Out of the Frying Pan: A cozy little romance ... with murder on the side.

Out of the Frying Pan: A cozy little romance ... with murder on the side.

by Michelle Griep, Kelly Klepfer


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"A laugh out loud mystery with quirky, lovable characters who find themselves in all sorts of trouble." 4-Stars! RT Book Reviews

When the chef of Sunset Paradise Retirement Village ends up dead, life for sisters Fern and Zula Hopkins is whipped into a froth. Their zany attempts to track down the killer land them in hot water with Detective Jared Flynn. Should he be concerned about their safety or the criminal's?

But there are deadly ingredients none of them expect. Drugs. Extortion. International cartels. And worst of all...broken hearts—especially when the Hopkins sisters’ niece KC arrives on the scene.

Before the snooping pair gain any headway with the case, it becomes crystal clear that the sisters share a mysterious secret that takes life from the frying pan and into the line of fire.

Written for the General Market (G) (I): Contains little or no; sexual dialogue or situations or strong language. May also contain content of an inspirational nature.

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ISBN-13: 9781938499135
Publisher: Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas
Publication date: 09/02/2016
Pages: 278
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

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Out of the Frying Pan: A cozy little romance ... with murder on the side. 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
LanguageTCH More than 1 year ago
Out of the Frying Pan by Michelle Griep & Kelly Klepfer is a rollicking, entertaining mystery. Devoted sisters-in-law, Zula and Fern, are endearingly charming and completely hilarious seniors, living at Sunset Paradise Retirement Village. Their antics and personality quirks that constantly agitate each other provide great entertainment throughout this “cozy little romance with murder on the side” as the subtitle suggests. They cannot resist throwing themselves into solving the murder of Leonard, the rather suspicious and unsociable chef of the Village. Their love of mysteries and their tendency to involve themselves unnecessarily in other people’s affairs really backfires on them this time. Their niece, K.C., who has recently been disappointed twice in affairs of the heart—once with a certain man, named Jared, whom she met only online, and again, more recently, with another man, who actually lived in her area. Jared’s reluctance for a relationship was due to the long-distance factor; Brian and she had been dating for nine months. Now Brian needed alone time and more space. Things were moving too fast for him. So he was history too. Detective Jared Flynn, recently relocated from Miami, is the detective assigned to the murder investigation at Sunset Paradise Retirement Village. Enter K.C. who arrives to check on her two aunts, and things become really interesting. I enjoyed this fun, fast-paced, and very delightful novel. I received this book through TBCN in exchange for an honest review.
Librarycataloger More than 1 year ago
Out of the Frying Pan introduces us to two sisters-in-law who might be considered a little eccentric. It is obvious that Fern and Zulu are very fond of each other but they are complete opposites and Zulu tends to get on Fern's nerves. They do share a common interest in "snooping" and they just happen to run across the body of a dead cook at their retirement community in Florida. This is when our fun begins! This book is co-written by authors Michelle Griep and Kelly Klepfer and it is an entertaining cozy mystery that is a wonderful mix of humor, suspense, mystery and even a sweet romance between their niece and a young detective assigned to the murder investigation. I hope to have a chance to read more of Fern's efforts to contain the hilarious antics of Zulu as they work together to perfect their mystery-solving skills. I received a complimentary copy from the authors and Book Club Network. This is my honest review.
pautoyoung More than 1 year ago
Out of the Frying Pan by Michelle Griep & Kelly Klepfer is a delightful book centered around a retirement community in Florida. I could see myself as a combination of a couple of the character and at times, laughed out loud at their conversation or antics and would have to explain myself to my husband. The two main characters, Fern and Zula Hopkins, are sisters-in-law living together and are as different as night and day. Fern, the more serious, seems to be a grouchy bear while Zula, the frilly one, dotes on her puppy and beautifying the world with her attire, makeup, and artificial flowers. Fern and Zula do have one thing in common, both are snoopers. When they run across the dead cook of the retirement village who has been murdered, the perfect opportunity for snooping arrives. Good looking Detective Jared Flynn arrives on the scene, and the ladies also develop a plot to connect him with their niece, KC. Unbeknown to them, Jared and KC have already met thru a dating website. The book twists and turns thru the adventures of the two elderly ladies thru a world of drugs, murder, and romance. If you want to read an enjoyable book where the characters are zany and funny, you will want to buy this novel. The characters and plot will not disappoint you. I received a copy from the author and publisher of The Book Club Network in exchange for an honest review.
2boyzmommy More than 1 year ago
