Death Al Dente

Death Al Dente

Book - 2013
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The town of Jewel Bay, Montana - known as a Food Lovers' Village - is obsessed with homegrown and homemade Montana fare. So when Erin Murphy takes over her family's century-old general store, she turns it into a boutique market filled with local delicacies. But Erin's freshly booming business might go rotten when a former employee turns up dead . . . Murphy's Mercantile, known as the Merc, has been a staple in Jewel Bay for over a hundred years. To celebrate their recent makeover as a gourmet food market, Erin has organized a town festival, Festa di Pasta, featuring the culinary goods of Jewel Bay's finest - including her mother Fresca's delicious Italian specialties. But Erin's sweet success is soured when the shop's former manager, Claudette, is found dead behind the Merc on the Festa's opening night. With rival chef James Angelo stirring up rumors that Fresca's sauce recipes were stolen from Claudette, Erin's mother is under close scrutiny. Now Erin will have to hunt down some new suspects, or both her family and her store might wind up in hot water . . . Includes fresh, delicious recipes! 'Small-town charm and big-time chills. Jewel Bay, Montana, is a food lover's paradise - and ground zero for murder! A dizzying culinary delight with a twisty-turny plot! I'm totally enamored of Leslie Budewitz's huckleberry chocolates, Shasta daisies, and Cowboy Roast coffee.' Laura Childs, New York Times bestselling author 'An intriguing sleuth who loves gourmet food, family, and her hometown, plus recipes to die for distinguish a delectable mystery.' Carolyn Hart, national bestselling author of Dead, White, and Blue 'Clever, charming, and completely yummy. Leslie Budewitz cooks up a delectable mystery! A tempting concoction of food, fun, and fatalities that will have you racing through the suspenseful pages...... then heading for the kitchen to try out the irresistible recipes. More please!' Hank Phillippi Ryan, Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity award-winning author
Publisher: New York : Berkley Prime Crime, c2013
ISBN: 9780425259542
Branch Call Number: FIC BUDEW
Characteristics: 292 p

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ggrandel
Mar 30, 2016

Although I did enjoy this book, I found many of the characters rather hostile. Maybe as the series proceeds this will improve. Her relationship with her mother seems particularly convoluted and hostile. I liked the book enough to give another one a go,

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Preeceville56
Dec 30, 2014

First in the food lover's village mystery series. Something to read to pass away the time. The family setting running a store and the description of the food made the book interesting. The murder part of the story was okay.

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