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A Slice of Murder (Pizza Lovers #1)

3.55 of 5 stars 3.55  ·  rating details  ·  1,297 ratings  ·  182 reviews

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 debu

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Hardcover, Large Print, 461 pages
Published December 1st 2009 by Thorndike Press (first published August 1st 2009)
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Amber
Eleanor Swift and her sister Madeline Spencer run and own the pizzeria A Slice of Delight in Timber Ridge North Carolina. When Eleanor discovers a dead body while delivering a pizza, everyone in the town thinks it is her. Can she find out who the real killer is and clear her name before she dies next? Read on and find out.

This is the first book of the Pizza Lover's Mysteries series and I enjoy reading them. Each book features recipes for pizza too. If you love Pizza and mysteries, then def check
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Erin
Okay mystery, but a little slow. Also, I had a hard time believing that in a small town, the chief of police would immediataely jump to the conclusion that the pizza delivery person who happens to be his ex girlfriend would be the killer. Forensics were nonexistent (time of death, anyone?) and the fact that so much info would be left in the murder victim's house really shows a seriously inadequate police department. This plotline was just totally un beleievable.
Chelsea
A fun little cozy mystery set in a pizza palor owned by Eleanor Swift, who finds a dead body while delivering a pizza. Eleanor sets off to prove her innocence with her sister, Maddy. This was a typical cozy. Nothing extrordinary sets it apart from other books in this genre.
Two little pet peeves, as soon as Eleanor put the newspapers in her car, I knew they would play a part in the story. It was kind of obvious, but the author still tried to surprise us with it. Duh.
Second, on the one hand the a
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Kate
A fun, light mystery that was well plotted out and made me hungry for pizza! I liked the dialogue between the main character and her sister, and the main character's inner struggle about dating after the death of her beloved husband made her seem very real. I look forward to the next book in the series!
Nancy
First off I always feel duped when a cozy writer writes multiple series with different names. I can understand when you change genre you might want to change an authors name, but when you write within the same classification, why not use one single name.

Well, that rant being said, Eleanor is trying to make ends meet by continuing to run a pizzeria, A Slice of Delight, which she and her recently deceased husband had started together.

Near closing one evening she is called to make a delivery to R
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Heidi
I borrowed this book from my mother's Nook and have really enjoyed the first of the Pizza Lovers mystery series by Chris Cavender.

Eleanor Swift owns the local pizzeria of Timber Ridge, North Carolina. Her sister Maddy works with her after Eleanor's husband Joe was killed in a car accident. When her delivery boy calls off sick, Eleanor decides to do a run to deliver a pizza to Richard Olson but, when she arrives at his house, she sees him laying in his kitchen with a knife sticking out of his ch
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Debbie
I really enjoyed this book and although it is based on a pizza shop owner, the pizza does not play a big roll in the plot. I really enjoy cozies and when I read Glazed Murder by the same author I craved donuts and coffee. I will be moving on to the next book in the series after the holidays. Now maybe I'll have some pizza...
Sandra
One of the better cozy mysteries I've read. The actual murderer is perhaps a bit obvious but there were enough red herrings to make it worthwhile reading to the end. And the heroine didn't commit any felonies in order to solve the mystery.
Dany
This was pretty much your typical first in a cozy mystery series with the female amateur sleuth. I almost always cringe at the first book in one of these types if series because they generally follow a very predictable pattern. The sleuth is accused of the crime and then has to solve the crime herself. For this one the "gimmick" is built around a pizza shop. The mystery was decent albeit obvious. The characters were ok, and I liked the addition of the sister as a co-sleuth. however my biggest is ...more
Scarlett Sims
This book is reviewed according to my cozy mystery review rubric at http://sprechensiesims.blogspot.de/p/....

Concept: The protagonist is the recently widowed owner of a pizza parlor in a small North Carolina town.

Integration of Concept: The pizza doesn't factor into the story, but they do spend a lot of time at the restaurant and it does factor more into the protagonist's backstory/character development.

