Tomato sauce isn't the only thing that runs red...
Local chef Tessa Esposito is struggling to get back on her feet following her husband's fatal accident. And when the police knock on Tessa's door, things just get worse. They've discovered Dylan's death wasn't an accident after all, and they need Tessa to start filling in the blanks. Who would want her beloved husband dead, and why?
With the investigation running cold, Tessa decides it's time to save her sanity by reconnecting with her first love-cooking. And maybe the best way back into the kitchen is to infiltrate Dylan's favorite local pizza parlor, which also happens to be the last place he was seen before he died. But the anchovies aren't the only thing that stink inside the small family business, and with suspects around every corner, Tessa finds that her husband's many secrets might land her in hot water. (Summary via Goodreads)
Penne Dreadful by Catherine Bruns is the first book in her new An Italian Chef Mystery series and one thing you NEED to know when you start reading this book is to have a snack handy.....it won't solve the mystery but it will help when you are reading about all the delicious food !!
One unique thing about Penne Dreadful is that the murder already occured when you start reading the story..... When you start reading Penne Dreadful Tessa is mourning the loss of her husband Dylan to a deadly car accident. Unfortunately she learns from her cousin who happens to be a cop that the accident looks like it was intentional. It looks like Dylan's car was tampered with causing it to crash and catch on fire. Tessa also soon learns that her husband had a lot of secrets which make her question everything she knew about her husband and their life together.
Tessa's cousin Gino gives her the idea to look into Dylan's death but he doesn't realize that she will do anything and everything to come to the truth.......
Bruns captures the readers attention instantly and keeps the reader engrossed in the story throughout. You will love Tessa's love for her husband and will feel her pain as she comes to terms with all the secrets that he had and you will be on the rollercoaster of your life trying to work through everything with Tessa.
There is so much to like and love in Penne Dreadful from the relationships to the food to the shady and dark side of Tessa's husband and when all is said and done you will grow to understand why Dylan did what he did. You will most definitely want more of this series and Catherine Bruns will be on your list of authors to read and watch !!!
Review by Missi M.