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The Unsuspecting Gourmet (Missing Persons Case #4)

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The Unsuspecting Gourmet (Missing Persons Case #4)

As the Missing Persons series continues, Sophie has a boyfriend … maybe. At least her friend Colin kissed her once. But now (after Sophie is majorly enthused about more kisses from Colin) he appears to be offering no more smooches.

Sophie's older sister Sam obviously senses hormones astir. She is bent on divulging the facts of life to Sophie (as if Sophie is five years old!) and keeping her and Colin from ever being alone.

Sophie inadvertently mentions her Mom's delicious soup to Wilda, the owner of the Petal Diner, who has to have that recipe! Since Sophie (undercover as a Gentile) can't admit it's matzo ball soup, she does some fast thinking and wild substitution on the fly. Wilda doesn't appear to realize that her Ritz cracker meal ball soup is a faux matzo ball soup. But when Wilda enters the recipe in a television cooking contest and wins, Sophie and Sam are terrified. Will others recognize the classic Jewish recipe and wonder why Sophie has come up with it? Even worse, will Sophie be expected to appear on the show, thus blowing her cover?

It's obvious that the girls' gruff boss, Gus, is cooking up a romance with Wilda. So it's shocking when Wilda takes off on a "romantic excursion" with the star chef of the cooking show. Or did she go voluntarily?

The mystery in THE UNSUSPECTING GOURMET actually starts surprisingly late in the plot. But it's so much of a joy to revisit Sophie and Sam and their friends that the mystery itself is nearly beside the point. As always, it's a pleasure to spend time with the Shattenbergs!

Reviewed by Terry Miller Shannon on October 21, 2004

The Unsuspecting Gourmet (Missing Persons Case #4)
by M. E. Rabb

  • Publication Date: October 21, 2004
  • Mass Market Paperback: 169 pages
  • Publisher: Speak
  • ISBN-10: 0142500445
  • ISBN-13: 9780142500446