Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Simmer Down by Susan Conant and Jessica Conant-Park

Chloe Carter has a lot of things to be proud about during this holiday season. For one, she has a dream boyfriend that can cook just about anything. In this sequel to "Steamed", Josh Driscoll and Chloe are preparing for the opening of the new restaurant Simmer on Newberry Street in Boston, where Josh is the executive chef. Chloe is an intern for the Boston Organization Against Sexual and Other Harassment in the Workplace, where Naomi Campbell is her supervisor. They are preparing for a fundraiser event at a gallery, where they will set up a booth, along with Josh and Gavin, Simmer's owner, who are also hosting a booth there to give the public a sample of their food. However, on that night, Chloe and Josh met both of their ex's, Sean and Hannah, respectively. To make matters worse, Oliver, the co-owner of the Full Moon Group was found dead by Hannah, killed by Josh's food processor. With Simmer opening on New Year's Eve, Josh didn't have a lot of time to prepare, and had been working almost nonstop. Chloe goes on many "adventures" to try to solve the murder, and at the same time, trying to keep her love with Josh. Finally, on opening night, Chloe, along with her friends and family, goes to Simmer, and is greeted with spectacular food. Halfway through the meal, there was a gigantic crash in Josh's office. When Josh and Chloe rushed in, they saw Gavin and Barry, the other co-owner of the Full Moon Group wrestling each other, with a gun in Barry's hand. Gavin managed to unarm Barry, and the police arrived and took Barry away. It turned out that Barry had murdered Oliver to try to open an expensive restaurant. After the incident, Josh and Chloe spent a beautiful New Year's Day together, and another chapter of their lives began.

Even though I haven't read "Steamed", I still very much enjoyed this culinary mystery. The book was packed with events, so I was never bored reading it. Also, the humor in this book made me laugh numerous times. The story is told in the first person, in Chloe's point of view, and she is very funny. For people who like cooking, this is definitely a must-read. For others, like me, the book is still very relaxing and interesting to read. Even though this book is a mystery, the authors also mix in romance and humor, which makes Simmer Down a very enjoyable read. The characters in this book are probably in their mid to late 20's, so this book should is great for teenagers and young adults. I don't think Simmer Down is a very serious mystery, and is meant to be more of a comedy (in my opinion). Again, I was never bored reading the book, and it was very tempting to continue to the next chapter even when I wanted to stop. Overall, I enjoyed reading this book very much. I'm even thinking about reading the previous book in the serious, "Steamed".

Content: This book contains quite a bit of crude and sexual humor and inappropriate language.

Rating (0 - 10 scale): 9

Reviewer Age: 13
Reviewer City, State and Country: Sunnyvale, CA USA

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