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Pepperoni Pizza Can Be Murder (Pizza Lovers #2)

3.63 of 5 stars 3.63  ·  rating details  ·  782 ratings  ·  87 reviews
For once, it seems, no one is trying to pin a murder on Eleanor Swift, owner of the scrumptious pizzeria A Slice of Delight in the quiet little town of Timber Ridge, North Carolina. But someone has to answer for that body in her kitchen...and it looks like the final stop for Greg Hatcher, her deliveryman, may be the state penitentiary...Eleanor knows Gregg would never have ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published August 1st 2010 by Kensington (first published 2010)
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Best Cozy Mystery Series
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Amber
This was a pretty good read. I love pizza so I decided to check it out. I enjoyed this mystery and will check out the rest of the pizza lover's mystery series later. If you love pizza and mysteries, check this book out.
Suzanne
Feb 21, 2012 Suzanne rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to Suzanne by: Game On! - Clue (murder weapon on cover)
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
I liked the first book in the series better than this one. Originally I really liked Eleanor and Maddy, and thought their relationship was one of the strong points of the novel. This go round, however, I found them slightly annoying, and I really didn't like Eleanor. I found her to be unnecessarily rude on many occasions and sometimes just TSTL. Not sure that I'll go on with this series.
Julie
I have some problems with this book. How is it that neither the author nor editor realized that characters names are incorrect? Maddy, a main character, was called Mandy in one paragraph and Josh was written as Jason in one whole section. Are these books not edited? The main characters are not really fleshed out either. We know basic facts about them with no insight into their personalities. When Eleanor, the main character who narrates the story, finally cuts loose her sad sack pushy love inter ...more
Marlyn
This is the second of the Pizza Lover's Mysteries. The protagonist, Eleanor Swift is the widowed owner and chef of A Slice of Delight, a small pizzeria in the small town of Timber Ridge, North Carolina.

Eleanor's only employees are her sister, Maddy and a young college student named Greg Hatcher. Greg's grandparents were killed in an explosion the previous year, and their will divided their estate between Greg and his spoiled older brother Wade. But Wade believes he should get 3/4 the$200,000 est
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Julie
I remember liking the first book in this series, but I found so many things in this second book that makes me doubtful that I will pursue the series. The main character was way too rude and opionated. She was often a smart mouth and caused problems that I felt unnecessary. Her relationships lack something that makes me feel disconnected with her and the story. When someone completely disregards others just to "find out themselves", it completely ruins the story.

What I would have liked to continu
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Ali
I liked this one a little better than the first now that I've gotten used to the writing style and the face that it is a male writing as a female main character, but Eleanor is still rather unlikeable because she keeps mentioning her dead husband every other paragraph and she is a martyr when she rejects the advances of David. Also I did not like how repetitive it was when the killer revealed themselves by tricking her in to helping them escape the assumed murderer, just like in the first story. ...more
BJ
This is the second in the Pizza Lovers Mystery series. I read the first one, "A Slice of Murder" and liked it. This was pretty good as cozies go. It takes place in a fictitious town in North Carolina, Timber Ridge. This series has some likeable characters and the story was very readable. No high action, but an interesting story. It centers around a widow and her sister, who run a pizzeria in a small town with the help of a college student and a high school student and solve murder mysteries on t ...more
Sassafrass
*3.5 STARS*

This was cute. It was what I am used to for cozy mysteries. A little chick lit with a mystery mixed in. I really liked the relationship between Eleanor and her sister Maddy. Although the bickered you could see how much the genuinely cared and loved each other.

I wasn't a big fan of Eleanor's mood swings. I guess it was just her personality but I wanted to put her on a little Lexapro or something.

