How often have you heard that a kitchen is the heart of a home? Many times, probably, for it’s a saying that’s been quoted forever, embroidered on tea towels, needle-pointed and even hung on walls, for gosh sake. So in Killer Kitchens when a stove explodes, killing two men, destroying the chef’s livelihood, and blowing Deva Dunne and Lieutenant Rossi out onto the sidewalk, you know something has gone terribly wrong.
The catch, though, is that this particular kitchen isn’t located in anyone’s home. It’s in the La Cucina Restaurant, the first commercial project of amateur sleuth and professional designer Deva Dunne. And now it’s blown all to, well—smithereens. The reason? An accidental propane gas leak. Or was arson the cause?
Lieutenant Rossi is suspicious, and Deva is worried. Her old friend Chef Chip was injured in the explosion and has lost everything. Her worry doubles when she learns her latest client, a certain Francesco Grandese, owns the building that blew up. Later, when Chip caters a dinner party for him and a guest drops dead of cyanide poisoning—before dessert–Deva is both worried and suspicious.
Killer Kitchens is Deva’s latest romp in the Murders by Design Mystery Series. (You may already have met her in Designed for Death and The Monet Murders.) This time, Deva’s super stressed. Along with her kitchen woes, she has bedroom troubles too.
“Don’t ask,” she says when questioned about her problems, but the fact is she’s struggling to help solve a murder, keep an interior design business alive, and settle a relationship issue that’s driving her crazy.
Finding solutions for all these complications isn’t easy. Among other things, it takes some prying into a dead man’s secrets, but, oh my, the effort is well worth while. Ask Lieutenant Rossi. He knows.
For a first chapter excerpt of Killer Kitchens visit Deva at www.jeanharrington.com.