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Steve and Dee Dee Pearson enjoy that rare thing--a happy marriage. The only fly in their marital bliss is the fact that they are approaching retirement with only one pension (Steve's). Dee Dee hopes to remedy their financial situation by starting a catering business. Her first job is at Eden Academy, a private school staffed by teachers who loathe one another and a princip Steve and Dee Dee Pearson enjoy that rare thing--a happy marriage. The only fly in their marital bliss is the fact that they are approaching retirement with only one pension (Steve's). Dee Dee hopes to remedy their financial situation by starting a catering business. Her first job is at Eden Academy, a private school staffed by teachers who loathe one another and a principal who is strongly lacking in principles, especially when it comes to his female employees. When the principal winds up dead after Dee Dee's luncheon, Dee Dee's paycheck is put on what looks like permanent hold. Dee Dee decides to help find out who murdered the principal so that she can be assured that her very first catering job will be paid in full. Dee Dee investigates all of the teachers at Eden Academy and discovers that any one of them could have finished off their boss.


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Steve and Dee Dee Pearson enjoy that rare thing--a happy marriage. The only fly in their marital bliss is the fact that they are approaching retirement with only one pension (Steve's). Dee Dee hopes to remedy their financial situation by starting a catering business. Her first job is at Eden Academy, a private school staffed by teachers who loathe one another and a princip Steve and Dee Dee Pearson enjoy that rare thing--a happy marriage. The only fly in their marital bliss is the fact that they are approaching retirement with only one pension (Steve's). Dee Dee hopes to remedy their financial situation by starting a catering business. Her first job is at Eden Academy, a private school staffed by teachers who loathe one another and a principal who is strongly lacking in principles, especially when it comes to his female employees. When the principal winds up dead after Dee Dee's luncheon, Dee Dee's paycheck is put on what looks like permanent hold. Dee Dee decides to help find out who murdered the principal so that she can be assured that her very first catering job will be paid in full. Dee Dee investigates all of the teachers at Eden Academy and discovers that any one of them could have finished off their boss.

30 review for Catered to Death (A Midlife Crisis Mystery)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Jean Coast

    Hey there Guys and Dolls, Catering can apparently be hazardous to your life, and then you are going to need to call in the professionals. Was it the lunch you ate, or the company you keep? Dee Dee Pearson has chosen catering as her new profession, but it’s not going as well as she would have liked when the school principle is found murdered! The business that she started to bring in an extra income soon turns into something else altogether. The little town she lives in may have swanky soirees Hey there Guys and Dolls, Catering can apparently be hazardous to your life, and then you are going to need to call in the professionals. Was it the lunch you ate, or the company you keep? Dee Dee Pearson has chosen catering as her new profession, but it’s not going as well as she would have liked when the school principle is found murdered! The business that she started to bring in an extra income soon turns into something else altogether. The little town she lives in may have swanky soirees but it seems to be a deadly business, full of people who loathe one another and Eden Academy is no paradise. Will Dee Dee collect her pay check, will the killer be caught before it’s too late, and what will Dee Dee do next as her Midlife Crisis continues? Be sure to read this suspenseful and catered affair by Marlo Hollinger. You’ll want some canapes and bubbly for your reading pleasure.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sue

    Yet another book I'm glad I paid little or nothing to download onto my kindle. The story itself was OK, but where was the editing? How can an author change from first person POV to third in the same paragraph and no one catch it? Yet another book I'm glad I paid little or nothing to download onto my kindle. The story itself was OK, but where was the editing? How can an author change from first person POV to third in the same paragraph and no one catch it?

  3. 4 out of 5

    Izora

    Catered to Death proved to be a most enjoyable read. I am now looking forward to reading all the books by Marlo Hollinger and on a final note I believe that this story would also make an excellent movie.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Doug

    Characters that are interesting and complex.

