Killer Mousse, by Melinda Wells

Killer Mousse by Melinda Wells: Book CoverFinished 8-21-09, rating 4.5/5, mystery, pub. 2008

Book 1 in the Della Cooks Mysteries

I muttered ruefully, “So now I’m the ‘killer chocolate woman.’ “

NDM chuckled.  “Worse nicknames have been pinned on me.”

I’m not surprised, I thought.

Chapter 8

Della Carmichael owns her own cooking school in Santa Monica and is the new host of her own cable cooking show.    Her first show is being taped live with an audience and when she calls for a volunteer to try her Killer Mousse, Mimi, the woman she replaced jumps up, intending to humiliate her.  Mimi takes one bite of the mousse and dies on live television. 

Della is horrified, but the higher ups see a jump in viewership and they are less sympathetic.  Della decides to do a little investigating since the police seem to be focused on her.  With the help of a hunky reporter,and an old detective friend she manages to avoid being hurt by her snooping, but someone else is not as lucky.

I loved this book.  My favorite thing?  Della rocks.  She is a 47 year old widower who is not afraid to tell the world her age even though everyone around her seems to think she should be hiding it.  She has a standard poodle, Tuffy, and a cat who she names after a Jane Austen character (you’ll have to read it to find out which one!).  She has good friends and a newly active romantic life.  She is genuine and someone I would love to share some Killer Mousse with.

This book was warm an inviting with a great mystery and lots of good characters and suspects.  And if you own a dog you might fel a little tug on your  heartstrings.  There are 10 yummy looking recipes included in the back of the book.

If you like mysteries, especially cozy ones, I think you’ll like this one.  I was halfway through reading it and I emailed Melinda Wells (Linda Palmer) and asked her to stop by for one of  my 9 in ’09 interviews.  Not only will she be stopping by tomorrow, she will also be giving away this book to one lucky reader.