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Dilettante chef Angie Amalfi doubts if she'll actually survive her engagement to San Francisco homicide detective Paavo Smith, what with her meddling mom micromanaging the whole affair. So Angie leaps at the chance to spend some time away with her fiancé in the sun-drenched Arizona desert town where he'd spent time as a boy — and maybe explore the possibility of a Southwestern-themed wedding feast.

But her groom-to-be is going back there to help a friend investigate the murder of a wealthy local — and it seems this tiny desert community is a hotbed of deadly secrets. And when a second course of murder is served up, suddenly Angie's tasty getaway with her lover is starting to look more and more like her final meal.

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"At the start of Pence's amusing 13th Angie Amalfi mystery, the sometime chef and her San Francisco homicide detective fianc, Paavo Smith, are off to reconnect with childhood friends of Paavo's in Jackpot, Ariz., where they'll be staying at the Ghost Hollow Guest Ranch (ostriches, not cattle). On arrival in town, Paavo's old chum, Ned Paulson, fails to meet them as planned. Unfortunately, while off looking for a long-missing stagecoach containing a famous chef from the Waldorf and a pile of money, Ned has been bashed in the head and left in a desert cave. Somehow, during a cook-off for the annual ranch picnic against a local diner owner — who garnishes her rabbit stew with horned toad — Angie manages to figure out the complex inner workings of a very small town (pop. 917) and find the reality behind the polite faces. Good repartee between the lovers, funny (think amorous ostrich) situations, a secret marriage, a surprising dnouement and a great recipe for bourbon pecan pie make this the perfect vacation read." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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Murder and mayhem are on the menu as the irrepressible sleuthing chef Angie Amalfi heads to Arizona with her fianc, homicide detective Paavo Smith, as he helps a friend investigate the murder of a wealthy local. Original.

About the Author

Joanne Pence was born and raised in San Francisco. A graduate of U.C. Berkeley with a master's degree in journalism, Joanne has taught school in Japan, written for magazines, and worked for the federal government. She now lives in Idaho with her family, which includes a multitude of pets.

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Linda Shelnutt, April 16, 2006 (view all comments by Linda Shelnutt)
Sizzling Story. Butterscotch Mystery. Movie Material.

The natural flow of the opening of this novel gives the effect of setting out into a fresh, colorful story, even more than the sense of settling into a complex novel, though this 13th offering in the Amalfi series accomplishes both at grand prize levels. For me, a story offers all that is high magic in fiction; it goes beyond what a novel is, into realms of wonder & rainbows, like being in Oz instead of KS, without losing KS.

In RED HOT MURDER, Joanne has worked the classic mystery genre to its hilt, without losing the warmth and wholeness her series has developed and maintained, which is not often found in the classic/pure mystery offerings. Pence?s style in this book seems to have turned to a rich butterscotch, compared to previous offerings. That flavor allowed a more sophisticated & fascinating interweaving of subplots around main plot. The intense style flavoring also allowed the characters to come forth even more naturally and intensely than in prior books, though this observation does not diminish anything I?ve raved about prior novels in this series. Still, I was more deeply involved than my norm in the reading of this story, and I?m still digging for details as to why.

I found myself measuring the remaining page thickness, not wanting to pass the half-way mark, because I wanted to be IN the reading of RHM for a long time. I didn?t want to finish it and leave the characters and situations. They were as entertaining as a good video, yet as rich and privately satisfying as a novel.

I was intrigued by the development of the historic Waldorf chef machinations intertwining to the Jackpot historic intrigue of ghosts from stagecoaches doing Bermuda Triangle dips, with all that connected to Angie?s current work on her menu for the upcoming annual event in Jackpot.

The resolution of a legendary, coveted gourmet notebook was fantastic. That side of the real gourmet world, in the ultra-strange tastes and entrees, was well presented; I don't recall ever seeing this dark side of gourmet brought into a culinary offering before.

Watch this book. It?s going places. You?ll want to carry it in your bright, gypsy bandwagon, and store it in your mind where prime entertainment dwells in time-honored luxury.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780060758059
Author:
Pence, Joanne
Publisher:
Avon Books
Author:
by Joanne Pence
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Women Sleuths
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Edition Description:
Mass Market PB
Series:
Angie Amalfi Mysteries
Publication Date:
20060131
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
6.86x4.18x1.02 in. .39 lbs.

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Product details 368 pages Avon Books - English 9780060758059 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "At the start of Pence's amusing 13th Angie Amalfi mystery, the sometime chef and her San Francisco homicide detective fianc, Paavo Smith, are off to reconnect with childhood friends of Paavo's in Jackpot, Ariz., where they'll be staying at the Ghost Hollow Guest Ranch (ostriches, not cattle). On arrival in town, Paavo's old chum, Ned Paulson, fails to meet them as planned. Unfortunately, while off looking for a long-missing stagecoach containing a famous chef from the Waldorf and a pile of money, Ned has been bashed in the head and left in a desert cave. Somehow, during a cook-off for the annual ranch picnic against a local diner owner — who garnishes her rabbit stew with horned toad — Angie manages to figure out the complex inner workings of a very small town (pop. 917) and find the reality behind the polite faces. Good repartee between the lovers, funny (think amorous ostrich) situations, a secret marriage, a surprising dnouement and a great recipe for bourbon pecan pie make this the perfect vacation read." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Murder and mayhem are on the menu as the irrepressible sleuthing chef Angie Amalfi heads to Arizona with her fianc, homicide detective Paavo Smith, as he helps a friend investigate the murder of a wealthy local. Original.

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