Centered across the top was what looked like a coat of arms. But at least she went out the door. This is a large family and I understand that, that is an Italian trait, but it gives the reader too many people to have to keep up with and if the characters only appear now and then it's easy to forget who they are or how they have been incorporated into the story up to this point. As suspects are investigated we learn about a secre A light cozy murder mystery whose strengths like in the characters and setting, but definitely not in the realistic solving of a murder. Maria Pia fanned herself demurely with the invitation, acting as though her nightly mad interpretive dance to the fountain song had been vigorously requested by the crowd. You will not be disappointed.
Knowing Dana, it could have been the death date of some obscure Russian poet—anything to throw out there if someone asked her about the cloth around her upper arm. She waved us off, lost in a daydream about hobnobbing with her fellow wizards. Her already large, expressive eyes widened. Well, I said, scratching my head, are you going to have time for this—this—secret cooking club? So, in a show of solidarity, which annually drives away customers, the Miracolo late-night regulars take the opportunity during the third week in June to play maddeningly mournful music. The person seems to have had a heart attack.
Not that I would know. They are finally able to find one comment by someone who attended one of their meals at which someone was poisoned but there was no story about it in the media. He pushed behind our grandmother and did a tense head shake at me as he headed toward the kitchen. Maria Pia was carried along with the rest of the staff, who warbled their good nights, and I finally gave Dana a little shove, which she interpreted as some kind of Girlfriend Gesture and responded affectionately with Oh, you! She looks a lot like Anne Bancroft, those big, wide-set dark eyes, that broad and sensuous mouth. All interest in an alleged cockroach evaporated. One of the conditions of membership is to produce a gourmet meal for the members, and Eve hires a couple of new restaurant staff members to help out on the big occasion.
Wine selection is always the giveaway. She hit us both with the violet-colored invitation. This time Maria Pia has been given the opportunity to join a very selective and secretive group of female chefs, but murder may be in the offing. Makes you picture some mild-mannered smiling human cushion that shells peas, slips you five dollars if she thinks you studied your catechism, and uses her loose dress as a dish towel. It's an odd mix--one or two who are really restaurant grade, and several would-be delinquents. When Chef Eve Angelottas grandmother, Maria Pia, is invited to join Belfiere, a secret all-female Italian culinary society, Eve is concerned.
When Chef Eve Angelotta's grandmother, Maria Pia, is invited to join Belfiere, a secret all-female Italian culinary society, Eve is concerned. She gave him the look she usually reserves for overcooked pasta. Summary In this second cozy mystery series that started with You Cannoli Die Once, a chef and her cousins launch their own investigation when a new sous chef turns up dead in their Italian restaurant. There were still an inordinately large amount of characters in this book, but it was easier to follow the second time around. Dana smoothed her bobbed and dyed black hair as if it ever got wayward and licked her vampirish red lips. Or so Eve Angelotta thought, until her own Nonna--Miracolo's feisty owner, Maria Pia--is chosen to join their shadowy ranks. When Eve and Landon found the dead body of their sous chef and hide it, I could not help but laugh.
Then she bit her lower lip and stared at a far corner of the ceiling. Wait till you see it, he whispered. Eve Angelotta, the main character has plenty in common with Janet Evanovitch's Stephanie Plum and is surrounded, as it usually happens in cozy mysteries, by a group of quirky and zany characters. The second book in this series was every bit as good as the first one!! This has to be some secret society. But what surprised me was the comedy. I really liked the mystery in this book and the idea of a secret chef cooking society that includes members getting an exclusive tattoo.
When you let fifty masked Belfiereans with a lot to hide into your dining room, can murder be far behind? Unfortunately, in the first third of the book, something occurred that vastly colored the way I read the rest. Rumor has it that membership is lifelong—whether you like it or not. I laughed the entire way through as the characters did and said some pretty funny things. It's a humorous mystery with an italian flair that revolves around Miracolo, an Italian family-owned restaurant in Pennsylvania. I re-read several parts of this book, just because they were so darned funny.
How easy is it for you to weave humor into murder? When they discover the sous chef had connections to Belfiere, Eve and her Italian cousins start a mission to find out what happened - before Maria Pia is made an offer she can't refuse. Inside was a long bar that gleamed like a grand piano and café tables holding battery-op candles that even flickered like the real thing. Late-night laughter sounded like surf. Congratulations on your new series. What I liked: The first book in this series, You Cannoli Die Once, was funny, but nothing like Basil Instinct.
This series is shaping up to be a really funny and one of my favorite series currently around. And I do mean getting past. The E-mail message field is required. Eve and her cousin Landon try to research Belfiere, but all they come up with is a two-year-old blog entry warning against the two-hundred-year-old society that centers around meals inspired by famous female poisoners. The secret society of chefs and their interesting traditions and rituals were entertaining and had me thinking Masons or some sort of underground community.
The downtown commercial district in Quaker Hills, Pennsylvania, consists of shops and businesses lined up on all four sides of the three-acre green space called Providence Park. Laughs or gore aside, we have that in common. To get the picture, think squatters with musical instruments. Solving the mystery is kicked to motivation since our heroes have messed up the murder scene royally, in a comedy of errors, right from the beginning. Synopsis In this second cozy mystery series that started with You Cannoli Die Once, a chef and her cousins launch their own investigation when a new sous chef turns up dead in their Italian restaurant.