In preparation of March Mystery Month, we went to the local public library to check out some books. “A Slice of Murder” was one of the books I checked out. To be perfectly honest, I chose this book based on its cover. It was right before lunch, I was hungry, and pizza is one of my favorite foods. I could eat it for every meal, but I digress.
“A Slice of Murder” by Chris Cavender is a cozy mystery that is set in a small town in North Carolina. It is the first book in the series. The protagonist, Eleanor, is a pizza shop owning widow. She is short staffed one night and has to deliver a pizza. She goes up to the house and sees her customer stabbed in the heart, dead. The local police chief is an ex-boyfriend, and she is his primary suspect. The rest of the story goes on how she figures out who the killer is and clears her name.
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This book was lukewarm for me. I wasn’t expecting like OMG I have to read the rest of the series! But I was hoping for a warm fuzzy read. The story itself dragged on forever. I was tempted to put it down and move on and maybe I should have. The police forensics were non-existent. Let’s blame the pizza delivery person. Really? The chief did not look for evidence, fingerprints, or even a motive. Eleanor was hard to warm up to. She was portrayed as a middle aged woman independently trying to move on after her husband died a couple years ago. She had a man who wanted to go out with her that she didn’t even give herself a chance to like him. I have never lost a husband so that’s hard for me to relate. I just wanted her to date the guy! Eleanor did some dumb things that if she was Stephanie Plum it would have been funny, but it just wasn’t.
I give this book ✮✮