Author: Judy Volhart
Genre: cozy mystery
Publisher: Open Books
Blurb: Millionaire Milton is about as pleasant as a moldy block of feta, but when his juicy young wife drops dead at the Whine & Cheese Bistro, Amalia finds herself back in the thick of things. Matters are further complicated by one very handsome paramedic. Will Amalia have a new love interest? And why is Nora back with the acidic Mr. Leonardo, Amalia’s arch enemy. Drugs, mafia, escort agencies and a brown and yellow Mr. Kis as Amalia’s unexpected sidekick?! She’s “grateful” for his help, but things are getting “whey” too strange. As the sleuthing continues, Amalia finds herself in a poisonous setting, and wonders if the wrong person was killed. Will this unlikely duo get stomped on like a bunch of grapes, or flourish like a fine wine?
Review: I really enjoyed this book, it was fast paced with quirky characters and a fun and intriguing plot. This is the third book in the series, but it can be read as a stand-alone. There was a bit of everything, romance, family dynamics, a strong female lead, A hard to solve mystery, pets and of course food, all set in a bistro.
Amalia is a fun character and I loved how the author portrayed her flaws and strength and the struggles of balancing a business and love life. The motley crew that work at her bistro are a lot of fun and I laughed out loud in the scenes involving her parents.
I will definitely be reading the other 2 books that preceded this one and can’t wait for the fourth!