  5. 5 out of 5

    LUCY

    Delightful dialogue.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Holly

    A cozy mystery about a middle-aged woman, DeeDee, starting her own catering business. On her first catering job, a man is killed. In hopes of getting her pay check (which is nonsensically being held up by the staff of the school where she catered), she decides to try to solve the mystery. This premise, of course, is just ridiculous. (At least the author, speaking through DeeDee's husband, acknowledges the silliness of this premise, about 2/3 of the way through the book. But, that doesn't really A cozy mystery about a middle-aged woman, DeeDee, starting her own catering business. On her first catering job, a man is killed. In hopes of getting her pay check (which is nonsensically being held up by the staff of the school where she catered), she decides to try to solve the mystery. This premise, of course, is just ridiculous. (At least the author, speaking through DeeDee's husband, acknowledges the silliness of this premise, about 2/3 of the way through the book. But, that doesn't really make it any better.) I don't have too much good to say about the book. Some other reviewers have already pointed out errors in the author's writing and sequencing. There are many logical leaps that make no sense. For example, her husband is dead set against her investigating the murder, but then suddenly decides to help. The mystery itself wasn't all that interesting, and, in the end, it's not even that DeeDee figures out what happened. It is just revealed to her (and to readers). So, there's no such things as actually a set of clues or circumstances that lead up to it. I didn't hate the book, but all in all, a disappointing read.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Dorothy Bacon

    Needs editing. Needs editing. I wish I could give a better rating but the author would write one thing and then a few pages later contradict herself. when Dee Dee arrived she placed a linen tablecloth on the table. After the meal she put leftovers and dishes in coolers a.d linens in a laundry bag, leaving the room cleaner than when she arrived. a few pages later her husband was assisting in packing up supplies including the dishes and the linen napkins. The receptionist told Dee Dee that the murde Needs editing. Needs editing. I wish I could give a better rating but the author would write one thing and then a few pages later contradict herself. when Dee Dee arrived she placed a linen tablecloth on the table. After the meal she put leftovers and dishes in coolers a.d linens in a laundry bag, leaving the room cleaner than when she arrived. a few pages later her husband was assisting in packing up supplies including the dishes and the linen napkins. The receptionist told Dee Dee that the murder victim was a micromanager. A few pages later Dee Dee returns and asks if he was a micromanager and the receptionist hesitantly admitts he was. The break room where the meal was served now had the tablecloth back on the table with brownie crumbs from the meal on it. Also apparently Dee Dee was pouring drinks and making sure everyone had butter for their croissants while the victim was being murdered but he was at the meal and the meal was over before he was murdered. A good editor would have noticed the multiple inconsistencies as well as grammatical errors.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jeanne Jenkins

    I enjoyed this story. A woman, DeeDee, is trying a new career in catering. Her first job was a luncheon at Eden Academy. It is a snooty, private school. Everything was going well. After the luncheon ended and DeeDee was cleaning up, a scream was heard. Everyone headed towards the noise. The head of the school was murdered. Shot through the heart with a bow and error. Everyone seemed to hate him, so there were plenty of people of interest that could have killed him. And then his assistant was mur I enjoyed this story. A woman, DeeDee, is trying a new career in catering. Her first job was a luncheon at Eden Academy. It is a snooty, private school. Everything was going well. After the luncheon ended and DeeDee was cleaning up, a scream was heard. Everyone headed towards the noise. The head of the school was murdered. Shot through the heart with a bow and error. Everyone seemed to hate him, so there were plenty of people of interest that could have killed him. And then his assistant was murdered. No one liked her either. DeeDee through herself into trying to solve the murders. Partly because it interested her, being there and all. But mainly because they refused to pay her for her job. Then her son and her husband got involved in helping DeeDee solve the murders. I was surprised to find out who killed them. There were a few editing errors like using the wrong name and having the time line wrong. Not the fault of the writer, but should have been caught in the editing process. Good job Ms Hollinger. Looking forward to another book by you.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    I enjoyed this book. The author did a solid job introducing a slew of characters in a small space/amount of time, but she flushed them out well, developing even the minor characters (if you read close enough). There were some editing mistakes throughout, though I'm not sure if that was deliberate or if this was an advance copy (I read the electronic edition from kindle). Dee Dee's sleuth skills are amateur, of course, but that's how it's written (how many times does her husband tell her this isn' I enjoyed this book. The author did a solid job introducing a slew of characters in a small space/amount of time, but she flushed them out well, developing even the minor characters (if you read close enough). There were some editing mistakes throughout, though I'm not sure if that was deliberate or if this was an advance copy (I read the electronic edition from kindle). Dee Dee's sleuth skills are amateur, of course, but that's how it's written (how many times does her husband tell her this isn't one of her TV shows?) and it works for her. Wish there were more recipes... As a side note, I did not see the end coming, possibly because she steered far from the character who did it and didn't really discuss that character much in the story. I would read this author again...in fact, probably another book in the series if she comes out with more.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Georgiann Hennelly

