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For Cass Tuplin, proprietor of the Rusty Bore Takeaway (and definitely not an unlicensed private investigator), it’s weird enough that her neighbour Vern has somehow acquired a lady friend. But then he asks Cass to look into the case of the dead rats someone’s dumped on Joanne’s doorstep. She’s barely started when Joanne goes missing, leaving hints of an unsavoury past. The For Cass Tuplin, proprietor of the Rusty Bore Takeaway (and definitely not an unlicensed private investigator), it’s weird enough that her neighbour Vern has somehow acquired a lady friend. But then he asks Cass to look into the case of the dead rats someone’s dumped on Joanne’s doorstep. She’s barely started when Joanne goes missing, leaving hints of an unsavoury past. Then a private investigator from Melbourne turns up asking questions about Joanne’s involvement in a fatal house fire—and before you can say ‘unauthorised investigation’ Cass is back on the case.


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For Cass Tuplin, proprietor of the Rusty Bore Takeaway (and definitely not an unlicensed private investigator), it’s weird enough that her neighbour Vern has somehow acquired a lady friend. But then he asks Cass to look into the case of the dead rats someone’s dumped on Joanne’s doorstep. She’s barely started when Joanne goes missing, leaving hints of an unsavoury past. The For Cass Tuplin, proprietor of the Rusty Bore Takeaway (and definitely not an unlicensed private investigator), it’s weird enough that her neighbour Vern has somehow acquired a lady friend. But then he asks Cass to look into the case of the dead rats someone’s dumped on Joanne’s doorstep. She’s barely started when Joanne goes missing, leaving hints of an unsavoury past. Then a private investigator from Melbourne turns up asking questions about Joanne’s involvement in a fatal house fire—and before you can say ‘unauthorised investigation’ Cass is back on the case.

52 review for Live and Let Fry (Cass Tuplin #3)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Alex Cantone

    I dreamed of the creases at the edges of Leo’s turned-up mouth. His endearing hopeless jokes. The blue-green eyes, cool with a hint of smoulder. White T-shirt stretched across those gladiator shoulders as he pulled me close, a long molten kiss followed by a line of kisses down my neck... Got mixed views on this one. I like that the action has moved from Rusty Bore / Muddy Soak / Hustle in the Victorian grain belt, to Hattah-Kulkyne NP, Mildura and Ouyen. Ditto the side actors: sleazy developer an I dreamed of the creases at the edges of Leo’s turned-up mouth. His endearing hopeless jokes. The blue-green eyes, cool with a hint of smoulder. White T-shirt stretched across those gladiator shoulders as he pulled me close, a long molten kiss followed by a line of kisses down my neck... Got mixed views on this one. I like that the action has moved from Rusty Bore / Muddy Soak / Hustle in the Victorian grain belt, to Hattah-Kulkyne NP, Mildura and Ouyen. Ditto the side actors: sleazy developer and council planning officer; environmental consultants; birdwatchers led by the formidable Dorothy; Troy with the spider’s web tattoo on his neck, who is a mate of Gav (...works part-time in the Hustle Foodworks. Skinny fella with an unsuccessful moustache.) The character I don’t enjoy is busybody Cass Tuplin of the Rusty Bore takeaway, unlicensed crime investigator and mother of two twenty-something sons, both boring for different reasons. And don't get me started on the ferrets. The first book was clever, inventive. But now I feel it’s going over the same ground.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Marianne

    Live and Let Fry is the third book in the Cass Tuplin murder mystery series by Australian science and travel writer, chartered accountant, marine biologist and author, Sue Williams. It is set around a year after Dead Men Don’t Order Flake but there is enough recap of essential facts that it can easily be read as a stand-alone. Of course, the pleasure of reading this third installment is enhanced by the familiarity with the regular characters that reading earlier books in the series affords. Vern Live and Let Fry is the third book in the Cass Tuplin murder mystery series by Australian science and travel writer, chartered accountant, marine biologist and author, Sue Williams. It is set around a year after Dead Men Don’t Order Flake but there is enough recap of essential facts that it can easily be read as a stand-alone. Of course, the pleasure of reading this third installment is enhanced by the familiarity with the regular characters that reading earlier books in the series affords. Vern Casey, owner of Rusty Bore’s General Store, has come to Cass for help. He’s worried about his girlfriend, Joanne Smith, owner of Hustle’s Book Bonanza, after he finds twelve mutilated rat corpses on her doorstep. Against her better judgement (and her son Dean’s express directive, because she is NOT, repeat NOT, a licenced private investigator), she agrees to help. Cass meets with this nervous-looking lady, but before Cass learns much, Joanne disappears, and it seems many people are looking for her in connection with a fatal house fire. Once again, Williams gives the reader a lively tale of murder, arson, accidental death, endangered bird species, ferrets (always ferrets!) and take away food. Williams captures small town Victoria with ease. Her plot has enough twists and red herrings to keep it interesting, and reaches an exciting, flame-filled climax that will add another dimension to Cass’s already fiery nightmares. As well as a cast of quirky characters, the novel features dodgy developers, crooked consultants, corrupt councillors, a security guard who eschews the use of force, an anti-gambling campaigner, and an intruder with an apparent neatness fetish. In the course of her investigation, Cass attends a funeral, discovers a dead body, poses as an ASIC representative, goes bird-watching, locks a suspect in a toilet, is beaten, slashed, knocked out and robbed, is stitched up, and escorts a friend to the Opera. However, Cass is, at times, distracted by hints of trouble in paradise with both sons’ relationships, the continued absence of her lover as he toils for MSF in Bolivia, and the charms of a certain helicopter pilot. Readers of the series will know by now that Cass has a wild imagination that leads her to jump to (often erroneous) conclusions on a bare minimum of facts, causing embarrassment and irritation to one son and engendering concern for her welfare in both. This is a book best not read on the quiet carriage of public transport, as the giggles, snickers and guffaws likely to be emitted may disturb other commuters. Once again, a great cover by W.H.Chong encloses this brilliant piece of crime comedy. Fans of the series will not be disappointed and will, doubtless, be pleased that Williams is working on a fourth Cass Tuplin book. Recommended.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Text Publishing

