Death al Dente
FIRST IN THE NEW CULINARY MYSTERY SERIES!–WINNER OF THE AGATHA AWARD FOR BEST FIRST NOVEL 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... show more
FIRST IN THE NEW CULINARY MYSTERY SERIES!–WINNER OF THE AGATHA AWARD FOR BEST FIRST NOVEL
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…
Publish date: 06-08-2013
Pages no: 304
Edition language: English
Series: Food Lovers' Village Mystery (#1)
Book #1 Food Lovers' Village Mystery Erin has returned home to help run her mother's store and has taken on the task of starting an annual program to bring in tourists to help the locals and local produce. Just before the first night, Claudette returns from Las Vegas and rumors are flying that she...
The title is Death al Dente, but this food-themed mystery is just a bit limp. Like a good recipe, good formula fiction has a bit of zing. While the story's not bad, Ms. Budewitz's first full-length mystery is just a bit on the bland side.
Pretty good 1st entry for this new series. Not great, but not bad. I really like the locale and think the characters could grow on me. The possiblility of a triangle is quite offputting, for me anyway. I HATE that sad, overused plot point! I'll wait for the next book to reserve judgment. You co...
Not a bad first book in a series. I love the small town Montana setting and I love the idea of the Mercantile - a shop focussing on local, fresh produce and grocery. I didn't connect immediately with the main characters, but there weren't any I disliked either. Two possible romantic interests have...