Ashes to Ashes, Crust to Crust by Mindy Quigley

Published: April 25, 2023
St. Martin’s Paperbacks
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Pages: 316
KKECReads Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I received a copy of this book for free, and I leave my review voluntarily.

Mindy Quigley is the author of two cozy mystery series: the Deep Dish Mysteries and the Mount Moriah Mysteries. She lives in Virginia, with her Civil War history professor husband, their children, and their idiosyncratic miniature Schnauzer.

Newly single pizzeria owner Delilah O’Leary is determined to keep her restaurant afloat in the picturesque resort town of Geneva Bay, Wisconsin. To boost her bottom line, she sets her sights on winning the hefty cash prize in the town’s annual “Taste of Wisconsin” culinary contest. In her corner, she’s got her strong-willed, “big-boned” cat Butterball, her wisecracking BFF, her cantankerous great-aunt, and a nearly-flawless recipe for Pretzel Crust Deep-Dish Bratwurst Pizza. But while Delilah and her team have been focused on pumping out perfect pizza pies, her ex-fiancé has cozied up to a new squeeze, juice bar owner Jordan Watts―Delilah’s contest rival.

When one of Jordan’s juice bar customers is poisoned by a tainted smoothie, Delilah lands deep in the sauce. Accusations fly, suspects abound, and a menacing stranger turns up with a beef over some missing dough. Between kale-juicing hipsters and grudge-bearing celebrity chefs, Delilah must act quickly before another one bites the crust.

“Actions have consequences.”

Delilah is trying to get her restaurant off the ground. With the big “Taste of Wisconsin” competition coming, she figures this will be a perfect opportunity to get recognized and win the first place prize money. When people start getting sick, Delilah finds herself in the middle of what could be a deadly encounter.

This was a very easy read. The storyline flowed smoothly, and the characters were all fantastic. There was enough drama, humor, and sass to keep me engaged.

I liked Delilah. She was relatable and determined. I liked her humor and her drive. I liked Son and Biz as well. All these characters were so well developed and had such great qualities.

This book reminded me of the Foodie Series by Amy Pershing, which I appreciated so much. I loved the location, the chemistry between the characters, and the seamless way the plot read.

I will have to go back and read the first book because this is a series I will follow moving forward!

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