Sunday, May 3, 2020

Book 2 in the Italian Chef Mysteries 
by Catherine Bruns

It's time to serve some just desserts...
Six months after her husband's death, Tessa Esposito is hoping to drum up reservations for her restaurant's grand opening. And since a signing with bestselling author, Preston Rigotta, is sure to draw a crowd, Tessa agrees to cater her cousin's bookstore event―whipping up some of her famous Italian desserts. But the event soon takes a sour turn when Preston's publicist, an old high school rival, arrives and begins to whisk up their old grudges.
That night, a fight breaks out in front of the crowd, and it becomes clear there's bad blood in Harvest Park. And when the publicist is found dead on the bookstore floor the next morning, a stray cannolo at her side, Tessa knows who will be framed as the prime suspect.
To clear both her cousin's and her own name, Tessa must investigate the murder. But Preston's publicist has many secrets to hide, and in the end, the truth is bittersweet...

Just like spaghetti is always better the next day, this second installment in the Italian Chef Mysteries is even better than the first!

Author Catherine Bruns knows how to write a tale that keeps you turning the pages. Seriously, I couldn’t put down, IT CANNOLI BE MURDER. I did the whole, I’ll just read one more page because I have things I need to get done, thing more times than I can count. Let’s just say, those other things didn’t get done.

This is easily is one of my favorite books of the year. It’s a first rate murder mystery that had me stumped until the reveal. Honestly, each time I thought I was on the right track, author Bruns threw in another twist that showed me how off course I was. I was beginning to think there was no way the author herself could figure out who-dun-it. Of course, she did so brilliantly.

Along with the mystery, this story has wonderful characters that I was happy to spend time with again, and that I’m looking forward to revisiting in the next book. Last but not least, the food references had me salivating. I could smell the tomato sauce simmering. It made me so hungry, I made pasta for dinner when I was finished!   

If you’re looking for a fast, fun, wonderfully written mystery, add IT CANNOLI BE MURDER to your must read list!

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  1. Thanks, Lisa. Happy Sunday! Enjoy your day.

  2. I'm reading this book starting today. :) Can't wait to start and from what you say, this may be all I get done today. That's ok because it's a great day to read a book!
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  3. I've been looking forward to this. I liked Penne Dreadful.