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Cook's Night Out (Angie Amalfi Mysteries)


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ISBN13: 9780061043963
ISBN10: 0061043966
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Foodie Angie Amalfi has decided to make her culinary name by creating the perfect chocolate confection: angelinas. Donating her delicious rejects to the Random Acts of Kindness Mission in San Francisco, Angie meets the jittery minister in charge. Soon she volunteers to help organize their first fund-raiser, despite the fact that her beau, police detective Paavo Smith, has warned her away from the place. Before Paavo can stop her, he finds himself facing charges that he's a murderous cop on the take. He suspects a "reformed" sinner at the mission is setting him up but Angie refuses to believe it. Then, faster than you can beat egg whites to a peak, she discovers that the mission harbors more than the needy, and that it's up to her to save not only Paavo's reputation--but his life, too.

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)
Baffling Betrayal. Paavo-Serpico. Angie-Chaplin

Even if there were nothing else in the book, the evolving intrigue in the character of the reverend would surge my interest through the book. Is he a good guy; is he a con artist? Is he a comical, off-brand, visiting deity, a spinoff of little guy in the movie, with the cigar and the Brooklyn accent? Pence must have been giggling as she was typing, tweaking this character?s fun fluctuations. I relished every flicker of sunlight and shadow, all the way to the end of the story, which sizzled with a more creative resolution of Reverend Hodge than many writers could have conjured.

In this plot, Paavo was forced to dredge the depths of his self-esteem sludge, plummeting to the hairy roots of his professional position, fighting like Serpico against internal corruption, presenting a foil against Angie?s continued dedication to his soul balance. I appreciated the way Pence?s characters were sorted so cleanly by their responses to the tarnishing onslaughts to Paavo?s professional integrity. Angie?s continued all-out support of Paavo, without losing a Quantum or Quark of her personal integrity, develops further in this plot as she chooses to remain within a bad situation in Hodge?s program, going against Paavo?s repeated demands that she stay away from there.

If you want the cozy ?same ole routine? which we all look for in genre expectations, you?ll get satisfaction from Pence?s series. But you?ll get more than you hoped for, because Pence?s talent pushes her to take the ?norm,? do justice to it, then spin it around in a fast circle in her mind until something uniquely, honestly refreshing takes shape in a slightly shifting surprise. This # 5 in the series does that slight surprise a bit more than the other books, especially in resolutions of ongoing questions about, is it/he/she ?this way? or ?that way? ... a good or bad guy or deal? The twists are so numerous they become entertaining labyrinths, and sometimes the points become circles rather than zigs and zags.

But ... what about the numerous varieties of ultimates in gourmet chocolate slathering this plot? They made me hungry for the exPENSIVE, freshly original, leading-edge types of confection! ?Chocolates are us? will never be the same.

Lifting my goblet, swirling a dark red Merlo, please allow me to toast a master of gently stepping the toe of a high-heeled sandal through the ultimate barriers of intrigue ...
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Pence, Joanne
Avon Books
by Joanne Pence
New York, N.Y. :
Mystery & Detective - General
Mystery & Detective - Series
Mystery & Detective - Women Sleuths
Mystery & detective
Mystery fiction
Amalfi, angie (fictitious character)
California Fiction.
Amalfi, Angie (Fictitious character) -- Fiction.
Women cooks
Mystery-A to Z
Edition Description:
Mass Market PB
Angie Amalfi Mysteries
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6.79x4.18x.86 in. .32 lbs.

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