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by Julie Smith

  • ISBN: 080410929X
  • Category: Thriller & Mystery
  • Author: Julie Smith
  • Subcategory: Mystery
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Ivy Books (October 24, 1992)
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  • Rating: 4.3
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A Rebecca Schwartz Mystery. booksBnimble Publishing. New Orleans, LA. The Sourdough Wars. All rights are reserved

A Rebecca Schwartz Mystery. All rights are reserved. The Rebecca Schwartz Series.

This book falls in the category often called "Cozy Mysteries," which generally takes a humorous slant on the murder mystery and focuses on foibles and absurdities in human behavior.

The Sourdough Wars is the second volume of Julie Smith's Rebecca Schwartz Mysteries. This book falls in the category often called "Cozy Mysteries," which generally takes a humorous slant on the murder mystery and focuses on foibles and absurdities in human behavior. While I have some difficulty seeing people killing one another as "humorous," Julie Smith does succeed in pointing out the absurdities of human behavior and the disasters that result when these absurdities are carried too far.

The Sourdough Wars is the second volume of Julie Smith's Rebecca Schwartz Mysteries

The Sourdough Wars is the second volume of Julie Smith's Rebecca Schwartz Mysteries. It is set in early 1980's San Francisco where Rebecca is a thirty-year-old attorney with a penchant for finding dead bodies of people she knows. Her very-Jewish mother and successful-lawyer father are, of course, upset and concerned each time it happens.

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The Sourdough Wars book. The mystery was pretty good. Attorney Rebecca Schwartz and her reporter boyfriend Rob, along with Chris, Rebecca's colleague, investigate the death of Chris's lover, Peter

The Sourdough Wars book. Attorney Rebecca Schwartz and her reporter boyfriend Rob, along with Chris, Rebecca's colleague, investigate the death of Chris's lover, Peter. Peter owns a recipe for sourdough that was a family secret and plans to au I picked this book up at a library sale a few weeks ago. This is a pretty old "cozy " mystery, originally published in 1984.

Mystery author Julie Smith was born in Savannah, Georgia in 1944. The Sourdough Wars Rebecca Schwartz Mystery Series (Книги 2).

To you, it's just a frozen lump of dough; but to some, it's life and death. Especially to handsome Peter Martinelli, who wants to auction off the fabled sourdough starter from his family's famous bakery. Mystery author Julie Smith was born in Savannah, Georgia in 1944. She graduated from the University of Mississippi with a degree in journalism. After graduation, she moved to New Orleans and wrote features for the New Orleans Times-Picayune. After a year, she moved to San Francisco and got a job at the San Francisco Chronicle.

Online was always a dangerous place-even in 1994, when Mark Zuckerberg was ten and this book was first published. For San Francisco lawyer Rebecca Schwartz, it should have been a restful weekend in Monterey with her friend Marty Whitehead-but Marty’s boss at the Monterey Aquarium is dead in the kelp tank and Marty’s a guest of the county. So what’s the etiquette when your hostess is arrested for murder? In Rebecca’s case, that’s easy-sign on as her lawyer, try to keep Marty’s kids out of the deep end, and somehow avoid drowning in the sea of lies gushing from her client’s mouth.

Much as I hated to admit it, I thought Esperanza’s nightmarish theory had a lot of merit. Sadie might have been killed for the pearl. She must have had it with her when she went to the roof, perhaps. planning to show it to Julio. But maybe it wasn’t true. I’d made a promise to Esperanza, and it was time to try to keep it. Both Marty and Ricky seemed to be off the hook, but Esperanza was still my client. That was the way with pro bono work-it always took longer than the paying jobs and was usually more difficult.

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A video trailer for the novel "Cursebusters!" by Edgar Award-winning author Julie Smith.

When the heir to the Martinelli family's renowned sourdough starter is murdered before they were to auction it off, Rebecca Schwartz is determined to discover if he died for a handful of dough. The more she sifts through the tangled relationships of the city's bread-making dynasties, though, the closer she gets to the recipe for murder....
Reviews about The Sourdough Wars (A Rebecca Schwartz Mystery) (7):
Runehammer
I don't like books where the main characters behave stupidly, although this seems to be a hallmark of cozy mysteries. The main character in this book, Rebecca, behaves incredibly stupidly, and I found the plot to be stupid, as well. All this stupidity is supposed to be humorous, and judging by the many good reviews, most readers did enjoy it, so I seem to be in the minority. I was planning to read through this book to the end just to find out who the killer turned out to be, but couldn't stand the poor plotting, so this is one of the rare books that I couldn't finish Also, although the publication date is listed as 2013, this book must have been written many years before, since the characters don't have cell phones and are always looking for a phone booth.
Dog_Uoll
I had a hard time getting through this book with way to much repetitive information on sourdough and characters that I found boring. I felt like I was reading something that was written a long time ago by someone who wanted to put weird phrases in like this from Chapter 12:

Rob was a jerk for running out at a time like that, but he was my man and he was in hip-deep trouble. Before Larson knew what hit him, I was on his back like a monkey on a junkie's.

