Mix together two life-long friends and their newly formed business partnership as personal chefs; stir in a stolen jade dragon, adultery, family dysfunction, a nasty and very dead client, and a large helping of suspects; add a dash of an eccentric mother and a pinch of a couple of potential love interests; don’t forget the red herrings; move all the ingredients from the back burner to the front; let simmer until they begin to boil; skim off the guilty party after it bobs to the surface; and you have a no fail, delicious recipe for a culinary mystery series. For extra seasoning, check out the recipes at the end.
Moore writes under a couple of names, but the subject matter is wildly different under each. Mission Impastable is a mystery, featuring Alli and Gina, two friends about to embark on a private chef business they are calling dinnerisservedonline.com. I liked the two, their personalities and actions at the same time comedic, but fun, because of their shared history. I especially liked Gina’s quirky mother, who has speech patterns and non-words all her own, that the editor in me yearned to correct. She is the down to earth person who keeps the two women grounded and on the right road.
The real stars, however, are the wonderful recipes woven into the story, and which are varied and mouth watering. I haven’t tried any yet, but if you are a cook, you can just tell they will be good. If you’re not a cook, try them anyway. They’re not hard, and I’m pretty sure you’ll find a favorite here. Or maybe I should say, the recipes will be right “up your ally (alley).”
It’s a pretty good mystery with all the requisite red herrings and even a bit of romance thrown in. Alli and Gina are hot on the heels of the bad guys, determined to help the police, who, like all whodunit stories, don’t really want their help, which doesn’t deter them in the least. I think you‘ll like Mission Impastable.
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