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Angie Amalfi has finally gotten what she truly wants. Well, not a steady job, but something better: Her longtime love, Inspector Paavo Smith of the San Francisco Police Department, has finally proposed. Floating on a cloud of love, Angie attempts to set up her best friend, Connie Rogers, on a blind date. As Connie waits in a small café for football star Dennis Pagozzi, she instead encounters a disheveled man, former hot-shot financial advisor, Max Squires.

Max needs help getting back the money that femme fatale Veronica Maple embezzled from his clients. Connie agrees, but soon she is arrested for a diamond heist and Angie must figure out what's going on.

Connie has her day in the sun in this latest chapter of the always fun and exciting Angie and Paavo mystery series. IF COOKS COULD KILL just reaffirms what a special talent Pence is. (Jan., 320 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith