Killer Crust (Pizza Lover's Mystery Series #5)

Killer Crust (Pizza Lover's Mystery Series #5)

by Chris Cavender
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Killer Crust (Pizza Lover's Mystery Series #5) by Chris Cavender

Eleanor Swift isn't amused when Laughing Luigi—the sketchy frozen pizza dough baron—walks into her Timber Ridge, North Carolina, pizzeria, A Slice of Delight. But the contract for his pizza-making contest seems made-to-order, especially with $25,000 in first-prize money up for grabs. However, when the pizza dough king fails to rise after being murdered with a slice of poisoned pizza, Eleanor and her sister Maddie are peppered with suspicion from all corners. Faster than a 30-minute delivery, they're going to have to juggle seriously surreptitious sleuthing with pressure-packed pizza-making performances. . .before the real killer dishes them their own slices of death!

Includes delicious pizza recipe!

"Another fun pizza romp." —Publishers Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780758271532
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 11/05/2013
Series: Pizza Lover's Mystery Series , #5
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 496,905
Product dimensions: 4.32(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.86(d)

About the Author

Chris Cavender is the pseudonym for an Agatha Award nominated author who has appeared on the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association national bestseller list nine times.  He's also published over 80 mystery short stories and has been nominated for three Derringer Awards for excellence in short mystery fiction.

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Killer Crust 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
mysteryloverVP More than 1 year ago
AS USUAL HIS PIZZA STORIES WAS ENTERTAINING AND HELD YOUR INTEREST YOU NEVER KNEW WHO THE KILLER WAS UNTIL THE END unless you cheated and peaked
52chickadees More than 1 year ago
“Crusts, Clues and Crimes” We travel back to Timber Ridge, North Carolina and find sisters, Eleanor Swift and Maddy Spencer hard at work in their charming pizzeria, “A Slice of Delight”. All tasks are interrupted when an old nemesis, “Laughing Luigi,” (Real name: George Vincent) the frozen pizza magnate strolls in and extends an invitation to be a participant in a pizza-making contest featuring his frozen dough with a luscious $25,000.00 first prize. The thoughts of what could be done in an upgrade at “The Slice” bedazzles Eleanor but her lofty thoughts soon come down to earth when she remembers Luigi’s previous underhanded tactics. Before Eleanor agrees to participate or signs the contract, Maddy has fiancé’/lawyer Bob Lemon check it out for loopholes. All is agreed to and signed, with the newest resort, “Tree-Line” as the posh venue with accommodations for all participants and contest coordinators. Thanks to an old friendship, Eleanor and Maddy receive star treatment by Gina and the contest begins with Laughing Luigi judging the first round’s pizzas all by himself. This does not sit right with the majority of the contestants but when it’s time for the second round of the contest, Luigi is no where to be found—that is until his lifeless body is found in the contestants’ green room with a slice of pizza shoved down his throat! Pompous Laughing Luigi wasn’t a well-liked fellow—but who has such hatred or distrust to kill him? Eleanor and Maddy’s names are on the list, but after an interrogation by Police Chief Kevin Hurley, It is found they have airtight alibis and are asked, knowing they have previous experience, to do some careful sleuthing. The contest continues and so does the “Nosing around”. Could it have been Luigi’s often insulted and belittled Brother, Frank? Or maybe Luigi’s second in command, Jack Acre, hoping to run the empire. Any of the competing duos would have access to the green room, but what would be the motive? And who finally wins the big cash prize? Or don’t they? You’ll love the twists and turns this crusty tale of intrigue takes as well as Maddy’s acerbic wit and Eleanor’s hound dog nature. Make sure you make room on your bookshelf for this light and lively cozy. You won’t be disappointed and will have you looking for a second helping! Nancy Narma
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ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Alice DiNizo for Readers' Favorite Chris Cavender has written several mysteries centered around pizza, a food favored by many readers and non-readers everywhere. And now the author has created "Killer Crust" which features Eleanor Swift who runs "Slice of Delight", a pizza parlor in Timber Ridge, North Carolina, with the help of her sister Maddy Spencer. Eleanor and Maddie are invited to participate in Laughing Luigi's pizza dough contest at the local Timber Ridge luxury hotel, Tree-Line. Luigi, hardly known for any laughs at all, owns the Laughing Luigi's Frozen Pizza Dough business which is well-known in the southern United States. The grand prize of this pizza dough contest is $25,000 which even after taxes is enough for Eleanor to redo and modernize "Slice of Delight". There are four pizza making contests who agree to use Laughing Luigi's dough while making their contest pizzas: Eleanor and Maddie,Jeff and Sandy Clarke from "Grinning Cat Pizzeria" in Asheville, Kenny Anderson and his helper, Anna Wright, from "Pizza Top" in Charlotte, and Reggie and Todd Blackwell from their "pizza Pie Factory" in Raleigh. Eleanor overhears someone fighting with Luigi whose name is really George Vincent. And then Laughing Luigi is murdered. Was winning this contest worth killing him or is there something else going on? "Killer Crust" is a fun-to-read mystery as sisters Eleanor Swift and Maddie Spencer track down Luigi's killer. Eleanor, Maddie, their intendeds Bob and David, Gina who runs the front desk at Tree-Line for her uncle, policeman Kevin Hurley, and all the characters involved, both major and minor, are believable and fit into the storyline quite well. The plot's twists and turns and the dialogue among the characters all suit "Killer Crust" quite well. Readers who love mysteries will want to put "Killer Crust" on their reading lists and a pizza on their kitchen counters for a between-chapters snack.
jbarr5 More than 1 year ago
Killer Crust by Chris Cavender Sisters Maddie and Ellie run A Slice of Delight Pizzeria. One of their arch enemies Laughing Luggi has given them a chance to win 25k by competing against others at the new resort in town to promote his company and the new resort, Timber Ridge. There are many stipulations and others have been cheated out of even competing. They must spend a few days at the resort, his expense but their boyfriend and lawyer husband Bob can join them at meals. They've met the other 3 couples who are all from NC also. When Luigi gets murdered and the contest will continue they are asked by Kevin the cop to help solve the mystery. They had prior knowledge to a lot by just talking to others at meal time and before going to their rooms. They move into one of the luxury rooms as it has 2 bedrooms and they can compare notes and go about their next task. They are also able to get help from Gina who they know from the area and her uncle has financed the huge luxury resort for her to run. Many others think the contest is rigged and others think the judges have been paid off. They learn much with help from others and find themselves in digger than they could ever imagine... Recipes at the end. First book I've read by Chris and I can't wait to read more of them.
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ANTHOR WRITES SERIES IN PAPERBACK, WE GET HOOKED ON IT. NOW THEY WRITE A STORY FOR SAME SERIES IN ONLY NOOK FORM. I WILL NOT BUY A NOOK . AUTHORS/PUBLISHER SHOULD PROVIED BOTH FORMATS WHEN THE BOOK IS IN A SERIES.