This hilarious romantic comedy is perfect for readers of Nancy Thayer and Mary Kay Andrews! The sequel to bestselling author Jane Heller’s much-loved novel Princess Charming.
"A hilarious culinary comedy dripping with both romance and suspense that deliciously sends up the farm-to-table foodie phenom. Prepare to laugh out loud—sustainably.”—Ciji Ware, New York Times bestselling author of That Winter in Venice
In Jane Heller’s wild and charming novel of romantic comedy and suspense, three friends go on a cooking excursion with a famous chef, only to discover one of their classmates is very keen on practicing knife technique.
Elaine Zimmerman and her best friends Jackie Gault and Pat Kovecky venture to a farm in Litchfield, Connecticut. It’s been over a year since their last trip together, a Caribbean cruise aboard the Princess Charming, and after dealing with a murderous ex and his hit man, they’re yearning for a no-drama vacation this time. During their Cultivate Our Bounty Week, they and eight other guests will learn how to cook farm-to-table meals with Whitley’s artisan-in-residence, a renowned TV/restaurant chef named Jason Hill. Elaine, the jaded, neurotic narrator, is less than thrilled—especially because the program wasn’t supposed to include a surprise appearance by her former boyfriend Simon, who’s still the love of her life but can’t commit to her. What’s more, after milking a cow and making cheese, she stumbles on evidence that one of her fellow agritourists is out to murder Chef Hill at the resort’s Bounty Fest finale.
Is the killer among the freakishly fit Manhattan couple who takes their devotion to organic, hormone-free, non-GMO food to the point of obsession? The grandmother from Wisconsin who’s a groupie of the celebrity chef and follows him to every event? The mother and son from Palm Beach who bicker over whether he should give up his law practice to open his own restaurant? Three Blonde Mice serves up a crackling romance between Elaine and Simon, a twisty whodunit involving a screwball cast of suspects and a satire of current food fads and the farm-to-table chefs who perpetuate them.
Somebody wants to kill famed farm-to-table chef Jason Hill, but the titular blonds 40-something Elaine Zimmerman and her two best friends, Pat and Jackie, all on a "haycation" at a Cultivate Our Bounty week in Connecticut are on the case in this tepid sequel to Princess Charming. Heller offers plenty of red herrings and a decent amount of laughs at present-day foodie culture, but there's a dull edge to the overly broad humor as the three women attempt to ferret out which of their fellow agritourists wants to add the arrogant chef's murder to the menu. Might it be the Jason Hill groupie, tired of being ignored by the object of her adoration? Perhaps it is the handsome Palm Beach lawyer wooing Elaine after her breakup with her ex, who shows up to win her back, or one of the sustainable farming obsessed husband-and-wife team. The ever-wry Elaine is a finely honed narrator, but for much of the story, malapropism-prone Pat and horny, soused Jackie walk around in a fog.