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If Cooks Could Kill: An Angie Amalfi Mystery (Angie Amalfi Mysteries)

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With another failed business behind her, dilettante chef Angie Amalfi is cooking up a new scheme: Pairing up her best friend Connie with a handsome professional football player who just happens to be related to the owner of her favorite Italian restaurant. Soon Connie takes more interest in a suspicious loner than Angie's "dream man" and her despondent friend decides to recreate herself as a restaurant consultant. But when police begin to suspect that Connie and her new love interest are connected with a brutal murder and robbery, Angie and her homicide detective fiance Paavo must try to track down the real killer. And when the trail of clues begins to lead back to Angie's favorite restaurant, it's up to Angie to set things right — or the only recipe on the menu may be one for disaster.

About the Author

Joanne Pence is the author of the Angie Amalfi mystery series.Angie wants two things in life--a good job and San Francisco Homicide Inspector Paavo Smith, but culinary crime keeps getting in the way.Joanne grew up amidst the cultural diversity and culinary excellence of San Francisco, and that setting provides a rich "flavor" to her books.

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Linda Shelnutt, April 17, 2006 (view all comments by Linda Shelnutt)
Floating, Feasting in the Blue Ozone of Fiction

The ethereal blue cover highlighting a plate of surreal spaghetti was a perfect indicator of the rich reading experience ahead.

This novel?s featuring of The Connie Character goes beyond conjuring praise, as her scene-one opens in a cozy Italian restaurant as Connie fidgets with uncomfortably tight, female-attraction-trappings, in anticipation of the arrival of a blind date, a nephew of one of the ex-con, geriatric caf? owners.

This may be one of the best in this series for drawing me in, from one heartbeat to the next. At first I had a whiff of a feeling that the Brooklyn Broad characterization was too much of a caricature, but, I thought, even if it is, it's fun and well done. Then, after about the 2nd page, Connie?s personality began flickering, like having her step through a gateway from a comic book world into a classic mystery novel.

As I read into the smoothly developing relationship between Connie & Max, I began hoping that the interest growing around them, the warmth I felt and the curiosity about how their interaction would continue, and about the mystery beginning to brew so intriguingly but subtly from the base of their relishing a couple plates of spaghetti ... I was hoping that ambiance would develop a while before the scene faded. Of course, I was wondering if Butch's nephew (the blind date) was murdered, and like Connie, I wanted to know Max's story.

All these ?hopes? (all the ?want-to-know?s) were fully developed; I wasn?t let down.

Each character was painted deftly and quickly in that scene-one, from the three ex-con owners of the caf?, to Max, and the light steam of breathing continued through the last page.

Pence does capturing character studies, of both male and female types. They often begin as colored-ink caricatures, conning the reader, cajoling smiles and chuckles. Then the cartoons flesh out and flit through pages, sometimes slipping off flat edges of print, landing on the arms of my easy chair. They sweat; they smell like roses. They strut and stumble. It?s mesmerizing to watch those transformations, the way the author accomplishes them with graceful, subtle touches.

What a skill. I wondered at one point if Pence was hiding a magic Frankenstein wand (or electrical jolt stick). I don?t mean to imply that her characters are like Frankenstein, just that they are brought a distance almost as far as from death to life.

This # 10 novel in the Angie series might be my favorite. The slip from scene to scene was seamless. This one deserves multiple awards; it may be the keystone of Pence?s talent which is so cohesively complex it melts like butter over croissant pages. Slurp the twisting, tangy noodles!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780060548216
Subtitle:
An Angie Amalfi Mystery
Author:
Pence, Joanne
Author:
by Joanne Pence
Publisher:
Avon
Location:
New York, NY
Subject:
Cookery
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Women Sleuths
Subject:
Women detectives
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Amalfi, Angie
Subject:
Love stories
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Edition Description:
Mass Market PB
Series:
Angie Amalfi Mysteries
Series Volume:
150-101-630
Publication Date:
20021231
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
6.78x4.20x.93 in. .36 lbs.

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