In Hawthorne Park, Connecticut, Lori Corvino doesn't waste time licking her wounds after her ex-husband Rob remarries. She has an unhappy thirteen-year-old daughter to deal with, an invasive vegan mother to keep at bay, and a catering career to bring back to life. Then her ex's new wife is murdered not far from where Lori lives, just days after a nasty confrontation between the two women. Lori becomes the prime suspect, determined to clear herself with some help from her best friends.
Length - 326 Pages
Rating - 5 Stars
The first thing I have to get off my chest is, yes. Yes, this book is everything I hoped it would be. After reading the blurb, I was excited to say the least, and upon reading it, I was engrossed in the story line. It's a murder mystery laced with characters you will love to hate and a protagonist who will make you hungry. It's actually a little bit fun.
Lori is the ex-wife of Robert, a man who has traded her in for a younger model. That younger model winds up dead, and Lori becomes the first subject in the murder. What I found the most interesting was Lori's realness. Crespi has written character that we can all relate to, even when she is whining about her life. Mostly, she's clever, and that was a breath of fresh air. A strong heroin is always a winner in my book.
Her daughter, Jessica is going through her normal teenage trials and tribulations among the divorce and the murder. In a refreshing twist, Lori and Jessica build on their relationship which I was grateful for. The last thing we need is another mother and daughter not getting along.
And then there's the food. I found it enjoyable that I wanted to eat while reading this book. I mean, really, how good is a writer when they can make you hungry with words. Lori cooks up a storm throughout the pages of this book, leaving everything to the imagination. It was a fresh aspect in a overcrowded genre.
Crespi has definitely found her genre. There are so many secrets hidden in the pages that you will question who the killer is from the very beginning, to the very end. This book combines mystery, murder and food, what more could you ask for? Highly recommended.