Steamed to Death by Peg Cochran is the second book in the “Gourmet De-Lite” mystery series. Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime, June 2013
Gourmet health food caterer Gigi Fitzgerald is used to helping dieters drop a dress size. But when her clients start dropping dead, she’s ready to switch her chef’s hat for a detective’s cap and track down a killer. . .
Aging soap star Felicity Davenport is looking to revamp her image, and she’s using Gigi’s Gourmet De-Lite to help her shed a few of those unwanted pounds. Having such a high-profile client is definitely good for business, but when Felicity is found murdered in her sauna, things start getting too hot for Gigi to handle.
The list of suspects is a mile long, and Gigi’s best friend, Sienna, is at the top. Refusing to let her friend get blamed for a crime she didn’t commit, Gigi is determined to hunt down the real killer. But, as the case reaches a boiling point, Gigi will have to be careful or she could be the next one getting burned.
When Gigi’s best friend become a suspect in the death of an aging celebrity, Gigi begins an investigations where there are plenty of suspects who have a stronger motive than her friend. Little by little she whittles down the list and as she gets closer her life is threatened and it will take all of Gigi to bring a killer to justice.
There is no sophomore slump in this delightfully charming whodunit that kept me glued to the page as I had to know what happens next. I enjoyed how the story flowed from one scene to the next with a setup that lead to a killer’s identity. Peg did a great job in keeping this mystery fresh and tantalizing with a great setting, engaging dialogue and a great cast of characters.