Dying for Dinner by Miranda Bliss is the fourth book in the “Cooking Class” cozy mystery series. Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime (Penguin), December 2008

Things are really cooking for Annie with her transition to the restaurant biz, full time. But what’s meant to be the first day of the rest of her life might be the last day of someone else’s.

Annie is finally leaving the safety of her old bank job to work at her boyfriend Jim’s restaurant, Bellywasher’s. Lucky for Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, she’s working as the manager and staying safely away from the flames. And lucky for Annie, she’s working with her best friend, Eve, the hostess.

Things start taking a turn for the worse when Jim’s old friend, legendary cook Jacques Lavote, doesn’t show up to teach their cooking class. When Annie goes to fetch him, she finds his assistant dead and Lavote nowhere to be found. With his odd disappearance and evidence mounting up against him, it looks like the cook has really landed in the soup. Now, Annie must sift through every morsel of evidence—before someone else gets served their last course.

This was a good read on a rainy afternoon. My rating: 3.5 stars

Pseudonym of Casey Daniels

*new-to-me author

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