All Simona wanted was a few weeks enjoying some long walks on the beach, a swim in the ocean and cool drinks under the hot sun, but her vacation is shockingly interrupted when her neighbor and friend, Bud Warren, is found floating face-down in the inlet behind his house. Fun turns to danger as the East Hampton heat wave intensifies and Simona finds herself caught up in what appears to be a murder.
Simona starts digging into Bud's past to answer the question of who would have wanted him dead. An advertising executive beginning to lose patience with the rat race of New York, Bud had been less than enthusiastic about his business in recent months. Then there's the question of his ex-wife, Polly, who killed herself one year earlier. Could the deaths be related to a hidden secret? Accompanied by her burly Russian counterpart-in-crime, Dmitri, Simona begins to learn much more about Bud's life than she ever expected to know.
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Simona Griffo--the Italian-born, New York-based food and murder expert--is worried about losing her soft creative job at her ad agency, of being pushed upstairs with "the Living Dead, account executives who get to work at 8 a.m. in ironed suits and crisp hair, trailing antiseptic deodorant smells. I thrive in the late-starting, garlic-breath, T-shirt-and-jeans department." She certainly does. Simona's latest misadventure takes her cooking and crime-solving skills into the world of high fashion, where one of Griffo's clients is in danger of losing her company and her freedom. As usual, there's a great-looking recipe at the end of the book--this time for something called Shmatta Pasta, which I'm making tonight. Past Griffo gourmandizings in paperback include The Trouble With Going Home, The Trouble with Thin Ice, and The Trouble With a Hot Summer.From the Publisher:
Camilla T. Crespi delivers her best mystery yet, in which Italian sleuth and gourmet cook Simona Griffo must solve a murder in the heart of New York City's fashion world.
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Book Description HarperCollins Publishers, 1997. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: NEW. Hardbound, with the DJ, LIKE NEW. Bookseller Inventory # mon0000115917
Book Description Harpercollins, 1997. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0060176628
Book Description Harpercollins, 1997. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 1st. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0060176628