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A Slice of Murder (Pizza Lover's Mystery Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Chris Cavender
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Not too much happens in the sleepy little town of Timber Ridge, North Carolina--which is fine with pizza-purveyor extraordinaire Eleanor Swift. The spunky owner of A Slice of Delight is trying to mend her broken heart and could use a little quiet time. But when a late night delivery customer turns up dead, she's in for just the opposite in this delicious mystery series debut, featuring pizza as the prima character . . .

"Pizza lovers will relish Cavender's delightful first in a new cozy series." –Publishers Weekly

"Cavender introduces a promising cast of characters." –Booklist

"The camaraderie of the Timber Ridge, NC, sisters is reminiscent of Nancy Martin's Blackbird siblings." –Library Journal

"A delightful mystery--as filling as a big slice of warm pizza." –Armchair Interviews

"As warm and satisfying as a pizza straight from the oven. I can't wait for seconds!"

--Laura Levine

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Pizza lovers will relish the pseudonymous Cavender's delightful first in a new cozy series, which introduces Eleanor Swift, owner of A Slice of Life, a pizzeria in Timber Ridge, N.C. When late one winter night Eleanor delivers a pizza (one of my specials decked out with pepperoni, sausage, ham, bacon, hamburger, and little bits of sliced sirloin), she finds her customer, Richard Olsen, lying dead on the floor with a kitchen knife in his chest. Kevin Hurley, the surly local police chief who pursued her back in high school, responds to her 911 call. Suspecting Eleanor is guilty, Kevin does his best to make her life difficult. Olsen's dotty sister thinks so, too, but once she's convinced of Eleanor's innocence, she asks Eleanor's help in solving the murder. Eleanor's occasionally married sister, Maddy, assists in the sleuthing. A lively pace and a thrilling climax more than compensate for some distracting chatter and not always relevant sibling spats. (Aug.)
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  • File Size: 1492 KB
  • Print Length: 285 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington; Reprint edition (July 1, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003IYI7PU
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,752 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I'll take another slice August 23, 2009
I picked this book up because it was from an author I hadn't heard of before.
The whole time I was reading this book, I kept thinking I know this author.. I know this author. Now, I find out it is Tim Myers.
I don't care what name he uses,I love his books.
I enjoyed meeting new characters and feeling my way through the plot
and emotions of the town people. A good cozy read.
I hope there is another book on the way.
Maybe add some pizza recipes in the next installment. I'll bite.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Slice of Murder: A soggy, cardboard mess...... July 9, 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
A SLICE OF MURDER should more aptly be entitled A Soggy, Cardboard Mess. The saving grace for this attempt is having the murder victim already dead by the time the main character arrives with a pizza delivery. Readers at least do not have to wade though pages of stale pabulum to get the action started. From the high point of the opening pages, however, the plot and character presentation go cold from there. The author fails to establish any empathy for/with the main character who pines for a dead husband while running a pizzeria in North Carolina and being generally disagreeable in most of her interactions. Nothing sizzling, bubbly or even salty about this babe. The effort to create connections between the main character and the local chief of police, based on a bygone failed small town high school attraction, is unpalatable. The guy must be either suffering from serious functional dyspepsia or a personality disorder and makes sure everyone is as unhappy as he. Dialog between the main character and her insipid sister, the partner in sleuthing adventures and running the pizzeria, would earn a failing grade for any college freshman. And what's with their tangential grousing with one another? For my tastes, this book should be classified in the same category as the local food market's buy-one-get-three-free frozen pizzas - definitely not the real thing. The most attractive part of such amateurish culinary attempts is the box, and in the case of this amateurish writing, the dust cover. There is little substance, quality or appeal. Regrettably the only reason I finished reading this flop was to ensure I could write a competent warning for others. No wonder this book was published under a nom de plume. Read more ›
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars love pizza....loved A Slice of Murder !! September 12, 2009
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the title interested me & I always enjoy a good mystery. I'm new to this author & thoroughly enjoyed the people of Timber Ridge, North Carolina. Eleanor & Maddy kept sleuthing while keeping the pizzeria open...I really enjoyed their ups & downs & would look forward to reading 'just one more chapter' ...finished the book in two days !..another book about them would be most welcome...a great read..highly revcommend it !! thank you !
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Eleanor Swift is delivering a pizza from her restaurant only to find the person who ordered it is dead. The sheriff suspects her right away as she found the body and had history with the victim. Fearing that she will lose her pizza place (the only thing she has to remind herself of her late husband), she and her sister start investigating in hopes of clearing Eleanor.

