Summary

Pearl receives a surprise present from her mother, Dolly: an early summer break at a riverside manor house that has been recently transformed into an exclusive hotel - the newly named Villa Pellegrini. Pellegrini - the Italian word for pilgrims - reflects the fact that the building lies on the old Pilgrims Way into Canterbury, and Pearl is looking forward to the break, not least because DCI Mike McGuire has been neglecting her due to his work. But when she discovers that she's actually booked in for a cookery course from the Italian celebrity chef Nico Caruso, she begins to think again.... Pearl doesn't welcome instruction on cookery at the best of times, and certainly not from an arrogant chef like Caruso.
She goes along, intent on challenging Caruso's egotism - and a long tradition of men dominating gastronomy - but soon finds herself distracted, not only by her enchanting surroundings but by the disparate selection of guests. She even begins to enjoy Caruso's attentions - and his cookery - until one of the guests goes missing and it becomes clear that murder is on the menu.
©2016 Julie Wassmer (P)2016 Little Brown Book Group
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5 out of 5 stars
By Tracey on 03-03-18

Bravo

Excellent book and a brilliant reader. A definite good read for all mystery buffs. WELL DONE

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3 out of 5 stars
By A.C.B. on 17-10-17

Disappointing narration

Sadly this narrator has failed to capture the characteristics of the lead roles established in the earlier recordings. Mcguire has been reduced to sounding oafish and dim and Dolly has become a home counties matron and no longer a bohemian free spirit. At times the narration is so stilted as to sound synthesized. Sorry, but this has just made listening no longer quite the pleasure it once was

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