An Angie Amalfi Mystery, Bk 13
Mass Market Paperback, Avon Books, 2006, 334p.
In this book we see her and her fiance, Paavo Smith (odd name combo), on their way to revisit a place from his mostly unhappy childhood. As with most mysteries, we have a dead body or two, obscure clues, more than a few suspects and a twist that turns the hunt for the killer on it's ear. I found Angie and Paavo to have a good chemistry even though there wasn't a lot of 'we' time, and unlike most of the leading men of the cop persuasion, he's okay with letting Angie hunt around for some clues. An Italian girl, we catch glimpses of her family life including a mother who looks like turning into a bridezilla - all on her daughter's behalf, of course - as well as a cast of weird and downright bitchy characters who have hunkered down in the dead man's house. One of my favourites was the local diner cook who made some of the most disgusting food out, and her reaction to Angie's taste testing is so funny.
This book is much more than a cosy mystery but I wouldn't call it a police procedural/detective mystery either. Think of this as cosy plus. Since it's a foodie mystery there are the expected recipes in the back of the book. Of the three recipes, the Bourbon Pecan Chocolate Pie (see below) makes me drool. So, if you've enjoyed Stephanie Bond, Karen E. Olsen, Kathleen Bachus or Carolyn Hart then you'll get a kick out of Angie Amalfi.