Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Red Beans and Vice Heaven Lee, 6 3. Heaven Lee has come to the Big Easy to get some much-needed vacation time away from her bustling Kansas City restaurant and cook up some dishes worthy of her name for the Sisters of the Holy Trinity's annual benefit diner. But when the Sister's prized crucifix goes missing and a local coffee importer turns us dead, stabbed with Heaven's knife, not only does the famous chef Heaven Lee has come to the Big Easy to get some much-needed vacation time away from her bustling Kansas City restaurant and cook up some dishes worthy of her name for the Sisters of the Holy Trinity's annual benefit diner.
But when the Sister's prized crucifix goes missing and a local coffee importer turns us dead, stabbed with Heaven's knife, not only does the famous chef find herself in hot water with the local police, but someone seems to be stalking her as well.
Now, embroiled in a mystery as hot as New Orleans' Cajun cooking, heaven must prove her innocence, catch a killer, and whip up some recipes that will save the Sisters from financial ruin before she becomes the main course in a murder trial, or worse yet, ends up as fish food at the bottom of the Mississippi River..
Paperback , pages. Published June 17th by Minotaur Books first published June 17th New Orleans, Louisiana United States. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Red Beans and Vice , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Oct 29, Philip rated it really liked it.
Although this is not the first book in the series, it was easy to follow the already established characters. The character of Heaven Lee is a lady full of life and energy. She has a great relationshp with Hank who is much younger and makes no excuses for it. The mystery was good and the recipes interesting. New Orleans was well described. I am looking forward to reading more Heaven Lee books. Feb 22, Catsalive rated it it was ok Shelves: Not much of a sleuth this Heaven Lee, and who in their right mind would change their name from Katherine O'Malley to that ridiculous moniker?!
A mildly amusing tale. Certainly better than Revenge of the Barbeque Queens by the same author. Feb 01, Mary Z: Just couldn't identify with the main character or her predicament. It was like being introduced to someone at a cocktail party, chatting for a bit, and realizing there must be others in the room with whom I have more in common.
Nothing overtly annoying in the writing or storyline. I simply didn't connect. Jul 26, Sara rated it liked it. A good mystery but the writing is pretty choppy. Takes place in New Orleans with a chef invited to cook at a charity dinner so recipes are included. Mar 10, Lucie added it.
Held my interest to the end. Apr 09, Katie Hilton rated it really liked it. This is a cute murder mystery, complete with real recipes, written by a Kansas City author.
The amateur detective, Heaven Lee, is entertaining, and the New Orleans setting is intriguing. Jul 13, Paige Kuether rated it really liked it. Then news anchor Amelia Hart arrives uninvited to sour the proceedings, while the theft of an 18th-century crucifix and the appearance of graffiti on the sisters' convent walls provoke further consternation.
This is too much of a coincidence for Heaven, who voices her suspicions before leaving this pot of trouble to simmer and heading home to hate mail and pastry shells. The week of the benefit, she's back in the French Quarter, plating salads and overseeing the dessert course. When an explosion rocks the neighborhood and the dust clears, Truely is discovered dead in a tub of dishwater. Heaven must find the culprit before she becomes the chef's special. A complex story line that fails to hold together, undeveloped characters, events that contribute nothing to the story the ingredients of this mystery never set properly.
Even the descriptions of restaurant specials fail to appetize. Food mystery fans will want to send this one back to the kitchen and there will be no run on this plat du jour. Redhead Heaven Lee runs a restaurant in Kansas City, Missouri; she was a lawyer once and has a number of ex-husbands, along with a boyfriend 20 years her junior.
In this adventure, Heaven has gone to New Orleans as one of the cooks for a benefit honoring an ancient order of nuns in the city. An old school friend of Heaven's, also a lawyer, gets back in touch, and suddenly there's a theft at the convent; there's poison in the herbs; and the lawyer's husband, a coffee importer, ends up dead.
The attraction in this overstuffed story is the Big Easy: A conniving and retired madam, some double-dealing friends and colleagues, and a sleuth who thinks nothing of rifling through a friend's desk or laptop keep it lively. You'll be longing for beignets by mid-murder.
Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Learn more about Amazon Prime. Chef and restaurateur Heaven Lee has gotten into plenty of scrapes in her hometown of Kansas City, Missouri. This time around, she's cooking up trouble in New Orleans while visiting to help the Sisters of the Holy Trinity hold their annual benefit dinner.
The convent is having financial problems and only Heaven Lee's culinary creativity can offer hope. Unfortunately, before she can really get cooking, Heaven's old friend Mary's husband, HeavelkjTruely Whitten, coffee importer and native New Orleanian, is found murdered with Heaven's own knife. To make matters worse, the convent's sacred cross simultaneously turns up missing.
When she becomes the prime suspect, Heaven has no choice but to put her pots and pans aside and pursue the villain in order to both clear her own name and get dinner on the table in time for the big benefit. Heaven's smart, saucy attitude spurs her on in the search for the vicious murderer as well as for the perfect New Orleans dish to serve the Sisters. When all else fails, she finds the answers to both puzzles right under her own nose, saving the day and serving up a new signature Heaven Lee dish, Nola Pie.
The delectable dessert is guaranteed to tantalize readers' taste buds and the satisfying mystery will leave them begging for seconds. Read more Read less.
Heaven Lee has come to the Big Easy to get some much-needed vacation time away from her bustling Kansas City restaurant and cook up some dishes worthy. Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. In her sixth mystery featuring Kansas City chef Heaven Lee, Temple (The Cornbread Killer, etc.) serves up fare more.
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Heaven Lee, 45ish, once widowed, 4 times divorced, disbarred lawyer, ex-stripper and current restaurant owner, has gone to New Orleans to visit her friend Mary Whitten and to cook up some dishes for the Sisters Of The Holy Trinity annual benefit dinner. Things aren't going well for the sisters. Someone has stolen their prized crucifix, which the original sisters had brought with them from France hundreds of years before, put thousands of termites on their antique wooden staircase and are generally trying to mess up their celebration.
Things can't get worse when at the celebration dinner, Mary's husband Truely is murdered, stabbed with one of Heaven's knives. Is this just one more thing to ruin the sister's celebration or is there something else?
Do the nasty letters, Heaven had received at her restaurant have anything to do with it? Whatever it is, Heaven is determined to find out who killed her friends husband. What I liked about this book is that there are not the dozens of characters that she has in many of her books.
That sometimes made it difficult to follow the storyline. This one only had a few additional characters and made for a very easy read. The mystery was good, although I did figure out the killer, but it was close to the end of the book so it didn't matter. Heaven is very funny in this book.
The image of her walking into the police station with a dead bird to have them do a match on the bullet that killed it really had me laughing. The only downside to this story is that she doesn't use her reoccuring characters enough. Except for Murray - who takes over running her restaurant when she's gone, and Hank, her twenty years younger boyfriend, the other characters are hardly heard from at all.
And you don't get a clear description of any of the characters. I'm still not really clear on what Heaven looks like.
The amount of profanity in the book has decreased. I still wouldn't consider this a cozy mystery. One person found this helpful. I just got hooked into this series.