Life at Sunset Paradise Retirement Village is anything but boring! Sisters-in-law Fern and Zula Hopkins are as different as night and day. Their motto is "family for life, friends forever", but they often get on each other's nerves. When the Sunset Paradise chef is found dead, Fern and Zula try their hand at tracking down the killer. Their niece, KC, comes for a visit to keep her aunties from getting into more trouble than they can handle. She's getting over a broken heart, but her aunts are hoping to fix that by introducing her to to the handsome Detective Jared Flynn. Will Jared and KC find true love with each other? Will Zula and Fern find the killer before it's too late? You'll have to read the book to find out. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. There are elements of mystery, romance, suspense, comedy, friendship and love throughout. This is the first book I have read by either of these authors and I can't wait to read the next one. I hope that Zula and Fern will be back for more zany adventures. I received a copy of this book from the authors in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not required to leave a positive review.
dhiggins4 More than 1 year ago
“Out of the Frying Pan” is a mystery with a lot of humor thrown in. This story starts with two sister-in-laws, Fern and Zulu. They find a body, and that’s where their fun begins! Zulu already thinks she is a detective, and Fern is trying to keep her on the “straight and narrow”. There is also some romance thrown in with Fern and Zulu’s niece who their trying to set up with the detective on this case. This was a cute novel. If you enjoy suspense with a lot of humor and a little romance thrown in, you would definitely love this novel. "I was given the book by Book Fun (The Book Club Network) and here is my honest review."
jacksonmomLV More than 1 year ago
This book must have been a real hoot to write - two talented authors playing with flamboyant characters, nasty villains, romantic coincidences, slapstick humor, and several sudden deaths. I found myself laughing and shaking my head more than a few times as sisters-in-law Fern and Zula bickered and conspired together. What a pair! “Family for life, friends forever!” is their motto. The story itself had many unexpected twists, though the outcome was fairly predictable...not necessarily a bad thing. If you have a couple hours and want something to read that probably isn't like anything else on your bookshelf, this is the story for you.
jbarr5 More than 1 year ago
Out of the Frying Pan BY KELLY KLEPFER Enjoyed this book although it was a bit more like 2 books in one. First if the mystery of the chef found dead at the retirement center and the elderly sisters-in-law investigate on their own. They also have a neice, KC that comes to visit who had visited before and fallen for the local cop, Jared but they break up as she leaves to go back to work in another location. Katherine comes to help again and the elderly sisters pair them up together and realize what it is they really have in a relationship. Lots of turmoil, drugs, spies, wedding plans, ongoing love relations, and everyday events a bit tilted. Like how religion plays a part in this with the explanation of the tattoo. At times with so many characters things get confusing. I was given the book by the author via Book Fun (The Book Club Network) and here is my honest review.
annelr More than 1 year ago
Out of the Frying Pan By Michelle Griep and Kelly Klepfer is a zany murder mystery. Come to Sunset Paradise Retirement Village and you will meet Zulu who resorts to dumpster-diving to feed her fake flower fetish and Fern who thinks she is the new Jessica Fletcher or Columbo. They are off and running to an early breakfast and find the cook dead. And the fun begins. With a village full of gossips, mean old ladies, and one ancient dog named Fifi, what could go wrong? But throw in the mafia, black-market drugs, and people who just don't seem to be on the up and up and the mayhem goes from bad to worse. Just who is that French gentleman that Fern has amorous eyes for? I chuckled my way through the book as the authors have thrown in a lot of humorous scenes and dialogue. They've added romance too with a detective who is a present-day Apollo and yet has resorted to computer dating programs to find a girl. With an unexpected murderer and all the shenanigans of the characters, this book kept my interest and makes me wonder if there are more adventures for Zulu and Fern in the future. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author through Book Club Network. A favorable review was not required and opinions are my own.
MAHake More than 1 year ago
This novel couples over-the-top hilarity with Jessica Fletcher wannabes as murder occurs at a retirement community. I enjoyed the quirky older sisters-in-law and their niece, who all get involved with the detective assigned to the case. At times bizarre and also dangerous, this story keeps you flipping pages to see how it concludes—satisfactorily, of course. I don’t know if such people really populate the earth, but the authors make them believable and unique. The original plot is intriguing too. I received this book from Book Fun Club. All opinions are my own.
bsnksmom More than 1 year ago
This was my first foray into the writing of Michelle Griep or Kelly Klepfer and I've got to say, it was a delight! Sister-in-laws Zula and Fern Hopkins are basically The Odd Couple, Retirement Village version. Zula is flamboyant in her personality, the way she dresses and in the way she is redecorating Fern's house. The way she plots a dumpster raid to search for discarded plastic flowers is hilarious, especially knowing how Fern feels about said flowers! Fern is no nonsense and has had it "up to here" with Zula's shenanigans but every time she blocks another of Zula's brainstorms, Zula plots her way around Fern's rules. When one of Zula's plots lands the ladies in the thick of a murder investigation, the ensuing misguided attempts to "help" the police bring more hilarity from Zula and more snide remarks from Fern. Once the sisters see the detective handling the case, they switch into full-on matchmaking mode, determined to introduce Jared Flynn to their niece, Kathryn. Jared Flynn is having trouble getting over the woman he met online. He and KC had exchanged emails for over a year, getting to know one another and - at least on his part - had fallen hard. When she backed out of the relationship citing the long distance between them