Sunday, March 4, 2012

Rest in Pizza-Chris Cavender

Rest in Pizza

Chris Cavender

Kensington, Apr 24. 2012. $23.00

ISBN 9780758271501

In Timber Ridge, North Carolina, Eleanor Swift owns and operates A Slice of Delight pizzeria; while her sister Maddy Spencer works there. However, their small-town reveille is wrecked when obnoxious TV celebrity chef Antonio Benet comes to Timber Ridge to sign his latest book. Chef Benet concocts a menu of scorn and insult with no one escaping his vitreous ridicule.

Soon after nasty Benet arrives in town, his murdered corpse is found in A Slice of Delight. Since the body was found in her establishment, the siblings anticipate being on the short list of suspects. From experience they know not to wait so the pair investigates who had the motive and opportunity to kill the odious chef.

The latest pizza regional cozy is an engaging whodunit though there is a déjà vu feel to the plot; Eleanor has been accused before (see A Pizza To Die For) and a dead body has been found in the restaurant (see Pepperoni Pizza Can Be Murder). Fans will enjoy Rest In Pizza; as the “sauce” and “dough” sisters conduct their amateur sleuthing, while their respective love life sinks.

Harriet Klausner

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