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Publisher's Summary

Things couldn't be better for Trudie Fine and her partner, Zachary Cohen. It's the first big job for their catering company, A Fine Fix, and everyone who's anyone in the Washington, D.C., area will be at the Schwartzes' backyard Mexican fiesta. With the tables set, the food prepared to perfection, and the Mariachi band sizzling, Trudie is mellow as a Margarita smoothie... until a dead body is discovered floating in the pool. When Zach is arrested as the prime murder suspect, Trudie sets out to clear him and find the real murderer. Life gets spicier than a jalapeno pepper when she realizes she's the focus of three men's affections, including the unnerving detective handling the case. Soon, however, Trudie is reaching for her favorite knife, but not to chop vegetables. Recipes included!
©2013 Gale Deitch (P)2014 Gale Deitch
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5 out of 5 stars
By trixie on 12-13-16

A Fine Fix

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Great writing with a fun, normal character Trudie. The plot will have you guessing and you will be hard to pause while listening to the audio . Am so looking forward to next book .

I was given a review copy courtesy of AudiobookBoom

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4 out of 5 stars
By Victoria J. Mejia-Gewe on 03-23-18

A Fine Fix Is a Fine Murder Mystery

In A Fine Fix by Gale Deitch, Trudy Fine and her best friend since childhood, Zac, run a catering business that is now just getting off the ground. They have finally hit the big time, catering a big party for the family of Trudy’s college roommate, Allie. But before they get to serve the main course, someone finds the body of the host, Mr. Schwartz, in the swimming pool. Detective Daniel Goldman arrives to take charge, and it doesn’t take long before he zeroes in on Zac, though Trudy can’t figure out why anyone would suspect her gentle friend. This takes Trudy into the world of detection, as she tries to save Zac from being convicted of a crime she’s certain he didn’t commit.

This book is a well-written culinary mystery, a genre that has recently gained prominence. I loved the way that as a good Jew, Trudy refuses to use even the mildest curse words, so she uses food words as her swearing. “Shrimp! Shrimp! Shrimp!”

Deitch does a good job of developing the characters in the book. Trudy comes across as a strong, confident woman who knows how to take care of herself. She has never had a boyfriend, so the one thing that seems a bit strange is that suddenly three men start fighting over her, to the delight of Trudy’s mother. This seems a stretch, but Deitch does a good job of selling this.

The book comes with recipes for Trudy’s special sangria, her mango salsa, salmon filets with honey chili glaze, grilled London broil, flan, cookie bars too! All of these were discussed as foods she prepared in the book.

Kristin James does an amazing job of the narration of this book. She does good different accents and created a great set of voices for each character. She really does seem to be Trudy based upon her nature as Trudy narrates the book. I was deeply impressed by the job she does in the audio edition.

I was favorably impressed by this book. I enjoyed the plot and the inner strength, as well as the confidence, of Trudy. The plot was a little weak, but any fan of culinary mysteries will enjoy it. I give this book four stars!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Inishowen Cailin on 12-29-16


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This book is brilliant and the next on my playlist will definitely be book 2 in the series.

I really enjoyed this fun, cosy mystery. Trudie is a delightful character and a breath of fresh air. The mystery had me guessing and I happily trundled along with her as she investigated the murder and fell into one scrape after another.
I loved the humour in the story as Trudie wrestled with the romantic attentions from three men while trying not to hurt anyone's feelings. The final chapters were exciting and suspense filled which had me at the edge of my seat.
I listened to the audio version of this book. The narrator did a great job and I couldn't wait to get back to listening to the story after each time I had to press the stop button.

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