From the best-selling 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!
©2014 Jennifer L Hart (P)2015 Jennifer L Hart
Good story! Not deep or disturbing, just entertaining. Enjoyed the narrator - good job. I would recommend this to light mystery lovers.
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I love a good cozy mystery, and am always on the look out for a new one. When I saw this over at Audiobook Jukebox and listened to the sample from Audible, I just knew it was for me.
Andy Buckland went from top of the world, rising star in the cooking community to pariah in just one short hour. While filming the introduction to her break out cooking show, the crowd got food poisoning from bad clams. Suddenly, her entire career was over and every thing she had worked and sacrificed for was over. So when her Grandfather and Aunt needed help with the family's Pasta Shop, Andy had no reason to say no. And it seems that her bad luck continues when on the drive into town, she gets into an accident and totals her classic mustang, Mustang Sally. Then, her first big job at the pasta shop involves catering the engagement party of her old high school boyfriend to her biggest adversary. On the plus side, she does meet the handsome and mysterious Malcolm Jones, who manages to sweet talker her cranky maiden Italian Aunt Cecelia.
The narrator, Suzanne Cerreta does a fantastic job on this. Andy has this sweet southern drawl, while Malcolm has a New Zealand accent. Throw in Aunt Cecelia's Italian accent and I was impressed at how quickly and easily she was able to switch from character to character.
The writing was superb for this book. Andy takes us through a wide range of emotions as she deals with being back in her home town after the sudden and very public death of her career and trying to save her family's pasta shop, The Bowtie Angel. I laughed out loud and giggled at some of the situations Andy ended up in. This was a great read and I can't wait for book 2. I am giving this 4 stars.
Thanks to Audiobook Jukebox and the author for the opportunity to listen and review the book.
My name is Kira and I work as a librarian in utah. I love all kinds of books, but especially like fantasy and mystery.
Three months ago, Andy Buckland botched her big break. She gave a live television audience food poisoning. Now, after being blacklisted by most of the food industry, Andy’s back working at her family’s failing pasta shop. Unfortunately, her first job is to cater her ex-boyfriend’s engagement party. When a chef from her past is murdered at the event, it’s up to Andy to figure out who really did it. With the help of a hot private investigator, who just happens to be her ex-boyfriend’s fiance’s half-brother, she looks into the chef’s past. Some things, however, are better left buried and someone is trying real hard to keep it that way. Can Andy solve the case before it’s too late? Can she save he family’s pasta shop?
Narrator, Suzanne Cerreta brings a humorous touch to Hart’s food mystery. The well-developed characters are brought to life with Cerreta’s unique voices and intonations. She easily navigates the author’s mix of action, internal dialogue, intrigue, and humorous scenes with ease. The plot is well developed and engaging. Readers who like humorous food mysteries with a little bit of romance will have a hard time putting this audiobook down.
It is a real treat when a writer finds just the right reader. That is definitely the case here. She made the characters jump off the page and generally brought great life to the very fun story.
Yes was fun to listen to
Dizzy because her thoughts are so funny
The car crash
I did but I listened to it on my way to work and home
The narrator was great..had that Italian accent down pat. The story is funny, has mystery and a touch of romance. My kind of book
A lover of cozy mysteries, contemporary romance and getting lost in the world of audiobooks
This was a fun listen from start to finish! The cast of characters are all extremely entertaining, and I loved the twists and turns until the last final moments of the book. A cute cozy mystery if you are a mystery lover like myself!
Once again I strayed from my usual type of book - I love fairly serious British mysteries but I occasionally go for something lighter and this was it. An interesting story, romance but nothing graphic, I liked the reader - she had a great southern accent but did a convincing male from New Zealand voice and accent.
Not a page turner but enough of a mystery to keep me interested.
Loved the narrator and the way she did the accents. Fun book, light read, funny characters.
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