Murder Al Dente

Southern Pasta Shop Mysteries, #1

Jennifer L. Hart introduces a deliciously delightful new amateur sleuth with this cozy mystery. At first I felt sorry for Andy but soon I realized she was a strong and capable woman who would not appreciate anyone's pity. Especially someone who can burn water! While I'm possibly the world's worst cook I felt a connection with her. Watching her head back to her hometown in what she feels is disgrace was fascinating. Witnessing her reactions to the sexy Jones even more so. I loved seeing her interact with her family and the people she grew up with. I must say I also enjoyed watching all the awkward situations and conversations Andy kept getting herself in to. Her great aunt and her grandfather are quirky and down-right adorable. Having spent time in a small town, I enjoyed how nothing was secret or sacred. The mystery had just the right amount of ups and downs and I found it as entertaining as the reluctant detective herself. I'm looking forward to seeing what Andy can get up to next as my appetite hasn't nearly been satisfied.

Andy Buckland was a culinary star on the cusp of fame when her television debut leaves her and her audience with a bad taste in her mouth. With all culinary doors slammed in her face she heads to her childhood home. Just when she thinks she's getting her life under control she becomes the prime suspect in a murder. Can she serve up the killer before becoming the next course?

Book Blurb for Murder Al Dente

From the bestselling author of The Misadventures of the Laundry Hag series comes a new mystery series of mouthwatering proportions...

Pretty please with spaghetti on top?

Andy Buckland has always dreamed of being a chef. But after a live studio audience is stricken with food poisoning during her debut cooking show, she finds herself blacklisted in the culinary community. The only job open to her is working in her family's southern pasta shop, and, to make matters worse, her first assignment is serving baked ziti to her former lover and his spoiled bride-to-be at their engagement party! But a broken heart and a bruised ego are the least of Andy's troubles when she discovers a dead body at the party with the words "welcome home" written in flour next to it. Is it a warning? A threat? Or a frame-up job? Andy is determined to find out. With the help of her over-the-top Italian family, Andy will prove that she has what it takes to not only cook the best dish in town but also catch a killer, too!

**Recipes included!**

Night Owl Reviews Feb, 2016 4.00