Ashes to Ashes, Crust to Crust by Mindy Quigley

Ashes to Ashes, Crust to Crust by Mindy QuigleyAshes to Ashes, Crust to Crust by Mindy Quigley
Series: Deep Dish Mysteries #2
Published by St. Martin's Press on April 25, 2023
Genres: Mystery
Pages: 320
Format: Paperback
Also by this author: Six Feet Deep Dish
Also in this series: Six Feet Deep Dish

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

About Ashes to Ashes, Crust to Crust

ASHES TO ASHES DUST TO DUST sees upscale pizzeria owner, Delilah, battling on several fronts. The pizzeria needs a cash infusion if it’s going to stay open, why is her joint custody cat, Butterball, in a funk, why is her Great Aunt Biz so crabby. Things go from bad to worse with a break-in at the pizzeria, a hitman seen hanging around in Geneva Bay, then the visiting celebrity chef who fired her partner, Sonya, is murdered.

My thoughts about Ashes to Ashes, Crust to Crust

While this is the second in the series, you can read it without reading the first book. 

Written in a fast-paced, detailed, and descriptive style with a casual, cozy feel. Delilah is a relatable main character – plus size, always curious and questioning, and determined to keep her pizzeria in business while helping out her friends and loved ones – even when they don’t necessarily want the help. All of the characters, including Butterball the cat, are vividly described with distinct personalities.

The multiple interwoven mysteries have Delilah’s puzzler working overtime as she tries to untangle everything, clear her friends, and save her business. And maybe figure out what’s going on with sexy Detective Capone. The resolution was satisfying. Includes queer and diverse rep. The included recipes look delicious. And I can’t wait for the next book!

In closing

Perfect for fans of culinary cozies like those by Mia P. Manansala and Valerie Burns

Thank you St. Martin’s Press for the ARC.

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About Mindy Quigley

Mindy Quigley has won a number of awards for her short stories, including the 2013 Bloody Scotland prize and the 2018 Lightbringer award. Her work as the coordinator of a pastoral services program at the Duke University Medical Center provided the inspiration for her bestselling Reverend Lindsay Harding mystery series. She’s currently writing a new mystery series–The Deep Dish Mysteries–for St. Martin’s Press, which will debut in August 2022.

Before she started writing fiction, she worked in project management roles with university research centers, including the Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic and the MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine in Edinburgh, Scotland.

She lives in Virginia with her history professor husband, their two children, and their miniature Schnauzer.

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