Chris Cavender. Pepperoni Pizza Can Be Murder. New York: Kensington Books, 2010.

When someone is murdered, family members are often the first people who the police investigate. The police in (fictitious) Timber Ridge, North Carolina are ready to pin Wade Hatcher’s death on his brother, Greg.  Greg and Wade had been fighting over their grandparents’ estate, and to add insult to injury, Wade recently put the moves on Greg’s longtime girlfriend. Eleanor Swift, the owner of A Slice of Delight pizzeria, has herself been the victim of a crime–she was robbed while making the night deposit. That’s no great concern to Eleanor. She’s more worried about Greg, her deliveryman. She knows that he is no killer, and she’s going to prove his innocence. With the help of her sister, the flighty and much-married Maddy, Eleanor digs into Wade’s personal and business relationships. Their activities put the sisters in danger, antagonize the police chief (one of Eleanor’s former boyfriends), and show the sisters that sometime friendships are stronger than families.

This is the second novel in the Pizza Lovers Mystery series.  It includes recipes for thin-crust pizza and a basic pizza sauce.

Check this title’s availability in the UNC-Chapel Hill Library catalog.


Filed under 2010, 2010-2019, Cavender, Chris, Mountains, Mystery, Novels in Series, Novels Set in Fictional Places

2 Responses to Chris Cavender. Pepperoni Pizza Can Be Murder. New York: Kensington Books, 2010.

  1. A Slice of Murder, the first book in the series, was a great read. I’m glad to see that the second book is now available. I really enjoyed the author’s characterizations of Eleanor and her sister Maddy. Additionally, the ever present tension (and perhaps, burgeoning attraction) between Eleanor and Detective Hurley is entertaining to witness.

  2. I love stories that involve pizza and this one seems especially good. I’ll pick it up – thanks!