I, as I mentioned before, am a much slower reader. I've been concentrating pretty heavily on writing and editing a new book for next month, and spending lots of time with family, and I can make time for about one book a week. For the this week of the marathon, I re-read another one of my all time favorite books. A Catered Halloween by the often overlooked Isis Crawford.
A Catered Halloween follows sisters Bernadette and Libby Simmons as they run their popular catering business. This time around, they are hired to cater the grand opening of the local charity haunted house at the old abandoned Peabody School.
Unfortunately, things take a turn for the worse when a body is found in the haunted house. It is a gruesome sight. The sisters are on the case to figure out who the murderer is and to keep the charity haunted house open for the season.
I absolutely loved this book, which is why I re-read it this year. I am often frustrated by cozy mysteries that have more "fluff" than mystery--which seems to be more common today than ever.
A Catered Halloween manages an almost perfect balance of cozy elements, delicious food descriptions, mystery, and spookiness. The murder itself was pretty gruesome for a cozy--and I found that refreshing. It added a proper spooky element to the Halloween theme. On top of that, the book throws in so much great Halloween atmosphere that I really felt it was a proper tribute to the holiday. A haunted house, potential ghosts, and--of course--Halloween treats make this the perfect holiday read.
A Catered Halloween, as well as many of Isis Crawford's Mystery With Recipes series, seem to get a bad rap--and I'm not exactly sure why. Many reviewers give the books low ratings on Amazon. While so many readers seem to dislike this series, and especially this book, I can say that this is probably my favorite Halloween cozy mystery of all time.
Go over to Amazon, buy a copy, and give this great book a read.