Lovable Angie Amalfi is at it again. In between planning her engagement party and wedding to hunky San Francisco inspector Paavo Smith, she gets the job of a lifetime. Angie travels to a Napa Valley vineyard to prepare the centerpiece meal for the Christmas reunion show of her all-time favorite nighttime soap, Eagle Crest.

When young actress Brittany Keegan accidentally falls out of the window to her death and other strange occurences happen, Angie begins to suspect that Brittany's death wasn't an accident. She uncovers connections between Brittany, several male cast members and the sons of the vineyard owner. Paavo grows concerned when Angie tells him about the latest turn of events and he heads down to see Angie and investigate a tie-in to one of his cases.

TWO COOKS A-KILLING is classic Pence, as once again Angie's curiosity gets her into trouble. Real and vivid characters blend with a first-rate mystery supported by a nice amount of plot twists. Angie Amalfi is the queen of culinary sleuths. (Nov., 352 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed by: 
Shannon Short