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Cooks Overboard: An Angie Amalfi Mystery
     

Cooks Overboard: An Angie Amalfi Mystery

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by Joanne Pence
 

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In this 6th delightful culinary mystery from Joanne Pence, dilettante chef Angie Amalfi plans a romantic cruise with her hunky boyfriend, but hits rough water when murder becomes part of the itinerary.

Food writer and culinary entrepreneur Angie Amalfi imagined a high seas cruise aboard a ship bound for Acapulco with her homicide detective boyfriend Paavo

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In this 6th delightful culinary mystery from Joanne Pence, dilettante chef Angie Amalfi plans a romantic cruise with her hunky boyfriend, but hits rough water when murder becomes part of the itinerary.

Food writer and culinary entrepreneur Angie Amalfi imagined a high seas cruise aboard a ship bound for Acapulco with her homicide detective boyfriend Paavo Smith would be heaven. With no crowds or pending police business, it might even provide Paavo the perfect opportunity to propose.

But Angie's "Love Boat" fantasy starts springing leaks almost immediately, beginning with the cook's bizarre attempt to jump ship...in the middle of the ocean! Add an oddball collection of fellow passengers, yawningly unimaginative onboard meals, Paavo's increasingly bizarre behavior, and the fact that someone's been rifling through her luggage, and Angie's soon ready to leap overboard herself. But it's not until she offers to help out in the galley and murder is abruptly added to the menu that Angie finds herself heading into very dangerous waters indeed.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062191182
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
12/20/2011
Series:
Angie Amalfi Series , #6
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
148,819
File size:
417 KB

Meet the Author

Joanne Pence was born and raised in San Francisco. A graduate of U.C. Berkeley with a master's degree in journalism, Joanne has taught school in Japan, written for magazines, and worked for the federal government. She now lives in Idaho with her family, which includes a multitude of pets.

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5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This novel opened with a dramatic, brow-puzzling change in Paavo¿s character. The change was so perfectly etched into flawless syntax and so absolutely unexpected, it zapped the buzz wizz chaos of my reality, welded it into a reading focus, and snapped me into the book before I could get a clue on what hit me. I was glued to Paavo¿s every lifeless word and rare thought as Pence polished his presence as a lackluster blob of nothingness. Who was this guy dragging around a dead attitude of non-investment-in-anything-suspicious, shuffling around with a drool-grinning acquiescence of whatever slithered up to him? Due to the effective hook of this Paavo puzzle, COOKS OVERBOARD was more fast paced than some of the other novels in Joanne Pence¿s Angie Amalfi series. I was compelled to surge my reading speed because I absolutely had to know what had caused Paavo to become to this lost soul, sleepy non-entity. Angie¿s antics sidestepping around and hot-footing into Paavo¿s dead-weight dullness was entertaining her lively spirit was used well with poking, prodding attempts to re-connect to a Paavo who seemed to no longer be THERE. If I didn¿t have a feel for the outer limits of Pence¿s parameters for ozone travels into the paranormal realms, I¿d have wondered if Paavo¿s body had ingested an alien being, or been possesed by an evil spirit. I was given just the right amount of access to Paavo¿s thoughts, in just the right amount of plot spacing to be strung along nicely without becoming impatient. In addition to be carried into the plot by curiosity about Paavo¿s personality switcheroo, I easily slid into the vicarious venue of being aboard a freighter rather than a cruise ship. Lacking the garish, boorish, carnival brightness of the typical cruise mood, the no-frills freighter developed quickly into a surprisingly full-bodied fictional world. Pence made good use of the ambiance variances of the freighter Vs cruise setting by detailing the dining locations, types of menu, cabin arrangements, passenger interaction, etc.