Death Al Dente (Food Lovers' Village, Bk 1)
Death Al Dente - Food Lovers' Village, Bk 1 Author:Leslie Ann Budewitz 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 tu... more »rns 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…« less
What a great beginning to a new series! I liked the main character, Erin, her mother, friends, and other shop owners in the village of Jewel Bay. Lots of action, great character development, and I was completely surprised at who was the murderer. This is a well-written, fast-paced, and gentle cozy. I highly recommend this one.