I thought I figured out who the killer was but I wasn't quite right. I was close but no cig
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The Shutterbug
I was not feeling this one. The first fifty pages were good, but everything after the murder went sour. I didn't like the way Eleanor and Maddy did their sleuthing. They were aggressive investigators, pretty much getting in everyone's face who they questioned. Their penchant for slithering into everyone's business made them rather annoying. Eleanor seemed like a protagonist I would enjoy, but over time her obsession with her dead husband and habit of losing her temper at innocent victims became ...more
Alia
I found the pace of this book quite nice and easy and the setting was quite cozy doing full justice to the name of the genre. It was my first proper cozy read and I quite liked the feel of the book and I'm sure I want to read more from this genre. Even though the main character's moods were all over the place, the secondary characters were likable and did help get that third star from me. I might not pick up the next book in the series though unless I'm in the mood for pizza and then again I mig ...more
Cheryl Landmark
Still not my favourite cozy mystery series, but interesting enough to keep me reading.

Kevin Hurley was again a jerk in this book but not quite as bad as in the first one when he had blinders on and tried so desperately to convict Eleanor of murder. I actually liked how Eleanor handled him and didn't let him intimidate her.

As for Eleanor herself, she was somewhat unlikeable, rude and cold in this book. I can understand how much loss and grief is involved when one's life partner dies, but I'm find
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Jill Gilbert
I checked this one out on a whim from the New Mysteries section of the library. Let me preface this by saying that I am not picky when it comes to cozy mysteries. I have read bushel baskets full of them, and they generally entertain me just enough.

This is the worst mystery I have ever read. I can't believe I actually finished the whole thing. I kept thinking it might get better. Nope.

Everything about this book was bad - the main character, Eleanor, is a youngish widow who runs a small pizza pla
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Victoria
Book two was just as good as book one! Eleanor, owner of Slice of Delight Pizzeria once again finds a dead body, this time in her pizzeria! The victim, Wade, is the brother of one of Eleanor's employees, Greg. Eleanor and her sister, Maddy, begin investigating in order to clear Greg of the murder. The brothers were involved in an inheritance dispute so the Police Chief, Eleanor's high school beau, Kevin, is determined to pin the crime on Greg. As Eleanor and Maddy find additional suspects they r ...more
Linda Smatzny
This is the second book in the Pizza Lovers Mystery series. This time Eleanor Swift is robbed at gun point which starts a chain of events which includes a murder inside the Slice of Delight Pizzeria and the suspicion being on her employee, Greg. Eleanor is sure of he is not guilty so she along with her sister Maggy begin to dig and try to find the murderer. It was a quick easy read with fun characters that you care about.
Lisa
Not bad. The protagonist is kind of obsessed with her dead husband, but maybe that's explained better in the first book. Seems weird, though...guess you don't know how you'd react unless it happens to you, so I really don't want to know how I'd feel in that situation. Don't understand why she backs off the guy she seemed to like! Storyline was fine. Eleanor (and her sister) seems to have a lot of time to roam around town for a small business owner!
Linda
It's a 2.5 and I have to say I'm liking Maddy, Eleanor's sister more than Eleanor. Not great when you like the second banana better than the heroine. This time around in Timber Ridge, Eleanor's delivery boy/helper is in trouble after the murder of his conniving, greedy, ne'er do well brother. Worse yet, brother is found in the Slice, Eleanor's pizzeria.

Since it has to be closed, Eleanor and Maddy decide to solve the murder themselves and it puts them in the path of the police chief who was Elean
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Priscilla
'Pepperoni Pizza Can be murder'.... It can when you are wanting to read a fun captivating read and you are reading this one waiting for something interesting to happen and it dosn't!! I am again disappointed with my latest cozy book, although there is a bit of mystery and I like the two sisters who run the Pizzeria and a few interesting incidents do happen,I want more from a book! This book was mostly about the two sisters and how well they get along together working at the pizzeria, throw in a ...more
Patty
I enjoy spending time with Eleanor and Maddy along with her employees and friends. When her employee Greg's brother Wade is killed in her Pizza place, Slice of Delight, Eleanor and Maddy are on the hunt, who killed Wade, and why?

