Bank teller/restaurant manager/amateur sleuth Anne Capshaw has finally taken the plunge. She’s given up her safe and secure job at the bank and traded it for a full time position at her boyfriend Jim’s restaurant, Bellywasher’s. Things are heating up nicely for Jim and Anne outside of the kitchen when in walks Anne’s ex-husband, Peter. Anne used to dream that Peter would come back begging for a second chance but now she has Jim.
So not only does she have Peter to deal with, she’s hip deep an investigation. There’s been a murder at the chic gourmet shop Très Bonne Cuisine and its owner Monsieur Jacques Lavoie is missing. As Annie jumps into the investigation with the help of her best friend Eve, she learns some startling facts about Monsieur Lavoie that lead everyone to question who he claims to be. Getting to the bottom of it all just might mean more trouble than Anne bargained for.
Dying for Dinner is book four in the Cooking Class mystery series but also stands alone. There wasn’t as much action and intrigue in this installment as there was in the previous three books but it was still pretty cute.
Anne is good at putting two and two together and along with Eve they make a great pair of investigators. What’s especially refreshing is that the handsome Scotsman Jim is falling in love with the “cute” Anne instead of the “sexy” Eve. It makes her character that much more endearing. When you add in the fact that she absolutely can’t cook yet works at a restaurant and dates a chef there’s a lot of fun in reading this series.
Also included are nine delicious recipes. I recommend this one for all cozy lovers and I hope that another book in this series is in the works as there was a major cliff hanger at the end.