    A great cozy mystery read. Dee Dee decides she wants to start a small catering business. Her first job is at Eden Academy a private school. It's supposed to be a retirement luncheon for June Bug one of the teachers. But June Bug says its her birthday party. She isn't retiring. After the luncheon as Dee Dee is cleaning up a scream is heard the head of the school was murdered in the basement shot through the heart with a Bow and Arrow. No one really liked him so there are plenty of suspects. And t A great cozy mystery read. Dee Dee decides she wants to start a small catering business. Her first job is at Eden Academy a private school. It's supposed to be a retirement luncheon for June Bug one of the teachers. But June Bug says its her birthday party. She isn't retiring. After the luncheon as Dee Dee is cleaning up a scream is heard the head of the school was murdered in the basement shot through the heart with a Bow and Arrow. No one really liked him so there are plenty of suspects. And than his assistant was murdered run over by a school bus. Dee Dee decides to investigate with her Husbands help.In the hopes if she solves the murders she will finally get paid for the luncheon.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lara Frater

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I figured out who did it as soon as they appeared. Spoilers * * * * * The entire book is of red herrings but there is not a single hint that Maxie the bus driver was the murderer. How did I figure it out? A good mystery would have you think Aha! at the end because the author put in subtle hints of the real murderer. A bad mystery would have the author say "Aha, you didn't suspect because the murderer had no real motive and was a background character." Maxie was a bad stereotype: fat and crass. I gave I figured out who did it as soon as they appeared. Spoilers * * * * * The entire book is of red herrings but there is not a single hint that Maxie the bus driver was the murderer. How did I figure it out? A good mystery would have you think Aha! at the end because the author put in subtle hints of the real murderer. A bad mystery would have the author say "Aha, you didn't suspect because the murderer had no real motive and was a background character." Maxie was a bad stereotype: fat and crass. I gave it 2 stars because it wasn't completely boring.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sara Reber

    Fun cozy mystery! Catered to Death is the first book in the Midlife Crisis series and the first book I have read by Marlo Hollinger. I was kept guessing until the end as to who did it. An fun, enjoyable mystery that can be read in a couple of afternoons. I am looking forward to reading more by this author.

  13. 4 out of 5

    LLona Cunningham

    It's been quite a while since I read an author with so much skill in adding a group of characters to the scene and keeping them so well developed as individuals. Such a delight to 'meet' so many characters instead of being handed an inventory of them. All in all, it's a good Cozy Mystery story with very logical circumstances for each little twist, and kept me engaged all the way to the end. It's been quite a while since I read an author with so much skill in adding a group of characters to the scene and keeping them so well developed as individuals. Such a delight to 'meet' so many characters instead of being handed an inventory of them. All in all, it's a good Cozy Mystery story with very logical circumstances for each little twist, and kept me engaged all the way to the end.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    This book kept me interested. I liked the unique characters and the story. It had a comfortable feel and moved along easily. I could resonate with the nervousness of starting a new business. If I had to put this book down, I wanted to go back to reading it. It was an easy and fun read.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Clare

    This was ok but nothing special and to be honest I am glad it was a freebie as I would have been a bit disappointed if I had paid for it.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    *See Barbara Jean Coast's review* *See Barbara Jean Coast's review*

  17. 5 out of 5

    Carole Anderson

    Cute, entertaining book! I always enjoy a mystery that stumps me and this was a good one.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Just not very good. She fumbles around and never figures anything out anyway. Plus the author mixes up characters a couple times, really confusing things. Overall just very blah.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Cathy

    This book was enjoyable. Have to wonder if anyone proofread this book. So many typo mistakes, kind of took away from being able to concentrate on the story. But all in all a cute book.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Glenda

    An ok cozy mystery

  21. 4 out of 5

    Shana Bae

    Nice cozy mystery - free on kindle.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Holly

  23. 4 out of 5

    Diana Maloney

  24. 5 out of 5

    Susan Acremam

  25. 4 out of 5

    Mary Rogers

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kee Patterbee

  27. 4 out of 5

    Charlie kirk

  28. 5 out of 5

    Valorie

  29. 5 out of 5

    Carol

  30. 4 out of 5

    Natalie Kimble

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