Eleanor is still pretty off-hand with her safety in general and everyone around her as well. She goes out to deliberately "poke a stick in the hornet's nest". Not a good thing to do when you make pizza for a living, don't carry any kind of weapon and have no self-defense
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Jeannie and Louis Rigod
This is going to surprise many persons, but, I really was disappointed in this book.

One level was the poor editing of the manuscript. Twice on pages 45, and 175, the character's name was changed in error. Maddy became Mandy and back to Maddy on 45. Josh became Jason and back...you get the idea. You figure it out immediately but it stops the flow of the book. Annoying.

The next level for me was the constant sarcasm that the sister's spout. I'm so tired of it. Honestly, I had no problem setting t
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Piepie Beuttel
Mar 06, 2015 Piepie Beuttel marked it as did-not-finish
Sigh. Could not even finish the first 50 pages. Eleanor was already getting on my nerves. Yes, she was robbed, yes, I understand, but that's no reason to bite everyone's head off, including Greg and David. I much prefer Maddy.
It's a shame- I really tried to like these books! I love pizza!
Andrea
The first installment in this mystery series revolved around the main character, Ellie, being falsely accused of murder and I wasn’t sure how this premise would translate into future adventures. However, this second book in the series was a really fun read. Same great characters from the first book including Ellie’s lovely relationship with her sister and thankfully a lot of less of Ellie’s ex-boyfriend/sheriff being a complete jerk and courting a harassment lawsuit. This book focused on the fam ...more
Dru
For some reason this was a book that just didn't hold my attention. It seemed like the characters came and went and you didn't really know where they fit in. Don't know that I would read a book by this author again.
Kim j
I am really enjoying this series. I like the two sisters; Eleanor & Maddy because they act like I think sisters do. I have brothers & mainly male cousins so what do I know? I am not saying that this is the greatest murder/mysteries that I have ever read but they are not for that. They are cozies, meant to be easy reads, with different concepts & styles of murders. They have to own a Pizzeria & I love Pizza so I can relate. I love the interactions of the other characters like with ...more
Sandy
The series has a good premise, two sisters in a small NC town. One is looking for love, the other hiding from it. The surrounding cast of characters are pretty shallow and the pizza store employees are teens and college age kids who also have very little in the way of depth. The Police chief and Eleanor, the owner of the Pizza store have ancient history that creates some kind of tension, not all of it fun to experience. In fact, Eleanor is not always a likable character. The mystery was so-so an ...more
Colleen Doucette
Couldn't finish it. Ellie was just too negative and harsh, as was Kevin. It just was too much. I'm not interested in continuing with any other books in that series.
Roxann
I think I would have been less confused about relationships et al if I had read the first in the series. Otherwise it kept my interest.
Katrina
The second in the Pizza series is every bit the light read that the first instalment was. Eleanor Swift investigates a murder that happens in her own pizzeria where an employee is the prime suspect. There are few clues throughout the book until the very end when the murderer is revealed. A light read when you just want something quick to read.
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Kimberly
For the most part, I have enjoyed this series. The characters are very believable and well developed. I like the plot. You think you have it figured out, but the characters shake it up a little any way. I liked the character of the Chief better in this story. He seemed more believable. There was still conflict between him and Eleanor, but you see glimpses of the friendship there too. He was also more open to other possibilities regarding the crime, which made him more believable as a police chie ...more
Nancy
Kind of predictable, but a fast, fun read in the "cozy" category. Eleanor Swift seems to think that Police Chief Kevin Hurley (Eleanor's old high school flame) is "taking the easy way out" when he suspects her pizza delivery driver, Greg Hatcher, of murder when the body of his brother, Wade is found bludgeoned to death in Eleanor's pizzaria, A Slice of Delight. Thus Eleanor and her sister Maddie soon take it upon themselves to find out who the real killer is in small-town Timber Ridge, NC. Not r ...more
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Pizza Lovers (7 books)
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