If you can read these two sentences and still want to read the book then go for it.
Cha
This book falls in the category often called "Cozy Mysteries," which generally takes a humorous slant on the murder mystery and focuses on foibles and absurdities in human behavior. While I have some difficulty seeing people killing one another as "humorous," Julie Smith does succeed in pointing out the absurdities of human behavior and the disasters that result when these absurdities are carried too far. While it may be hard to believe that families can be torn apart and individuals driven to shoot at one another over ownership of a sourdough culture, the author succeeds in making us suspend out disbelief as she unfolds a very twisted and often ridiculous plot. As is generally required, the aftermath produces growth and reconciliations among the survivors.

Well written and fast paced, the book features Rebecca, a Jewish attorney who handles criminal and divorce cases but finds herself roped into proctoring the auction sale of a notoriously famous sourdough culture that was the mainstay of a popular (and now defunct) San Francisco bakery. When the owner of the culture fails to appear for the auction and is subsequently found murdered in his own apartment, the chain of events becomes extremely complicated. All but one of the bidders are related by blood or broken marriages, and the deceased owner's sister also becomes involved as his heir apparent. Then the culture itself is discovered to have disappeared from the warehouse where it had been frozen and stored.

I won't offer any additional spoilers. Just be prepared for a lot of twists and surprises. Some are indeed amusing, others pretty sad. The characters are not thin or underdeveloped, but as one might expect in this type of story, they tend to be exaggerated to some extent. Rebecca's boyfriend Rob, a reporter for the Chronicle, becomes involved as he tries to get a front page scoop out of each unfolding incident. Since he is only "half Jewish," her parents do not approve of him and that adds to the humorous subplots. There's plenty of tension, though much of it is suitable for a television sitcom rather than a mystery novel. The resolution is satisfying without justifying the mayhem or exonerating the perpetrators.

It's a quick, light read that made a nice departure from some darker and almost claustrophobic material I have been reading. I recommend it to anyone who can take these kind of stories at face value without trying to analyze them too deeply or look for flaws.
Fecage
Book Review--The Sourdough Wars by Julie Smith: A Rebecca Schwartz Mystery

The Sourdough Wars is the second volume of Julie Smith's Rebecca Schwartz Mysteries. It is set in early 1980's San Francisco where Rebecca is a thirty-year-old attorney with a penchant for finding dead bodies of people she knows. Her very-Jewish mother and successful-lawyer father are, of course, upset and concerned each time it happens.

Peter Martinelli, a struggling actor, inherited the sourdough starter--it is required to make San Francisco's famous bread--from his parents. His sister got the fabulous house, but wants the starter, too. The Martinelli sourdough was once the best, but the bakery went out of business. The parents, hoping to recoup lost glory, put some of the starter in frozen storage. When Peter needed money to save a struggling theater, Rebecca and her partner suggested he auction off the starter. Several interested (and interesting) people arrive to bid, the starter is missing, Peter is murdered, and the Sourdough War ensues.

As with the first Rebecca Schwartz mystery, the story proceeds with a touch of San Francisco, a bit of Jewish family life, and a measure of humor. Smith moves the story along to a somewhat unexpected and action filled conclusion.

I found this cozy mystery to be a satisfying and entertaining read.

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Arlelond
"Jewish feminist lawyer" Rebecca Schwartz is back, once again she finds herself involved in solving a couple of murders. I thought the plot in the first book (Death turns a trick) was rather weird, but this story tops it, with a lump of supposedly frozen sourdough starter in the center of it all!
But, Rebecca is still a likeable main character with a very nice sense of humour, and it is all very well written so never mind that the story is rather unbelievable, it is a nice, fun and entertaining read!
Under the one-star review "Bad idea" there is an interesting discussion about sourdough and whether or not it would have survived the treatment it was given in this story. According to the author, the basic event - freezing of sourdough by a bakery for later revival and reuse - is true and took place in San Fransisco in the 80s.

There is just one thing bugging me about Rebecca, she lets her parents dote on her far too much! She is a lawyer pushing 30 and I really hope she becomes less dependent on her parents in the stories to come.

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