Killer Mousse by Melinda Wells is the first book in the new “Della Cook” cozy mystery series. Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime (Penguin), February 2008
Meet Della Carmichael, owner of a cooking school in Santa Monica, California, and, as of this week, star of a brand-new cable cooking show. But she’s about to add another credit to her resume: suspect.
Meet Della Carmichael, cooking school teacher and now host of a cable cooking show. Her first night is going well until interrupted by the murder of Mimi Bond whose show Della replaced. Della is suspected of the murder and she feels the lead detective is not focusing on others who have a motive, since she just met Mimi that night. Della, whose deceased husband was a cop, decides to look into the people who may have committed this crime. As soon as she begins to investigate, one more person is killed, her car is rammed, a bomb placed under her car explodes, threatening message are sent to her and her dog is poisoned. With the help of Nicholas D’ Martino and others, Della is closer to the killer than she thinks and will have to fight to stay alive. I love this story. I like that Della is in her late 40s, she knows what she wants and shares the same struggles we have as in keeping her business afloat. While reading this I felt that I was reading about me and/or my friends minus the murder part. This was a very enjoyable read and I look forward to reading the next book in the series. [4 stars – really liked it]
Melinda Wells is the pseudonym of Linda Palmer