Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Fear of Frying by Jill Churchill

Book Details
Fear of Frying by Jill Churchill
Paperback, 256 pages
1998, Avon Books
ISBN: 0380787075
Series: Book 9 of Jane Jeffry

In Fear of Frying neighbors Jane Jeffry and Shelly Nowack set off for some relaxation in the Wisconsin woods while scouting summer camp sites for suburban high-school students. Jane isn't exactly thrilled at the idea: any form of camping is an anathema at the best of times, and in damp midwinter it seems especially grim. Matters do not improve when this pair of amateur detectives discover one of their fellow campers smacked with a frying pan--seemingly with fatal consequences. But they suspect their own eyes (and everyone else suspects their sanity) when the body disappears along with any evidence of foul play. To make matters worse (or better) a surprisingly healthy victim resurfaces. With a mix of resentment at not being believed and amazement at the turn of events, the would-be campers are determined to discover what is really going on at their apparently secure haven in the wilderness.

Each book in a cozy mystery series usually has a theme and the theme of Fear of Frying was summer camp. Having been a camp counselor in my youth, this was of particular interest to me and I wasn't disappointed with the treatment it was given. Fear of Frying veered away from the series usual format, instead focusing on Jane and Shelley and leaving the usual supporting characters behind. While necessary for the theme of the novel to be realistic, the lack of familiar interaction made Fear of Frying a little less engaging then the other books in the series. As with all the Jane Jeffry mysteries, Fear of Frying was a fluffy, fast bit of fun.


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  1. Great review!
    It appears to be a great book too. I will put it on my list of books to read.

  2. I need to read more mysteries :) This sounds good! Gret review.

  3. I need to try out some cozy mysteries this year. This series sounds really good!

  4. I love the cover. Unique. Great review another one I have not heard of.