The heat is on
Life's a banquet for Angelina Amalfi—a gourmet chef and food writer with enough sass and spunk for two. But things start to go really bad really fast when the man who's been contributing unusual recipes to her column is discovered dead and Angie suddenly finds herself being stalked by a killer whose appetite was merely whetted by the first deadly course. On the plus side, Paavo Smith, the homicide cop assigned to the case, is one delectable dish. But when more people start to fall all around her like ruined soufflés, ever-resourceful Angie realizes she'll have to cook up a survival scheme quick before her personal goose gets cooked. This case may be too hot to handle and the stakes are high, for she's about to take on deadly arms smugglers and lethal food fanatics. But if anyone can keep her cool, Angie can.
|Series:||Angie Amalfi Series , #1|
|File size:||452 KB|
About 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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Pence gleefully grabs reader attention in chapter one with Angie¿s disaster loadstone magnetized on all angles. The '... don't bother to send a bomb expert. Send a plumber' was a perfect opening for a promising series. In chapter two Pence opens with a narrative setting which could cajole Joseph Conrad to leap out of the grave and compete. In a fun contrast to the eternal perk of Angie¿s catastrophe-prone personality, the love of her life is introduced through a leisurely, macho Sunday afternoon as Pence¿s sensual syntax sets the scene: ¿The San Francisco Hall of justice, a massive, grey, granite structure, cold and intimidating, stood quiet without the chaos that routine police business brought during the week. The slip into this novel was so seamless I didn¿t have time or inclination to analyze (past the first couple chapters) what was drawing me in. I was just there, though I did periodically surface to notice the awesome talent of a true novelist at work behind the scenes. Angie possesses a repeating character ¿flaw¿ which is spicy and fun, as well as scarey for those who come to care about her. She pauses, rests, and plays a bit within any protective prison she¿s been contained within. She rambles around the cage, dutifully and sensibly. Then a spark from the ozone (or from somewhere over the rainbow?) surfaces and she leaps into crazy, chaotic situations most of us would maybe consider cautiously in a conquering hero day dream, but wouldn¿t have (wouldn¿t WANT) the chutzpah to ever, ever act upon. Yet, that makes Angie a perfect fictional heroine, instead of an every day person dancing with drudgeries outside the pages of a book. Being an every-day person is my job (when I¿m escaping into fiction instead of writing it). That¿s why I was able to relish Angie¿s surging leaps, even as I cringed and skidded on the breaks of the ottoman upon which my feet were resting, with an afghan covering them cozily. I¿m still not certain if Pence¿s Amalfi series is a cozy culinary, a crime novel, a romance, or a mainstream offering. Honestly, at the beginning of my reading through this series, I didn¿t care about its precise category I cared only that I had 11 more novels in that series to read. Yum!
I enjoy a mystery that also makes me laugh and this book qualifies! Angelina Amalfi lives a privileged life but something is missing. Along comes a handsome cop to help her survive unexpected and puzzling attempts on her life. But she is not the quivering little victim. Angie's own resourcefulness, intelligence, (and stubborness) help solve the puzzle. Will there be a happy future for these two caring, likeable people? I sure hope so!