Setting and Characters: As usual, the protagonist is a single lady. This one's deal is that s
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Sharon
This was the caliber of writing I expect from this author. Fantastic character development and a plausible story line that keeps you turning pages well into the night. While delivering a late night pizza from her "Slice of Delight" pizzaria, Eleanor Swift discovers a dead body. The plot follows the expected pattern, as Ellie is accused of the murder and decides to investigate the crime herself. She and her "in your face" sister (Maddie) decide to solve the crime because the police chief is focus ...more
Julie Mink
Your standard small town cozy mystery with local residents trying to figure out who murdered one of the local citizens.

Eleanor Swift is trying to rebuild her life after the death of her husband Joe. She and Joe had opened a pizzeria called A Slice of Delight in Timber Ridge, North Carolina before his death. She is struggling to keep the restaurant going in Joe's memory. She has the help of her much married sister and some of the high school and college kids helping her out at The Slice. Her wor
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Kimberly
This was a great read. Chris Cavender weaves an action packed mystery. The characters are well rounded and drag you into their lives quickly. I love that this story is clean!! It is refreshing to find an author that doesn't think that that the shock factor of foul language and steamy sex scenes is the only way to s sell books. Thanks for a great story!
Cindy
This was the first book in the pizza lovers mystery series. I really enjoyed this cozy mystery. It was fast paced and the friendship between the two sisters was lots of fun to read. I look forward to reading more in this series and am glad that I happened to find it!

Oh, yes, you will be very hungry for pizza while reading this book! :)
Julie
Mysteries are light summer reading to me. I don't expect much more than to be entertained. This book somewhat accomplished it, but certain problems nagged at me. In one conversation, a character mentions, "batting your eyebrows" when speaking of flirting. Ummm, how does one bat their eyebrows? Do you swat at them? Of course it should have read, "bat your eyelashes". Also, it seems that the lead character, Eleanor has way more chemistry with the married police chief Kevin, than she does with the ...more
Lisa
I read the 3rd one of this series and decided it was good enough to merit a read of the series. This was your average 1st in an amateur sleuth series. Not bad. In comparison w/the 3rd, though, I noticed that in this one, Eleanor uses a gun and Maddy fears them (except her stun gun), while I could have sworn that in the 3rd one, Eleanor swears she'll never touch a gun and Maddy carries around that stun gun trying to persuade her sister to get a gun. Weird inconsistency. Might read the 2nd one of ...more
Paula Oliver
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Bookworm1858
A Slice of Murder by Chris Cavender
Kensington Books, 2009
275 pages
Mystery; Food mysteries
First in Series
3.5/5 stars

Source: Library

Summary: Ellie almost didn't take the delivery call but as a small business owner, she takes the plunge. She comes to regret this as she finds the customer dead and is thus pegged as the prime suspect. With the assistance of her sister, Ellie is going to clear her name and continue producing the best pizza around.

Thoughts: I started reading this and then immediately w
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Cheryl Landmark
Not the best cozy mystery I've ever read, but fairly enjoyable, nevertheless. And, it will leave you craving pizza! :)

The story started off with a bang with Eleanor delivering a pizza to a dead customer with a knife sticking out of his chest. And, what made it worse was that after doing her civic duty of informing the police of the murder, she was immediately accused of the crime herself. This is the point where I cringe when reading these types of mysteries. Why does every police chief or sheri
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Jenn M
I enjoyed this book because I think A Slice of Murder has everything that a cozy mystery should have...a normal ordinary person caught up in a crime through a series of extenuating circumstances, a murder with multiple suspects and no obvious motive (at first), details of the "real" life the main character normally leads (in this case, operating a pizza restaurant), and a small town setting where everyone knows a lot (everything) about everyone else.

