Picks and Pans Review: The Mulberry Tree
By Jude Deveraux
Mystery, romance and cooking converge in the latest by perennial best-seller Deveraux. Billionaire James Manville dies in a plane crash, leaving his beloved wife, Lillian, nothing except a rundown farmhouse and a cryptic note alluding to his shady past.
As overweight Lillian, 32, gets a makeover, cooks like a gourmet for her new guy and sleuths James's secret, characters and plot points enter like a chorus line; each time you think everyone is onstage, a few more appear. Reading this is like drinking mai tais: a languidly pleasant experience till the contents make you woozy. (Atria, $25)
Bottom Line: The plot runneth over
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