Red Hot Murder
Dilettante chef Angie Amalfi leaps at the chance to spend time alone with her fiance, San Francisco homicide detective Paavo Smith, and the two head for the sun-drenched Arizona desert town where Paavo spent time as a boy--and maybe explore the possibility of a Southwestern-themed wedding feast. 

But her groom-to-be is going back there to help a friend investigate the murder of a wealthy local--and it seems this tiny desert community is a hotbed of deadly secrets. And when a second course of murder is served up, suddenly Angie's tasty getaway looks like it might be her final meal.

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Angie and her fiancÚ Paavo head to the Arizona desert to help out Paavo’s friends. Angie thinks it could be a great setting for their upcoming nuptials and Paavo is concerned because he knows that Dr. Griggs wouldn’t be imagining things.

When they arrive, Ned does not come to meet them. This is not like him. Paavo and Angie are staying at a local ranch. They find out that the owner, Hal Edwards, was found dead in a cave not long before. Turns out Dr. Griggs is the executor of Hal’s estate. Contrary to what others think, Dr. Griggs does not believe Hal’s dead was an accident. He and Paavo, a San Francisco homicide inspector, begin to investigate.

The local sheriff, Merry Belle, likes her nice quiet town. She doesn’t want anything to upset that.

Hal’s ex-wife and son are in town awaiting distribution of his assets. But, Hal’s will has not been found.

Angie gets pulled into the investigation against Paavo’s best judgement. Can they find Hal’s killer and find out what is really going on without putting anyone else in danger?

I really enjoy this series. This was one of the best books in the series in my opinion. I liked the setting a lot. Arizona and the wild west feel of the setting really added to the story. The characters are wonderful. Angie and Paavo and the many local characters fit together very well.

I highly recommend this book and series.

Dawn Dowdle

"The perfect vacation read"
Publisher's Weekly