Atlantic City social worker Lucy Womzak had always been able to find the good in people, to make the best out of bad situations and to cook her way out of stress.
So when Les, her husband, leaves her for a slightly younger (but much skinnier) woman, she’s sure she has the skill set to handle it and re-create a happy home for her and her sixteen-year-old twins. After all, she can still make a decent meatloaf.
But positive thinking and a degree in therapy can only go so far. When she discovers Les had led a secret life as a mafia-wannabe that may have now put her in danger, she realizes could use a little help, especially since her secret tomato sauce is at risk, too.
Lucy reaches out to her good friend, Nico. Together they try to broker a deal with a black market tomato farmer and hunt down a necklace stolen from a sentimental mobster. Nico is more than willing to help. In fact he’s more than willing to be more than a friend.
Nico’s funny. Nico’s sexy. Nico can appreciate a good linguine and clam sauce. Never before had she such a delicious opportunity. But will she survive long enough to do more than just taste it?
Hitting the Sauce by Lisa Shiroff
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A cozy mystery that's almost a kitchen-mystery except it doesn't include the recipes at the end of the book. I wish I could eat what Lucy was eating!
Lucy McCool is a busy bee recovering from some major blows to her life - a divorce from the man who took her virginity and the death of her father. She has a BFF in her sister, who helps her contend with two teenaged kids and a nagging mother while Lucy juggles a job at a community center for senior citizens and a budding relationship with her ex-husband's former friend and business-associate.
There are romantic subplots but no erotica. If I was Lucy's friend, I would tell her that she has a problem with emotionally manipulative men. New guy feels just as shady as her ex and it will be interesting to see how this relationship unfolds over the course of the series.
The mystery emerges slowly from Lucy's chaotic life. I didn't put two and two together until the author wove the pieces together. I had to suspend my disbelief for the treasure hunt, once it left the residences and ventured into public domains. Call me a pessimist but I don't think the clues would last as long as they did on public grounds.
I received a free copy of this book from Goodreads First Reads.
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