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ISBN13: 9780061082009
ISBN10: 0061082007
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Angie Amalfi's latest job, developing the menu for a new inn, sounds enticing, a week in northern California with her homicide detective boyfriend. But when she arrives at the soon-to-open Hill Haven Inn, she finds chaos--antagonistic investors, a chef/owner with less-than-appetizing ideas about cuisine, an ominous threat, a missing person and a woman making eyes at her man.

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Chef Angie Amalfi can't wait to take off from the city for a week to help devise a delicious vegetarian menu for a lovely new B&B in scenic northern California. The not-yet-open-for-business Hill Haven Inn will be the perfect place to take her budding romance with her homicide detective boyfriend Paavo to the next level! But the situation awaiting them turns out to be less than ideal—with battling investors, rumors of ghosts, cold drafts, a leaky roof . . . and an owner whose idea of haute cuisine might be acceptable for farm animals. And when a furious rainstorm traps everyone inside, it becomes painfully apparent that there's a murderer among them . . . and that the only recipe being concocted in the Hill Haven kitchen is one for disaster. But Angie's determined to solve the case and salvage her romantic getaway . . . or die trying!

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, May 3, 2006 (view all comments by Linda Shelnutt)
The Partridge Slurped a Pear; Veggies Beware!

??I wouldn?t feed this swill to my cat!? Martin Bayman announced... The lentil-soybean cutlets were not a hit.? ? Quote from Joanne Pence?s pen poofing life into her newly green world.

This 3rd book-in-series started out with a (metaphoric) bang, highlighting the captivating dud of soybean cutlets saute-tested for the menu of an out-of-the-way Inn to die in. I?m hopeless when it comes to taste-bud-uptake-inhibitors (like serotonin-uptake-inhibitors for which Prozac did the Pandora?s Box thingy?). If you abbreviate this title, CUT, you get a reference to ?cutlets.?

Is synchronicity cooking here?

Yeah, but the cutlet was meatless, until Angie waved her wooden-spoon-wand. Angie?s open-minded skepticism of metaphysical gurus was humorously warming, and the setting of the Inn in a Gothically remote, at-risk location was mysteriously inviting.

As usual in Pence?s repertoire, fictional residents were well-rooted into emotional complexity. I don?t know how she does this repeatedly with new and old characters, but many of her plot people have enough comedic appeal to border on being cartoon-ish buffoons, and yet they?re fleshed out enough to skip off the pages. As a collective of unique individuals, these guys based in the real world, beyond the edges of phony, overdone, underdone, or irritating. What I love about these characterizations of boney but off-beat personas is Pence?s generous need to hand out realistic redemption on as many pages as possible, after and while spotlighting juicy dark sides with just enough balsamic dimming to prevent the comedy from bubbling the plot out of its heady, roiling stew.

While I allow myself to freely enjoy whatever flavor calls to me at the moment, from beef to beets to borage, I can savor gourmet veggie, and Pence gave a good bite of that. In the conclusion, munching metaphorically, the savory-spiced Partridge had a pear stuffed stylishly in its mouth, and, while green, orange & gold ground-gems were ultimately elevated with class, no vegetables were spared.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780061082009
Subtitle:
An Angie Amalfi Mystery
Author:
Pence, Joanne
Author:
by Joanne Pence
Publisher:
Avon
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Cookery
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Detective and mystery stories
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Women Sleuths
Subject:
Journalists
Subject:
Women sleuths
Subject:
Romance - Contemporary
Subject:
Contemporary
Subject:
Amalfi, angie (fictitious character)
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
California
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass Market PB
Series:
Angie Amalfi Mysteries
Series Volume:
102-810
Publication Date:
20060829
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
6.77x4.19x.85 in. .34 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Angie Amalfi's latest job, developing the menu for a new inn, sounds enticing, a week in northern California with her homicide detective boyfriend. But when she arrives at the soon-to-open Hill Haven Inn, she finds chaos--antagonistic investors, a chef/owner with less-than-appetizing ideas about cuisine, an ominous threat, a missing person and a woman making eyes at her man.

"Synopsis" by , Chef Angie Amalfi can't wait to take off from the city for a week to help devise a delicious vegetarian menu for a lovely new B&B in scenic northern California. The not-yet-open-for-business Hill Haven Inn will be the perfect place to take her budding romance with her homicide detective boyfriend Paavo to the next level! But the situation awaiting them turns out to be less than ideal—with battling investors, rumors of ghosts, cold drafts, a leaky roof . . . and an owner whose idea of haute cuisine might be acceptable for farm animals. And when a furious rainstorm traps everyone inside, it becomes painfully apparent that there's a murderer among them . . . and that the only recipe being concocted in the Hill Haven kitchen is one for disaster. But Angie's determined to solve the case and salvage her romantic getaway . . . or die trying!
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