Al Dente’s Inferno by Stephanie Cole – Book Review

Al Dente's Inferno by Stephanie Cole

Al Dente’s Inferno by Stephanie Cole is a 2020 Berkley Books publication.

Rating: 3 stars

Source: advanced copy from the publisher through NetGalley

“An American chef will have to serve up more than good eats if she wants to establish a successful farm-to-table cooking school in Tuscany, in this charming first installment in a new cozy mystery series set in Italy.

When Nell Valenti is offered a chance to move to Tuscany to help transform an aging villa into a farm-to-table cooking school, she eagerly accepts. After all, both her job and her love life in America have been feeling stale. Plus, she’ll get the chance to work under the acclaimed Italian Chef Claudio Orlandini.

But Nell gets more than she bargained for when she arrives. With only a day to go until the launch dinner for the cooking school, the villa is in shambles, and Chef O is blissfully oblivious of the work that needs to be done before a group of local dignitaries arrive, along with a filmmaker sent to showcase and advertise the new school. The situation only worsens when Nell discovers that the filmmaker is an ex-boyfriend, and he’s found murdered later that night. Even worse, Chef O has disappeared, and accusations of murder could shut the school down for good.

As tensions reach a boiling point at the villa, Nell must throw her chef’s hat into the ring, and investigate the murder herself. Because if she fails to solve the case, her career, or even her life, could be next on the chopping block.” – Goodreads Continue reading “Al Dente’s Inferno by Stephanie Cole – Book Review”

Due Or Die by Jenn McKinlay – Book Review

Due or Die by Jenn McKinlay

Due Or Die by Jenn McKinlay is a 2012 Berkley publication and is the 2nd installment of the Library Lover’s series.

Source: checked out from my library through the Overdrive app

Carrie Rushton, the president of the Friends of the Library, has been accused of murdering her husband. The evidence is stacking up against Carrie, but neither Lindsey nor the Briar Creek crafternoon club is buying it.

When a nor’easter buries the small coastal town, the police are too busy digging out the locals to investigate the murder. With the help of her crafternoon friends and an abandoned puppy they name Heathcliff, Lindsey has to solve the question of who murdered Mr. Rushton before the killer closes the book on Carrie…” – Goodreads Continue reading “Due Or Die by Jenn McKinlay – Book Review”

Untimely Death by Elizabeth J. Duncan – Book Review

Untimely Death by Elizabeth J Duncan

Untimely Death by Elizabeth J. Duncan is a 2015 Crooked Lane publication.

Source: audio book obtained through Overdrive

A Catskills resort’s production of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet takes a wickedly ironic turn when the leading lady, Lauren Richmond, is first poisoned and then stabbed. Who would extinguish the life of such a beautiful young thespian? Who wouldn’t? Seems like just about everyone had a motive to pull the ropes on her final curtain call.

At the center of this Shakespearian tragedy is Charlotte Fairfax, formerly the costume mistress of the Royal Shakespeare Company. Upstate New York is a long way from the royal stage, but Charlotte is always the queen of her domain. As this small production’s costume designer, she has stitched her way into everyone’s lives, learning more than anyone could possibly imagine about the rise and fall of Lauren Richmond. But curiosity killed the cat. And it might well kill the costume designer.

Witty and wise work, Untimely Death, the first in Elizabeth J. Duncan’s charming cozy series, is sure to delight.” – Goodreads Continue reading “Untimely Death by Elizabeth J. Duncan – Book Review”

British Crime Classics Challenge 2020


I’ve decided to take on a few challenges for 2020 to encourage myself to read more this year. I’ll update my progress and of course write reviews on the wonderful (hopefully) books that I’ll be reading.

The last challenge I want to share with you is the 2020 British Crime Classics challenge hosted by the wonderful blog The Book Decoder. The challenge is dedicated to the classic crime novels we love so much. Be sure and check out her blog for more info if you think this sounds like a challenge you’d like to join.