Monday, 13 January 2014

Review: 'Allergic to Death' by Peg Cochran

Allergic to Death by Peg Cochran, 2012, Berkley Prime Crime, $7.99, softbound, 264 pages. Category/Genre: mystery. Cover: good. Where we got it: publisher. Where you can get it: Amazon, Barnes and Noble. 

Gigi Fitzgerald owns Gourmet De-Lite, a one-person company that caters tasty meals to diet-conscious customers. Business may be about to boom: Branston Foods wants her to produce a line of diet foods, and Martha Bernhardt, restaurant reviewer for the local paper, is Gigi's newest client. 

Then things go horribly, horribly wrong. Martha dies in a car wreck, and it's discovered that she wrecked because she was suffering from anaphylactic shock due to eating peanut oil -- and one of Gigi's meals was the last thing she ate. 

Desperate to clear her name, Gigi begins investigating. Along the way, she gets Reg, a West Highland terrier, and tries to ignore the growing feelings she has for Carlo Franchi, who works at Al Forno restaurant. 

This is a good mystery, with a dash of humour and some diet tips and low-fat recipes included. 

Note: mild language. 

If you like this one, try: Sour Apples, by Sheila Connolly. 

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