"Down home regional mystery"
Heaven Lee, having been backed out of the legal profession
for doing something wrong, opened up a CafÈ Heavens
Restaurant in Kansas City. To her amazement, Heaven learns
she likes to cook and prepare food and soon her restaurant
is a success. She has a full house almost every night with
many repeat customers. When a nasty letter about her
restaurant is sent to Heaven, City Hall and the local
newspapers, she is afraid her restaurant's precious
reputation will be tarnished.
Thanks to good friends, Heaven is able to keep the note out
of the public eye and go to New Orleans with an easy mind.
She is part of an outdoor sit down diner to raise funds for
the Sisters of the Holy Trinity, one of the oldest convents
of the United States. Towards the end of the event one of
her closest friend's husband is murdered and Heaven will
not rest until she finds the killer.
Lou Jane Temple has created a zany, eccentric and lovable
heroine who will go that extra mile for anyone she cares
about. The mystery is well drawn out and it is doubtful
anyone will guess the identity of the perpetrators although
when they are finally revealed it makes sense. RED BEANS
AND VICE is a colorful culinary who-done-it that is a feast
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted July 6, 2001