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Death Al Dente
A Food Lovers’ Village Mystery #1
Leslie Budewitz

Berkley Prime Crime
August 2013 / ISBN 0425259544
Mystery – cozy


Reviewed by Cheryl Green

Erin Murphy has come home to Jewel Bay, MT to help her mother Fresca bring the family business into the 21st century. The Merc would no longer be a touristy destination selling souvenirs. It would be selling locally grown and raised food. In fact it would feature Fresca’s homemade pastas and sauces. Erin has gotten all the local merchants involved in a festival that would showcase their wares. Even after hearing rumors that Fresca fired Claudette and stole her recipes, Erin has even invited Claudette, former manager of The Merc, to attend.

The festival is in full swing, people are arriving and the band is playing. Erin goes to hang up one last wreath and finds Claudette dead. Detective Kim Caldwell is not giving anything away - just asking her questions. It looks like she might have a suspect in mind. Erin will have to be careful if she plans to expose the real killer.

Things to ponder: Who would want to kill Claudette? Was the murder just a way to ruin the festival? Who was spreading the nasty rumors about Fresca? What really ruined the friendship between Erin and Kim Caldwell?

Always love finding a new author and a brand new series. Well, let me tell you Leslie Budewitz does not disappoint. This was a delicious read that I finished it in one sitting. There were plenty of red herrings to keep the plot moving. I loved the main characters and can’t wait to read the next book in the series. Leslie, hope you are busy plotting and writing so I will not have to wait long. There are some very yummy recipes included too. So if you like your mystery filled with a fresh thinking sleuth, then you should read this book.


Reviewed 2013