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Posted April 21, 2012
¿A Savory Mystery Topped With lots of Extras¿
As busy as Sisters Eleanor Swift and Maddy Spencer always are in Timber Ridge, North Carolina’s popular Pizzeria; “A Slice of Delight”, they always seem to find some time to help others. Little did they know that the assistance that they offered to their friend, Cindy Rankin, would lead to a murder investigation as well as the grand opening of her book store. The opening was to be a star-studded affair featuring a cooking demonstration and book-signing by renowned cookbook author and TV star of the “Food For Thought Channel”; domineering, egotistical Chef Antonio Benet. After the Chef directs tantrums and nastiness at all of the staff, he is escorted to “The Slice” to rest and regain his composure before his appearance. When he doesn’t arrive back at the bookstore on schedule, Eleanor and Maddy scatter to find him. As Eleanor enters the pizzeria to check, she spots the Chef seated at a table with his back to the door and speaks to him. When she receives no reply she approaches, only to frighteningly discover that he has been stabbed to death. After the shock starts to wear off, reality sets in with concern for the future of the now-scarred restaurant combined with the beginnings of the sleuthing sisters’ investigation which produces much unrest and many suspects, including having to eliminate themselves! Friendship, Love, Loss, insecurities, courage, confusion, commitment, forgiveness and understanding create complications to the already heady mix of intrigue. Who would want the pompous, overbearing Chef Benet dead? Book shop owner; Cindy, who may lose everything due to Chef Benet’s insults and no-show? Oliver; the used, misused and abused wanna-be cooking star? The woman scorned and betrayed, Chef’s wife; Patrice? Jessie: the “Hot-Wire Connection” between the “Food for Thought Network and the Chef? Maybe pastry baker Paul who had “locked horns” with the critical, insulting chef? You’ll follow Eleanor and Maddy as they leave no stone unturned and even impress Police chief Hurley with their bulldog tenacity. This is the first of the author’s works I have read but I assure you it will not be my last and I believe I will have to go back and start with the first book of the four, “A Slice of Murder” as I’m ready for more adventures with spunky Eleanor and her saucy, multi-married Sister Maddy, their friends and hardworking crew. Kensington ARC Nancy Narma (less)
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Posted September 20, 2012
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