits the return of the prodigal child...Helene Moore, who met Jewel over fried ice cream, offers the caterer work at Commencement Bay University better known as Zoo U. Because of an accidental death in the kitchen, the school needs an outside caterer. Jewel accepts the job because she needs the money. However, everything goes wrong when the Zoo U Dean Matthew Mulcahy dies from food poisoning served by Blue Plate. As Homicide Detective Ben Hartsock investigates the murder, he also tries to date Jewel, who wonders if there might be a non-kosher conflict of interest even if his kisses are tasty. Still with her company in jeopardy Jewel conducts her own investigation into the murder,DYING FOR A BLUE PLATE SPECIAL is a delightful amateur sleuth police procedural who-done-it starring a likable Jersey transplant...Fans will enjoy this fine Washington State blending."
--Harriet Klausner, June 2005 (harrietklausner.wwwi.com 20050601)

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