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Iced to Death
by Peg Cochran
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Berkley, 2014 (2014)
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* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Gigi Fitzgerald owns and runs Gigi's Gourmet De-Lite, catering diet meals that she delivers each day. All was right with Gigi's world until her sister Pia unexpectedly moved in. Pia was at sixes and sevens and needed a place to crash until she got her life back together.

Gigi loves Pia at a distance! But, wanting to be a good sister, she welcomes Pia along with her slovenly lifestyle. And Pia quickly falls head over heels for local tavern owner Declan McQuaid. Someone that Gigi had her eye on. However Gigi has a fall-back beau in Detective Mertz.

Jealousy reigns in Gigi's house when Declan asks Gigi to prep for an engagement party. Things get very dicey when the host of this big shindig is found dead by Gigi with an ice pick in his head. Declan is the first and only suspect until Gigi does some digging into the background of the corpse and those around him.

A quirky aspect is introduced when it is discovered that lawn ornaments are disappearing from homes in the small town. Could Gigi's artist sister Pia be behind the missing statuary? Iced to Death has a clever plot and an added bonus of recipes for some lovely dishes.

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