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Allergic To Death
A Gourmet De-Lite Mystery #1
Peg Cochran

August 2012/ ISBN 978-0425251461

Reviewed by Cheryl Green

Gigi’s Gourmet De-Lite food business is finally going to take off. Branston Foods want Gigi Fitzgerald to produce a line of gourmet diet food for them. Her client list is keeping her busy. One of her newest clients, Marsha Bernhardt, is also the restaurant reviewer for the local newspaper – Woodstone Times. Gigi figures she might get some good publicity from Marsha if she likes the food.

I don’t think Marsha will be giving the Gourmet De-Lite food a rave review ... or any kind of a review for that matter since she died after eating the lunch Gigi prepared for her. It looks like she might have had a heart attack and crashed her car.

Hunky police detective Bill Mertz lets Gigi know that Marsha was poisoned. There was peanut oil all over the food that Gigi prepared for her. Since Gigi seems to be the prime suspect, she had better harness her inner Nancy Drew and start stirring the pot to solve this murder before she ends up without a job and in the pokey.

Things to ponder: Why were Marsha’s ex-husband and his wife sitting in their car during the rainy lunch break? Who was Marsha arguing with on the phone at the Woodstone Theatre? Will Gigi be able to keep renting her cottage since Marsha was the owner?

Allergic To Death does not disappoint. It was a delectably fast read for me. I loved the characters and can’t wait to read more about them in Steamed To Death coming out in June 2013. Peg has also included some delicious and healthy recipes as well as some diet tips.

Reviewer's Note: Steamed To Death – coming out June 2013
Reviewed 2012