Food Lovers' Village Mystery Series

5 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 183 ratings

Death al Dente Publisher's Summary

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 100 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.

©2013 Leslie Ann Budewitz (P)2017 Tantor
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  • Book 1

    • Death al Dente

    • Food Lovers' Village Mystery Series, Book 1
    • By: Leslie Budewitz
    • Narrated by: Rebecca Mitchell
    • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 59
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 55
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 56

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Four and a half stars

    • By Beatrice on 05-01-17

    Regular price: $27.99

  • Book 2

    • Crime Rib

    • Food Lovers' Village Mystery Series, Book 2
    • By: Leslie Budewitz
    • Narrated by: Rebecca Mitchell
    • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 50
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 46
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 46

    Food Preneurs, one of the hottest cooking shows on TV, has decided to feature Jewel Bay in an upcoming episode, and everyone in town is preparing for their close-ups, including the crew at the Glacier Mercantile, a.k.a. the Merc. Not only is Erin Murphy busy remodeling her courtyard into a relaxing dining area, she's organizing a steak-cooking competition between three of Jewel Bay's hottest chefs to be featured on the program.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Fun series!

    • By Kathy snyder on 06-30-17

    Regular price: $27.99

  • Book 3

    • Butter off Dead

    • Food Lovers' Village Mystery Series, Book 3
    • By: Leslie Budewitz
    • Narrated by: Rebecca Mitchell
    • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30

    In an attempt to woo tourists to Jewel Bay and cheer up the townies, Erin Murphy, manager of the specialty local foods market known as the Merc, is organizing the First Annual Food Lovers' Film Festival, filled with classic foodie flicks and local twists on favorite movie treats. But when her partner in planning, painter Christine Vandeberg, is found dead only days before the curtain rises, Erin suspects someone is attempting to stop the films from rolling.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • IRISH ITALIAN ENTREPRENEUR ERIN MURPHY IS BACK

    • By Debbie Lacey on 08-18-18

    Regular price: $27.99

  • Book 4

    • Treble at the Jam Fest

    • A Food Lovers’ Village Mystery, Book 4
    • By: Leslie Budewitz
    • Narrated by: Rebecca Mitchell
    • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24

    Erin Murphy, manager of Glacier Mercantile (a.k.a. the Merc), is tuning up for Jewel Bay's annual Jazz Festival. Between keeping the Merc's shelves stocked with Montana's tastiest local fare and hosting the festival's kick-off concert, Erin has her hands full. Discord erupts when jazz guitarist Gerry Martin plummets to his death from the rocks above the Jewel River. The one-time international sensation had fallen out of sync with festival organizers, students, and performers. Was his death an accident - or did someone even the score?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • great

    • By jrwitter on 08-12-18

    Regular price: $27.99

  • Book 5

    • As the Christmas Cookie Crumbles

    • Food Lovers' Village Mystery Series, Book 5
    • By: Leslie Budewitz
    • Narrated by: Rebecca Mitchell
    • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16

    In Jewel Bay, all is merry and bright. At Murphy's Mercantile, AKA the Merc, manager Erin Murphy is ringing in the holiday season with food, drink, and a new friend: Merrily Thornton. A local girl gone wrong, Merrily's turned her life around. But her parents have publicly shunned her, and they nurse a bitterness that chills Erin. When Merrily goes missing, and her boss discovers he's been robbed, fingers point to Merrily - until she's found dead.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Pretty Good

    • By Beatrice on 06-06-18

    Regular price: $20.99