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Killer Kitchens
     

Killer Kitchens

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by Jean Harrington
 

Book three of Murders by Design

Interior designer Deva Dunne just may have hit the jackpot. Sure, her new client Francesco Grandese talks tough and has shady friends, but he has the eye of a connoisseur, and a huge, empty mansion he wants her to decorate.

Deva's boyfriend, police lieutenant Victor Rossi, has misgivings about her promising

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Book three of Murders by Design

Interior designer Deva Dunne just may have hit the jackpot. Sure, her new client Francesco Grandese talks tough and has shady friends, but he has the eye of a connoisseur, and a huge, empty mansion he wants her to decorate.

Deva's boyfriend, police lieutenant Victor Rossi, has misgivings about her promising job—especially when he accompanies her to one of Francesco's dinner parties. After Francesco returns a dish to the kitchen untasted, the chauffeur promptly scarfs it down and drops dead from cyanide poisoning.

Has the killer made a terrible mistake and murdered the wrong person? Or was the dead man the intended victim? The only thing Deva knows for certain is someone present that night committed murder. And it seems everyone—from the dinner guests to the kitchen help—has a motive.

71,000 words

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781426895371
Publisher:
Carina Press
Publication date:
04/15/2013
Series:
Murders by Design
Sold by:
HARLEQUIN
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
394,231
File size:
746 KB

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Rossi sniffed the air and grinned. "Smells great in here. Chip's secret sauce?"

I nodded, watching his reaction, waiting for more.

"Looks great too," he said glancing around. "You did a wonderful job."

Perfect. I threw my arms around him and hugged him tight. My friend Chip's restaurant, La Cucina, was the first commercial space I ever designed, and to be honest, I needed a little reassurance.

As we strolled into the dining room, a server sprang to attention and led the way to an intimate, white-topped table. He unfolded our napkins and placed them on our laps. "I'm Enzo. Chip sends his apologies for not greeting you personally but—" he winked, "—he's going crazy in the kitchen."

"We understand," I said. Before opening his doors to the public tonight, Chip had invited Rossi and me to an early private dinner. That he was now backstage making sure everything would be perfect for showtime wasn't surprising.

Enzo held up a bottle of pinot noir for our inspection. "With the chef's compliments."

We nodded and in no time at all, Rossi and I were clinking glasses. His eyes, all liquid Italian fire, did what they always did when he looked at me. They tuned out everything else within range. At the moment that included the menu, and with the aroma of secret sauce in the air, no easy feat.

I used to think Rossi's habit of concentrating solely on the object of his attention was a detective's ruse for gaining something. I still did. He used those penetrating eyes of his like a secret weapon to squeeze out the truth. For sure, I had never been able to lie to him about a thing. Damn it.

He raised his glass. And an eyebrow. "To Deva Dunne, the best interior designer east of the Rockies. West of them too." He took a celebratory sip before adding, "Seriously, the place looks terrific."

"You really like it?" I guess I needed to keep the compliments coming.

"Yeah." He grinned, showing me a flash of even white teeth.

Damn. Rossi always knew what I was thinking, what I needed. A trait that made him maddening, not to mention rather irresistible at times.

I blew out an exasperated breath and hoisted my wineglass. As I sipped, I glanced around, enjoying the view all over again. To tempt the appetite of anybody who strolled in, I'd painted the dining room Tuscan tomato and the bar area merlot. Striped carpeting in merlot, tomato and taupe echoed the wall colors. For drama and bling, I'd filled ornate gold frames with black and white photographs of Italian street scenes and hung them everywhere. And to enhance the photo colors, black Chiavari chairs surrounded tables draped in white linen. No checkered cloths for La Cucina.

Startup costs had been high, so I insisted Chip pay me only when he could. If that never happened, it would be okay. We were friends, and besides, I owed him for giving me such a high-profile project to add to my design portfolio.

Rossi picked up one of the brand new menus and handed it to me. "Food? Red walls make me hungry."

"That's the whole idea." Pleased, I took the menu from him and leaned in closer. "You know something?"

He flashed a wicked smile. "Yeah, your neckline looks great when you do that."

I sat up straighter. "This is like being on a date with a Mafia don."

He frowned. "Why's that?"

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Killer Kitchens 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read the first three books in this seriea in a just a few days and enjoy the ever changing cast of villians along with the characters that show up in each book. This would make a great tv series with laugh out loud moments. Grab a chair, i can't wait for the next one! Keep them coming!
Pattys_Picks More than 1 year ago
This gem kept me turning pages until I finished it. I can't wait to see what's next for Deva and her scrumptious Detective Rossi. Deva is soft-hearted, brave and daring. She tests Rossi's patience to the limit. And she leads a very interesting life for an interior decorator. Jean Harrington's knowledge and depth shines through on every page. What doesn't the woman know? I ask you. Read it! You'll love it!
Lynnette1 More than 1 year ago
As fast-paced as a chef with a Ginsu knife, Jean Harrington's Killer Kitchens, with its incredible attention to detail and a plot full of twists and turns, immediately draws the reader into the heart of the story. The humor is Harrington at her best--dry, witty, and laugh-out-loud. Interior designer Deva Dunne can't seem to stay out of hot water in this latest installment in the Murder by Design mysteries. The characters, from Deva and Rossi to the most minor, are well drawn, and there are enough Naples and Southwest Florida touches to let the reader enjoy the tropical breezes. I'm a huge fan of Harrington's and can't wait for the next book in this series.