As voracious mystery readers lap up all the tremendous content available out there, books in series are thriving. And now it is becoming common for a new author to launch multiple books at a time. Murder on a Silver Platter is the first book in a series, and don’t worry if you fall in love with it. Book 2 is right around the corner, and so is Book 3.
Penny Blue or Penelope Sutherland is a personal chef and caterer. She works on a movie set and also moonlights as a chef and Girl Friday for the film’s heroine, a beautiful star kid who lives in a posh neighborhood in New Jersey. The book opens with a blizzard where the girls find another girl dead in the snow. Supposedly a stranger, the reader is allowed to spot right away that the stranger resembles the heroine. The detective turns out to be Penny’s friend from elementary school.
On the movie set, there is a series of accidents and it is finally acknowledged that murder is being attempted and stranger’s death was misguided. Penelope is pulled into it all, and she does some sleuthing while risking life and limb. Throw in a couple of hunks, young and old, and there is plenty of entertainment and a taste of the posh Hollywood life.
As mystery stories go, Murder on a Silver Platter seemed a bit short. There is more stress on action and the story going forward rather than on anecdotes or characters. There is not much of a back story. All we learn about Penelope is that her parents live in Florida and she went to culinary school. Compared to my other Henery Press offerings like the Cherry Tucker Mysteries or Liz Talbot mysteries, Murder on a Silver Platter is to the point and fast.
A quick read for cozy mystery readers!