Sounds fun, right? It was, mostly. But I had two big problems with this one. First was the fact that even though the sisters are "investigating" the murder, there's really no mystery. Eleanor doesn't figure it out, she just happens to be in the wrong place at the wrong time and the killer tries to take her out. Also, not too far into the book, you realize who the killer is as there really is nobody else who could've done it, and you spent another 250 pages waiting for the sisters to catch up to you.

The second major problem was that some of the characters were too unbelievable, especially the Sheriff. He seems to be fixated on Eleanor being the killer, and refuses to even entertain the idea that someone else did it. This drove me crazy after a while, and his sheepish apologies at the end (including some dark family secrets) seemed too contrived and tacked on.

Still, you learn a lot about pizza restaurants which is what intrigued me enough to pick this up. I'm not sure I'll read the second. Maybe I might get it from the library and see if Chris Cavendar (a pseudonym for Tim Myers) has made some strides in this series.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Frozen Pizza Is More Appetizing! June 11, 2012
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I love all the cozy mystery type books I have read until I got to this series. The characters are mostly one dimensional and boring. I think I found out why when I Googled the authors name and it came that it is a pseudonym for a male author. That would explain why the female characters are all so one dimensional and stereotypical and the sheriff acts all macho.

I got tired really quickly of how one note Eleanor brings up constantly the differences between her and her sister and the fact her husband is dead. What kind of detective work are they doing where they right off the bat asks the person did you kill them. Most cozies go fast for me but this one is dragging really slow. I even had to renew it from the library because I hate not finishing a book but this one may be my first cozy that I don't finish.

I don't think I will be reading anymore of his books. The author should give back his cozy mystery card and go back to writing whatever he knows best.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Any way you slice it....
Blackmail, humor, Murder, and pizza.... that's what you get when you read this book. When Eleanor delivers a pizza to Richard's house and finds him murdered all he'll breaks... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
A very good book. Good writing about a strong women fighting for justice to clear her name. I enjoyed it!
Published 1 month ago by Robin L. Darby
5.0 out of 5 stars Yummy murder mystery
I will read every of this author's books that I can. Didn't want to stop reading. Great read for any fan of mysteries.
Published 2 months ago by Nancy L. Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by Eileen Hagler
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Cozsy Mystery
Loved these books. The author writes I such a manner that I just didn't want to put any of the books down until I finished reading this. Great for light reading.
Published 2 months ago by dsh
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Mystery
Eleanor Swift dedicates her life to her pizza restaurant, A Slice of Delight, situated in the small town of Timber Ridge in North Carolina. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Yvonne Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun to read
Pizza and Murder, thats one good combination.
I liked the book, the mistery is ok, but it keeps you reading on forward. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Jesus Flores
2.0 out of 5 stars Not how women really feel
These books are mildly entertaining; the problem is that a man cannot know how women - especially sisters, feel about each other, or life in general. Read more
Published 11 months ago by dana lamb
5.0 out of 5 stars A slice of murder (pizza lovers) By: Chris Cavender
Great book! A good read for anybody who likes a good mystery without all the blood and Gore that some mystery books have.
Published 11 months ago by mary
1.0 out of 5 stars Won't more of this series
This was mediocre writing. I skimmed a lot of the story. Too much prattle between the sister characters. Won't continue the series.
Published 11 months ago by Aj
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