    ‘Sue Williams has her recipe down pat: an engaging heroine with a sense of humour as dry as the landscape.’ Adelaide Advertiser ‘There is no doubt about the value of escapist literature in a world fraught with so many seemingly intractable problems. This book unashamedly belongs to that escapist genre. There can scarcely be better therapy than to immerse oneself for a time in a world where good triumphs over evil and where there is the prospect of a happy ending.’ ArtsHub ‘This is a book best not ‘Sue Williams has her recipe down pat: an engaging heroine with a sense of humour as dry as the landscape.’ Adelaide Advertiser ‘There is no doubt about the value of escapist literature in a world fraught with so many seemingly intractable problems. This book unashamedly belongs to that escapist genre. There can scarcely be better therapy than to immerse oneself for a time in a world where good triumphs over evil and where there is the prospect of a happy ending.’ ArtsHub ‘This is a book best not read on the quiet carriage of public transport, as the giggles, snickers and guffaws likely to be emitted may disturb other commuters…Fans of the series will not be disappointed.’ BookMooch ‘This book is like going to visit your regional relatives and having a bunch of their friends pop by for a chat. It’s comforting, slightly dishevelled, wildly entertaining…Live and Let Fry is self-aware, observant, and with a fresh take on a crime hero, this is as irresistible as potato cakes after a swim.’ Readings

  4. 5 out of 5

    Hazel Edwards

    Thoroughly enjoyed the sustained rueful tone of the sleuth Cass Tuplin , owner of the Rusty Bore takeaway. Cass's less-than-perfect relationship with her less-than-perfect policeman son , makes her a thoroughly likeable heroine. She keeps trying, at everything, even when the clues are tenuous. Humorous even if at times, a little coincidental. But that's part of the story. Keenly observed small town details, especially the local characters. And the heat! Especially when clothes stick to the hot car Thoroughly enjoyed the sustained rueful tone of the sleuth Cass Tuplin , owner of the Rusty Bore takeaway. Cass's less-than-perfect relationship with her less-than-perfect policeman son , makes her a thoroughly likeable heroine. She keeps trying, at everything, even when the clues are tenuous. Humorous even if at times, a little coincidental. But that's part of the story. Keenly observed small town details, especially the local characters. And the heat! Especially when clothes stick to the hot car seat. Learnt a bit about ferrets and bird watching from this mystery too. If there were such a town as Rusty Bore, this novel would contribute to cultural tourism and entice tourists to visit. But only Mildura is a real town in this story and that's keenly observed too. Without giving too much away, the finale of the houseboat fire as backdrop to the Wagnerian opera is hilarious. Look forward to reading more by this author. I found this book due to Sisters in Crime who are featuring authors with murders and mysteries in country towns as their theme in a panel discussion. Have recommended it to my neighbour, who has just returned from a holiday in Mildura. She's thrilled to have a local setting as 'a good read'. I look forward to more in the series.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Nur Sulaiman

    A fun romp through country Australia...with street-smart and resourceful Cass Tuplin on the case! Such a delight to read how a middle-aged, takeaway shop owner who has a big heart, but at the same enough vulnerability to try and juggle between satisfying family members, busybody neighbors and at the same trying to solve 2 murders plus 1 missing person! Highly recommended for those who like comedy mystery :)

  6. 4 out of 5

    Cher

    I just thoroughly enjoyed this book. I felt like the mystery was interesting relevant better than the last two books looking forward to a fourth now 😃

  7. 5 out of 5

    Deb Bodinnar

    Another amusing tale of Cass and her investigations around the Mallee town of Rusty Bore.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    Great fun, very Australian, with plenty of action and a cast of quirky characters. Perfect for fans of Janet Evanovich. Light, fast funny crime thriller.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Suzie

    Another fun romp in Rusty Bore with Cass Tuplin

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    Richard Brandt

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    Kristiane

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    John

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    Michael

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    Judith Anderson

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    Carol-Ann Gravestock

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    Rosalie Lynton Pearson

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sandi Wallace

  19. 5 out of 5

    Gabrielle Ieraci-Rouse

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    Viola

  21. 4 out of 5

    Yvonne Learmonth

  22. 4 out of 5

    Michael T Sanders

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  24. 5 out of 5

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  28. 5 out of 5

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    Alice Kelly

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  50. 4 out of 5

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  52. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

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