as the main reason, he tried his best to let her go but he found himself comparing every woman he dated to KC, all of them coming up short. Just as he sees a glimmer of hope in a blind date set up by some friends, in walks Kathryn Hopkins to take care of her aunties. One look at Kathryn and Jared recognizes his KC. Can he possibly solve a murder at the retirement village with so many distractions and KC the biggest distraction of all? KC Hopkins has had nothing but bad luck ever since she cut her online buddy loose. First, the man she thought was going to propose dumped her, saying he wasn't ready for that kind of commitment. Then her aunts called with a cockamamie story about the cook being murdered in the retirement center's kitchen - and they found his body. Rushing to her aunts' side, KC's impatience gets her stopped by a state trooper and pulled out of the boarding line by airport security. What else can go wrong? As KC and Jared work together to keep her aunts out of trouble, will they begin to see that their online relationship held more promise than they thought? Can they keep Zula and Fern safe as they make a profession of jumping to the wrong conclusions? This story was so much fun to read! Zula is a hoot and a complete caricature of the aging beauty queen, still dressing far beneath her age while chasing men like it's her job. Fern is just as funny in her curmudgeonly way, taking potshots at Zula but heaven help anyone else who tries it! Readers who enjoy a cozy mystery will enjoy this one with a sweet romance on the side. You won't be sorry you picked this one up!
Maryar39 More than 1 year ago
Out of the Frying Pan is a mystery/romance novel. It is as full of life as its characters are! Such a fun-filled, lighthearted story! Authors Michelle Griep and Kelly Klepfer have filled this novel with laughter, action, and some illegal activities. Who knew getting old could be so busy and exciting! The old folks in the retirement village have a murder to solve, because, after all, they wouldn't want to leave the detective work to the handsome police officer. And while they are busy trying to solve the murder, main characters Fern and Zula figure they may as well work on some matchmaking also. Wouldn't want life to get boring! Out of the Frying Pan is easy to read, with some laugh out loud scenes. The story does involve some drug selling, breaking and entering, and murder. These things are shown to be negatives, as they should be. It is clean. If you enjoy a fun mystery you will like this book! I received this book from The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.
Cheri5 More than 1 year ago
Out of the Frying Pan was exactly what I was hoping it would be. Fun, not too deep and a nice way to end a busy year reading something light and fun and take me away escape. Great storyline, cozy mystery with lots of lighthearted moments and just a book to put a smile on your face after a long day. I was given this book for free in exchange for an honest review. All reviews are solely mine.
HappyReader50 More than 1 year ago
This is a fun book about Sunset Paradise Retirement Village. It starts with a bang when Fern and Zulu find the chef of Sunset Paradise Retirement Village dead in the kitchen. This book is a “cozy little romance…with murder on the side” (taken from the front cover of the book). If you are looking for a book that is humorous and not to deep this is the book for you. Pick up a copy, you will not be disappointed. Thank you for the opportunity to read this book. I received a copy of this book from bookfun.org in exchange for an honest review.
HelenM0 More than 1 year ago
“When the chef of Sunset Paradise Retirement Village ends up dead, life for sister-in-laws Fern and Zula Hopkins is whipped into a froth. Their zany attempts to track down the killer land them in hot water with Detective Jared Flynn. Should he be more concerned about their safety or the criminals?” Zula wakes up early to be able to dig through the flower shops garbage for the silk flowers that have not sold. But first Zula and Fern must have breakfast. When go have breakfast, they find the doors locked. They go to investigate and find the cook dead and almost immediately they start their own investigation. Zula does eventually get a drive to take her to get the silk flowers. When they get back home she needs to retrieve her flowers from the car and her little dog is occupied with something by the tire. Zula checks and finds a bag of drugs hidden in the car. Without each other knowing, Zula and Fern both break into each others boyfriends homes and search for possible evidence to tie them to the murder. Detective Jared Flynn is called into investigate the murder. Not only is he having to try to find the killer but he is stuck with these two nosy women. While doing the investigation the elderly women at the retirement village have their granddaughters to “console them”. Even Zula and Fern have called their niece to be with them. When she arrives their plans are to get her and Jared together. Jared is a single man, who was dating on line until a year earlier when his girlfriend KC broke up with him because she met a man where she lives. Jared is still missing the relationship he had with KC. Meanwhile, KC's new boyfriend feels things are moving too fast and their relationship ends and KC flies to spend time with her aunts Zula and Fern. I really enjoyed reading this story. This is a funny easy to read book that will keep you wondering what the two women will get into next. This is a clean and wholesome romance with a lot of mystery. Authors Michelle Griep and Kelly Klepfer have done a wonderful job of writing a who done it type of story. It is very fast moving with so many different things happening all at once. There are a lot of characters in the story by they are very easy to follow along with. Most are introduced at the very beginning of the story as Zula and Fern walk to breakfast. I received a copy of this book from the authors and Book Club Network. This is my honest review.