Series: Deep Dish Mysteries #1
Published by St. Martin's Publishing Group on August 23, 2022
Genres: Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Amateur Sleuth, Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Cozy / Culinary, Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths
Format: ARC, eBook
Fresh mozzarella, tangy tomato sauce, and murder: the perfect recipe for a delicious first entry in Mindy Quigley's Six Feet Deep Dish, a delectable new series...
Delilah O’Leary can’t wait to open her new gourmet deep-dish pizzeria in Geneva Bay, Wisconsin—a charming resort town with a long history as a mobsters’ hideaway, millionaires’ playground, and vacation mecca. Engaged to a hunk with a hefty trust fund, Delilah is poised to begin a life that’s just about as delicious as one of her cheesy creations.
Just before opening night, though, Delilah’s plans for pizza perfection hit the skids when her fiancé dumps her and leaves her with a very large memento from their relationship—Butterball, their spoiled, plus-sized tabby cat.
Delilah’s trouble deepens when she discovers a dead body and finds her elderly aunt holding the murder weapon. Handsome local police detective Calvin Capone, great grandson of the legendary gangster, opens an investigation, threatening to sink Delilah’s pie-in-the-sky ambitions before they can even get off the ground. To save her aunt and get her pizza place generating some dough, Delilah must deliver the real killer.
Narrator: first person, Delilah O’Leary
Supporting characters: Auntie Biz, Sonya,
Series #: Deep Dish Mysteries #1
Animals: Big orange cat, Butterball
Location: Geneva Bay, Wisconsin, “a charming resort town with a long history as a mobster’s hideaway, millionaires’ playground, and vacation mecca”
Sub-location: Pizza restaurant
Recipes: YES! Delilah & Son Chicago-Style Deep Dish, Daniel’s Emergencia Medica Cocktail, Auntie Biz’s Pissaladiere, Red Hot Mama Pizza
Notes on the puns of the title: Yeah! I’m into it!
Copaganda/police involvement: “handsome local police detective Calvin Capone, great grandson of the legendary gangster” WHAT. — This man has “pillowy lips” and I’d like to perish every time I have to read it.
I thought this was really good! I enjoyed both being introduced to new characters and the foods described on the page. This book did make me crave pizza, but unfortunately it made me crave the nice homemade kind, not delivery, so I did not get my wish fulfilled. There’s also italicized Spanish in here, which is really just like — we know it’s Spanish! We can look it up if we need to! Stop translating it!
I’m going through my notes now and it’s like. There’s also a bunch of weird fatphobia, there IS a lesbian jewish character BUT her whole family is lawyers which is like :/// So, I don’t know. Some tokenizing is happening here and also there’s a lot of anthromorphizing of animals in cozy mysteries, but there’s a LOT of it here. Please stop letting your cats eat cheese. They are carnivores.
So, I don’t know. We’re going to go for 2.5 stars, rounded up for review sites, and I feel. Ehhhhhhh about it. Excited about the recipes though!