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Red Hot Murder: An Angie Amalfi Mystery    by Joanne Pence order for
Red Hot Murder
by Joanne Pence
Order:  USA  Can
Avon, 2006 (2006)

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* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Angie Amalfi is back in Red Hot Murder, the fourteenth book in her series. If possible, Angie only gets more reckless and determined to get the bad guy, as she and the series mature.

Angie and her fiancÚ Paavo travel to the small Arizona town of Jackpot, where Paavo spent a portion of his growing-up years. A phone call from a troubled old friend prompts Paavo to take a week's vacation from his job as a San Francisco homicide detective to see if he can help. He and Angie set out to have a lovely romantic week in the Arizona desert. Talk about carrying coals to Newcastle! Paavo discovers his experience in solving murders is needed in Jackpot. Angie tries to help, setting off a series of incidents that are suspenseful, frightening, and downright funny. The escapade with the stampeding ostriches is worth the price of the book.

Angie is delightful as she tries to shield her love from danger, only to find herself in jeopardy. The town's residents are a story in themselves - the female sheriff built like a Mack truck; her deputy who'd rather design women's clothes than work in law enforcement; a wimpy son with a domineering mother; the woman who runs Jackpot's diner and likes to use desert animals in her gourmet dishes ... the list goes on, and only adds to the enjoyment of a fun book.

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