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ISBN13: 9780061081996
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Murder is on the menu in San Francisco . . . and area restaurant owners are fading fast. As homicide detective Paavo Smith delves into the crimes, his gorgeous but infuriating girlfriend, Angie Amalfi, insists on playing amateur sleuth. Her input proves deliciously on the mark. Includes recipes within the text.

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After talking her way into a job on a pompous, third-rate chef's radio call-in-show, Angie Amalfi has visions of a new career to go along with her hot, new romance with Paavo Smith, a gorgeous homocide detective.

When a successful and much-envied restauranteur is poisoned however, Angie finds the case far more interesting than trying to make her pretentious boss sound good. Some cooks might shy away from such a sizzling case, but Angie can take the heat and stay in the kitchen.

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)
Blend Egghead Chef Into Kaleidoscope Scene Swirls a la Sidney Sheldon

I was drawn to the description and title of TOO MANY COOKS, hoping for a generous portion of good grit on grits. I thought, if a chef radio show is featured, and if a restauranteur is poisoned, as the back cover blurbed, my culinary cravings would be at least addressed, if not advanced to the "third degree."

This 2nd novel in Pence?s ANGIE AMALFI series had a Sidney Sheldon feel, rising from Pence's shifting from scene to scene, each with a different character as central focus in his own world. After Angie, fretful and feisty, somewhat settled into her job with the egghead, Chef "Ahnree" (Henry La Tour), the scene shifted to Paavo's first day's return to his homicide department. The darker ambiance there was contrasted dramatically, with literary flair, to Angie's spritzy spunk.

Riding through continued crafty writing style shifts and swanky mood swings, as soon as I was solidly into Paavo's world and cohorts, and bonded satisfyingly with Paavo's new partner, the scene cut to a murder in progress, which felt realistically ... Just. Like. That. By this time in the kaleidoscopic plot machinations, I was so far into the games, you couldn't have lifted me out of them except by a ceiling cave. And, in that case I wouldn't have been lifted. Of course I'd have been smashed.

The ending of TOO MANY COOKS produces a labyrinth of mangy machinations, giving enough mystery complexity for even the most convoluted brains.

But, is Angie an amateur sleuth, a romance heroine, a comedienne, or a well-fleshed player in a mainstream NOVEL. The problem is she's all of these, so I haven't been able to peg her cozily into one slot. Do I care?

If I can't peg what Angie is; I can peg what her author has done to this reader. She hooked me absolutely into this series to the point that I slipped right through COOKING UP TROUBLE without being able to make myself take time to write a review after finishing TOO MANY COOKS. At that time, I had a couple more Amalfi books ready to go, and was including in my nightly prayers a thank you that several more Angie & Paavo stories were available. Yum!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780061081996
Subtitle:
An Angie Amalfi Mystery
Author:
Pence, Joanne
Author:
by Joanne Pence
Publisher:
Avon
Location:
New York, N.Y. :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Cookery
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Detective and mystery stories
Subject:
Romance
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Women Sleuths
Subject:
Women detectives
Subject:
Journalists
Subject:
Romance - General
Subject:
Women sleuths
Subject:
Amalfi, angie (fictitious character)
Subject:
San francisco
Subject:
Romantic suspense novels
Subject:
San Francisco (Calif.) Fiction.
Subject:
Amalfi, Angie
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass Market PB
Series:
Angie Amalfi Mysteries
Series Volume:
104-31
Publication Date:
20060228
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
6.75x4.19x.96 in. .37 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Murder is on the menu in San Francisco . . . and area restaurant owners are fading fast. As homicide detective Paavo Smith delves into the crimes, his gorgeous but infuriating girlfriend, Angie Amalfi, insists on playing amateur sleuth. Her input proves deliciously on the mark. Includes recipes within the text.

"Synopsis" by , After talking her way into a job on a pompous, third-rate chef's radio call-in-show, Angie Amalfi has visions of a new career to go along with her hot, new romance with Paavo Smith, a gorgeous homocide detective.

When a successful and much-envied restauranteur is poisoned however, Angie finds the case far more interesting than trying to make her pretentious boss sound good. Some cooks might shy away from such a sizzling case, but Angie can take the heat and stay in the kitchen.

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