While the author provided lots of details abou
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Whymsy Likes Books
It’s a Gamble

Okay, so admittedly the name of this book sounds like a title for a Psych episode and whenever I read it the voice in my head is Shawn Spencer drawing out the word murder. Which is probably 87% of the reason I read it, but of course I’ve read things for far less reasonable reasons and tend to take on the attitude of “what the hell”. That aside I want to preface my review with the idea that reading this book is a gamble. For the first hundred pages I planned on making it a two starre
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Victoria
I don't know what it is about these little food related fiction books; they are so good!In this one, widower, Eleanor Swift owns a pizzeria called A Slice of Delight, and runs it with her sister Maddy and a few more employees. Her delivery boy, teenager, Josh Hurley, whose father is the police chief, calls in sick one night so Eleanor ends up delivering a pizza to her former boyfriend, Richard. When she arrives, she finds Richard dead with a butcher knife in his chest! She calls the chief who ar ...more
Alexa
I have recently started to pick up cozy mystery books like A Slice of Murderand I have to say that they are growing on me. This particular installment in the genre is not as strong as some of the others I have read lately, but I did enjoy it none the less.

I enjoyed the setting and I appreciated that the main relationship in the book was between the protagonist, Eleanor, and her sister, Maggie. I thought Cavender did an excellent job of creating the atmosphere of a small town and I could picture
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Daniel Thomas Daly
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Sandra Hernandez
Where to start......first off I was not amused in the first 5 pages, the intro or beginning of this book was pretty horrible. I even checked to make sure this was the first of the series. I dont mind finding the body in the beginning but I like a real intro. especially in the first book of the series. After that disappointment I kept reading. The characters are interesting, but I didnt fall in love with any of them except the supporting character Josh. Now I have ready many small town mysteries ...more
Jenn
Culinary Cozies thinks A SLICE OF MURDER is a “Yummy Read.” This first book in the Pizza Mystery series, by Chris Cavender, was a suspenseful delivery of pure mayhem.

Eleanor Swift, the owner of A Slice of Delight, gets quickly caught up in a murder investigation when she delivers one of her famous pizzas to a dead man. In no time flat, the small town of Timber Ridge, NC has named her the murderer. Leaving Eleanor (with the help of her sister Maddy) to solve the case and desperately try to clear
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Vickie
I think PW liked this one better than I did. I'm not sure what it was that put me off. Might have been the waffling between how the pizzeria wouldn't make it after Eleanor is a suspect in the murder of a pizza delivery recipient and then a truckload of customers would arrive, then the waffle would begin again the next hour or the next day. It got a little irritating.




I could understand why Eleanor and Maddie wanted to investigate, since Eleanor is the main suspect. And I liked how they went abou
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Janet
This first slice of the Pizza Lover's Mysteries, A Slice of Murder, was a very enjoyable read. Eleanor Spencer, owner of A Slice of Delight, finds a dead body when making a late night delivery. She's the prime suspect and, with the help of her sister, Maddy, works to solve the mystery and clear her name.

I enjoyed this fast-paced, sometimes suspenseful, sometimes funny story. The relationship between Eleanor and Maddy is loving and antagonistic by turns - just like real sisters everywhere. The su
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Diane Majeske
When pizzeria owner Eleanor Swift heads out on a late-night delivery, she's hoping for a good tip. Instead, she finds a dead body - and since she's first on the scene to find the recently deceased Richard Olsen, she soon realizes she's a suspect.

Not good - especially since she and Mr. Olsen recently had a very public run-in. Soon Swift, a still-grieving widow who runs the Slice of Delight pizza place with her sister Maddy, realizes that if she wants her life back to normal, she's going to have t
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Patty
This is a first book in a series but not the first book by this author. Written under a pen name this story demonstrates the outstanding abilities that Tim Myers has for writing "cozy" mysteries.

Eleanor Swift owns a pizzeria called A Slice of Delight, she has mostly students working for her but her sister works there too and between them they keep the place going after the death of Eleanor's husband more than two years ago.

When Eleanor goes out on a delivery and finds the customer dead, she bec
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Chris Cavender is the pseudonym used by Agatha Award nominated author Tim Myers.
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