Sophie Greenway Books
|Starting in 1994, Ellen Hart began
working with a new sleuth, Sophie Greenway. Amateur sleuth Sophie
and her husband Bram figure in this classy series of whodunits.
Not since Nick and Nora Charles have I been so entertained. I should
have started reading these a long time ago!
Little Piggy Went To Murder (1994)
It's election year in Minnesota, and Jack Grendel, the charismatic
son of a Duluth shipping magnate, is running hard for the U.S.
Senate. But as the countdown approaches, a pair of grotesque murders
threaten to destroy him. One is the bizarre hanging of a consultant
for Grendel Shipping. The other is the shooting of Jack's own
father, rather too soon after he withdraws financial support from
his son's campaign. In the ugly fallout from the crimes, Jack's
charm shows signs of wear. His sister, Amanda, grows edgy and
secretive. And more than ever, it seems that Jack's redheaded
wife would kill to get him elected. Food critic Sophie Greenway,
a family friend since childhood, observes these changes with sharp
dismay and discreetly starts snooping. Amid rumors of corruption,
adultery, and blackmail, a grim fact holds firm: one of her oldest
friends is a killer. Which friend she may not discover -- until
her own life is on the line.
Every Evil (1995)
every evil under the sun,
There is a remedy or there is none.
If there be one, seek till you find it,
If there be none, never mind it
The stylish new art exhibit at the Chappeldine Gallery pulled
in all the important movers and shakers in the Twin Cities. Except
one. Powerful critic Hale Micklenberg and his wife remained home,
chatting with police about the bullet that had shot through their
living room window. As Micklenberg had promised the show a bad
review, he wasn't missed. Nor was he mourned when another bullet
killed him. Food critic Sophie Greenway was troubled to learn
that her own son could be involved in the murder. But so could
a host of others, including the "unhappy" widow who
was tired of keep a scandalous secret at her own expense. Guided
by rumor, a bizarre phone message, and Micklenbert's obsession
with an obscure artist, Sophie canvasses for a killer. Among the
cheats, adulterers, and sleaze balls lurking beneath the civilized
skins of her friends and colleagues, she find what she's looking
for -- and it's a deadly surprise.
Oldest Sin (1996)
The historic Maxfield Plaza hotel in downtown St. Paul is packed
to the rafters with two national conventions -- the members of
The Church of The Firstborn, and delegates to the annual Daughters
of Sisyphus convention. Five old college roommates are reunited:
food critic Sophie Greenway, now owner of the hotel; Adelle, who
married into the founding family of the Church of the Firstborn;
Lavinia, mastermind of the Daughters of Sisyphus; and Bunny and
Cindy, Lavinia's top aides. But when a death terminates one of
the gang, Sophie senses that not everyone is devastated by the
loss. As Sophie delicately probes the private affairs of her hotel's
star guests, she recalls another loss -- of a young woman who
had been the group's sixth roommate. The buried secrets of that
long-ago death are exhumed as a clandestine killer stalks the
halls of the Maxfield plaza, preparing a taste of the oldest sin
for the final victim.
in the Air (1997)
The Yuletide revival of a vintage Twin Cities radio serial isn't
just for fun -- dealing as it does with a scandalous unsolved
1950's murder. But an even deeper mystery intrigues radio personality
Bram Baldric and his sleuthing wife, Sophie Greenway: Why has
the station's owner insisted on airing this particular show when
her own son happened to have been the prime suspect in the old
murder case? Merriment and mistletoe are out this Christmas; menace
and murder are in.
and Dice (2000)
If all goes according to plan, Connie Buckridge's culinary empire
will soon boast a state-of-the-art cooking school and a new restaurant
in her hometown of Minneapolis-St. Paul. Unfortunately, just when
the kitchen queen and her bickering entourage hit town on a publicity
tour, so does a bestselling investigative writer who is hot on
her scandalous trail. Primed by an anonymous e-mail informer,
Marie Damontraville is preparing to cook Connie's goose with a
major expose of her strategies for success. The one missing ingredient
in this unsavory stew is murder, and when food critic Sophie Greenway
finds a cooking colleague stabbed to death with his own kitchen
knife, a fire that has been smoldering for forty years suddenly
bursts into flame.
M For Meatloaf (2001)
As Minnesota housewives race to meet the deadline for the Times
Register's meat loaf contest, an unsavory small-towner named Kirby
Runbeck is blown to smithereens by a car bomb.
Days later, the town's former mayor, John Washburn, near death
from a stroke, confesses to the killing. His wife and two children
vehemently deny it, but when Sophie Greenway, food maven and friend
of the family, happens upon an old snapshot, a bundle of letters,
and a tattoo of a red-eyed snake, she wonders about Washburn's
innocence. Unlike the recipe for a prize meat loaf, this murder
is seasoned with spicy secrets and a generous portion of scandal,
which Sophie dares to bring to a roiling boil.
on a Silver Platter (2003)
Far from being the idyllic home Carl Veelund envisioned when
he built Prairie Lodge years ago, the log mansion has become the
repository of many terrible secrets. Two women are dead -- and
truths long hidden are about to be brought to light. When restaurant
reviewer-cum-sleuth Sophie Greenway stumbles upon an old diary,
she has no idea it will toss her into the center of the family
tragedy unfolding at Prairie Lodge. Sophie discovers that being
a friend to Elaine Veelund, daughter of mansion's designer, has
become dangerous. Sophie soon realizes that in a recipe that calls
for deceit, sibling rivalry, old grudges and ultimately murder,
she may be the main ingredient.
Reservations Required (2005)
Twin Cities businessman Ken Loy is the first to die; shot between
the eyes during a sunset bike ride. Half an hour later, Bob Fabian,
the rich and handsome owner of the Minneapolis Times Register,
meets a similar fate. It was a year ago when Loy broadsided the
VW Beetle driven by Fabians wife, Valerie, killing her instantly.
Coincidence? Sleuthing food critic Sophie Greenway doesnt
Indeed, the elegant Rookery Club, where the upper crust gathers
to drink, dine, and gossip, is already simmering with rumorsabout
the murders, about a Times Register reporters shameless
fabrication of news stories, about rifts in two high-profile relationships.
So when Sophie turns up the heat, the lethal bouillabaisse of
twisted love, sadistic rage, and insatiable greed boils over.
It seems that poisonous concoction murder du jour is back on the
menu. . . .
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