An Angie Amalfi Mystery

By Joanne Pence 
Harper - Nov 2000
ISBN: 0-06-103085-6 - Paperback

Mystery / Amateur Sleuth


Reviewed by: Tracy Farnsworth, MyShelf.Com
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This is the first Joanne Pence, Angie Amalfi mystery that I have picked up, and I found it to be quite a treat!  While it is not as packed with recipes as some other culinary mysteries, the mystery was more in depth and the plot drew me in and kept me reading non-stop.


Angie Amalfi is a restaurant reviewer and girlfriend to homicide detective, Paavo Smith.  When Angie breaks the heirloom brooch that Paavo gave her for Christmas, she is heartbroken.  Sneaking the brooch to an old Russian jeweler for repairs, she discovers the brooch is actually worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.  (Why can't that happen to us all?)  Angie trustingly leaves it in his hands and plans how to keep Paavo to asking why she is not wearing the jewel.


That same night, Angie's house is ransacked; Paavo's apartment is torn apart; Paavo's step-father is critically shot; and the Russian jeweler is murdered. Now Paavo sets out to find who wanted them dead and why, with a little unwanted assistance from Angie. To Catch A Cook is a marvelous story and the mouth-watering recipes on the last couple of pages deserve some applause as well, particularly the Amaretto-Pecan Bread Pudding.


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